Release Date: April 4, 2006

Original Release Date August 8, 1976

Length: 56:44
Label: SONY LEGACY
Selection #: 086322 (1EK86322 )
UPC: 696998632226

RIAA Certified 17 Million Copies
 

This was an unauthorized production that was in limited release in Canada before being pulled by SONY Legacy. This led to the new remaster produced by Tom Scholz in 2006.

 

Remastered from original masters and new 12-page booklet that contains new photos, new liner notes. The sets are packaged in Digipaks.

Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks Recorded live December 18, 1976 by King Biscuit Flower Hour at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Live tracks Produced By Boston. Mixed in 2006 by Niko Bolas.

 
Track Title Length Play
1 More Than a Feeling (Scholz) 4:45

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2 Peace of Mind (Scholz) 5:03

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3 Foreplay/Long Time (Scholz) 7:47

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4 Rock and Roll Band (Scholz) 2:59

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5 Smokin' (Delp/Scholz) 4:21

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6 Hitch a Ride (Scholz) 4:11

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7 Something About You (Scholz) 3:47

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8 Let Me Take You Home Tonight (Delp) 4:46

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9 Smokin' (Live) (Delp/Scholz) 9:40

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10 Foreplay/Long Time (Live) (Scholz) 9:18

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11 Bonus Track 4:46

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Personnel
Bradley Delp - acoustic guitar, guitar, percussion, rhythm guitar, ebony porn vocals, 12 string guitar, harmony vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar
Tom Scholz - organ, acoustic guitar, bass, guitar, percussion, electric guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboard, clavinet
Barry Goudreau - guitar, percussion, rhythm guitar
Sib Hashian - percussion, drums
Jim Masdea - drums
Fran Sheehan - bass, percussion
Production Remaster

Produced for reissue by Bruce Dikerson
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, New York
Leagcy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
Project Direction: John Jackson
A&R Coordination: Darren Salmierei, Jeremy Holiday and Stacey Boyle
Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
Design: Joel Zimmerman
Photography: Ron Pownall
Thanks to Andrew Dawson

Production

Arranged by Tom Scholz and Brad Delp with help from Jim Masdea
Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz
Engineered by Tom Scholz and Warren Dewey
Assited by Deni King, Bruce Hensel and Doug Ryder
A Great Eastern Gramophone Production
Recorded at:
Foxglove Studios, Watertown, MA (Winter '75)
Capitol Studios, Hollywood CA (Spring '76)
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (Spring '76)
Mixed at: Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA
Assisted by Steve Hodge

Producers: John Boylan, Tom Scholz
Engineers: Warren Dewey, Paul Grupp, Stephen Saper, Tom Scholz
Assistant engineers: Bruce Hensal, Deni King, Doug Rider
Mixing assistant: Steve Hodge
Mastering: Wally Traugott
Remastering: Mark Wilder
Authoring: Stephen Saper
Reissue producer: Amy Herot
Assistants: Steve Hodge, Deni King
Special effects: Tom Scholz
Design: Paula Scher
Direction: Paul Ahern, Charles McKenzie
Photography: Jeff Albertson
Illustrations: Roger Huyssen
Cover illustration: Roger Huyssen

Charts
Album -Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 3
1987 The Billboard 200 101

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "More Than A Feeling" Pop Singles 5
1977 "Foreplay/Longtime" Pop Singles 22
1977 "Peace Of Mind" Pop Singles 38


Original liner notes:

If you're looking for something to tell you that the band in question is composed of nearly notable former members of various bands, or how many jam sessions the drummer sat in on with rock superstars who are now dead or disabled, or retired, forget it. Unless the names Mother's Milk, Middle Earth, or the Revolting Tunes Revue ring any particular bells, where the people who make up this band called Boston came from is irrelevant to who and where they are now.

Listen to the record!

As to how the band came together, we'll let lead signer Bradley Delp tell the story: "Fran knew Barry, and I knew Fran, and Fran had played with Sib, and Sib had played with Tom, and Tom knew me, but Fran didn't know that I knew that he knew Barry to, so what happened was..."

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If you still need more information, try this. Boston is masterminded by a guitarist named Tom Scholz. An MIT graduate with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tom was living a split existence at the time his concept for Boston began to fall together. By day, he was a highly-touted member of a product design wing of a major Massachusetts-based corporation, helping to develop all sorts of media machinery he's not supposed to talk about. By night he was a member of any one of a handful of constantly shifting bands on the North Shore club circuit in Boston. Considering the day gig, when he bought 12-track recording equipment and began experimenting with basement tapes, mastering the machinery at his disposal posed no great problem. With these extraordinary homemade demo tapes, the band was soon better known to record company executives in L.A. and New York than it was to taste-mongers in its own hometown.

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If you insist on having it further spelled out for you, consider this, what distinguishes Boston's music is although by it's definition heavy rock and roll, it evidences a greater concern for melodic and harmonic flow than practically any band you can think of working the same general territory. Also, consider the use of technology as an instrument, all the more remarkable because this is a first album. Of the tendency for technology to take over in the hands of lesser practitioners, Tom Scholz says, "It depends completely on the person using it. People have already fallen prey to that, in my opinion, with items that they just go out and buy to get a certain sound without really understanding where that sound comes from and how to apply it." Those who question how precise technology of the group's record will translate to a live environment will discover that, with the aid of some special sound innovations developed for performance by Scholz, the Boston concert will easily be a comparable experience to the Boston album. That's a lot to look forward to, but you know where to start.

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