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Released: August 25, 1976

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “Essential for any fan of classic rock.” – Vik Iyengar, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. More Than a Feeling [4:45]
  2. Peace of Mind [5:02]
  3. Foreplay/Longtime [7:48]
  4. Rock and Roll Band [2:50]
  5. Smokin’ (Delp/ Scholz) [4:20]
  6. Hitch a Ride [4:12]
  7. Something about You [3:48]
  8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight (Delp/ Scholz) [4:13]
All songs written by Tom Scholz unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 37:08

Rating: 4.073 (average of 19 ratings)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 17.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 28.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 11

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • More Than a Feeling (9/18/76) #5 US, #22 UK
  • Foreplay/Longtime (1/29/77) #22 US
  • Peace of Mind (5/14/77) #38 US


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more. my favorite album of the year One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

“‘Better music through science’ was the Epic Records-coined slogan that Boston leader Tom Scholz hated, but this masterwork of studio-happy, high-school-parking-lot music earned it.” RW “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.” VI He “fine-tuned his overdubbed guitar orchestra to a pitch that a thousand subsequent album-rockers couldn’t resist.” RW

In fact, the self-titled debut album from Boston “is one of the best-selling albums of all time” VI and the second best-selling debut by an American rock band (second only to Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction), WK “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 can still be heard on classic rock radio today due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz.” VI

Scholz, who has become legendary – or infamous, depending on your perspective – for his studio perfectionism, crafted the album with demos in his home studio. Eventually the demos attracted the attention of Epic Records, but they wanted the songs re-recorded in a “professional” studio. Scholz was determined to re-cut the songs on his own and Epic producer John Boylan helped “create a diversion” with a band making new studio recordings of the songs in Los Angeles while Scholz continued to redo the recordings in his home studio. WK

“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).” VI “The pseudo-cosmic ambience invites scoffs…but it’s really just part of the disc's charm.” RWBoston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s.” VI

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Related DMDB Links:

Boston’s DMDB page Next Album: Boston – Don’t Look Back (1978)

More Than a Feeling

Foreplay/Long Time (live)

Peace of Mind (live)

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Last updated March 27, 2011.