More Than a Feeling – Boston – 1976

Boston-More than a feeling-coverWhen Vintage Guitar magazine published its list of the top guitar solos of the 70s, Boston’s, More Than a Feeling came in at #7.

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  • Boston is an American rock band from, not surprisingly, Boston.
  • Their sound centred on the works of Tom Scholz, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer for the band.
  • Boston has sold over 31 million albums in the United States; 17 million of those were their self-titled debut album. Their second album, Don’t Look Back, accounted for another seven million. That leaves five million spread aBoston 1round their other four studio albums.
  • For many years Boston was the best-selling debut album in the US. That record was taken from them by Guns N’ Roses’ debut set Appetite for Destruction (18 million sales).
  • Tom and the band Boston still make music and tour. Tom has spent years embroiled in lawsuits some involving what he claims is defamation over his alleged role in the suicide of original Boston lead singer, Brad Delp; most involving the use of the band’s name by former band members.

boston and the spaceship

One of the themes of Boston’s album cover art is the presence of a guitar-shaped spaceship. This is, apparently, representative of a colony ship bearing the city of Boston, with the city’s name emblazoned across the front, to a new and better place.

The album appearances of the spaceship:

  • Boston – Two long lines of guitar shaped starships flee a planet that is breaking apart. The ships all have blue flames coming out of the bottom.
  • Don’t Look Back – The Boston ship is flying low or perhaps hovering over a grassy, crystalline planet. The ship has searchlights on.
  • Third Stage – The Boston ship is either headed towards, or perhaps has just undocked from, a large flat spaceship resembling a bank of pipe organ pipes.
  • Walk On – The Boston ship is shown crashing through a rock outcropping.
  • Greatest Hits – The Boston ship is flying low over a planet with turquoise rocks and a turquoise tower in the distance.
  • Corporate America – The Boston ship is flying towards an Earth-like planet.
  • Life, Love & Hope – The Boston ship is flying in space, near a nebula.

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  • Written by Tom Scholz, More Than a Feeling was Boston’s first and most successful single. It was released in September 1976. The song took Tom more than five years to complete – he said his inspiration was the fabulous Left Banke song, Walk Away Renee.
  • More Than a Feeling peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
  • The album version of the song is over a minute longer than the single version – it includes an extra chorus and verse.
  • In 2009, More Than a Feeling was named the 39th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
  • Covers of More Than a Feeling have included versions by: Nirvana (Kurt Cobain noted the similarities between the song’s main riff and that of Nirvana’s hit Smells Like Teen Spirit), No Mercy and *NSYNC.
  • More Than a Feeling can be heard in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • More Than a Feeling lyrics.

more than a feeling – boston – 1976 –video

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