Sunday, 18 April 2010

CD Review: Boston, by Boston (1976)

Out of Boston literally, but out of nowhere figuratively, came a new band and a great sounding album combining sharp vocals, confident guitar, and rocking keyboards. Boston exploded onto the music scene, reached legendary status within months, and a generation later remains a classic.

Today it would not count as heavy metal, but back in 1976, Boston the band were certainly heavy and suddenly ready to conquer the world.

Boston has sold 17 million copies in the United States, and is the second best selling debut album of all-time, behind only Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses.

Band leader Tom Scholz used his skills as a mechanical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create, in his basement studio, a meticulously produced records that still sounds amazing.

Boston also managed to place six great songs on a debut album featuring a total of eight tracks. More Than A Feeling is a classic hard rock track that sounds as vital and fresh today as it did in 1976. The other five tracks at the front end of Boston, Peace Of Mind, Foreplay / Long Time, Rock & Roll Band, Smokin' and Hitch a Ride are equally hypnotic in the interplay between layered vocals, smooth harmonies, impossibly catchy melodies and fearless guitar and keyboard instrumental sections.

Boston the band and Boston the record opened the door for a new era of hard rock, and defined new avenues for heavy music to explore: away from the blues of Deep Purple; away from the doom of Black Sabbath; away from the simple-mindedness of Aerosmith; away from the explicit sleaze of Led Zeppelin; and towards a big, open, carefully produced, powerful but non-threatening sound that would appeal to mass mixed-gender audiences for decades to come. Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, and Kansas, among many others, would help to define this new road.

As for the album Boston, it remains an outstanding, high quality achievement and a milestone in hard rock / heavy metal music history.


Barry Goudreau - Guitars, Keyboards
Tom Scholz - Guitars
Sib Hashian - Drums
Bradley Delp - Vocals
Fran Sheehan - Bass

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. More Than A Feeling - 10 *See Video Below*
2. Peace Of Mind - 9
3. Foreplay / Long Time - 8
4. Rock & Roll Band - 8
5. Smokin' - 8
6. Hitch A Ride - 8
7. Something About You - 7
8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight - 6

Average: 8.00

Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz.
Engineered by Tom Scholz and Warren Dewey.
Mastered by Wally Traugott.

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