May 3, 2013
Twenty Greatest Classic Rock Albums: Boston
I will be counting down the twenty greatest classic rock albums of all time using the greatest scientific and technical methods available: my opinion. It is important to define what I mean by classic rock. I am taking albums that were created during the 60’s on up to the 80’s. And it will only be rock, not heavy metal, new wave, etc; just pure rock.
Number twenty on the list is the self-titled debut album by Boston. Not only was this their debut album, but arguably their best; offering us hits like More Than a Feeling, Foreplay/Longtime, and Peace of Mind.
Although the lead vocals were performed in the group by front man Tommy DeCarlo, much of the attention was put on the keyboardist, producer, backing vocalist, bassist, and lead and rhythm guitarist, Tom Sholz. The band was known for their harmonizing along with the wide range that DeCarlo possessed.
Boston was released in 1976 and was the most best-selling debut album of all time, going platinum 17 times, until the release of Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses.
More Than a Feeling still gives me goose bumps and is one of my favorite songs to jam with the windows down on a nice day. This song has been with me my entire life, and gives me a string of memories that I can’t help smile over. From awkward first dates, to my wedding, my divorce, to more first dates that weren’t so awkward.
It’s one of those songs that puts a smile on your face and gets you tapping your foot and singing loudly while cutting people off and screaming “America!” Okay, maybe not the latter, but it does get you moving around. With a vicious guitar riff and vocals from DeCarlo, this song will forever be on my playlist and is one of the few songs that last through a lifetime; it still hasn’t worn on me.
Peace of Mind is a song that provides the listener with comfort, and gives a relaxing feeling through their harmony that makes me want to get on a boat and fish, relax, and get a few in me. I don’t fish, so that shows you the power of this song. The song is about unplugging from the corporate matrix, and achieving a peace of mind. I am constantly on the go, with the hustle and bustle, and technically speaking I am always behind. I literally listen to this song a few times a week during such busy times, to unplug for a few minutes, and relax. Then of course I plug myself back into the matrix, although my own matrix as I refuse to work for a corporation, because I have dreams and goals to achieve. But this song is a reminder on how we need to slow down and enjoy life a bit.
Foreplay/Longtime is about a couple of different things, although I always get stuck on the opening line;
And time doesn’t wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
Sail on, on a distant highway
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ a dream
This is another song I listen to often as it keeps encouraging me to continue on chasing my dreams, while also comforting me through heartache and break. Boston’s impact on the music industry cannot be argued; perhaps it can be but it shouldn’t. The fact it went platinum, 17 times to date, shows the impact their music has had on the listeners.
There are many HD versions of the live version of More Than a Feeling, however I like this raw version the best, as it gives me a sense of nostalgia, I hope it does the same for you.
Image Credit: Epic Records