Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RTZ - Lost And Found + Delp Goudreau (2004)

Requested in "Request & Fill Corner" section...

RTZ (Return To Zero) began as collaboration between ex - Boston members Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau after the recording of the classic "Orion The Hunter" (Goudreau's project) album, where Delp did some vocals as guest.

Some demos were done (mostly with "Orion..." members as back up band) but shelved.

Around '88 Delp contacted Goudreau to work together again and RTZ was officially formed.
They had a lot of material and Barry's studio available, then dozens of tracks were demoed.
RTZ signed a contract but the debut album (Return To Zero) was delayed until 1991. As group, RTZ only performed a national tour and then disbanded.
Many of the songs discarded from the 1989-90 sessions were packaged into the 1998 release "Lost".

By 2003, an italian label ask the duo to release their recent album "Delp & Goudreau" in europe, and Goudreau compiled more demos from the very early sessions of RTZ to make a double offering.
That's it "Lost And Found": the '80s recordings on one CD, plus "Delp & Goudreau".

I've never been a big fan of their self titled debut, but these 'old tapes' are pretty good classy mid-eighties AOR.
The first 4 tracks are the best, obviously the ones recorded circa 1985-6, good good stuff. Also 'Winners And Losers' has an eighties strong scent (reminds me FRANKE AND THE KNOCKOUTS).
There's also some pleasant songs more 80-83 rocking oriented, and a couple from the late '80s sessions, being 'Power Of Love' the highlight.
As for the "Delp & Goudreau" disc, well, this album was relentlessly destroyed by the critics.
The truth is it ain't half bad, just not their finest moment. A 'personal' album, including a couple a good tracks, but mostly for BOSTON die-hard fans.

This collection of '80s tunes was reissued later in the U.S. as "Lost in America", but the european double pack has become very hard to find nowadays.
In my opinion, "Lost And Found" is a very nice slice of upbeat american rockin' AOR, and worth a place in your collection.
I've added a bonus; 'Dangerous', originally the japanese bonus track for the debut album '91.
Good Stuff.

"Lost and Found" :
01 - One Step Away
02 - Fool For Love
03 - Such A Fool
04 - Rise Above It All
05 - Social Disease
06 - I'm On A Roll
07 - Rock The Night
08 - Winners And Losers
09 - Power Of Love
10 - Show Me
11 - Better And Better
12 - Dangerous (bonus track)

"Delp & Goudreau" :
01 - What You Leave Behind
02 - Hands Of Time
03 - Let It Roll
04 - Out Of My Hands
05 - Keep On Runnin'
06 - Everyday
07 - I Need Your Love
08 - The Rhythm Won't Stop
09 - Reconciliation
10 - My One True Love

Brad Delp : Vocals
Barry Goudreau : Guitar
Brian Maes : Keyboards
Tim Archibald : Bass
David Stefanelli : Drums
... and many more

Lost and Found HERE

Dangerous (bonus track) HERE



Anonymous said...

Cool share.
Good 'ol style AOR

E Craig said...

Awesome thanks!!

Mariealena Belanger said...

I don't know where you got your information but Delp and Goudreau is NOT music from their RTZ recordings.
This was the last recordings Brad and Barry dud together aside from "Rockin'Away" and it should be obvious to any listener that Brad isn't the 38 year old singer from RTZ.
Not only is his voice older but his lyrical writings are more mature and reflective of his life.

Rod McCabe said...