Sunday, August 26, 2007

353. Boston - Boston (1976)

















Track Listing

1. More Than A Feeling
2. Peace Of Mind
3. Foreplay (Long Time)
4. Rock 'n' Roll Band
5. Smokin'
6. Hitch A Ride
7. Something About You
8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight

Review

Firstly let me state for the record that I fucking love More Than A Feeling. Now I have a very particular reason for that and that reason is called Guitar Hero, it is one of the funnest songs to play in that game. Now that that is out of the way this album is a bit shit really.

Hey I'll admit even More Than A Feeling is shit, but I still love it. It's the kind of mindless AOR that you can actually enjoy until you start thinking about it. If you think about it you are ashamed. The whole album is a bit like More Than A Feeling only none of the other tracks are as catchy.

In the end it boils down to nothing more than pompous over played crap-rock. It is a bit like Queen with no sense of humour, like Spinal Tap for over 40's, and still you can enjoy it in a very kitsch way. Unlike the next few albums on the list. It's fun, but it is funny unintentionally, and therefore crap. Still, enjoyable crap.

Track Highlights


1. More Than A Feeling
2. Peace Of Mind
3. Let Me Take You Home Tonight
4. Foreplay (A Long Time)

Final Grade

6/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

Scholz was satisfied with the demos to the point that he wanted to use them as a final album, but Epic said no. "The material had to be recorded in a 'professional' studio in exactly the same way!" Scholz later wrote. Scholz insisted on doing the rerecording in his basement. Epic producer John Boylan (produced Little River Band among many others) made a deal with Scholz. Boylan would have the rest of the makeshift band record some studio arrangements in Los Angeles, Delp and Sib Hashian (with Barry Goudreau joining toward the end) to "create a diversion" while Scholz made his multitrack recordings at home.

Most of the guitar, bass, and keyboards were performed by Scholz and recorded at his basement studio. Most of Delp's vocals were recorded in Los Angeles with Boylan. Only two tracks include all the musicians who ultimately toured under the name of Boston, "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight."

More Than A Feeling:

2 comments:

Shu said...

I never knew that Boston were scousers.

I don't really like "More than a feeling" on Guitar Hero. Firstly because as you say, it is a bit crap. But secondly, and mainly, is the fact that the star power sections are on the sustained chords and whammying them sounds even crapper.

Francisco Silva said...

But it pays off so much when you kick into the guitar solos!