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Boston Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued

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Remastered from original masters and new 12-page booklet that contains new photos, new liner notes. 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. 'Boston' is the self-titled debut album by American rock band Boston, released in 1976. The album broke the band into the mainstream, with several blockbuster hard rock hits.

"Better music through science" was the Epic Records-coined slogan that Boston leader Tom Scholz hated, but this masterwork of studio-happy, high-school-parking-lot music earned it. Scholz fine-tuned his overdubbed guitar orchestra to a pitch that a thousand subsequent album-rockers couldn't resist. And why should they? Where the band's later records were hardly worthy of note, Boston pulls together classic after classic: "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Hitch a Ride." The pseudo-cosmic ambience invites scoffs as the year 2000 recedes into the past, but it's really just part of the disc's charm. Let it take you home tonight. --Rickey Wright
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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000EQ47GS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (677 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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156 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Donny on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Below is a letter from Tom Scholz posted on 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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231 of 247 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 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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2005
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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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How do these compare to the Sony gold disc versions?
The BOSTON GOLD disc is an old school remaster. Remastering technology has improved greatly since they first came out.

Some companies are more honest about the quailty of their remasters than other record companies.

UNIVERSAL / RHINO / WEA INTERNATIONAL / ZOE RECORDS are probably the best/most... Read More
Sep 5, 2006 by RegF |  See all 11 posts
TOM's...version is defitive...WOW!
I like it too but what the heck is defitive?
Mar 10, 2007 by Rayster |  See all 2 posts
DEC.23 2025
It will be released on April 4, 2006.
Mar 29, 2006 by Galley |  See all 3 posts
Never Liked Sony's Remastering!
SONY , likes to rip people off and then they complain about the down loading of music.
Jun 5, 2006 by RegF |  See all 4 posts
How Will we Know
AFAIK, this is it.
Jun 6, 2006 by Galley |  See all 2 posts
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