Boston

Boston

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Sometimes an album manages to transcend itself as musical product and become an element of pop culture. During the time of its 1976 release, Boston's debut album was as much a part of America's high schools as the most popular cheerleader. Boston was one of the bands that reveled in the excess of the late '70s and, fortunately, the result was stellar music. No tune

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Sometimes an album manages to transcend itself as musical product and become an element of pop culture. During the time of its 1976 release, Boston's debut album was as much a part of America's high schools as the most popular cheerleader. Boston was one of the bands that reveled in the excess of the late '70s and, fortunately, the result was stellar music. No tune on this album failed to receive airplay and enjoy tremendous popularity; it is no wonder that the album sold eight million copies. Boston, the brain child of M.I.T. graduate Tom Scholz, managed to achieve a totally unique sound, in part due to Scholz's invention of the Rockman, an amplification system for guitars that would forever be known as the Boston sound. This driving, omnipresent guitar sound, combined with Scholz's creative use of organ, Brad Delp's searing, over the top vocals, and an incredibly polished production all make this album an aural treat and an important part of the annals of rock music. The tunes range from enjoyable party rockers like "Smokin' " and poignant pleas of love like "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" to the album's magnum opus "Foreplay/Long Time" --an extended piece which begins with classical-like fury and then builds into a rock anthem. And who could forget "More Than a Feeling", the album's biggest hit ?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Boston is one of the best-selling albums of all time, and deservedly so. Because of the rise of disco and punk, FM rock radio seemed all but dead until the rise of acts like Boston, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. Nearly every song on Boston's debut album could still be heard on classic rock radio decades later due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz. Tom Scholz, who wrote most of the songs, was a studio wizard and used self-designed equipment such as 12-track recording devices to come up with an anthemic "arena rock" sound before the term was even coined. The sound was hard rock, but the layered melodies and harmonics reveal the work of a master craftsman. While much has been written about the sound of the album, the lyrics are often overlooked. There are songs about their rise from a bar band ("Rock and Roll Band") as well as fond remembrances of summers gone by ("More Than a Feeling"). Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998632226
catalogNumber:
86322
Rank:
6478

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boston   Primary Artist
Barry Goudreau   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Brad Delp   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Jim Masdea   Drums
Fran Sheehan   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Sib Hashian   Percussion,Drums
Tom Scholz   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Clavinet

Technical Credits

John Boylan   Producer
Brad Delp   Arranger,Composer
Warren Dewey   Engineer
Paul Grupp   Engineer
Amy Herot   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jim Masdea   Arranger
Joel Zimmerman   Reissue Design
Roger Huyssen   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Paul Ahern   Direction
Stephen Saper   Engineer,Authoring
Jeff Albertson   Original Photography
Kim Hart   Artwork
Charles McKenzie   Direction
Tom Scholz   Arranger,Composer,Special Effects,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Artwork

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Boston 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boston, in eight not-so-short tracks, establishes themselves here as one of the greatest AOR bands of all time. They're loud but not unnecessarily; they're extravagant but not bombastic. These are eight wonderfully written songs played by eight talented musicians who know how to use a recording studio (like ELP, except better). It's hard to imagine that all the vocals on this disk were sung by one man becuase they are so tight and the harmonies are so close. Get this album. You won't regret it.
tottyTY More than 1 year ago
all time favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
Short and to the point if BOSTON had come together in the 60's the BRITISH invasion bands would have had even more then each other to compeate with....BOSTON could have kicked some BRITISH butts all the way back to England.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Found this Album to be one of Boston's Best Albums to Be considered A classic And very Enjoyable
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look up ''classic rock'' in the dictionary and it says see this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great. It can be played all the way through without making you want to skip a song or change the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Or would that be Boston..After seeing this band live in Colorado in 1977, you could not pry any of their albums from my hands..Great rock vocals, tightest guitar sounds available, thunderous rhythm section along with classic lyrics and, yes, folks, there you have it..the making of a true blue American rock Icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the definitive Boston album, also their first. It was and is THE BEST arena rock album. My dad got this for me when I was 15 and I have not grown tired of it yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Boston, and this album just made me love their music even more. Bradley's vocals are amazing with or without the accompanying awesome guitars. Long live Boston!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is the greatest album ever produced by an American rock band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first few seconds of listening to &quot More Than A Feeling&quot for the first time thirty years ago, I knew this album would become one of my all-time favorites. Even today I can still listen to the entire album and not tire of it. Although I will say that, after Brad Delp's tragic suicide, the lyrics to &quot Hitch A Ride&quot really send a chill through me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boston is one of a kind and can never be imitated. The music is great and is playable no matter the mood your in. Listening to this cd is a great way to start my day. It can be listened to over and over again.
stantracks More than 1 year ago
the best thing the music industry has done is the reissuing of classic albums from the 60s on through the 80s. bravo for great music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Album...Lots of Good Songs...Interesting liner notes by Tom Scholz.
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