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2.96 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hello, Hello, Hello (3:34)
2. Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya (5:22)
3. P.U.N.K. (Puny Undernourished Kid) (3:22)
4. Shall I Run Away (5:08)
5. Alone Tonight (3:39)
6. Nothing to Fear (5:05)
7. Shoot (3:59)
8. Turn Out the Light (3:43)
9. The Last Show (3:55)
10. Encore (3:15)

Total Time 41:02

Line-up / Musicians

- John Fannon / guitars, vocals
- Hirsh Gardner / drums, vocals
- Jimmy Waldo / keyboards, vocals
- Gary Shea / bass

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NEW ENGLAND New England ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (58%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by progpositivity
3 stars This is not a prog record. It does, however, feature a unique breed of widely popular rock music that freely drew inspiration from the worlds of prog and art-rock in the late 1970's and early 1980's. If Journey, Styx and Asia have no songs of interest in their discographies for you whatsoever, I can save you some time by advising you to stop reading immediately. "Do not pass go. Do not collect their albums".

The AOR radio hit from this album, "Don't Ever Wanna' Lose Ya'", is fairly representative of New England's approach, combining distorted guitar and majestic keys with big vocal harmonies against the backdrop of a straight rock beat to create a swirling confection that is as powerful and compellingly catchy as it is sentimental and sometimes even sappy.

Highlights include a closing duo of songs cleverly crafted to serve as a soundtrack for the mind's eye of anyone who has ever daydreamed of being a rock star. (Now that's what I call a very large 'target audience'!) Although the transience of fame remains palpable throughout "The Last Show" and "Encore", any semblance of day to day realities, trials or tribulations of such a lifestyle are otherwise bypassed in lieu of providing the listener a more idealized version of vicarious rock-star wish fulfillment.

"Turn Out the Light" is one of the most "well-adjusted" songs of yearning for lost youthful innocence that I've ever heard. The ballad "Shall I Run Away" hints at some of the saccharine tendencies that would surface to a greater degree on later albums.

Review by apps79
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3 stars From Boston, Massachusetts came this powerful young US AOR/Hard Rock band, born in 1977 as a result of the gathering of guitarist/singer John Fannon, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, drummer Hirsh Gardner and bassist Gary Shea.They were discovered by Kiss' producer Bill Aucoin, so their first album was produced by Paul Stanley together with Mike Stone, best known for his work with Queen and Asia.''New England'' was released in 1979 on Infinity Records, brunch label of MCA Records.

A marginal entry in the database, New England played mostly AOR-flavored Hard Rock with often syrupy lyrics and powerful driving guitars.The musicianship was always great with catchy groovy tunes and memorable compositions.But the personal approach of the band came from Jimmy Waldo and his huge interest of using analog keyboards like organ and even greater mellotron in a steady base, unlike many bands of the style, which were mostly synth-oriented or simply did not know how to use these instruments.On the other hand Waldo adapted the sound and added the grandiose sound of mellotron in New England's sound, delivering often passages with symphonic hints.The tremendous hit ''Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya'', the smooth ''Shall I run away'' or the groovy ''Alone tonight'' are excellent examples of the Waldo's unique approach with great organ/mellotron parts.BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST should have been definitely an influence.Additionally the band used also some great multi-vocal harmonies in a very vintage way, reminding either of THE BEATLES or STYX at their best, the later influence being also evident in the softer parts.Of course this is not a prog album by any means, rather a prog-flavored straight ahead AOR/Hard Rock/Pomp Rock release, but the blend of the band's pompous style with symphonic-inclined keyboard parts along with the careful vocal harmonies make them worth exploring.

Regarding the Pomp/Hard Rock point of view, this album is definitely a masterpiece.But even a hardcore prog fan with just a bit of interest on melodic and accesible tunes should give ''New England'' a spin.Warmly recommended.

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