Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tears For Fears give 'Hurting' deluxe treatment, covers Arcade Fire, Hot Chip

Mercury/UMe just released Tears For Fears’ The Hurting 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The original album has been digitally remastered and expanded with live sessions, B-sides and remixes for new 3CD/DVD boxed set, 2CD and digital packages.

In March 1983, Tears For Fears released their influential synth-pop debut, The Hurting. The critical acclaim and commercial success that greeted the album was the culmination of 18 months of hard work.

The birthplace of Tears For Fears was the City of Bath in Somerset, southwest England. It was there that Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith met as teenagers in the late ‘70s and a friendship evolved into a musical alliance that endures to this day.

Roland and Curt briefly called themselves History Of Headaches, but this was soon changed to Tears For Fears. The chosen name was a reference to the work of American psychologist Arthur Janov, who in the late 1960s developed Primal Therapy – a trauma-based psychotherapy that attempts to resolve repressed childhood pain.

By 1981 they had a name, they knew what the songs were going to be about, and Roland set to work writing. But it took some time for the band to find the sound they were looking for.

Despite The Hurting being regarded a new wave, synth-based classic, virtually all the tracks on the album were written by Roland on an acoustic guitar, including the song that gave the record its name. “Writing the title track was a strange piece of psychic osmosis,” says Roland.

“Curt had been to see a band from Bristol called ‘Electric Guitars’ and was describing their sound to me; I had an acoustic guitar in my hand at the time and played him what he was describing: That’s how The Hurting was written, and we knew for a long time it was the right name for our first album.”

It was keyboard player Ian Stanley who brought technology to the table and helped Tears For Fears fulfill their sonic ambitions. Roland has no doubts how important he was. “Without Ian’s eight-track studio, his Roland JP4, his CR78 drum machine and MXR Pitch Transposer, we wouldn’t be where we are now.... He gave us the opportunity to demo, at his home studio, songs such as ‘Pale Shelter,’ ‘Change’ and ‘Mad World’.”

The hard work was rewarded when “Mad World” was released in September 1982, and peaked at number three in the UK singles chart in November.

Work on the album continued, and it was the success of “Mad World” – at one point earmarked as a B-side for “Pale Shelter” – that banished any commercial doubts the record company may have been harboring. A few months later in January 1983, “Change” was issued as a follow-up single, reaching number four in the UK charts and number 22 in the US.

Tears For Fears were now riding the crest of a wave and the time had come to finally release the album. The Hurting hit the shops on March 7, 1983, a full 16 months after “Suffer The Children.” Two weeks later the LP hit number one in the UK, displacing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. One final single, a reissued (and re-recorded) “Pale Shelter,” was released a month later and became the album’s third big hit.

The Primal Therapy and Janov influence provide a satisfying consistency, and the band is comfortable using the ‘C’ word in reference to The Hurting: “In many ways it is a concept album,” says Roland. “It’s a very consistent album with its own distinct personality. There’s a strong message running through it and some of the song titles were taken from Janov’s writing.”

“I think it was important for us that our first album had substance and was not just a commercial work. So in that sense it was the album we had to make,” adds Curt. “We felt the need to get it out of our systems and share.”

“That was definitely what we were about,” agrees Roland. “100 percent pure Tears For Fears.”

This new edition is the first serious re-examination of the album and its attendant singles. Comprehensively remastered at Abbey Road Studios and overseen by Roland and Curt, the new release adds the 1981 version of “Suffer The Children” in four versions: 7” single, 12” remix, instrumental, and a unique version that only came to light in 1999 (issued on a promotional-only CD).

Likewise, the first March 1982 release of “Pale Shelter” also makes an appearance on CD 2 of this set, in both original 7” and 12” versions. Because “Suffer The Children” and “Pale Shelter” were later re-recorded for the album (with Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum producing), these early cuts were unique to the vinyl singles issued at the time, and the new deluxe edition marks their CD debut.

