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27
Jan

Boston – Boston (1976) – Lp

Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

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Artist:  Boston
Title:  Boston
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 81611

Boston is the debut studio album by American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, the album was released on August 25, 1976, in the United States by Epic Records. Scholz had studied classical piano in his childhood and became involved in the Boston music scene in the late 1960s. He subsequently started to concentrate on demos recorded in his apartment basement with singer Brad Delp, and although their previous group, Mother’s Milk, had received numerous rejection letters from major record labels in the early 1970s, by 1975, the demo tape had fallen into the hands of CBS-owned Epic Records, who signed the band.

Epic wanted the band to record in Los Angeles with a record producer, but Scholz was unwilling and wanted to record the album in his basement studio, so he hired Boylan to run interference with the label. In an elaborate ruse, Scholz tricked the label into thinking the band was recording on the West Coast, when in reality, the bulk was being tracked solely by Scholz at his Massachusetts home. The album’s contents are a complete recreation of the band’s demo tape, and contain songs written and composed many years prior. The album’s style, often referred to as the “Boston sound”, was developed through Scholz’s love of classical music, melodic hooks and guitar-heavy rock groups such as the Kinks and the Yardbirds.

The album was released by Epic in August 1976 and sold extremely well, breaking sales records and becoming one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. Boston’s style was appropriated by label executives and imitated by bands to create radio-friendly “corporate rock“, the creation of which the band was also accused. The album’s singles, most notably “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time“, were both AM and FM hits, and nearly the entire album receives constant rotation on classic rock radio. The album has been referred to as a landmark in 1970s rock and has been included on many lists of essential albums.

 

Side one
1.  More Than a Feeling  (4:44)
2.  Peace of Mind  (5:02)
3.  Foreplay/Long Time  (7:47)

Side two
1.  Rock and Roll Band  (2:59)
2.  Smokin’  (4:22)
3.  Hitch a Ride  (4:12)
4.  Something About You  (3:48)
5.  Let Me Take You Home Tonight  (4:44)

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27
Sep

Boston – Don´t Look Back (1978) – Lp

Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

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Artist:  Boston
Title:  Don´t Look Back
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 86057

Don’t Look Back is the second studio album by American rock band Boston, released in 1978.

The follow up to their amazingly successful debut album, “Don’t Look Back” picks up where the last album left off. With the glossy arena rock sound and radio friendly tracks, “Don’t Look Back” was sure to be a great follow up as well as another classic 70’s album. Although the guitarship would crash down after this album and the band would break apart and nothing would ever be the same, they still had ideas and it shows the most on this album. You can already see a more creative track list on this one compared to the debut album with songs being more stretched together for example, “Don’t Look Back” with the song “The Journey” being an instrumental bridge to “It’s Easy”. This also explains the reason why Tom Scholz was angry when he had to release the album before he wanted to. The record company didn’t give him the time he wanted to finish the project and that’s why it seems like there’s no reason why “The Journey” was put there when the album contains only eight songs just like the previous but the previous being a group of singles. But now that i’ve covered the main difference between this album and the first time to get into song details.

The song to start the album may be the most successful songs on the album, “Don’t Look Back” is a highly energized song filled with great licks and riffs. It also has some really motivational lyrics to go along with the music and in the end is one of Boston’s greatest songs. The second track “The Journey” is a minor instrumental filled with keyboards and guitars. “It’s Easy” follows that up and is another catchy song which is something Boston had already accomplished in their songs. “A Man I’ll Never Be” is the bands biggest ballad of the 70’s with layers of some of the bands most emotional guitar playing along with Brad Delp’s soft yet strong vocals. This song has a lot of tempo changes and almost ends on a loud note but really ends up with a nice paino piece. The next song “Feelin’ Satisfied”, carries a lot of sound from the previous album with its straight forward rock and roll sound. The chorus really rocks in this song and is sure to hook you at first listen. After this rock and roller comes another one with “Party”. Like the previous song it’s a pretty straight forward song about livin’ a rock and roll lifestyle. “Used to Bad News” is a really good song with a nice touch of great lyrics. You might enjoy the vocals the most on this one but the guitar riff is just as great. The final song to end the album “Don’t Be Afraid”, is another rocker with a hook for a chorus. The singing is energetic, backup vocals and all.

This album would mark the last time the original five members would make an album together. The band would break up and carry on with only Brad Delp and Tom Scholz into the 80’s, 90’s and even now. “Don’t Look Back” is just another great rock and roll album to enjoy just like their debut album. From the rock and roll of “Don’t Look Back” to the ballad “A Man I’ll Never Be”, Boston once again put out another great album.

 

Side one
1.   Don’t Look Back   (5:57)
2.   The Journey   (1:46)
3.   It’s Easy   (4:26)
4.   A Man I’ll Never Be   (6:37)

Side two
1.   Feelin’ Satisfied   (4:11)
2.   Party   (4:07)
3.   Used to Bad News   (2:56)
4.   Don’t Be Afraid   (3:48)

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