In the fall of America’s Bicentennial celebration of 1976, Boston burst onto the airwaves with their debut LP. His first track, “More Than A Feeling” fits perfectly into our list of the 100 best classic rock songs.
With a unique yet familiar sound, Boston was tailor-made for FM radio of the mid-1970s. Guitarist / bandleader Tom Sholtz was not a poor struggling rocker, he was an MIT graduate who invented his own effect pedal called “The Rockman”. The distinctive sound of Sholtz’s guitar paired with Brad Delp’s rising vocals became Boston’s signature sound, and fans ate it.
In a typical tale of the time, the group was loved by fans and hated by the press. Often calling the group “corporate rock,” critics hated Boston with a passion.
And while that’s true, they were miles away from the burgeoning punk rock movement, in their defense Boston had a lot more to offer than the sandwich bread that was so important in the rock music landscape of 1976.
‘More Than A Feeling’ was a rush of guitars and sunny vocals. An almost sickly earworm which, to this day – some 36 years later – can still be heard daily on any classic rock radio station. There are times when Delp’s voice blends so harmoniously with Sholtz’s guitar that they, you know … become one. (Not to look like hippies or whatever …)
Boston would release an allegedly rushed follow-up two years later and a third album (presumably on a more to their liking schedule) about ten years after their debut, but things would never freeze again like they did on the number album. a. Boston is still in business as of 2012, with Sholtz as the only original member, so there’s a good chance you can experience the magic of “More Than a Feeling” at a concert somewhere near you this summer.
Watch Boston play “More than a Feeling”