6. Boston // Boston, 1976
We’ve all heard ‘More Than a Feeling’. We’ve all listened to its easy beginning, before it launches us into a glamorous tundra of youthful yearning.
But Boston’s debut album is more than just that song, it’s a seventies rock classic, quintessential in the conversation of rock’s evolution. Although under-appreciated, the entire project is so finely crafted by Tom Scholz, it’s more like a love project to rock than an album in and of itself.
Sitting beside Foreigner and REO Speedwagon as examples of early pop or synth-rock, the album deserves a place here for two reasons: firstly, it forgoes the shackles of rock and found its own place among giants, and secondly because of the brazen boundary pushing attempted.