Boston – Boston (1976 LP)

Boston – Boston (1976 LP)

Boston is the debut album by American rock band Boston, released in August 1976 on Epic Records. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified as selling 17x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2003. The album is the second best-selling debut album of all time in the United States, after Guns N’ Roses’s Appetite for Destruction. Worldwide, Boston has sold nearly 20 million copies.

AMG review: Boston – 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. –by Vik Iyengar


Boston (1976 LP) Tracklist

  1. 00:00 – More Than a Feeling
  2. 04:46 – Peace of Mind
  3. 09:53 – Foreplay/Long Time
  4. 17:40 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Band
  5. 20:41 – Smokin’
  6. 25:02 – Hitch a Ride
  7. 29:14 – Something About You
  8. 33:03 – Let me Take You Home Tonight

Billboard Albums

Year Album Chart Peak
2013 Boston The Billboard 200 98
2013 Top Pop Catalog 14
2012 The Billboard 200 3
2012 Top Pop Catalog 14
2011 Top Pop Catalog 14
1976 The Billboard 200 3

Boston - Boston (1976 LP)

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