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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six year odyssey
For me, the most remarkable aspect of this album is that the production is exactly the same as on the first two releases. Bearing in mind the detrimental effect technological advances had on music between 1976 and 1986, this is to Boston's credit, though it may have a lot to do with Tom Scholz's insistence in recording in his basement rather than a regular studio...
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by D. J. H. Thorn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good... but...
I love the Boston sound but Tom & co. really strayed off the mark here. Half great and half below-par - and that can even happen during the song, not track by track!
Published on 13 May 2012 by Philip R. Symons


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six year odyssey, 27 Aug 2009
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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For me, the most remarkable aspect of this album is that the production is exactly the same as on the first two releases. Bearing in mind the detrimental effect technological advances had on music between 1976 and 1986, this is to Boston's credit, though it may have a lot to do with Tom Scholz's insistence in recording in his basement rather than a regular studio. Unusually, 'Third Stage' stacks most of its best material at the end of the album. Of course, the obvious hit, 'Amanda', opens proceedings. Despite a cloying, cliched lyric, the melody and Scholz's production skills make it irresistible. By contrast, the next five tracks are experimental by Boston's usual standards, particularly 'The Launch', which contains a particularly loud moment designed to make you jump. This series of tracks smacks of concept album. They snap out of it with 'To Be A Man' which seems to be a sequel to 'Don't Look Back''s superb 'A Man I'll Never Be' and is a worthy successor. The remaining three tracks are all of Boston's usual quality. Crucially, the only original band member retained by Scholz is Brad Delp, whose stratospheric lead vocals are irreplaceable. Proof that time waits for Boston.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Stage, 6 Dec 2003
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Wow if you thought that more than a feeling was good(which it is)then this will send you out into another dimension.The guitar of Tom Sholz must rate among the greats of Clapton,Satriani and even hendrix,its a shame that we don't hear more of him.
If you want a album that you can play in any mood,be it as backgrond whilst your busy or at full blast in a dark room,you will NEVER get bored listening to this all time classic album.
I personally i prefere to listen to my copy on good old fashion vynal as you can pick up the feeling of the spirit that it was made using amps instruments that most people would throw away.An album that takes 6 years to make or 175 light bulbs in the studio thats got to be music of passion if you want a album that will stay with you for the rest of your life then this is it,enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American classic, 25 Jun 2009
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S. K. FLORA (Sutton Coldfield,U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This is probably my favourite Boston, even over the first two albums which are considered classics by many and usually rated above this.
Every song on here has all the hallmarks of what Boston is all about.....fantastic guitars coupled with great vocals all wrapped up in great songs that have superb production values.
It's always been a pity that for various reasons their output has seen such gaps between albums and a shame that they haven't produced more works-especially in their heyday.
If your a fan of classic american rock then this album is a must- there isn't a dud song on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time great, 23 Dec 2008
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There are very few albums around that leave you so satisfied that you want to listen to it again. This is one of those albums, no electronic gadgets, technical problems such as audio tape getting stuck to the heads etc. It a wonder how Boston managed to get this album out. But a great job the did in producing an albumthat goes back to basics, yet gettign it to sound as if advanced electronics were used. Very few bands are capable of doing this. It is well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 years to reach the THIRD STAGE, 29 Dec 2009
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Best Boston album and one of the best symphonic rock albums ever.
As Scholz relates in the liner notes, they took around 6 years to make this record. It's impressive, such a stack of sounds mixed and linked, lots of troubles with the the oldest tape tracks (they got stuck), a man with long arms to fix the tapes from different desks and most of all, a "space" travel full of space ships and other UFO sounds made without using violins or synths.
Brad shows a great voice from sweet modulations to the highest tone rates!
I've listened to it lots of times and I never get fed up with.
I really recommend it. It's great!
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El mejor disco de Boston y uno de los mejores discos de rock sinfónico de todos los tiempos. Como cuenta Scholz en las notas del disco, tardaron casi 6 años en hacerlo. Es impresionante el montón de sonidos unidos y mezclados, montones de prblemas con las pistas más antiguas, las cintas se pegaron, necesitaron un tio con los brazos largos para fijar las pistas de mesas diferentes y sobre todo un viaje espacial lleno de sonidos de naves y otros OVNIS para los que no usaron violines ni sintetizadores.
Brad saca una gran voz desde las más finas modulaciones hasta los más altos tonos.
Es un discazo, lo he oido montones de veces y nunca me canso.
Lo recomiendo un montón. Es genial
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!, 16 Jan 2000
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No synthesizers and no orchestral instruments have been used to record Boston's third album. It is already an impressive piece of work, and even more impressive considering what sounds the perfectionistic Tom Scholz has created out of other instruments.
Brad Delp's vocals are breathtaking, and the arrangements are very bombastic yet never annoyingly noisy.
»Third Stage« is simply a perfect album. It deserves its five stars to the fullest! Every single song is a piece of art. Wow!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A safe bet, 3 Jan 2008
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Got the CD for Christmas, my LP having worn out years ago along with the irreplaceable stylus... Still good to listen to. If you haven't heard this album but like the old single played year in year out on Radio 2, you won't be disappointed. Seems to have lost some of the "metal" sound in the transition to CD, but it was never meant to be played on anything except vinyl. Full sleeve notes are faithfully reproduced so this is a good cheap CD for anyone who likes early 80's Def Leppard / soft metal type stuff.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boston take off again, 24 Aug 2005
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Mr. Thomas Thatcher "Tom Thatcher" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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With only Tom Scholtz (guitar, keys) and Brad Delp (vocals) left from the original Boston who recorded More than a Feeling, this is, as expected, very guitar heavy with a mass of overdubs and overlays. Nonetheless, Tom is a cracking guitarist and a reasonable keyboard player and the result carries you away in spite of all reservations.
Yes, it is loud, and yes, it is somewhat pompous - but thank goodness for that! Stand -out tracks are Amanda, What does it take to be a Man? and Can't you say you belive in me? The vocals are of a range usually only audible to dogs and elephants and the themes are carefully woven and repeated throughout to give a remarkable continuity to the whole.
Fantastic for driving through California on a hot day - not so good for Budleigh Salterton in the driving rain. But this a great album and repays many hearings. Buy it, and you will end up loving it in spite of yourself. And is that really TEN overdubbed guitars that I can hear on What does it take to be a Man? Excellent! Go for it Tom! About time for another album now - 25 years should be long enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a feeling..., 5 Jun 2009
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Mr. C. T. Brand "Dark Matter" (Norfolk, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Another awesome album by Boston, so why leave it so long to add it to my collection? Another truly immense album, with the soaring vocals and multi-layered guitars that no-one comes close to matching. Every song is a winner, and every solo will take your breath away, whether it's the guitar, or mighty Hammond organ. An absolute gem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time is the charm, 11 May 2007
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A successful lawsuit against CBS records and two mediocre recordings from Boston alumnus Barry Gourdreau later, Tom Scholz and Brad Delp stormed back onto the 1986 singles chart with Amanda, Third Stage's first single and lead off song. It took seven years to get this album released, but the delay was worth it, 40 minutes of beautifully crafted pop-rock, from Amanda's opening chords on the acoustic guitar to the soaring electric on Cool the Engines to the elegiac finale of Hollyann. If you want to purchase only essential Boston material, get Third Stage plus the first two albums and you'll have the absolute best of Boston - or anyone even remotely associated with Boston.
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