|1. Tell Me|
|2. Higher Power|
|3. More Than A Feeling|
|4. Peace Of Mind|
|5. Don't Look Back|
|6. Cool The Engines|
|7. Livin' For You|
|8. Feelin' Satisfied|
|10. Foreplay/Long Time|
|12. Rock & Roll Band|
|14. A Man I'll Never Be|
|15. The Star Spangled Banner/4th Of July Reprise|
|16. Higher Power (Kalodner Edit)|
Through it all, as this cohesive collection shows, the sound remains the same, layered, harmonized, smooth, crisp. Best of Boston collects 5 songs from their debut, a few more each from Don't look Back and Third Stage, and one from the underrated '94 release, Walk On. It flows like a good album should, with some songs going right into the next just as they did on the original albums. Very few things are missing except notably, Hitch a Ride, but that would have placed too much reliance on their debut. Another song from Third Stage and Walk On would've also been nice, they're underrepresented here.
The new songs are considerably more problematic. Higher Power is a great song, bringing back original vocalist Brad Delp back into the mix, but two versions of it are unneccesary. The Sholtz-sung Tell Me is very weak, meandering, and uninteresting, and The Star Spangled Banner? What? Didn't Hendrix already do this? It should've been left in the history books. Removing the SSB and the second Higher Power would've cleared way for a couple more late-period songs that deserved it.
This collection serves as a fine introduction to Boston.Read more ›
Boston - consisting of MIT mechanical engineer graduate Tom Sholz on guitar and keyboard, vocalist Brad Delp, guitarist Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan on bass, and drummer Sib Hashian - had exactly six hits for Epic from 1976 to 1979 - and one of those is left out of this compilation - 1977's Long Time which reached # 22 in March and, as such, was a "greater" hit than any of Peace Of Mind [# 38 in June 1977], A Man I'll Never Be [# 31 in January 1979], and Feelin' Satisfied [# 46 in May 1978].
Each of those are here, along with their first, More Than A Feeling, which peaked at # 5 in November 1976, and their best for Epic, 1978's Don't Look Back, which topped out at # 4 that October. But why leave out one of their better Epic offerings? Also, Feelin' Satisfied was their last hit as a multi-artist group as the band broke up at this point, with Goudreau later forming Orion The Hunter in 1982 [one minor hit in 1984].
In 1986 Scholz and Delp got back together as a duo with MCA and, still calling themselves Boston, had a smash # 1 with Amanda, but this really had no connection to the larger band sound of the 1970s. They also had a # 9 in early 1987 with We're Ready and a # 20 that May with the Can'tcha Say (You Believe In Me)/Still In Love medley.Read more ›
Boston, between 1976 and 1986, was arguably one of the most popular rock bands around, with Boston, Don't Look Back, and... Read more