Boston by Boston

19 ratings (18 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
13
4 stars
4
3 stars
2 stars
1
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

BOSTON is the debut album from classic rock band Boston, who hail from Boston

Feb 24, 2012 (Updated Feb 24, 2012)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:all eight songs are instantly recognizable and catchy classic rock icons

Cons:only eight songs; nothing

The Bottom Line: Boston is American Classic Rock Royalty, one of the best-selling classic rock albums ever.                

.


.

Today, almost 40 years after their debut album hit the shelves, every single song from this album can be heard on classic rock radio anywhere around the world. I’m not sure, but I believe that this album is the only one (not counting The Beatles), where every track is played on the radio. Boston, the group and the album are essentially the brainchild of guitarist Tom Scholz. Tom is a smart guy, an MIT grad who built a studio in his basement to create demos with the sole purpose to get signed to a record label. This 1976 release had its beginnings in 1969, when Tom had written the first songs that would wind up on the first Boston album.

Although each and every song is familiar to those of us who listen to classic rock radio, the album begins with their arguably most well known song More Than a Feeling. The fade in of the suspended D-chord is iconic and instantly recognizable for most of the musically-aware population. Tom Scholz had found the best singer he could with Brad Delp, a dude who had such an amazing range as well as a commercially sounding voice that has a round soothing quality. The track is the archetypical rock ballad, with its acoustic guitar intro and verses and hard rock choruses. Tom has multitracked his guitars giving us multitracked guitars harmonizing with each other as he plays in his off-timing kind of style.

The next track Peace of Mind is basically an upbeat guitar track, which really shows off Delp’s vocal and background vocal abilities. Back in the 1970s, it was one of the three tracks that were released as singles. This one barely broke the top 40. Foreplay/Long Time has a sexually suggestive title doesn’t it? This is probably the oldest of the eight songs here. I always thought that Foreplay should have been the first song, as it reminds me of one of those grand album intros, kind of like Elton’s Funeral For a Friend. It’s the longest track at nearly eight minutes long. Rock and Roll Band is cut from the same cloth, which makes up most of the album, except with audience noises during the chorus. The biographical lyrics make the song another winner.

Scholz wrote every song here except for two. There’s Smokin’ which sounds like a minor change in the overall sound. While the rest of the songs have a more generalized hard rock sound, Smokin’ has a Zeppelin-esque bluesy guitar riff while the lyrics talk about the joys of marijuana. Brad Delp is the only name in the by line for the last song Let me Take You Home Tonight. The song begins with a flavor resembling Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers. The lyrics talk about Brad finding some girl, getting her stoned and then finally making love.

Diversity is not a big factor here, but the fans don’t seem to mind. Boston goes down in history as one of the biggest-selling debut albums ever.


Boston
Boston (debut)
Length: 37:42 minutes
Released: July 25th, 1976
Rating: 4 stars
the Songs:
1. More Than a Feeling
2. Peace of Mind
3. Foreplay/Long Time
4. Rock and Roll Band
5. Smokin’
6. Hitch a Ride
7. Something About You
8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight

Verified Lean and Mean at 499 words


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (2)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Boston Acoustics A 250 Dual 5.25 2-way Floor Speaker, Gloss Black, Single A250

Boston Acoustics A 250 Dual 5.25 2-way Floor Speaker, Gloss Black, Single A250

1.888.209.5772 About me Contact Us Shipping Payments FAQ Boston Acoustics A 250 Dual 5.25 2-Way Floor Standing Speaker, Gloss Black, Single SKU: BACA2...
eBay

$299.00

+$23.27 shipping
Boston Acoustics - A 250 Dual 5.25 2-Way Floor Standing Speaker, Gloss Black, Single, Spe

Boston Acoustics - A 250 Dual 5.25 2-Way Floor Standing Speaker, Gloss Black, Single, Spe

Boston Acoustics A 250 Dual 5.25 2-Way Floor Standing Speaker, Gloss Black, Single The Boston Acoustics A 250 Dual 5.25 2-Way Floor Standing Speaker (...
Adorama

$299.00

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics Voyager RK8T2 200 W RMS Speaker - 2-way - 1 Pack

Boston Acoustics Voyager RK8T2 200 W RMS Speaker - 2-way - 1 Pack

Boston Voyager RK8T2 Granite Rock Speaker is designed to blend gracefully with virtually any outdoor decor and is specially voiced for open-air enviro...
Office Depot

$309.99

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics A 360 Dual 6.5-inch Woofer Three-way Floor Standing Speaker (ea

Boston Acoustics A 360 Dual 6.5-inch Woofer Three-way Floor Standing Speaker (ea

1. NO SALES TAX 2. LOW COST EXPEDITED SHIPPING FOR US BUYERS 3. WE ARE NOW SHIPPING WORLDWIDE NEW Boston Acoustics A 360 Dual 6.5-Inch Woofer Three-Wa...
eBay

$911.30

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics A26  Bookshelf speaker

Boston Acoustics A26 Bookshelf speaker

Bookshelf speaker frequency response 51-25,000 Hz (3dB),1 soft dome tweeter and 6-1/2 woofer,voice-matched to other A Series speakers
Crutchfield

$199.99

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics - A 25 Compact Two-Way 5.25 Woofer Bookshelf Speaker, Gloss Black, Singl

Boston Acoustics - A 25 Compact Two-Way 5.25 Woofer Bookshelf Speaker, Gloss Black, Singl

Boston Acoustics A 25 Compact Two-Way 5.25 Woofer Bookshelf Speaker, Gloss Black, Single The Boston Acoustics A 25 Compact Two-Way 5.25 Woofer Bookshe...
Adorama

$149.00

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics Voyager RK8T2 200 W RMS Speaker - 2-way - 1 Pack

Boston Acoustics Voyager RK8T2 200 W RMS Speaker - 2-way - 1 Pack

Boston Voyager RK8T2 Sandstone Speaker is designed to blend gracefully with virtually any outdoor decor and is specially voiced for open-air environme...
Office Depot

$309.99

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics HSi 470T2 6.5-Inch Stereo In-Ceiling Speaker - Each

Boston Acoustics HSi 470T2 6.5-Inch Stereo In-Ceiling Speaker - Each

Boston Acoustics HSi 470T2 6.5-Inch Stereo In-Ceiling Speaker - Each (White)
Newegg.com

$399.00

FREE Shipping
Boston Acoustics 36cb N Wall Ceiling Speaker Bracket 360

Boston Acoustics 36cb N Wall Ceiling Speaker Bracket 360

Brand New Boston Acoustics 36CB 360 II rough in Wall / Ceiling Speaker Brackets! 1 Pair I try to ship within 24 hours of receipt of payment (or next b...
eBay

$13.39

+$10.85 shipping
Boston Acoustics A26 2-way 6.5bookshelf Speaker Brand (one) A 26 Ship Fast

Boston Acoustics A26 2-way 6.5bookshelf Speaker Brand (one) A 26 Ship Fast

Affordable Car Stereo, Car Video, Car Security and Car Accessories! Click to Enlarge Boston Acoustics A 26 Bookshelf Speaker BRAND NEW one single A26 ...
eBay

$149.99

FREE Shipping