Friday, February 24, 2012

A Great Guitarist that you Know; and his name is Barry Godreau

Barry Godreau.  Recognize anyone in the Rogues Gallery?  They're pretty famous for being in one of the greatest bands of all-time.  This is a bit of a Boston spin-off group.  Tom Scholz apparently did not like touring, was fixated on legal squabbles with the label, and it took forever for the "next" album to come out.  So - we get this: his first, last and only solo lp. Too bad, it's pretty good.  It has a nice Bostonian feel to it.  Barry Goudreau is the debut self-titled album of original Boston guitar front man, Barry Goudreau.  With the use of fellow Bostonians Brad Delp (on vocals, of course), and Sib Hashian (drumming), and future Boston singer Fran Cosmothe album displays a sound very similar to that of Boston's first two releases Boston (1976) and Don't Look Back (1978).   However, neither this album, nor any of Goudreau's subsequent releases with other acts (Orion The HunterRTZ) proved to be as large of a commercial success as his work with Boston.  [insert huge duh here].  The album was released in 1980 and was Goudreau's only solo album.  The song "Dreams" was released as a single in 1980 nearly cracking Billboard's top 100 and it still receives air play today on Classic rock radio stations (mainly east coast?) along with "Mean Woman Blues."

   Your friendly blogger reports that you can catch Barry and Sib in a new band called Ernie and the Automatics these days.   They put out some classic rock and they WILL serve you up tasty 20-minute Boston song medley, which I saw last summer at Ravinia, as they opened for Deep Purple.  On Boston's monster selling (2nd highest debut lp ever), Barry is listed as "lead guitars, rhythm guitars on "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight."

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