Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Boston - Don't Look Back (1978)

NUMBER ONE ALBUMS, 1976-85 WEEK* (MAY 5-11, 2014)

Note: the CD I listened to was the 2006 remaster.

Some people call this corporate rock as if that's a put-down.  If it works, people like it, and it makes money, who cares what you call it?  Basically an extension of the group's self-titled debut album, there's plenty of overdubbed guitar, double bass drum, and wailing lead vocals over walls of background vocals. Tim Sendra over at allmusic comes up with better similes than I:
the songs are overflowing with hooks, there are plenty of riffs to air guitar to, and the songs stick in your head like dirt on a dog...even though the band was treading water they were treading it like Esther Williams.
Maybe more importantly, these singles sounded great on a cheap AM tuner, coming out of the stock speakers of a mid-'70s American-made Ford land yacht.

According to the band's website, the band will tour summer 2014 in support of their 2013 album, Life Love & Hope

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (2 weeks, Sept 16 & Oct 7, 1978)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #2

Tracks: The album is certainly brief: 8 tracks in only 34 minutes. In the CD liner notes, Tom Scholz admits that "the album should have had one more song."  Half the songs here were later included on the band's greatest hits compilation (the title track, Feelin' Satisfied, Party, and A Man I'll Never Be).  Admittedly, almost all of Boston's songs sound the same, and I like that sound, so I'm liking the four tracks I've never heard until today.  As soon as the pool water heats up another 10 degrees, I'll be adding this album to my poolside listening queue.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I was 12 when this album was released and all the high school kids in the neighborhood immediately had copies blaring from the their muscle cars.  So when I listened to Boston, it made me feel cool because, in my mind, I was just like the high school kids.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Greatest Hits (1997)

*Two weeks ago on another blog (My Favorite Decade, 1976-1985), I asked myself if I owned all of the #1 albums from that particular decade. It turned out that I wasn't anywhere close to owning them all and, embarrassed, went on a CD shopping spree to rectify the situation.  With most of these #1 albums, I am hearing them complete for the first time this week.

1 comment:

  1. I'm digging this theme week thus far.

    I won this album along with the band's first album and a few others in a school-wide trivia contest so it has always held an extra special place in my collection.

    Back then, we had no idea about Tom Scholz's perfectionist tendencies - we just knew the guitar sound was out of this world, equally rewarding via headphones or turnt up loud on the car stereo or, like you said, out by the pool. And Brad Delp's vocals were every bit as enthralling as Scholz's guitar playing. Two years between albums didn't seem like much and it only got worse from there.

    In my mind's eye, I had pictured what the band looked like but my first memory of actually seeing them was on the cover of the June 1977 Song Hits magazine, where they were the featured Pop Stars Of The Month. Not what I imagined at all.

    The music of Boston continues to rock my world to this day though I have no interest in a post-Delp lineup. Their latest album is woefully mistitled - Leftovers, Outtakes and Rejects suits it better.