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Boston - "Greatest Hits" - (Unreleased 1980 lp).

Hi!.., here we go again with more and better.

This time with Boston, an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, US. which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. A super band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

This is the story of an unreleased album from Boston called. "Createst Hits", that should have been released in the summer of 1980. In August, and it says like this...

17 million records were sold from the debut album, Boston, released on August 25, 1976, ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. the album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the charts for 132 weeks. From this work spawned three singles:

-"More Than a Feeling": released by Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" on the b-side. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. From this song there is a three versions: 3:25 (single edit/video version) - 4:45 (album version) and 5:03 (full version).

- "Long Time”: it was the second single on Epic Records released Jannuary 7.1977.. without instrumental introduction. “Foreplay” that was the B side from next single. Meanwhile “Long Time” was edited to 3:05 for radio stations with “Let me take you home tonight” on B side. Peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100

- "Peace of Mind": released in April 1977 as the third and final single from Boston álbum debut, peaked at number 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 From this song there are three known versions too: 5:02 (album version) - 3:38 (single version) and 5:31 (full version).

Tom Scholz completed the second Boston album two years after the debut album's release in August 1978.. It was recorded under a not very good environment, with problems with manager Paul Ahern, Ahern and his business partner Charles McKenzie. Finally Scholz doing most of the recording work alone. Only sold about half as well as the debut album, eventually selling over 7 million records.However, making the group one of the world's best-selling artists.

The original title was “Arrival” but it had to be changed because Abba had already released an album with that name. Tom was unhappy with the album's second side in particular because Epic record pressured him to publish a new album as soon as possible, as it had been a long time since the first. Another three songs were released as singles: -

“Don´t look back”: with “The Journey” on B side. Both songs were released as single on August 2.1978. Billboard Magazine rated the song one of the best cuts from the second album. This single sold more than a million copies in the first two weeks or so following its release. Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. From this song there are two known versions: 5:58 (Album Version) and 4:05 (Radio Edit)

The second single was: “A man I´ll never be” with “Don´t be afraid” on B side. Released on November 1978. Reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.; and the next and last single from this first era was: “Feelin´satisfied” with Wused to bad news” on b side Released in early 1979. It was release for 7 years, until "Amanda".

In late 1979, Scholz began writing new material for the next Boston lp. but he was involved in legal problems with Paul Ahern for copyright of the songs, which delayed the recording of a possible new album for the group. bit.ly/Bst321A Tom Scholz suggested that in the meantime the individual members should work on whatever other projects they might be considering.Goudreau then decided to record new album with Delp and Hashian, and which was recorded with Paul Grupp as engineer and producer Tom was asked for some of the new material that he already had recorded to accommodate it in the album and thus publish a new Boston lp but he suggested to Goudreau that he better release it as his first solo album.

Meanwhile, Epic attempted to release a greatest hits album compiling all of the group's singles. The album would be called "Greatest Hits", destined for the summer of 1980, but it was canceled it by Goudreau´s the first solo album released instead on August of that same year. Here's Boston's original "Greatest Hits" LP rebuilt for you with a slightly different and expanded second version.

ORIGINAL MIX

Side One: 19:54

1 - The Journey (single version) 1:44

(B side “Don´t Look Back ” single - August 2.1978)

2 - More Than A Feeling (single version) 3:26

3 - Peace Of Mind (single version) 3:31

4 - Feelin' Satisfied (single version) 3:25

5 - Don´t Look Back (single version) 3:53

6 - A Man I'll Never Be (single version) 3:53

 

Side Two : 19:45

7 - Smokin´ (single version) 3:07

(B side “More Than A Feeling ” single - September 1976)

8 - Used To Bad News 2:56

(B side “Feelin´Satisfied” ” single - April 1979)

9 - Foreplay (single version) 1:57

(B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

10 - Long Time (single version) 3:15

(A side “Long Time” U.S promo single - March 1977)

11 - Let Me Take You Home Tonight 4:42

(B side “Foreplay/Long Time ” single - January 7 1977)

12 - Don't Be Afraid 3:46

(B side “A Man I´ll Never Be” single - January 1979)

 

REMIXED AND EXPANDED

Side One: 22:07

1 - The Journey 1:43

(B side “Don´t Look Back ” single - August 2.1978)

2 - More Than A Feeling 4:44

3 - Peace Of Mind (alternate version) 3:42

4 - Feelin' Satisfied 4:10

5 - Don´t Look Back (alternate version) 3:53

6 - A Man I'll Never Be (alternate version) 3:53 Side Two : 22:05

7- Smokin´ 4:19 (B side “More Than A Feeling” ” single - September 1976)

8 - Used To Bad News 2:56

(B side “Feelin´Satisfied” ” single - April 1979)

9 - Foreplay (single edit) 1:56

(B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

10 - Long Time (alternate version) 5:00

(A side “Long Time” U.S promo single - March 1977)

11 - Let Me Take You Home Tonight (alternate version) 4:05

(B side “Foreplay/Long Time ” single - January 7 1977)

12 - Don't Be Afraid 3:46

(B side “A Man I´ll Never Be” single - January 1979)

 

Bonus track:

13 - Shattered Images (live edit) 3:14

(Proposed to be the B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

Recorded live at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA. December 18.1976.

Taken from the Canadian promotional CD “Don´t Look Back” April 2006

Mistitled “Help Me” on the packaging.

 

All songs recorded: October 1975 – April 1976.

Studio Foxglove (Watertown, Massachusetts), Capitol (Hollywood, California)

and Record Plant (Los Angeles).

except: 1, 4 - 6 & 8 recorded between 1977–1978

Studio Tom Scholz's Hideaway Studio,

except for the piano on "A Man I'll Never Be",which was recorded

by engineer Dave Butler at Northern Studio, Maynard, Massachusetts.

 

all songs by Tom Scholz

“Smokin´” by Brad Delp & Tom Scholz

“Let Me Take You Home Tonight” & "Used to Bad News"

by Brad Delp

Producer by Tom Scholz, John Boylan and Tom Scholz.

 

The Band:

Tom Scholz – electric guitars, lead guitar, acoustic guitars, clavinet, organ, bass guitar, design consultant, remastering, liner notes, production, engineering

Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals; acoustic guitar on "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"

Sib Hashian – drums all tracks except "Rock & Roll Band"

Jim Masdea – drums on "Rock & Roll Band"

Barry Goudreau – rhythm guitars, lead guitars on "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight". Rhythm guitar on "Don't Look Back", "The Journey", "Used to Bad News" and "Don't Be Afraid"

Fran Sheehan – bass guitar on "Foreplay" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"

Time after that, in 1997 the "Greatest hits " project was re-worked and expanded and it was released on August 1997. 18 years after and two new albums more from Boston released in 1986 "third stage" and "Walk on" in 1996.

That´s all, see you soon, meanwhile, take care.