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Artist: Boston

Title: Third Stage

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Category: Arena Rock

Year: 1986

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

Catalog Number: 582


Bradley Delp guitar, vocals
Jim Masdea percussion, drums
Gary Pihl guitar
Tom Scholz acoustic organ, guitar, bass, piano, drums, keyboards
Jim Madsen percussion, drums


1.  Amanda  4:16
2.  We're Ready  3:53
3.  Launch  3:00
4.  Cool the Engines  4:23
5.  My Destination  2:13
6.  New World  :36
7.  To Be a Man  3:33
8.  I Think I Like It  4:10
9.  Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)  5:18
10.  Hollyann  5:18
Total Running Time:  36:40

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Existing comments about this CD

From: RL Date: March 29, 2002 at 12:24
Save your money, this SUCKS.

From: Desslar Date: April 5, 2002 at 11:56
Great ballads as always, but where's the rock? Only Cool Your Engines really cuts loose. Still, it's Boston, so you know there's not a bad song on it.

From: chief7 Date: June 13, 2002 at 20:40
This ones ok, Doesn't live of to the expectations of the 1st two. I liked it though.

From: Desert Rat Date: August 31, 2002 at 20:14
I loved this when it came out and still think it's a pretty good album. It's nowhere near as good as the first Boston album, but that one was a hard act to live up to. It's too slanted toward power ballads, but when they do decide to rock out as on 'Cool the Engines', 'We're Ready', 'Cant'cha Say', and 'I Think I Like It', they smoke. And the sound here is still classic Boston. No synthesizers. None!

From: Kenneth Date: September 15, 2002 at 8:53
Hey! This is a great album! esp. 1,5,6,7,8 and 10.

From: Chris Date: May 27, 2003 at 23:53
Hey, this album is a classic, just like the 1st two. Ok it's maybe not as rocking, but it's still a superb release. It definately don't SUCK as 'RL' stated. The dude ain't listening to the right album here, or he's on another planet or something.

From: Chris Date: May 30, 2003 at 1:43
Get real RL.Most bands won,t even come close to making an album as good as this.Granted,they never bettered their first album but name me another band that has produced an album to rival Bostons debut. The only thing that sucks is your taste in music.

From: keebler Date: October 7, 2003 at 22:15
good cd not like the first but good.

From: Harry Date: March 5, 2004 at 17:39
This album isn't like their previous two because Boston's 'self title' & 'Don't Look Back' were produced in the 70's. They spent 8 years creating these songs for 'Third Stage'. Why Compare this album with the previous two. The 1980's had a different style than the 70s. Third Stage was a masterpiece! I give it a perfect 10!!! because it avoided any rap, alternative, and twangy country, shit sounds! 3rd Stage had an awsome sound! and can be bought on Ebay at a very reasonable price! A Classic!!

From: Knuckles Date: March 5, 2004 at 18:35
This maybe too technical,but if they took 8 years to write these songs,then that means they started writing right after the Dont Look Back release which was 1978.You have to question switching styles in a matter of days.On the other hand,they could have started writing these,the very same year it came out

From: Chris Date: March 6, 2004 at 18:47
Nice one Harry. Well said..

From: Tim-UK Date: July 8, 2004 at 16:53
Hear, hear Harry! This is an awesome album. Killer production and amazing songs. The first three Boston albums should be given to every baby at birth. At least that way they would be guaranteed to hear SOME good music in their life.

From: AOR freaky Date: July 9, 2004 at 5:16
I'm afraid that a lot of people will react when I say that this record is not that great. Chris, RL has it right ! Not that this sucks, no, but it is way overrated ! Boring, that's a good word for it. Not half as good as their only classic : the debut ! That's a fantastic record, not their others.

From: TIM (2) Date: July 9, 2004 at 5:51
I'm not with you on this one AOR Freaky. I wasn't born to see the first 2 albums, but I do love this album as it was one of the first in the genre that I ever listened to and it brings back fond memories. I guess because it was one of the first rock albums I heard I'm biased in terms of how good it is, but I could listen to the first 2 and last 2 tracks all day. Vocally this is almost faultless, and although I do like 'Walk On' it was never quite the same.

From: AOR freaky Date: July 9, 2004 at 6:22
Hi dear Tim(2) : I can see why you find this special ! I'm a lot older than you and indeed : the albums you hear first leave a special impression on you ! But if you listen to the first classic Boston record, you will immediately hear this is only second rate stuff. But I do understand your feelings and emotions !

From: Chris Date: August 16, 2004 at 9:28
'Boring'!!!!! Are you kiddin me 'Freaky'?? 'Second Rate'??..This album is a classic in every single sense of the word. One of the finest releases from the 80's without a shadow of doubt. How can anything with Delp singing and guitars that sound just like they are from another planet be boring. Take a listen again to this album. Listen to the vocals (perfect). Listen to the guitar work, you will NEVER here such awesome things like this again. I fuckin miss the 80's.

