After releasing Don’t Look Back in 1978, Boston took eight years to release its follow-up, Third Stage. I don’t know how it took eight years to make this record as it sounds like their first two, but that’s a good thing. The album is full of major power chords, big hooks and roof raising vocals. The album kicks off with the power ballad “Amanda”. The song is a perfect a power ballad that was ever released and Brad Delp gives a tremendous vocal performance. The band was rewarded with their one and only number one song. “We’re Ready” was another top ten hit and is a driving rocker. “The Launch” is another chance for Tom Scholz to show off his MIT degree as it is amalgamation of guitars that produces a symphonic sound. “Cool The Engines” is a great song and “Cant’cha Say You Believe In Me/I Still Love You” is an epic song. Third Stage showed that Boston still could be a force on the charts even after an eight year disappearance as the album hit number one in late 1986.