RELEASE
June 03, 1997
LABEL
Epic
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Album Review

Since Tom Scholz is such a slow worker, there were only four Boston albums between the group's 1976 debut and this Greatest Hits collection in 1997. That may mean that there isn't much music to compile, as the reliance on their biggest-selling album, Boston, suggests, but that doesn't matter for most casual fans, since Greatest Hits gathers all of their best songs, from "More Than a Feeling" to "Amanda," on one compact disc. For the collector, the record isn't quite as appealing, even if it contains three new songs as bait. These three songs simply don't deliver the melodic punch or guitar crunch that distinguishes the group's best work. It's nice to hear original vocalist Brad Delp on "Higher Power," but "Tell Me" is slight, and an instrumental version of "The Star Spangled Banner" is nearly an insult. So, for the devoted, Greatest Hits is a mixed bag, but for less dedicated listeners, it may be all the Boston they need.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Tell Me
  2. Higher Power
  3. More Than a Feeling
  4. Peace of Mind
  5. Don't Look Back
  6. Cool the Engines
  7. Livin' for You
  8. Feelin' Satisfied
  9. Party
  10. Foreplay/Long Time
  11. Amanda
  12. Rock and Roll Band
  13. Smokin'
  14. A Man I'll Never Be
  15. Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise
  16. Higher Power [Kalodner Edit]