In 1976, a garage band called Boston released their debut album, self-titled Boston. In what is now classic rock history, it took the charts and the world by storm, going to number one and becoming the best selling album of all time, a title which was held for many years.Two years later and having already catapulted into the classic rock pantheon, Boston released their follow-up album Don't Look Back. The album was rush-recorded at the studio's insistence, a far cry from the seven-year long ordeal that was Boston, which explains the albums short, 33-minute running time. Both Boston albums have now been remastered for the first time each, by head band member Tom Scholz.
The ebony porn classic CD. Consistently ranked one of the best classic rock CDs ever, although for a while was unfairly criticized as "corporate rock." It's not hard to hear why these accolades are laid on one after the other.
No matter how anti-classic rock you happen to be, it's hard not to start tapping your feet and acknowledging the greatness of the classic beat from "More Than A Feeling" when listening. The vocals soar around you and you realize that no matter how many times you hear the song, it will never turn stale.
Next up comes "Peace Of Mind," a slightly faster song with quicker vocals and another classic with great lyrics and guitars. It's almost impossible in this review to simply go through the songs, as each one is a hit. All have been played countless times and are mostly likely all worthy of their own individual reviews.
The only song that's not quite up to par on Boston is "Rock N Roll Band" which seems more like an echo of the surrounding songs. It's worth saying though that the song isn't all that bad in it's own right it's a fine song but on an album that's this good, it falls by the wayside to some extent.
Probably the best thing I can write about Boston is this: If you don't own it, there's no better time to repent your ways and buy this album. If you do own Boston, there's no better time to update your old CD with a new, remixed, and sonically superior version.
Don't Look Back
While most praise is generally directed towards their first album, that doesn't mean Boston's second outing, Don't Look Back, is unworthy of attention. The name is ironic in this case. What Boston is in essence doing on this album is not expanding into new territories and instead further compacting and solidifying their unique style. While most bands would be (and are) chastised for essentially staying put musically, it's tricker to do so with Boston as the music is just so good.
The title song, "Don't Look Back", is a Boston classic and deservedly so, containing the uplifting tone, unique vocal harmony, and guitar riffs that make the band great. The overall feel to Don't Look Back is slightly slower paced than that of Boston with songs such as "A Man I'll Never Be" and "Used To Bad News."
There's a noticeable amount of filler material on this disc ("It's Easy" and "Used To Bad News") and an instrumental track "The Journey" that, even at a short 1 minute and 46 seconds, seems to drag on and on. These flaws are probably due more in part to the rush recorded status of the album rather than an actual drop in quality.
Even with these complaints, it's worth owning the album for the amazing times when everything clicks (which thankfully is fairly often) on tracks like "Feelin' Satisfied," "Don't Be Afraid," and of course "Don't Look Back". The sound quality is again very good on this new re-mastered disc. Highly recommended for both Boston fans and those new to the band or classic rock in general.blog comments powered by Disqus