Title: Peace Of Mind

Artist: Boston


Year Released: 1976

What It Is: Famous, or infamous. While some critics at the time thought it was the death of civilization as we knew it (and totally against the prevailing Punk / DIY ethos of the time) what it turned out to be was very polished radio friendly rock and roll that used about 120,217 overdubs and the voice of Brad Delp (RIP) to perfection. You can be as stalwart as you want to be on alternative and indie, but damn this brings a smile to your face when you hear it.

Riffage / Hookage: It’s Boston, there are RIFFS galore, and hooks too. But it’s about the riffs here.

Cowbell?: Of the 129,244 overdubs (just heard a few more), I didn’t find any percussion based trickery.

Words Of Wisdom: “Now you’re climbin’ to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn’t take too long
Can’tcha see there’ll come a day when it won’t matter
Come a day when you’ll be gone”

Well, I’m to the top of the company ladder, but that’s easy when you’re self employed.

Mixology Report: This is good for party mixes and driving mixes! And for a game of ‘count the vocal layers by Brad Delp!”

For The Good Of The Order: As you may know, this album was basically recorded in Tom Scholz’ basement studio with Brad Delp on vocals. I think Sib Hashian played drums, but I don’t think the other two guys did much since Scholz is a megalomaniacal control freak. Scholz was a perfectionist, and almost sunk his career by waiting so long to release the group’s third record, which STUNK! The fact of the matter is that you can make the sound as great as possible, but without songs, in this genre, you have nothing. Scholz has written about seven good to great songs (and “Amanda is NOT one of them) and the other guys this close to bupkes (think of Orion The Hunter and Return To Zero for one, er, two). The fact of the matter is while the first record was a great debut album, there’s only a couple other songs by Boston that I would deign to listen to.

Ah, well, after that rant, enjoy this classic tune!