Other alternates featured on this 30th anniversary edition include “Change” (New Version). Roland says, “I remember trying to convince everyone that we’d recorded ‘Change’ at too fast a tempo. We had another crack at it slower, but it lost something in the process.” Tape fans might recall this track being appended to the original UK cassette. Like much of the bonus material on this deluxe edition, it has never before been issued on CD.

Different recordings of album tracks “The Prisoner” and “Ideas As Opiates” (originally issued on the B-sides of some of the early singles) bring the total number songs on The Hurting available in alternate form to five (half of the album).

The deluxe box set also includes all the 12” remixes and B-sides, including “Wino,” another track previously unissued on CD, as well as the 1984 ‘In My Mind’s Eye’ Hammersmith Odeon concert film, which makes its DVD debut with this release. The 2CD and digital package includes all of the audio from the larger set’s Discs 1 and 2.

More recently, Tears For Fears recorded new cover versions. The first was Arcade Fire’s “Ready To Start,” which streamed on The band says, “Having appreciated artists like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, Gary Jules/Michael Andrews, Adam Lambert and Dizzee Rascal covering and sampling our songs over the past years, we agreed that some reciprocal cross-generational love was in order. We decided to give Arcade Fire a twist of Tears For Fears. Enjoy.” 

And they just debuted a cover of Hot Chip’s “And I Was A Boy From School.” The song is available now for streaming on and via Soundcloud:

The covers serve as precursors to a new album to come next year.

"The idea was before we actually had any material, before we got together, that we might try and do a couple of cover versions to sort of kick-start the recording process again," Orzabal told a reporter in a recent interview.
Tears For Fears: The Hurting 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition:

The Original Album

The Hurting
Mad World
Pale Shelter
Ideas As Opiates
Memories Fade
Suffer The Children
Watch Me Bleed
The Prisoner
Start Of The Breakdown

Singles, B-Sides, Mixes & Rarities

Suffer The Children (original 7")
Pale Shelter (original 7")
The Prisoner (original version)
Ideas As Opiates
Change (new version)
Suffer The Children (remix)
Pale Shelter (original 12")
Mad World (world remix)
Change (extended version)
Pale Shelter (reissue 12")
Suffer The Children (instrumental)
Change (7" edit)
Wino (B-side)
The Conflict (B-side)
We Are Broken (B-side)
Suffer The Children (promo CD)

The BBC Sessions

Ideas As Opiates (Peel Session)
Suffer The Children (Peel Session)
The Prisoner (Peel Session)
The Hurting (Peel Session)
Memories Fade (Jensen Session)
The Prisoner (Jensen Session)
The Start Of The Breakdown (Jensen Session)
The Hurting (Jensen Session)
Start Of The Breakdown (Live)
Change (Jensen Session)

‘In My Mind’s Eye’ – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1984
Start Of The Breakdown
Mothers Talk
Pale Shelter
The Working Hour
The Prisoner
Ideas As Opiates
Mad World
We Are Broken
Head Over Heels
Suffer The Children
The Hurting
Memories Fade

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Surfer Blood, The Sounds concert review: Santa Ana, Calif.

My review originally appeared in the

A sarcastic baseball analogy turned into a self-fulfilling prophesy at the Constellation Room Wednesday night.

Right before Surfer Blood took the stage, a gray bearded gentleman (supposedly guitarist Thomas Fekete’s father) appeared and surveyed the moderate crowd for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans.

The response was a smattering of boos. He went on to mention baseball players Albert Pujols’ and Josh Hamilton’s bloated salaries and then oddly said, “You’re going to be disappointed in these guys, too.”

Marred by sound and ocular problems (bassist Kevin Williams’ contact lens apparently fell out, so he wore dark sunglasses), plus overzealous fans, the short set failed to live up to expectations.

This past summer the mild-mannered Florida alt-rock band put out Pythons, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and went Top 10 on the College Music Journal (CMJ) tally. The absorbing major-label launch (for Warner Bros. subsidiary Sire Records) was helmed by Gil Norton, who has produced Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional and Pixies, among others.

