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BOSTON – Boston

Boston – Boston (1976, Epic Records)

1.”More Than a Feeling” … 4:45
2.”Peace of Mind” … 5:02
3.”Foreplay/Long Time” … 7:48
4.”Rock & Roll Band” … 3:00
5.”Smokin'” … 4:20
6.”Hitch a Ride” … 4:12
7.”Something About You” … 3:48
8.”Let Me Take You Home Tonight” … 4:13

Brad Delp – Vocals, Guitar (“Let Me Take You Home Tonight”)
Tom Scholz – Guitar, Clavinet, Organ, Bass
Barry Goudreau – Guitar (“Foreplay/Long Time”, “Let Me Take You Home Tonight”)
Fran Sheehan – Bass (“Foreplay”, “Let Me Take You Home Tonight”)
Sib Hashian – Drums
Jim Masdea – Drums (“Rock N Roll Band”)

Producer: John Boylan and Tom Scholz

This album is a juggernaut in terms of achievements. ALL EIGHT SONGS receive radio play on rock stations to this day, it was the fastest selling debut for its time (going gold in two months, platinum in three) and by my count, it currently is the #12 best selling album in the U.S. with 17 million copies sold.

It is that very commercial success that has lessened the impact of this album. I knew these songs for YEARS along with everyone else before ever buying this album (which I think I only did to fulfill my Columbia House requirements). I believe this is a must-own for any fan of rock ‘n’ roll. These are great songs, truly classic rock, but to be honest, having been exposed to these songs my whole life, I could carry on just as well never hearing them again.

Highlights: “More Than A Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”

VH1: The Big 80’s Power Ballads

VH1: The Big 80’s Power Ballads (1999, Rhino Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Fly to the Angels” – Slaughter … (5:08)
2. “Something to Believe In”  – Poison … (5:30)
3. “Amanda”  – Boston … (4:17)
4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner 5:01
5. “Alone Again”  – Dokken … (4:22)
6. “House of Pain”  – Faster Pussycat … (5:47)
7. “The Search Is Over” – Survivor … (4:13)
8. “Is This Love” – Whitesnake … (4:43)
9. “We Belong” – Pat Benatar … (3:39)
10. “Don’t Close Your Eyes”  – Kix … (4:19)
11. “What Does It Take”  – Honeymoon Suite … (4:16)
12. “Missing You” – John Waite … (4:29)
13. “Miles Away” – Winger … (4:12)
14. “When the Children Cry” – White Lion … (4:07)
15. “Goodbye” – Night Ranger … (4:21)
16. “Fly High Michelle” – Enuff Z’nuff … (4:17)

The late 1990s and early 2000s were a time of 80s nostalgia. Clothes, movies, music. One of the biggest flagwavers of 80s retro was VH1, who scored with the popular Behind The Music show, Pop Up Videos, and tons of 1980s-centric specials.

Not surprisingly, they also released their own compilations of 80’s tunes in a series called The Big 80’s. The Monster series of hair metal compilations from Razor & Tie Records proved popular and one of their most popular entries was Monster Ballads, so it only made sense for VH1 to release their own CD of hair ballads and tie it all in with the Big 80’s series.

There are TONS of other power ballad comps out there on the market, but this one and Monster Ballads are the absolute best and the bonus is that the people at Rhino & VH1 must’ve been paying attention because there’s only three songs that appear on both compilations (“Something to Believe In”, “Is This Love” and “Don’t Close Your Eyes”).

Essentially, this *is* a hair ballad CD, though a few artists like Boston, Honeymoon Suite, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Survivor and John Waite slip in, but the songs fit right in with the mood. Even if those artist aren’t hair metal acts, they certainly did produce hair metal ballads.
Power ballads are what got me into the hair scene in the first place (every hair metal act should have 2 or 3 great ones in their catalog), so this is right up there as one of my favorite albums. And yes, being the sap that I am, I would crank this during troubled relationship times when I was younger.
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