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, July 26, 2016

Boston (1976)

My summer listening this year is heavily slanted towards 1976, so when I've seen 40-year-old albums in the used CD bins lately, I've been picking them up (expect more in the coming weeks). So while I already owned 5 of these 8 tracks on a Boston compilation disc, here ya go. It's been a blast rolling down the windows in my truck and blasting this music while wearing aviator shades. I'd love to have the wind blowing in my long hair, but that ship sailed long ago as I now need to wear a hat to protect my scalp from the sun. But I digress.

If the term "Corporate Rock" wasn't invented for Boston, the group probably had a hand in it. No matter. Yes, all Boston songs sound pretty much the same, but since I dig said sound, no harm done. The Cars like to joke that they released their greatest hits album as their debut album. Same could easily be said about this album. Tom Scholz usually gets all the Boston press, but Brad Delp had one of the greatest, high-flying voices in rock and roll. It slowly became popular to ridicule the group for its formulaic, arena rock, but contrary to that particular line of revisionist history, many critics originally liked the album.

Rolling Stone, October 7, 1976, p. 84

This album got the band nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award. They famously lost to the Starland Vocal Band.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3

Tracks: All tracks are solid and still in rotation on classic rock stations - yes, all 8. Three hit the Top 40 and if Billboard had a rock chart back then, this album and its songs would have been all over that one, too. My favorite cut is the rockin' boogie Smokin', the b-side to More Than A Feeling with a sweet organ solo, but there's nothing to skip. Like my friend Ron Popeil says, "Set it and forget it!"

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: (stolen from a previous post): Anytime I hear Boston music, I'm back in Odessa in the '70s: Winwood Mall, UTPB, summers at the country club pool, Permian football games, the Ector movie theater, etc. The picture below is of my childhood home, taken in August 1978, weeks before my family moved from West Texas to the Gulf Coast. That's my mother's 1975 Pontiac Catalina in the carport.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Greatest Hits (1997)
Don't Look Back (1978)


  1. Can't have Reese's chocolate without the peanut butter; and ya' can't have a "Boston" CDP post without the longbox! (Hooray!) • As for the album itself? Dirk's smokin' hot take is on the record over at "Herc's"! (Hooray²!!)

    1. My name is HERC and I approve this album, the above comment and the above link to Don't Look Back, where I laid out a comment of my own.

      Just putting it out there but I think the last great Boston song was "I Had A Good Time" from Corporate America album in 2002. Scholz even amended it to the 2009 re-release of the 1997 Greatest Hits album.

    2. also craving a Reese's for some reason