The latter is an important touchtone: Surfer Blood has toured and borrowed instruments from the Bostonians and shares a similar sense of abrasive ebb-and-flow dynamics.

During the opening set from Team Spirit (led by ex-Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy), I ventured into the main Observatory room to briefly watch The Sounds tear things up before a large, crazed audience. Kicking off with "Living in America," the Swedish rock band did potent versions of "Something to Die For," "Painted by Numbers" and "Seven Days a Week."

Clad in a black mini skirt and black top, leader Maja Ivarsson was a real spitfire, whipping up high kicks, accepting a kiss from a female admirer and displaying passionate vocals on the ballad “Weekend,” the title track to the new album. Can't wait to see them do a full set in the future.

Gemini Club, the Chicago dance-rock quartet immediately preceding, was pretty great as well; "Sparklers" and "Preachers" were riveting.

Back in Constellation, Surfer Blood started its uneven Santa Ana performance with infectious instrumental “Neighbor Riffs.” Fekete and lead singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts locked into some tandem jagged sounds. The driving “Twin Peaks,” however, another track off their excellent 2010 effort Astro Coast, was halted midway, then restarted.

Fans began pogoing and slam dancing in earnest (not a good idea for this smaller space) during the glorious noise waves of “Floating Vibes,” but the typically poppy vocals of “Miranda” were drowned out by the poor mix.

Pitts hopped onto the floor for the frayed, reverb-drenched Afropop of “Take It Easy” and had people crowd-surf him back to the stage, yet that stunt disrupted the song. Bizarrely, Fekete’s “father” sat in a chair onstage and watched him play guitar on “Say Yes to Me.”

Then the frontman invited some fans up to dance amid the power-pop-leaning “Swim.” Big mistake: it ended up a free-for-all from which the band couldn’t recover. The singer had to forcefully tell everyone to leave so they could finish the show.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In stores now: Gavin DeGraw

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Gavin DeGraw just released his fourth studio album, Make a Move via RCA Records.

It was primarily recorded with producer Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, P!nk) and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote with Gavin the hit single “Not Over You,” from Gavin’s 2011 studio release Sweeter.

Other producers on the album include Busbee, Martin Johnson, Benny Blanco (Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Maroon 5) and Kevin Rudolf (Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado).

The new album’s first single "Best I Ever Had" is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Finest Hour” was co-written with Tedder.

Track Listing:

1. Best I Ever Had
2. Make A Move
3. Finest Hour
4. I'm Gonna Try
5. Who's Gonna Save Us
6. Everything Will Change
7. Need
8. Heartbreak
9. Every Little Bit
10. Different For Girls
11. Leading Man

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 Bridge School Benefit Concert #1 to be webcast

The 2013 Bridge School Benefit Concerts will be held Oct. 26-27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. - marking the 27th year of the series, where the top names in music have been drawn to these concerts to pledge their support of The Bridge School.

It is a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology.

Warner Bros. Records will sponsor the webcast of the Saturday show, which will stream free in its entirety on YouTube. Artists set to appear on the webcast are: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis.

A friendly reminder:  

The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, is still available in a 3-DVD set and a 2-CD package is available via Reprise Records.
The 3-DVD set includes two performance discs featuring Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, and much more.

A documentary DVD includes "The Bridge School Story," which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges.

Another documentary on the DVD, "Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert," offers a bird's-eye view of the event itself, along with special features including heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves.

The 2-CD package features exclusive performances from Sheryl Crow, Thom Yorke, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sonic Youth, and more.

