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Good Melodies But Limited Vision
on October 27, 2002
As a pre-teenager, I was very intrigued my the heavy pop sound of Boston. The melody line of More Than A Feeling was very captivating to my ears. In addition, Foreplay/Longtime captivated my soul with the spooky organ intro and powerful vocals. I knew I had to have this record and made the purchase upon accumulating enough money.
After a few listens, I really began to like this record a great deal. Enough to warrant purchasing the songbook to work out the melodies on guitar and piano. I really like the enegertic Smokin' especially the way it shifted gears with a mesmerizing organ solo during the middle part of the song.
As time went on, Boston always seemed to take an excessive amount of time in releasing follow-up albums. Heck Third Stage took eight years to record. And the truth of the matter is that the band hardly expanded on their sound. As I listened to other artists with greater interest, I somewhat forgot about this once reverred record.
I fast forward to today, where I just passed an Amazon.com page listing a soon to be released Boston recording Corporate America. I say to myself, geez haven't these guys taken the hint that their time has passed a LONG TIME ago?
Yes, I still like Smokin', Long Time, and a couple of other tracks as well. However, as a forty year old adult, I find that in spite of some pretty good melodies, even this first and best release of Boston has an extremely limited vision. I tend to prefer variety in my music and this was definitely not Boston's strong suit. If you have some nostalgia for Music from 1976, you might want to pick it up. However, essential to one's record collection, this release surely is not.