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Charted: September 2, 1978

Rating: 3.676 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “This record is better than 96.7% of the AOR records released in the 1970s” – Tim Sendra, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Don’t Look Back
  2. The Journey
  3. It’s Easy
  4. A Man I’ll Never Be
  5. Feelin’ Satisfied
  6. Party
  7. Used to Bad News
  8. Don’t Be Afraid


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 7 million
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Don’t Look Back (8/19/78) #4 US, #43 UK
  • A Man I’ll Never Be (11/18/78) #31 US
  • Feelin’ Satisfied (3/24/79) #46 US


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Don’t Look Back
“The follow-up to Boston’s mega-hit first album, …Don’t Look Back took two long years to complete and it’s hard to figure out why it took so long because it is almost exactly the same as their debut. The guitars still sound like they are being fed through computers and stacked into great walls of sound by robots, lead singer Brad Delp still sounds like he is ripping his throat out and the harmony vocals still sound like a choir of androids warbling angelically” (Sendra).

“Most importantly, 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. The main difference lies in the semi-melancholy tone of the record. Boston was a nonstop party of a record but one look at the song titles lets you know that Don't Look Back is a little different: A Man I’ll Never Be, Used to Bad News, Don’t Be Afraid. These songs reveal a reflective side that was nowhere to be found on Boston” (Sendra).

“Not to say the record doesn’t rock because it does mightily. Don’t Look Back has a killer riff that’s very similar to the timeless riff in ‘More Than a Feeling;’ Party is a storming rocker much like ‘Smokin’’ and It’s Easy is mellow 70’s AOR at its absolute best” (Sendra).

Don’t Look Back is basically Boston, Pt. 2, but don’t let that put you off because even though the band was treading water they were treading it like Esther Williams. This record is better than 96.7% of the AOR records released in the 1970s, combine it with Boston and you are looking at two tickets to AOR paradise” (Sendra).

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Last updated April 5, 2008.