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09/21/1997
#543

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Boston
"Boston"


© Epic Records

Year of Release: 1976
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track listing
  • More Than A Feeling
  • Peace Of Mind
  • Foreplay/Long Time
  • Rock And Roll Band
  • Smokin'
  • Hitch A Ride
  • Something About You
  • Let Me Take You Home Tonight

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    Boston
    "Boston"



    Boston's debut album, Boston, is a classic. Released in 1976, nearly every single song from this album received airplay on all the album-rock radio stations. When you first look at the song titles, you try and think which ones do I definitely know by name? Then there are the ones that you don't recognize by name, but the minute you first hear it, you say, "Oh! I remember that one! " That is a great feeling.


    More Than A Feeling:
    This is the song that first caught my attention concerning a new band by the name of Boston. Actually, I think I discovered this band when I was a freshman in high school (1979), after hearing Don't Look Back, Boston's second album. This song is just one word: GREAT!


    After hearing More Than A Feeling, I wanted to hear more of this group. Peace of Mind, Foreplay/Long Time, and Rock And Roll Band were getting a lot of radio airplay. The guitar work is great on Peace Of Mind, and the organ on Foreplay leading into Long Time is just amazing.


    Smokin':
    When I used to have the 45 rpm single of More Than A Feeling, the flip side was Smokin'. The title of this song says it all for this one. This is SMOKIN'! Being a fellow organist/keyboardist myself, I was truly fascinated by the organ solos/leads in this song. This song can really get you out of a funk and it's also a great car-driving song, where you can practice your steering wheel as your basic drums, and your rear view mirror as a cymbal. LOL


    The next two songs, Hitch A Ride and Something About You were songs that I didn't remember, but they songs are good ones; they match the rockin' style of previous songs heard earlier.


    Let Me Take You Home Tonight:
    I don't know, but when I listen to this song, it reminds me of the Mr. Big tune, To Be With You. It doesn't sound like it, it just has that certain style. Mr. Big is more of a Van Halen-type band, (when David Lee Roth was their singer). Mr. Big got mellow with To Be With You, and as I compare that song with Boston's Let Me Take You Home Tonight, I recognized the similarities. I think it's the vocal harmonies in both songs that sounds similar. If you are familar with both songs, see if I'm right. But then again, I could be wrong.... Let Me Take You Home Tonight is another, like the rest of the songs on this album, GREAT!


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