|1. I Need Your Love|
|2. Surrender To Me|
|3. Livin' For You|
|4. Walkin' At Night|
|5. Walk On|
|6. Get Organ-ized|
|7. Walk On (Some More)|
|8. What's Your Name|
|10. We Can Make It|
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Boston's debut album sold over 17 million copies and had a top five single with 'More Than A Feeling'. The second album 'Don't Look Back' was released two years later, sold 7 million copies and had a top thirty hit with the title track of the album. This was followed six years later by Third Stage (1986), which sold 4 million and did not yield a hit single. The next album, the one under scrutiny here, was a further eight years in the making. 'Walk On' sold 1 million copies and none of the singles bothered the Billboard top fifty.
Does anybody notice a pattern developing here? So, what is 'Walk On' like? Well, it's a bit half and half. If you are a first time buyer of Boston and the magical sound scapes made by Tom Scholz and his team, then you would be better off buying the first album, or at a pinch the Greatest Hits collection, but, as Greatest Hits go, that album's tracks seemed to have been picked with a pin rather than on merit.
'Walk On' starts off in fine style with a classy slice of Boston. 'I Need Your Love' is a good emotional song that catches you off guard as does the first thrashing chords of Tom Scholz' multi layered guitar. New vocalist Fran Cosmo, a sound-alike for previous vocalist Brad Delp, proves he more than adequately fills those boots. Tom Scholz plays all the instruments needed in the studio, only picking up sidemen to go out on the road. That's pretty impressive considering the standard of musical skills on display, but no wonder it took him so long between albums. The multi layered guitar tracks alone would of tested the patience of any normal mortal. So maybe it was better that perfectionist Scholz did all his own work, only needing a throat to put on the voices.
'Surrender To Me' is over five minutes of head bangin' Boston rock, really showing off the guitar orchestra style patented by Scholz. Next is the album's obligatory power ballad which Fran Cosmo sings with such pathos, the lyrics just have to come from the heart or Fran is just an old ham.
This is followed by over twelve minutes of the glorious title track, probably the best thing ever done by Boston (including everything on the first album).
Split into four parts, 'Walk on' is really just a good old excuse for Tom Scholz to show off his ability on guitar and keyboards, and his feel for writing a good chorus. Part one, 'Walkin' By Night', is a Blitzkrieg power blast on guitar with all the amps turned up to eleven. As Tom Scholz says in the liner notes "Some people take their dog for a walk at night, some people walk their guitar".
Part two brings in the chorus - and plain and simple - it just rocks. The stadium hoards would wait for the opening guitar riff, before going totally ape (album sales may have dropped in the eighties, the very name "Boston" would immediately sell out any arena).
Part three, subtitled 'Get Organ-ized', is exactly as the title suggests, a frantic workout on keyboards, and suffice to say a Hammond B-3 is a big organ with a big sound.
Part four is more of the same from part two, only louder, harder, and longer. It finishes up with a frantic musical orgasm of sound.
Well worth the eight year wait between products for the first four tracks, but (there's always a but) the final three tracks see Scholz and his co-horts totally lose the plot. The three tracks take up fifteen minutes of playing time and leave you with a nasty taste in the ears. Just musical fodder to fill up the album. It sounds like Boston playing music in a similar fashion to paint by numbers, or join the dots. Total dross and a very disappointing end to the album. But (there's sometimes yet another but) turn the C.D. back to the title track and all is forgiven.
In 2004 the pattern continues, ten years after 'Walk On', Boston released their next album 'Corporate America'. So far sales have not reached 1/2 a million. I doubt they bothered releasing a single.
Scattered by Mott The Dog
Settled by Ella Crew
I Need Your Love - this song is a great rocker that represents the emotional side of Boston. It has a great jam part in the beginning, which really caught my attention. Fran Cosmo rocks.
Surrender To Me - Boston hits the peak with this hard rocking yet melodic track. It was a major disapointment to me that this didn't make the greatest hits. It has an amazing chorus and funky lyrics throughout its great guitar rifts.
Living For You - Amazing. Simply amazing. This beuatiful, melodic ballad is stunning to your ears. It is perfectly decorated with keyboards and guitars, and Fran sings it perfectly.
Walkin' At Night - This short, rockin' track is the most hard core track on the album. Go Tom Scholz!
Walk On - Ohhh man! Is that hard core rock or what? This track gave me shivers down my back when I first heard it. Get your train on the track!!!
Get Organ - ized - This track is another stunning instrumental with powerful, no amazing organ and guitar jam sessions throughout its 4 minutes and 28 seconds. A stunning, electric drum oriented rocker!
Walk on Part two - Second verse, same as the first! This identical version of track 5 still rocks incredibally hard, with extreme vocal intensity all around. Man is this good!
What's Your Name - This beuatiful, harmony laden ballad is both powerful and funky ( lyricwise ). Fran really gets to show of his vocal talent here.
Magdelene - This beuatiful, emotianally intense rocker peaks the album when it comes to harmony. It has a conspicuously beuatifully chorus, with an amazing jam session. One hell of a rocker.
We Can Make It - This sweet, powerfull ballad is melodic rock at its fullest. It has amazing, soothing vocals, spectacular bass guitars and the most powerfull jam session in the album. A great masterpiece of a closing song for the album.
Well, that covers it all. This album is amazing in emotional intensity and hard core rock. Brad Delp, Fran Cosmo, Tom Scholz, Cedro Sikes, Doug Hoffman, Gary Phil, and Curly Smith are amazing musicians. Walk On Rocks!