For more about The Bridge School, visit 

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD:

Disc 1:
Bruce Springsteen                                 "Born In The USA"
Patti Smith                                            "People Have The Power"
Pearl Jam                                              "Better Man"
David Bowie                                           "Heroes"
Ben Harper                                            "There Will Be A Light"
Bob Dylan                                              "Girl From The North Country"
R.E.M.                                                  "Country Feedback"
Emmylou Harris & Buddy Miller              "Love Hurts"
Fleet Foxes                                           "Blue Ridge Mountains"
Devendra Banhart                                   "At The Hop"
Bonnie Raitt                                          "The Road Is My Middle Name"
Billy Idol                                               "Rebel Yell"

Disc 2:
Brian Wilson                                          "Surfin' USA"
Gillian Welch                                         "The Way It Will Be"
The Pretenders                                     "Sense Of Purpose"
James Taylor                                         "Fire and Rain"
Simon and Garfunkel                             "America"
Tom Petty                                             "Shadow Of A Doubt"
Dave Matthews                                     "Too Much"
Neil Young                                            "Crime In The City"
Tom Waits                                           "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six"
Elton John & Leon Russell                     "A Dream Come True"
Paul McCartney                                    "Get Back"
Metallica                                               "Disposable Heroes"
The Who                                               "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Disc 3:
Bridge School Documentaries:
* "Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert"
* "The Bridge School Story"
* Special Feature - Student/Artist Interviews

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition CD

CD 1:
Bruce Springsteen                                "Born In The USA"
Dave Matthews                                     "Too Much"
No Doubt                                              "Magic's In The Makeup"
Jack Johnson                                        "Gone"
Fleet Foxes                                           "Blue Ridge Mountains"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse                       "Love And Only Love"
Sonic Youth                                           "Rain On Tin"
Pearl Jam                                              "Better Man"
Gillian Welch                                        "The Way It Will Be"
R.E.M. & Neil Young                              "Country Feedback"
Willie Nelson                                          "The Great Divide"
Nils Lofgren                                           "Cry Just A Little"

CD 2:
Sarah McLachlan                                   "Elsewhere"
Paul McCartney                                     "Get Back"
Elton John & Leon Russell                    "A Dream Come True"
Band Of Horses                                   "Marry Song"
Metallica                                              "Disposable Heroes"
Thom Yorke                                         "After The Gold Rush"
Sheryl Crow                                         "The Difficult Kind"
Tony Bennett                                         "Maybe This Time"
CSNY                                                  "Déjà Vu"
Norah Jones                                         "Jesus, Etc"
Jonathan Richman                                 "I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar"
Brian Wilson                                         "Surfin' USA"
The Who                                              "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Neil Young Archives news

I have a couple of the previous Archives CDs and they are amazing; this should be too. Read on for more from the press release... 

Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on Dec. 10 via Reprise Records.

The album collects recordings made during Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. in 1970, a few months after Reprise released his third solo album After The Gold Rush.

Among the songs on Live At The Cellar Door: a rare solo version of "Cinnamon Girl," performed on piano rather than guitar (the full band version appears on Young's 1969 second solo album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere).

The album, which features Young performing on acoustic guitar and piano, includes tracks that are interesting for several reasons, such as live versions of songs that appeared on After The Gold Rush ("Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Birds," "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and the title track) and solo performances of Buffalo Springfield songs "Expecting To Fly" (from their 1967 second album Buffalo Springfield Again), "I Am A Child" (from their third and final album Last Time Around and Young's 1977 Decade compilation), and "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong," from their 1966 self-titled debut.

In addition, Live At The Cellar Door features early, raw performances of songs that wouldn't appear until subsequent Young albums, including the rarity "Bad Fog Of Loneliness" (which appears on Live At Massey Hall '71 - released in 2007-- but was previously unreleased until the studio band version was included on Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972) and "Old Man" (released two years later on 1972's Harvest album). "Down By The River," also from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, rounds out the spectacular set.

Live At The Cellar Door was recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Young.

As with Young's previous releases in the Archives series, Live At The Cellar Door will be released digitally, on CD, and on 180-gram vinyl (mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany).

