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Life, Love & Hope

Boston Audio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B00FR0GT9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love 5:130.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Sail Away 3:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life, Love & Hope 3:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. If You Were in Love 4:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Someday 3:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love Got Away 4:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Someone (2.0) 4:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Gave up on Love (2.0) 4:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Way You Look Tonight 3:520.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Uplifting 2013 album from AOR legends & their first in 11 years! Includes lead vocals from Brad Delp, Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme, David Victor & Tom Scholz & features 11 new tunes including 'Sail Away' & 'Someday'.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 14 Dec 2013
By s wills
Format:Audio CD
Oh dear. I have listened to some great new albums this year from some long standing bands such as saxon, deep purple, black sabbath and motorhead. This i'm afraid to say is the worst album i have bought for a very long time, i expected better from Tom Sholz, it is almost as if the guy has given up and has just put together what he had available and said that will do fine. I should have listened to the dj on planet rock advice and saved my money, one for completists only.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best Effort 22 Feb 2014
By kaz58
Format:Audio CD
I bought this because I've been a Boston fan for a long, long time but my honest opinion is that this album is c%p
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Boston of old 6 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was so excited when I read that Boston were bringing out a new album and I had read that it was going to be more similar to the Boston of Old, particularly after the massively disappointing Corporate America album.

Oh but what a massive disappointment. Their debut album (which is probably one of the Top 5 best albums I have ever bought) and Don't Look Back were without doubt absolute Rock masterpieces - Timeless melodies, wonderfully engineered and skillfully played. But OMG This album should have never been titled as the new Boston album. It should have been labelled as a Tom Scholtz self indulgence masterpiece, which would have certainly stopped me from buying it.

I really have been trying to like this album and I have listened to it repeatedly in the car on the way to work, but there is quite simply not one single good song on the entire album. It should have never been sold as the new Boston album. Why oh why could Tom have not brought back the surviving members of the original band and create an album to be proud of ?

Unfortunately this album, for me, is the final nail in the coffin as I quite simply will not buy another Boston album if there is ever one produced and I will have to have to settle listening to their first 2 masterpieces.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tom, dial 911, please 4 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because hey, this is Boston, I ALWAYS buy whatever they put on sale - I'm a fan and that's what fans do. Never thought I'd see the day that I'd regret buying one of their albums. Today, however, is that day. This album sucks big time.

First of all, the re-releases are no match to the originals. They should have been left alone. Tom, it took you eight years to get off the pot and get them on an album the first time around; why should adding another eleven years automatically improve them? Let me tell you: it didn't.

Then, the new material. There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is: the trademark sound is still there. The bad news is: the songs themselves aren't all that great, certainly not on a par with the best of their other albums. If this is the best Boston can do after all that time and with all that effort... I'm sorry, but I'm more than a bit disappointed.

Brad Delp passed away, Kimberley Dahme went solo again. There have been guest vocalists introduced on this album. That's fine by me. But why stop there, Tom? You could have used a guest songwriter. Someone you yourself admire and are prepared to listen to. Because God only knows if I can stand another album like this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trademark Boston 19 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
I'm quite surprised at the poor reviews of this album. Yes, it's not a classic and for me the inclusion of three previously released tracks is a bit cheap, but I buy a Boston album for that trademark sound that only Tom Scholz can produce. If Boston had done an unplugged album or gone in a different direction I can only imagine the outcry. The opening track Heaven on Earth is everything you would expect if you love Boston and hits the mark big time. The rest of the album is more of the same culminating in the final track The Way You Look Tonight which for some will come across as soppy but it leaves you wanting more and is a real grower. In fact I would say the whole album grows the more you listen to it and I personally can't keep it off the player. My advice, go on a 45 minute car journey and turn up the volume and remember with Boston you get what you pay for.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far from "Feelin' Satisfied"! 11 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
I recall the previous (pathetic) Boston effort had a CD cover showing how much Tom Scholz cared about the planet, cared about ecology, cared about animals, etc. What a pity he doesn't seem to care about humans as much, specifically, Boston fans!

I was describing the band to someone the other day. I explained how the debut album would forever be an AOR masterpiece, how the follow-up matched it in my opinion (although many disagreed), how the 3rd album was a let-down (weaker songs and not enough up-tempo tracks), and how "Walk On" was a slight reprieve, although spoilt by organ. (Why does the man fancy himself as a keyboard player so much? Stick to the guitar!)

I mentioned the inexcusable (and increasing) long delays between releases. I said there was no way he'd have done that if he'd had to put food on the table every day. (Maybe it would have been better if the debut hadn't been THAT big a seller!!!) I mentioned his obsession with making guitars sound like synthesizers to prove some bizarre point. (Errr, nobody CARES what instrument makes a particular sound as long as the sound is there.)

I then mentioned the outrageous "Corporate America" where he thought he could just include his girlfriend's acoustic dabblings and pass it off as "Boston". WRONG! There's a reason millions bought into the great Boston guitar sound with Brad Delp's incredible harmony vocals. They had every right to expect that from subsequent albums. I'm sure Kimberley Dahme is a nice person, and I'm sure her solo album is very good for that genre, but you DON'T force your sweetheart's music down everyone's throat. What if Tony Iommi has married a concert pianist then included a classical piano showpiece in the middle of a Black Sabbath album?!
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Published 3 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Super service!
Excellent product delivered promptly. Great value, too.
Published 3 days ago by manuel olivares
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Boston
This is the first Boston album that is only average. It's got a few good riffs but it's nothing like "Boston" or "3rd Stage"
Published 3 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
OK so progress is good, but this album is a bit like background music, but excellently played.
Do not expect anything like the original albums.
Published 3 months ago by davesshed
4.0 out of 5 stars In Defence of Mr Scholz
For all the negative criticizers out there (always more whingers than grateful ones in any debatable issue on this planet), I too listened excessively (!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas G Towsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Life Love & Hope
Fantastic cd the Boston of old some really good tracks never get tired of listening to it Would recommend to friends
Published 4 months ago by Sue Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston - Life, Love & Hope CD album
I pre-ordered two of these albums & they both arrived ahead of UK release date, well done Amazon. Just wanted to add these to my Boston collection of picture discs, albums,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ianwas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but still a great Boston album!
Firstly the bad - sub-standard production (unacceptable considering the quality of other music released in this genre, especially on Frontier Records) and only 8 new songs (3 songs... Read more
Published 4 months ago by IPT
1.0 out of 5 stars DEAR TOM....
Well, after 11 years, it finally arrived. You have poured your heart and soul into this (you say), and its what Boston is all about.

Strewth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Doctor
1.0 out of 5 stars We all love Tom really...
There was a time when the music of Boston was an affirmation of Life, Love and Hope. Particularly for me as a lad growing up in Northern Ireland in the 70's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen A
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