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March 23, 2007


Michael Ansaldo

They might as well revoke my license, too, because I've long been a vocal champion of the first album and "Don't Look Back." Listening to that debut never fails to make me giddy with joy (especially if experienced with a little herb, as I was fond of doing back in the day). "More Than A Feeling" also inspired one of my favorite one-sentence rock critiques: "The sound of your older brother washing his Camaro."


Thanks, man, you hit the nail on the head. The first record is so perfectly constructed that it defines 70's rock radio. How could you not want to dance in the streets of Hyanis?

Vinnie Park

I totally agree with Dan and the other posters. The first Boston album has been in my collection since I was eight, and it always takes me back to that special childhood head space where music was so mysterious and affecting. It reminds me of Fluff sandwhiches, summer camp and reading issues of Cream and The Fantastic Four. Favorite songs: More than a Feeling, Let me Take You Home Tonight and, from the second album, "A Man I'll Never Be." I'm also kind of fond of "Amanda", from one of their comeback albums, but maybe that takes things just a little too far? ...Anyway, thanks for the nice obit, Dan.

Dan E

Well, I can't hang with Third Stage, but I do think Don't Look Back is a sorely underrated album. Not a meisterwerk like the first one, of course, but "A Man I'll Never Be", "Feelin' Satisfied" "Used To Bad News", "Don't be Afraid" and the title track all go straight to the pleasure center of my brain. And "Party" is a pretty hilarious "Smokin'" knock-off -- I think there's even a line about "takin' a toke" in there!

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    Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Greensboro, NC, and is available for speaking engagements.