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Boston (1976)

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Boston __________________________________________________


Epic Records

1. More Than A Feeling (4:45)
(T. Scholz)

2. Peace Of Mind (5:02)
(T. Scholz)

3. Foreplay/Long Time
(T. Scholz)

4. Rock & Roll Band (2:60)
(T. Scholz)

5. Smokin’ (4:20)
(T. Scholz / B. Delp)

6. Hitch A Ride (4:12)
(T. Scholz)

7. Something About You (3:48)
(T. Scholz)

8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight (4:13)
(B. Delp)

Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz
A Great Eastern Gramophone Production

If you’re looking for something to tell you that the band in question is composed of nearly notable former members of various bands, or how many jam sessions the drummer sat in on with rock superstars who are now dead or disabled or retired, forget it. Unless the names Mother’s Milk, Middle Earth, or the Revolting Tones Revue ring any particular bells, where the people who make up this band called Boston came from a irrelevant to who and where they are now.

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As to how the band came together, we’ll let lead singer Bradley Delp tell the story. “Fran knew Barry, and I knew Frank, and Fran had played with Sib, and Sib had played with Tom, and Barry knew Tom, and Tom knew me, but Fran didn’t know that I knew the he knew Barry too, so what happened was….”

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If you still need more information, try this Boston is masterminded by a guitarist named Tom Scholz. An MIT graduate with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Tom was living a split existence at the time his concept for Boston began to fall together. By day, he was a highly-touted member of the Product Design wing of a major Massachusetts-based corporation, helping to develop all sorts of media machinery that he’s not supposed to talk about. By night he was a member of any one of a handful of constantly shifting bands on the North Shore club circuit in Boston. Considering the day gig, when he bought 12-inch recording equipment and began experimenting with basement tapes, mastering the machinery at his disposal posed no great problem. With these extraordinarily homemade demo tapes, the band was soon better know to record company executives in L.A. and New York than it was to taste-mongers in its own hometown.

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If you insist on having it further spelled out for you, consider this. What distinguishes Boston’s music is although it’s by definition heavy rock & roll, it evidences a great concern for melodic and harmonic flow than practically any band you can think of working the same general territory. Also, consider the use of technology as an instrument, all the more remarkable because this is a first album. Of the tendency for technology to take over in the hands of lesser practitioners, Tom Scholz says, “It depends completely on the person using it. People have already fallen prey to that, in my opinion, with items that the just go out and buy to get a certain sound without really understanding where that sound comes from and how to apply it.” Those who question how the precise technology of the group’s record will translate to a live environment will discover that, with the aid of some special sound innovations developed for live performance by Scholz, the Boston concert will easily be a comparable experience to the Boston album. That’s a lot to look forward to, but you know where to start.
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Boston is:

Tom Scholz – lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, special effects guitar, bass, organ, clavinet and percussion

Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar, rhythm guitar and percussion

Barry Goudreau – lead and rhythm guitars

Fran Sheehan – bass

Sib Hashian – drums and percussion

Jim Masdea plays drums on “Rock & Roll Band”

Recorded at Foxglove Studios, Watertown, Mass. (Winter, ’75)
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Cal. (Spring, ’76)
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, Cal. (Spring, ’76)

Engineered by Tom Scholz and Warren Dewey

Assisted by Deni King, Bruce Hensel, & Doug Ryder
Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, Cal.
Assisted by Steve Hodge

Mastered by Wally Traugott at Capitol Studios

Direction – Pure Management
Paul Ahern…Charles McKenzie

Cover Illustration: Roger Huyssen
Design: Paula Scher
Back Cover Photo: Jeff Albertson

Special thanks to Ron, Steve, Lennie, Jim, and Sam.
Extra special thanks to Brian Rohan and Cindy.
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