While critics may not have appreciated the idea of rock without a soul, fans ate it up, and Boston quickly became the best-selling debut of all time. Scholz combined the mixing prowess of Brian Wilson with the pop craftsmanship of Phil Spector to produce an album on which every song rings like an anthem -- More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind, Rock and Roll Band, Smokin', Let Me Take You Home Tonight. If you can avoid catching these FM-entrenched tunes on the radio for a good year or so, a respectful listen with fresh ears will reveal a tight, upbeat recording that will earn your respect anew.
94. Boston, Boston 1976
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