Monday, March 12, 2007

The 11 Best Boston Songs


When I was in college, I had a credit to a CD store. It was just enough to get one used CD. The guy who ran the store was a friend who always had some of the best music advice. That day, he had just got in a "like new" copy of The Stooges' Raw Power. He practically begged me to get the album. He told me there were very few albums in rock n roll that were more important that this one. But something else caught my eye....it was Boston's Greatest Hits. I didn't know either bands at the time. But I knew "More Than Feeling" and really liked the song. So, I decided to buy Boston. To the store owner's great disappointment in my musical choice, he almost refused to let me get the CD, calling it a black stain on rock music. And to prove it to me, he gave me the Iggy Pop CD for free. I took both albums home and listened to them back-to-back. Both were great in their own right. Raw Power was an intense flurry of no holds bar energy. Boston was uber-produced arena rock to the nth degree. What he strangely didn't realize, if you combined both albums, you got Nirvana's Nevermind (the most popular album in the world at that moment). The CD store owner had just given me one of the coolest lessons in rock history...and had done so unintentially. To this day, I still love the Stooges album...but if I had to take only one to a desert island, it would be Boston.

RIP: Brad Delp 1951-2007


Here are The 11 Best Boston Songs:

1. Peace of Mind (Boston)
2. More Than A Feeling (Boston)
3. Don't Look Back (Don't Look Back)
4. I Think I Like It (Third Stage)
5. Amanda (Third Stage)
6. Something About You (Boston)
7. Can'tcha Say (Third Stage)
8. I Had A Good Time (Corporate America)
9. Feelin' Satisfied (Don't Look Back)
10. It's Easy (Don't Look Back)
11. Corporate America (Corporate America)

3 comments:

Kyle Potter said...

OMG, thank you so much!
I've been dying to remember the name of "Peace of Mind". It's been stuck in my head since I saw Boston last week in California. What a great comeback huh?
You should really try to get into one of their shows, i think you should be able. It wasn't quite a full house at the theater I went to but there were a lot of people.

Aj.lee93 said...

where the hell is foreplay?!?! that's one of their greatest songs!

pmcollectorboy said...

To this day, Boston is the only group with the ability to yank tears from my eyes, not through emotional sadness, but through the sheer force of epicosity. I didn't think it was possible to cram that much body and depth into a tune. But Boston showed the world how. I'd have to say my favorite Boston song is Hitch a Ride, though.