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  • Audio Cassette
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • ASIN: B004Y7ADIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Chi Fan on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Below is a letter from Tom Scholz posted on Boston.org regarding the remastering of this album and the follow-up, Don't Look Back, but before I get to that I have a few comments.

I have loved this album since it's debut in 1976 and I have always felt that the last song "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" sounded different from the other songs and now the liner notes of the remastered "Boston" verify that belief. On all of the other songs, with few exceptions, Tom Scholz played all instruments except drums. Barry played a lead here and Fran played a bass there, but that is about it. That is, except for "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" where Tom only played the organ. I mention this because I remember folks complaining about "Third Stage" and "Walk On" stating that they could tell a difference between these latter albums, which noted Tom as the player of most of the instruments, and the earlier ones where Boston was "a band." Little did they know that it was the same method.

A letter from Tom Scholz regarding the newly remastered Debut album and Don't Look Back!

What the Deuce IS UP With Boston?

My apologies to you all for the unintentional silence about Boston activities and plans, especially concerning a reissue of the first two Boston albums. Oddly enough I was just beginning a letter like this, when that topic jumped onto my computer, forcing me to drop everything, including communicating with all of you.

So now you know I do see postings on these sites! Not all of them, but enough to know your collective feelings about Boston, and btw, thank you.

Even though half of what I read is dead wrong and the other half I disagree with (you knew I was hard to please...
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229 of 244 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on June 23, 2006
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You are reading this, I hope, in order to decide whether or not to purchase this CD.

You are probably inordinately familiar with the album. It is an album, like "Rumours" or "Saturday Night Fever" or "Frampton Comes Alive", which captures and defines the best and worst of an era. It sounds like nothing else of the time.

Sure, it has a little Queen, a little southern boogie, a little ELO even...but it's a "Boston" sound, through and through.

There's no need to address the individual songs.

You know them. You love them. You have them memorized.

You know that the end of the album gets a little weak, but you probably kept replaying that one side anyways. Or at least MOST of the time.

So, the BIG question is...how well is the remastering done?

Well, you know how some remastering cleans things up with such detail and precision you feel like you are in the studio?

Or they expand the soundstage that you can "see" the players in their respective position?

Or the studio trickery comes alive inside your headphones, making your eyeballs swirl?

Not here. Which is perfect.

What Scholz and company have done is restore and preserve the original warm sound. No more pops, clicks or scratches. No more tape hiss from your old 8-tracks or cassettes.

The album never sounded "live" to begin with. There are no dramatic swoops, no bizarre effects.

The songs are mixed as a whole. Vocals are overdubbed, guitars are processed...this is not an attempt at reality, this is rock and roll fantasy.

And as such, it works phenomenally well. The instruments are warm and clear. The vocals soar operatically.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Classic 70's albums bring into mind Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, and Blondie's Parallel Lines, to name a few. Add to that Boston's debut album, which sold 16 million copies in the US and was in the album charts for two years. Much of the success was due to the intelligent songwriting of Tom Scholz and rock vocals of Brad Delp, who by the time of their third album Third Stage, were the only two from the original lineup left.

The remembrances of summers past and a girl named Marianne is embodied in their first single "More Than A Feeling," one of the best known rock singles of the 70's. Reaching #5 in 1976, it featured all the components that made Boston a force to be reckoned with. Delp's soaring vocals, accompaniment from other members, and Tom Scholz's distinctive squealing and revved guitars, particularly during the chorus.

"Peace Of Mind," the third single, which barely showed its face in the Top 40 (#38), is more a rocker throughout. It's a song showing the wisdom of not getting caught up with the fierce competition in the music world: /Can'tcha you see there'll come a day when it won't matter/Come a day when you'll be gone/ I sometimes find myself liking this song more than "More Than A Feeling." Why didn't this get into the Top 5 as well?

The second single, "Long Time," has as an accompanying prelude "Foreplay," with its rambling organ solo and snarling guitars. After 2 mins 23 seconds, "Long Time" begins with a squealing guitar and Brad singing. This #22 song has the long-term dream or vision, much like "Peace of Mind" and the need to move on from one place to another to find it.
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