Boston – Boston (1976) [SACD 2000]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,52 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 768 MB
“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.
Boston is one of the best-selling albums of all time, and deservedly so. Because of the rise of disco and punk, FM rock radio seemed all but dead until the rise of acts like Boston, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. Nearly every song on Boston’s debut album could still be heard on classic rock radio decades later due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz. Tom Scholz, who wrote most of the songs, was a studio wizard and used self-designed equipment such as 12-track recording devices to come up with an anthemic “arena rock” sound before the term was even coined. The sound was hard rock, but the layered melodies and harmonics reveal the work of a master craftsman. While much has been written about the sound of the album, the lyrics are often overlooked. There are songs about their rise from a bar band (“Rock and Roll Band”) as well as fond remembrances of summers gone by (“More Than a Feeling”). Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s.
01 – More Than a Feeling
02 – Peace of Mind
03 – Foreplay/Long Time
04 – Rock and Roll Band
05 – Smokin’
06 – Hitch a Ride
07 – Something About You
08 – Let Me Take You Home Tonight
Remastered for SACD by Mark Wilder.