Today myself and first time guest Ben review, and give our reaction to Boston’s self titled debut album! This is an album that is holds a special place in Ben’s heart, and I was excited to listen to some good old fashioned classic rock in a full album format for the first time!
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• Released on August 25, 1976
• Debut Album
• Has sold 25 million copies worldwide, and at the time was the best-selling debut album ever.
• Had 3 Singles in the Top 40.
• Tom Scholz recorded a demo tape over the years in his basement, and sent it out in 1973 with many early versions of songs that appeared on the album. No major labels wanted them until CBS Records (Epic) signed them in November 1975.
• Future recording of the album was done again by Scholz in his basement, after running a trick on the label who wanted them to record in LA. Scholz recorded essentially every instrument besides the drums and vocals, and wrote/co-wrote each song.
1. More Than A Feeling – One of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll” according the the R&R HOF. Also was ranked number 500 in the top 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003.
2. Peace of Mind – Peached at #38 on the Hot 100. The song is about the people Scholz worked with at Polaroid Corporation before getting his recording contract, and about Scholz’s lack of interest in climbing the corporate ladder into company management. The lyrics that especially stand out occur in verse 2, “Now you’re climbing to the top of the company ladder/Hope it doesn’t take too long/Can’t you see there’ll come a day when it won’t matter/Come a day when you’ll be gone.”
3. Foreplay/Long Time- Peaked at #22 on the Hot 100. Foreplay/Long Time was written six years before their first album BOSTON came out. Was the first piece of music Scholz ever recorded. It combines an instrumental introduction, “Foreplay”, to the main song “Long Time”, generally played as one on the radio and listed as one track on the album.
The opening organ solo of “Foreplay” builds up in a way that got me ready to hear what was coming next, and there was a couple points where the bass shined as well. The clapping in the hook of Long Time is catchy, and the guitar solo near the end of the song shreds. Subject matter revolves around a guy moving on from a girl but finds that tough along with chasing his dream.
4. Rock & Roll Band- The song tells the story of a band’s rough come up in the industry leading to them finally getting offered a record deal. The irony is this never happened to Boston, as they signed a major deal without ever playing a live gig.
5. Smokin’ – The song was a collaborative effort between Tom Scholz, the band’s mastermind, and recently hired lead singer Brad Delp, and one of the two songs on the first Boston LP not written by Scholz alone. Essentially about smoking weed, and rocking out.
6. Hitch a Ride – A little bit slower paced tune and Delp’s vocals are more light compared to the rest of the record which is nice at this point in the record. Had another really solid guitar solo near the end of the song.
7. Something About You – The guy in the song falls hard for a girl, and as a result shares some feelings with her that he is usually closed up about.
8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight – Another song about a girl he likes, this time he wants to take her home.
Favorite Tracks: More Than A Feeling, Foreplay/Long Time, Peace of Mind, Rock & Roll Band
Overall Score: 6.75/10 (Trey) 8/10 (Ben)
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