Thursday, August 24, 2017

RTZ (Return To Zero) - Lost And Found + Delp Goudreau (2004)

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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 founded. 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 (titled 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, a recording label asked 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 CD offering.
That's "Lost And Found": the RTZ '80s unreleased 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, very good stuff. Also 'Winners And Losers' has an '80s strong scent (reminds me of FRANKE AND THE KNOCKOUTS).

There's also some pleasant songs more 1980-83 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 critics.
The truth is it ain't half bad. A 'personal album' if you want, mostly for BOSTON die-hard fans.

RTZ (Return To Zero) - Lost And Found + Delp Goudreau (2004) back

These '80s lost tunes were reissued later in the U.S. under the title "Lost In America", but this 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 '98 'Lost' album.
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 (Japan bonus track)

RTZ - Lost and Found - HERE

"Delp and 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

Delp & Goudreau - HERE

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



Anonymous said...

Cool share.
Good 'ol style AOR

E Craig said...

Awesome thanks!!

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Camelblue said...


Billy Catto said...

Hi Camel, thanks again. In reality Dangerous was a bonus track on the japanese edition of Lost, not the japan s/t debut.

Camelblue said...

@Billy Catto:
You're right!