Track listing:

Side One:
Tell Me Why
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
After The Gold Rush
Expecting To Fly
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Old Man

Side Two:
Don't Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
Cinnamon Girl
I Am A Child
Down By The River
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong

Billy Bragg marks 30th anniversary of 'Life’s a Riot'

I'm a huge Billy Bragg fan and interviewed him for "Don't Try This at Home." So this looks very interesting. Read below for more info... 

Along with the Oct 29 release of the 30th anniversary edition of Billy Bragg's seminal debut recording Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy, Cooking Vinyl will also make available the 12 additional albums that make up Bragg's acclaimed and influential catalogue.

To celebrate, Cooking Vinyl and Billy Bragg launched "Get Behind Billy Bragg," an exclusive look at Bragg's entire career, releasing new and exclusive commentary from Bragg on his back catalogue leading up to the Oct. 29 re-release of Life's A Riot with Spy Vs. Spy. 

Visit "Get Behind Billy Bragg" here:

The special edition of Life's A Riot... will feature the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show in June 2013.

Life’s A Riot with Spy vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) will feature a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork and available on CD, in a replica vinyl card sleeve with inner sleeve, limited edition LP with inner sleeve and lyrics on 180g vinyl with DL and digital. 

Bragg has seemingly been everywhere following the release of his Joe Henry-produced album Tooth & Nail earlier this year, which snagged a top ten spot on the Americana radio charts. After a run through SXSW and sell out, headlining shows throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia, Bragg curated his own stage and performed at Glastonbury in June and was recently named the recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" Award by the UK's indie label association (AIM).

In October, Bragg completed his longest run of U.S. tour dates in over 20 years, including a string of fall shows which kicked off at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville and wrapped up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

Exclusive album commentary available as follows:

October 21 - Brewing Up With, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
October 22 - Workers Playtime, The Internationale 
October 23 - Don't Try This A Home, William Bloke 
October 24 - Bloke on Bloke, Reaching To The Converted 
October 25 - England, Half English, Must I Paint You A Picture
October 28 - Mr. Love & Justice, Life's A Riot With Spy vs. Spy

Monday, October 21, 2013

Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett concert review: Hollywood, Calif.

My review originally appeared at

The Guns N’ Roses T-shirt spoke volumes.

Worn by the bassist in Jason Aldean’s touring band, it was a subtle reminder that nowadays much of modern country music is equally about hard rock, heartland values and attitudes.

Sonically speaking, if there weren’t any steel guitars involved, you’d almost be hard-pressed to distinguish between genres.

A Stagecoach 2014 headliner who is up for three Country Music Awards on Nov. 6, the superstar made his Hollywood Bowl debut with a satisfying 85-minute concert stacked with Top 10 singles.

Last week, Aldean put out Night Train to Georgia, a fine live DVD shot earlier this year at his home state’s Sanford Stadium as well as Madison Square Garden and historic summer stops at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.

Little has changed in the set list since then. More than five of the 15 tracks from 2012’s solid platinum-seller Night Train would have been preferred, but the other crowd-pleasers didn’t leave much to complain about.

Following the sound of a locomotive as intro, Aldean and his five backing musicians kicked off their sold-out show with “Crazy Town,” containing the geographically relevant lyric “Hollywood with a touch of twang.” Rainstorm projections on multiple screens provided a gorgeous juxtaposition with the full moon outside for poignant ballad “The Truth.” Aldean’s delivery really shined amid its appropriate lyrics about being on the West Coast.

Almost immediately, a stuffed horse made its rounds throughout the box seats (must be a country thing: it also happened during Keith Urban’s recent Bowl gig; sure beats being bopped in the head by an inflatable ball).

The highly melodic “Texas Was You,” enriched by pedal steel and blaring guitars, was a standout. When Aldean got to the line “Carolina was a black car, a big white number three” and Dale Earnhardt’s iconic racecar logo flashed on the screen, it drew loud cheers. 

Before “1994,” the star indulged the usual time-killing shtick of showing embarrassing old photos of him and his band, and then finally took a stroll onto the oval catwalk surrounding the pit area. 

