Boston


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Boston were formed (in Boston, of course) by sound engineer, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Scholz. Their debut album, Boston (Epic, aug 1976), became one of the all-time best-sellers (eight million copies sold in ten years), thanks to the catchy pop-metal of More Than A Feeling and Peace Of Mind, which became the epitome of AOR for the 1970s. The eight-minute Foreplay was their tour de force, thanks to a breathtaking instrumental opening that evoked Yes at their most visceral. Don't Look Back (1978) offered a watered-down, less inspired, version of the same style (Don't Look Back). It took eight years for the band to get rid of legal problems and release the third album, but it was another winner: Third Stage (1986), containing Amanda and We're Ready.

Six years later, instead, Walk On (MCA, 1994) introduced a faceless easy-listening group. If the originality of their music is virtually nil (despite Scholz's much publicized guitar tricks), the fact remains that few musicians have sold so many records with so few albums.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Lollo)

I Boston furono formati (a Boston, naturalmente) dal tecnico del suono, chitarrista e tastierista Tom Scholz. Il loro album di debutto, Boston (Epic, ago 1976) divenne uno degli album pi=F9 venduti di tutti i tempi (8 milioni di copie vendute in dieci anni), grazie all'accattivante pop-metal di More than a feeling e Peace of Mind, che divenne la quintessenza dell'AOR per gli anni Settanta. Don't look Back (1978) offriva una versione stagnante, meno ispirata dello stesso stile (Don't Look Back). Ci vollero otto anni per la band per liberarsi da problemi legali e realizzare il terzo album, ma fu un altro successo: Third Stage (1986), che contiene Amanda e We're Ready. Sei anni dopo, invece, Walk on (MCA, 1994) presentava un gruppo senza volto e facilmente orecchiabile. Se l'originalit=E0 della loro musica praticamente nulla (nonostante la molto pubblicizzata abilit=E0 di Scholz con la chitarra), rimane il fatto che pochi cantanti hanno venduto cos=EC tanti dischi con cos=EC pochi album.

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