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|Released||June 7, 1994|
|Recorded||November 1990 – December 1993|
Walk On is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Boston, released on June 7, 1994 by MCA Records. It is the first album not to feature vocalist Brad Delp, though he did assist in the writing. Vocal duties were handled by Fran Cosmo, making this his first appearance on a Boston album. Delp and Cosmo shared leads during the album's supporting tour and the album’s follow-up Corporate America.
After the success of their 1986 album Third Stage, the band began planning a follow-up and writing for Walk On, which began in 1988. However, due to the increased friction and disagreements between guitarist/bandleader Tom Scholz and singer Brad Delp, the latter left the band in 1989 to join original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau in forming a new band, named RTZ. Soon after, Fran Cosmo was hired and introduced as the new lead singer. Cosmo had previously worked with Goudreau in the band Orion the Hunter, so effectively Scholz and Goudreau swapped lead singers.
Delp returned to Boston to assist in the songwriting, and shared lead vocals on the subsequent Walk On Tour, though he did not sing on the album. Delp and Cosmo also shared leads on Boston's next album Corporate America.
After its release, Walk On peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and yielded the hit "I Need Your Love." It was certified platinum by the RIAA on September 8, 1994.
The final eight pages of the album's booklet were titled "Walk On — Against Violence and Cruelty", and dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and animal cruelty, providing contact information of numerous organizations, including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Humane Society. It was noted that Delp himself was a contributor to these causes.
Classic Rock critic Paul Elliott rated "Livin' for You" as Boston's 3rd greatest song of all time and as Boston's greatest ballad.
All tracks are written by Tom Scholz, additional songwriters are noted below.
|1.||"I Need Your Love"||Fred Sampson||5:33|
|2.||"Surrender to Me"||5:34|
|3.||"Livin' for You"||4:58|
|4.||"Walkin' at Night" (Instrumental)||2:02|
|6.||"Get Organ-ized"/"Get Reorgan-ized" (Instrumental)||4:28|
|7.||"Walk On (Some More)"||2:55|
|8.||"What's Your Name"||4:28|
|10.||"We Can Make It"||5:30|
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||10|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||25|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||40|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||9|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||16|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||16|
|UK Albums (OCC)||56|
|US Billboard 200||7|
|1994||"I Need Your Love"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|1994||"I Need Your Love"||The Billboard Hot 100||51|
|1994||"I Need Your Love"||Top 40 Mainstream||35|
|1994||"Walk On Medley: Walk On"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||14|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.