While Kelly Clarkson didn’t appear in person here for their power-ballad duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” her sharp visage initially seemed very real, much like when Brad Paisley did the same with a screen version of Carrie Underwood on his last tour. 

Aldean also kicked it old-school by paying homage to Alabama, a “huge influence and one of the best bands of all time,” with a feisty “Tennessee River” (also the leadoff track on the new all-star tribute album Alabama and Friends). The original’s fiddle-driven tempo increase was replaced by equally effective banjo picking. 

Near the end, an amped-up “She’s Country” verged on AC/DC while the encore-starting “My Kinda Party” featured awesome metal-tinged guitar interplay by Jack Sizemore and Kurt Allison.
Talk about rocking out - Jake Owen (pictured, left) did plenty of that during his own excellent hour-long performance. Four electric guitars bolstered opening track “Anywhere with You” and “8 Second Ride” without overpowering them.

The gregarious singer made better use of the catwalk than Aldean did, engaging concertgoers throughout a 13-song set highlighted by soaring chart-toppers “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Alone with You.”

A native of Vero Beach, Fla., Owen made passing reference to the Dodgers’ crushing division loss. His recollection about early-career days playing guitar sitting on a barstool led into the riveting piano ballad “What We Ain’t Got.” The soulful, organ-drenched "Don't Think I Can't Love You" was dedicated to his parents and their 35 year marriage.

It was among three impressive songs that previewed forthcoming album Days of Gold (due Dec. 3), providing a rare showcase of Owen’s emotional side. The bluesy title track, also his latest single, was a real stomper, bolstered by wailing harmonica.

Young singer Thomas Rhett already had tunes recorded by Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice, plus two minor country hits under his belt, before “It Goes Like This” reached No. 1 last week (songwriting runs in the family: his father Rhett Akins had some country hits in the mid-90's; both contributed to Aldean's latest album). The 23-year-old's eponymous debut is in stores Oct. 29.

Here in Hollywood, Rhett’s fun and way-too-short 15-minute set showed plenty of promise, especially the frisky “Get Me Some of That” and rambunctious twang of “Something to Do with My Hands.”

Before the hip-hop traces of "Front Porch Junkies," he pondered, "How many rednecks did they pack into this place tonight?" Of course "It Goes Like This" went down a storm." Definitely one to watch.

The Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 19, 2013
Jason Aldean
Main set: Crazy Town / Take a Little Ride / Tattoos on This Town / When She Says Baby / The Truth / Flyover States / Texas Was You / Johnny Cash / Amarillo Sky / Night Train / 1994 / Don't You Wanna Stay / Tennessee River (Alabama cover) / Big Green Tractor / The Only Way I Know / Dirt Road Anthem / She's Country
Encore: My Kinda Party / Hicktown 

Jake Owen
Setlist: Anywhere with You/One That Got Away/You and Me/Alone with You/Yee Haw/1972/What We Ain't Got/Summer Jam/Heaven/Barefoot Blue Jean Night/Don't Think I Can't Love You/Days of Gold/Eight Second Ride

Photos by Miguel Vasconcellos

The band Boston back with new music

On Dec. 3, Boston’s upcoming studio album, Life, Love & Hope will be released in the United States on Frontier Records. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 new tracks.
Leader Tom Scholz says, "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analog tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years." 
Boston's eponymous debut album in 1976 sold over 17 million copies and generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin.' Second effort Don't Look Back was another chart-topper and followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda." The classic rock band has sold over 31 million albums to date.

Life, Love & Hope includes vocals from the late Brad Delp (a longtime contributor), Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme, David Victor and songwriter Scholz himself. The songs have the characteristic Boston guitars, harmonies and immaculately-crafted sound.
"I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others, I let my imagination run wild," says Scholz.
A full-color booklet with notes from Scholz and detailed song credits accompanies Life, Love & Hope, available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. Albums purchased at Best Buy will contain a bonus track titled “Te Quiero Mia.”