Released June 6, 1997

Recorded 1976-1997
Length 76:14
Label Epic/MCA
Catalog 67622

RIAA Certified 2 Million Copies

   
 
Track Title Length Play
1 Tell Me (Scholz) 4:15

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2 Higher Power (Scholz/Sikes) 5:07

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3 More Than a Feeling (Scholz) 4:46

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4 Peace of Mind (Scholz) 5:04

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5 Don't Look Back (Scholz) 6:00

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6 Cool the Engines (Delp/Scholz/Sheehan) 4:38

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7 Livin' for You (Scholz) 4:55

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8 Feelin' Satisfied (Scholz) 4:10

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9 Party (Delp/Scholz) 4:07

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10 Foreplay/Long Time (Scholz) 7:50

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11 Amanda (Scholz) 4:16

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12 Rock and Roll Band (Scholz) 2:59

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13 Smokin' (Delp/Scholz) 4:20

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14 A Man I'll Never Be (Scholz) 6:41

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15 Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise (Key/Scholz/Smith) 2:44

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16 Higher Power [Kalodner Edit] (Scholz/Sikes) 3:15

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From the liner notes in the GREATES HITS 2009 reissue:

BORN IN A BASEMENT...

After years of banging my head playing in unsuccesful bands around Boston, and attempting to record demos in local studios with other musicians, I finally realized this was a dead end. So in 1971 I gave up the glamerous life of U-Haul trucks, schlepping equipment and playing music that no one listened to, and went to work writing and recording alone in my basement. I had never quite gotten what I was looking for by showing bands how to play my songs in "real" studios anyway, and the clock annoyingly kept ticking off how many hundreds of dollars I would owe each time I tried.

 

My new plan was radical: use all my savings to build a basement studio instead of buying a house, and play all the instruments myself to get exactly the sound I was seeking. Well, almost... my drumming was terrible to nonexistent back then, so my friend Jim Masdea, helped out with drum arrangements. Then using the same overdubbing technique, Brad would sing not just the lead vocal, but all the harmonies and backing vocals as well.

 

In total we completed six demo songs this way. After years of being utterly ignored I suddenly began receiving inquiries about this unique "band'" including a phone call from a VP at Columbia Records to my cubicle at Poloroid, followed immediately by my jumping up and down on my desk, attracting significant attention from the department manager.

 

Eventually in 1976, Brad and I were signed to Epic Records and with help from many people of first album was released under the name BOSTON, featuring five of those songs from the demos, including of course, More Then a Feeling.

 

We had contributions from many talented individuals along the way, most of BOSTON'S songs were recorded in my basement with the same approach used for the original demos. A drum track was played to tape by Sib or one of our drummers (we've had eight, including me!) ant then I'd experimant with each instrument one track at a time, listening to the music come to life as each successive part was added. Finally Brad would do the same thing with the vocals, while I pushed the buttons.

 

Remastering these songs for the "Greatest Hits" was a labor of love with exhausting attention to detail. The collection now includes BOSTON recordings from all five studio albums spanning nearly 30 years.

 

Tom Scholz

Personnel
Bradley Delp - acoustic guitar, guitar, percussion, rhythm guitar, 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
Gary Phil - guitar

 

Tom Scholz - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Special Effects, Bass, Organ, Clavinet and Percussion
Brad Delp - Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic 12-string guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Percussion
Barry Goudreau - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Fran Sheehan - Bass
Sib Hashian - Drums and Percussion
Jim Masdea - Drums on "Rock And Roll Band"
Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, A Great Eastern Gramaphone Production
Engineered by Tom Scholz and Warren Dewey
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, Loa Angeles, CA


Tom Scholz - Lead Guitar, Acoustic and Electric Rhythm Guitar, 12-string guitar, Bass, Piano, Organs, Special Effects
Brad Delp - Vocals
Barry Goudreau - Lead and Slide Guitar
Sib Hashian - Drums and Percussion
Fran Sheehan - Bass, Percussion
PRODUCED, ENGINEERED, AND ARRANGED ebony porn BY TOM SCHOLZ
All songs recorded and mixed at Tom Scholz' Hideaway Studio, except piano recorded at Northern Studio, Maynard, Mass., and engineered by Dave Butler

Brad Delp - Lead and Harmony Vocals
Tom Scholz - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Grand Piano, Electric Pianos, Bass
Produced and Engineered by Tom Scholz
ARRANGED BY TOM SCHOLZ
RECORDED AT TOM SCHOLZ HIDEAWAY STUDIO between floods and power failiures
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.

Fran Cosmo, David Sikes - Vocals
Tom Scholz - Guitars, Bass, Organ, Piano, Keyboard Strings, Drums
Produced and Engineered by Tom Scholz
Recorded and Mixed at Tom Scholz Hideaway Studio II
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.

Fran Cosmo, Brad Delp, and Tom Scholz - Vocals
Tom Scholz - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums,
Curly Smith - Harmonica
Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)
Serentiy Prayer read by Kimberly Jourgensen
Produced and Engineered by Tom Scholz
Arranged by Tom Scholz
Recorded and mixed at Tom Scholz Hideaway Studio II (Summer '96)
Edited by Gary Pihl
Mastered by Ted Jansen at Sterling and Larry Clawson at East Coast Digital

Tom Scholz - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums
Produced and Engineered by Tom Scholz
Recorded and Mixed at Tom Scholz Hideaway Studio II (Summer '94)

David Sikes - Vocals
Tom Scholz - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums
Produced and Engineered by Tom Scholz
Arranged by Tom Scholz
Recorded and Mixed at Tom Scholz Hideaway Studio II (Summer '96)
Edited by Gary Pihl
Mastered by Larry Clawson at East Coast Digital

John Kalodner: John Kalodner Management: HK Management
Art Direction: David Coleman
Illiustrators: Peter Bollinger (cover), W. Sludmak (back)
All animal photographs © Bruce Coleman, Inc.
Project co-ordinators: Judy Ross and Leslie Lee
Assisted by JoAnne McGettrick

Thank you to John Kalodner and Leslie Lee at Sony Music, Howard Kaufman and Lynda Lou Bouch at HK Management, Steve Simon at home, Jim Collins at Walk On Tours, Bill Clack at AudioScience, Ted Jansen at Sterling Sound.

Special thanks to the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs around the world for inspiring the song HIGHER POWER. Less than 10% of all cocaine and heroin users are able to free themselves from addiction, even after prolonged treatment. HIGHER POWER is dedicated to those few individuals who have the heart to recognize the destructiveness of their addiction to themselves and those around them, and the fortitude to succeed against such a powerful force.

BOSTON is drug-free and opposed to violence and cruelty of any kind. We support, and urge others to support, the work of:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Farming Association, The Fund for Animals, Friends of Animals, Farm Sanctuary, Farm Animal Reform Movement and local hunger and homeless programs.

Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and others with BOSTON are long-time vegetarians. For information on vegetarian eating and cruelty-free living, please contact:


P.E.T.A.
501 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 622-PETA


Visit the BOSTON Homepage at:
http://www.bandboston.com

Mastered by Ted Jansen at Sterling Sound
Contains previously released material