From: Chevalier Date: August 16, 2004 at 13:16
If freak says it's boring...then guys...don't listen to it.the comments are supposed to help people who don't know the album to decide if buying or not.Aren't they?Well...today freak said it's not worth the listen cause it's boring.Taht's it:this album is boring.For the ones who have it....throw it out the window.Am I sarcastic?

From: AOR freaky Date: August 16, 2004 at 14:59
I also miss the eighties, the seventies and the sixties, guys, even more than yours, but I'm afraid that this is not that perfect ! In comparison with the debut, this is rather disappointing, to say the least ! Of course it's head and shoulders above their latest 'Corporate America', but I don't call that a Boston record ! For me : not essential but I can understand that some people think otherwise !

From: Rycheage Date: August 18, 2004 at 23:18
There are some well crafted songs here. They are not up to the bar set by 'Boston' and 'Don't Look Back'. This does not compare to those classics, but this is excellent on its own merit. 'Cool The Engines', 'We're Ready' and the timeless classic 'Amanda' highlight an excellent album, just not classic and definitely not in the league of the first two.

From: Great Dane Date: August 19, 2004 at 23:14
Bull..................This is no more than a 7/10.

From: scorpion_14414 Date: September 3, 2004 at 18:04
I have a copy of their aborted 3rd album and believe me this record is brilliant in comparison

From: Chris Date: September 4, 2004 at 15:24
There has NEVER been any ABORTED third album by the band Boston. THIS is the bands third album. If you are talking about the bootleg album 'Mission Aborted', then the so called never released third album that is included on that boot is in fact the 1980 solo release from ex Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau.

From: PODEROSO YIRO Date: April 25, 2005 at 20:13

From: RockHits Date: June 28, 2005 at 1:42
Blah is the best word for this album. They were more interested in doing interesting things with the music and forgot the lyrics. Half the album is filler and the other half is pretty decent. For Boston it was a great dissapointment 6.5/10

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 23, 2005 at 7:21
Come on this is one of the classics...I may be commiting a mortal sin here but I like some of the songs on this better than the first or second one. I thought you are AOR fans here guys? I just put on "Were Ready" as Im writing this-thats a classic. "Amanda", "Cantcha say" -come on bros!

From: headbanger4life Date: January 10, 2006 at 5:49
This was the first actually Boston album that I owned (I wnet backwards). This came out when I was in high school and really started to get into music. I loved it but I loved their first release better.

From: Carlos A. Date: June 24, 2006 at 13:51
Este es uno de mis grupos favoritos y aunque muchos diran que este disco no trasciende para mi es una joya del AOR, como ser indiferente al poderoso sonido de la guitarra y los teclados? aparte de la tremenda voz de B.delph? ejemplos Amanda, We´re ready, hollyann Cool the...aqui se puede sentir al 100% el estilo particular de BOSTON saludos desde Trujillo Peru, ciudad de la buena musica.

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 1, 2007 at 18:40
So, is this one as good as the first two instant classics? Don't know. Depends on who you ask I guess. The songs are every bit as strong in my opinion. I think the problem here for most fans is the same thing as usual. A shift in musical style. Gone is the 70's guitar rock sound. Replaced by a more straight up AOR sound. Also, as flawlessly as the first two Boston albums were, with the new technology, this album took the bands already majestic sound into the stratusphere. This is absolutely...

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 1, 2007 at 18:44
Top notch material. It is just more mellow than you are used to from this band. Accept that fact, and you'll find this is a very good AOR album. "Amanda", "Cool The Engines", "My Destination", amd "Can'tcha Say" are as fine a tune as any in the Boston catalog. Very much recomended.

From: Leafsfan97 Date: March 10, 2007 at 12:04
We lost the greatest vocalist in Rock and Roll yesterday. God Speed Brad RIP

From: ThunderDan Date: May 23, 2007 at 22:28
Several good songs on here. Sib Hashian plays on half the album, but Tom is the ass who didn't give him the credit. Brad is in fine form here, as always. I miss you, Brad. Such a great singer and an awesome person!

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: October 15, 2007 at 21:18
To Be A Man vaya que joyita,vaya albun es un Classic hermoso albun con mucha elegancia con sonidos nostalgicos y magicos por cierto, nunca morira el buen rock de los 80's...

From: DanDare Date: October 22, 2010 at 4:16
A good album, but that's all. It's very ballad orientated, as has already been noted. I'm not the biggest fan of Boston in the world, and to me this is the sort of album you have to put on in the car, when you're driving other people. Light, inoffensive and with a couple of tracks that other people might know.

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:33
mi disco favorito de boston

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 29, 2014 at 13:10
It took 8 years for Boston to release album number 3 and it was a great come back(at that time,remember the band has been in and out and since the dead of Brad Delp even more)..."Amanda" was kinda huge hit,a lovely melancholic solid softie that put the band,again,at its highest moment back then...tracks 4,5(nice),7(nice),8,9 & 11 are good ones too...basically the whole album is a pleasant one...85/100

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