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Its "More Than A Feeling" When I Listen To This
on March 27, 2008
In 1976 Tom Scholz after a few years of trying to achieve something in the music buisness decided that after his last attemp he was going to sell all his equipement and do something else.He had been trying to make a succesfull band since 1970 basicly just recording tapes in his basement.In 1975 Scholz borrowed Aerosmith's recording equipement and recorded what would be the band's first album.I am sure glad that it turned out to work if not we would have never had the chance to listen to the wonderfull and timeless album that is "Boston".In fact not only did it work,it turned out that it became one of the best-selling debut album with over 17 millions albums sold(if not the best-selling one),but you probably knew that by now.30+ years latter it is still as good as it was back then and hasn't lost any of its appeal.The band had good competition that year,Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours",KISS'"Destroyer",Aerosmith's "Rocks" and planty of others but managed to be on top with its distinctive sound which attracted both rockers and radio stations.It had a fews succesfull singles and most of these songs are still played on the rock stations even today,right there that should tell you something.
Boston were said to have a sort of futuristic sound and were even marketed as "music trought science" as other reviewers have said.But Tom Scholz has often said that he did not use synthetizers for the album to get the sound,well whatever he did,he made it right!The album was commercial rock yeah,but this stills rocks to me,it just has more melody to it and it attracts a wider range of people.The musicians weren't incredible,Brad Delp did have an amazing voice and they were good but not extremely gifted musicians,still they played very well and everything sounds good,voices,guitars,bass,drums,all!The band does show its influences but it has its distinctive sound right from the start that makes it "Boston".They are one of the rare AOR rock bands that we can nearly all like.
The first tracks "More Than A Feeling" stands out as a true classic of music and you must already have heard this one a lot already.It was the most famous song on the album and it was also the highest ranked single of it.Track two,"Piece Of Mind" is a strong follow-up just when you tought it couldn't get any better!A personnal favourite,very good song."Foreplay/Longtime" is really a song that goes into one other and has perfect balance,amazing once again and at 7:48 its impressive."Rock'N'Roll Band" is the typical song you would find on a debut album,aspirations to become a rock band and all that,but this one is more about how they felt towards discovering the rock stars lifestyle."Smokin'",a good song it doens't really mean much else but then again a song doesn't have to mean anything to be appreciated,its not a standout but I like it to say the least,but compared to all the previous songs its not so impressive..."Hitch A Ride" a slower song with a slight ballad approach,very good showing the melodic side of the band even more,very good."Something About You" a fun rocker,short at 3:48 but very solid and the lyrics are great and everything about the song is catchy!Still this one was the least popular off the album."Let Me Take You Home Tonight",the slower-paced song of the album and written by Brad Delp(all others were penned by Scholz)it certainly has a nice feel,its pretty good.No song,I repeat no song are BAD on "Boston".
We finally get a decent remaster for this true classic which fans had been wanting for year.The 1990 remaster had rather poor sound and therefore did not sound as good,it would be the edition that I would recommmend quality-wise.Yep its been done in 2006 by Scholz himself and it is to note that he also remastered the second Boston album,"Don't Look Back" as well.He did a good job on it too!If my and the other reviewers who were positive didn't convice you,I don't know what would.Maybe the fact that it is a 200 Definitive could convince you.You have all the good reasons to buy Boston's debut album,MUSIC THIS GOOD HAS TO BE HEARD EVERYONE!An absolute five stars,it just can't get much better this,its the best Boston album in my opinion but the first three albums of the band are pretty good and also worth looking at.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED(In fact you should click "Purchase" right now if you don't already have this!