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My personal favorite Boston album
on June 21, 2004
Boston's second album Don't Look Back was rush-released in August of 1978. The album was the follow-up to the mammoth selling debut which has sold to date 17 million in the US alone and the pressure was on guitarists Tom Scholz(whom also wrote all the songs) and Barry Goudreau, vocalist Brad Delp, bassist Fran Sheehan and drummer Sib Hashian to deliver an album equal of its predecessor. While they were slowly trying to complete the album, Epic/CBS wanted a blockbuster for the last quarter of 1978. Despite Scholz's objections that he was not finished, seeing as the album is only 33 minutes long, CBS literally took the tapes and released Don't Look Back. The album stormed right to #1 on Billboard and sold FOUR million in its first month. Don't Look Back was the first Boston album I ever got which was the day after Christmas in 1986 and I played this baby constantly in elementary school whilst most of my fellow then-fifth graders were digging forgettable dribble like Europe and Bon Jovi, and it still sounds fresh today. Every song is excellent, it's difficult to say which one is my favorite. I would give the edge to A Man I'll Never Be which was a great epic which is such a beautiful song. The title track and Feelin' Satisfied are still rock radio staples and kick-ass songs. The closing Don't Be Afraid was a great way to close this superb album. If you like the first album, get this album too. Highly recommended!