I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away
Picked up the remastered Boston’s debut album. Now, I want to assume this album needs no introduction, but that is unlikely (kids these days…) so for the uninitiated, this is a short summary:
- Tom Scholz was the founder, producer and engineer of Boston, and he has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He was working at Polaroid before Boston made it.
- Singer Brad Delp worked in a coffee maker manufacturing plant.
- Most of the album was recorded between the two of them; with Scholz playing and recording most of the instruments in his basement and Delp handled the lead, hamonising and backing vocals.
- Tom Scholz liked overdubbing and he was going to use it,
dammit. As an old Guitar World article put it, Boston mocked the Mormon
- This is a 30th anniversary release (that’s right, it was first released in 1976).
The remastering job is outstanding, so if you already are a fan and wondering if you should pick it up, the short answer is “yes”, and the long answer is “be a man, do the right thing“. If you are one of the unwashed plebes who have not heard of the album, then be aware that this album is the ultimate rock and roll fantasy and is much more than a feeling.