RTZ

Boston members involved: Barry Goudreau, Brad Delp

RTZ, which stands for Return To Zero, began as collaboration between Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau around 1989.

Goudreau and Delp were both part of the original Boston line up, and after Barry's departure from Boston the two stayed in close contact with Brad contributing both to Barry Goudreau's solo album and also to a lesser degree on the Orion the Hunter album.

Around 1989 Delp was on hiatus from Boston and looking to get active in writing again. He contacted Goudreau about collaboration. Goudreau and Delp brought in keyboardist Brian Maes who was part of the Orion the Hunter touring band, drummer Dave Stefanelli and bass player Tim Archibald. Maes and Stefanelli had previously worked with producer Nick Lowe in England and Archibald's band New Man had released an album on Epic.

Delp and Goudreau landed a deal with Giant Records and the first RTZ album, titled Return to Zero was released in 1991. A video was produced for the first single Face The Music. The band soon hit the road, Delp gave Boston his notice and they felt that the sky was the limit.

After touring the US extensively, a video was prepared for the single Until Your Love Comes Back Around penned by keyboard player Brian Maes originally for ex. J. Giles singer Peter Wolf. The single was very successful and reached No. 1 in several markets.

RTZ felt that the band wasn't getting the attention it deserved by the label and asked to be released from their contract. As RTZ began to shop for a new label, Delp decided to leave to the band and would eventually reunite with Boston. The other band members decided that it would be impossible to replace Delp and decided to end the band. Unfortunately, Return To Zero went out of print, and therefore is no longer available in stores.

There were still enough recordings left over from the original recording sessions to create another album. Barry searched for a new label and eventually found MTM Records. The recordings were released on September 28, 1998, and the album was titled Lost.

In 2004, Lost and Found was released. It features previously unreleased music from the band. In 2005, RTZ released 2 CDs simultaneously, Lost in America and Found in America under band member Brian Maes' Briola Records label. Lost in America contains all the same material that was released on Lost, including the song Dangerous, which was only available on the Japanese release. Found in America contains the same material that is on their 2004 release Lost and Found, but includes a bonus live version of the song Return to Zero.

The Band:
Barry Goudreau: Guitar
Brad Delp: Vocals/Guitar
Tim Archibald: Bass
Brian Maes: Keyboard
David Stefanelli: Drums

Discography


Return to Zero
Released: 1991
Giant Records


Track Listing:
01. Face the Music
02. There's Another Side
03. All You've Got
04. This is My Life
05. Rain Down on Me
06. Every Door is Open
07. Devil to Pay
08. Until Your Love Comes Back Around
09. Livin' For the Rock and Roll
10. Hard Time (In the Big House)
11. Return to Zero

Singles: Until Your Love Comes Back Around/Every Door is Open (45 RPM)


Facts about "Return to Zero"

  • Music videos were created for Face the Music and Until Your Love Comes Back Around.
  • Album is out of print
  • Paul Ahern is credited for direction of this album (Ahern sued Tom Scholz in 1995)


Lost

Released: 1998
MTM Records


Track Listing:
01. When You Love Someone
02. Turn This Love Around
03. Someday
04. Violent Days
05. Change for Change
06. One in a Million
07. Given You Up for Dead
08. Don't Wait
09. Talk to Me
10. Don't Lead Me On
11. Dangerous (Japan Import Bonus)


Facts about "Lost"

  • Michael Troy co-wrote some songs (he later joined drummer David Stefanelli to create Beloved Few)


Lost and Found
Released: 2004
Frontiers Records


Track Listing:
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


Lost in America
Released: 2005
Briola Records


Track Listing:
01. When You Love Someone
02. Turn This Love Around
03. Someday
04. Violent Days
05. Change for Change
06. One in a Million
07. Given You Up for Dead
08. Don't Wait
09. Talk to Me
10. Don't Lead Me On
11. Dangerous


Found in America
Released: 2005
Briola Records


Track Listing:
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. Return to Zero (Live)

Facts about "Found in America"

  • The version of Social Disease on this disc is edited from the original version released on Lost and Found, as the TV audio clips used in the song were removed; it was likely done for legal reasons with copyright



Set the Songbird Free
Released: 2007
Briola Records


Track Listing:
01. Set The Songbird Free

Facts about "Set The Songbird Free"

  • This song Debuted during the Come Together tribute for Brad Delp
  • The CD version of this (available at CD Baby) features a Quicktime video file of the band performing the song


 
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