Don't Look Back (Boston album)
|Don't Look Back|
|Studio album by Boston|
|Released||August 2, 1978|
|Recorded||1977-78 at Tom Scholz's Hideaway Studio, except for the piano on "A Man I'll Never Be" at Northern Studio, Maynard, Massachusetts|
|Genre||Hard rock, soft rock|
Don't Look Back is the second studio album by American rock band Boston, released in 1978. The title track is one of the band's biggest hits, reaching #4 in 1978 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album sold over four million copies in the first month of its release, and has been certified 7x platinum by the RIAA in the US.
This album also marked the beginning of the band's legal fight with its record label Epic Records. Tom Scholz has been on record stating that executives at Epic pushed him and the band into releasing the album before they felt it was ready. He also said that the album "was ridiculously short. It needed another song." Their next album, Third Stage, was not released for another eight years, by which time the band and record label had parted ways and were fighting a courtroom battle that Boston ultimately won.
When Don't Look Back was released on LP, 8-track and cassette in 1978, it was originally to be titled Arrival, but Boston members discovered that ABBA had already released an album by that name, so Don't Look Back was chosen instead. The album was listed erroneously as "Arrival" in the cassette inserts of some other CBS releases at the time promoting albums available from the record company and its associated labels.
Compact disc releases
Don't Look Back was among the first commercially produced compact discs when the format was introduced in 1983, but because of ongoing legal issues between Tom Scholz and CBS Records, the title was pulled after a small production run and did not re-appear on CD until three years later. Inserts for the original CD pressings contained the "spaceship blueprints" from the original album dust jacket; those illustrations were not included in the 1986 re-release.
This album and the group's first (Boston) were remastered and re-released on June 13, 2006. The re-releases were digitally remastered personally by Scholz after he heard (not directly) that the remastering project was to be handled by Sony's team, which he felt was unacceptable. He took it on himself after negotiations with Legacy. "I've always wanted to make those albums sound good on CD, and the chance arrived."
A small number of the Sony-remastered versions briefly went on sale in Canada on April 4, 2006 before being yanked from the shelves. Those discs also included a live version of "Shattered Images" (mistitled "Help Me" on the packaging), an unreleased Boston original, from a 1976 concert in Philadelphia.
Scholz has claimed in many interviews that he listens to "The Journey" before he goes to bed each night.
All songs written by Tom Scholz, except where noted.
|1.||"Don't Look Back"||5:57|
|4.||"A Man I'll Never Be"||6:37|
|6.||"Party (Written by Tom Scholz, Brad Delp)"||4:07|
|7.||"Used to Bad News (Written by Brad Delp)"||2:56|
|8.||"Don't Be Afraid"||3:48|
Per liner notes
- Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals
- Barry Goudreau – lead guitar, slide guitar, rhythm guitar on "Don't Look Back", "The Journey", "Used to Bad News" and "Don't Be Afraid"
- Sib Hashian – drums, percussion
- Tom Scholz – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, organs, piano, percussion, producer, engineer, arranger, digital remastering, cover concept
- Fran Sheehan – bass guitar, percussion on "Don't Look Back"
|Chart (1978)||Peak position|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|Canada RPM 100 Albums||1|
|UK (The Official Charts Company)||9|
|Sweden (Hung Medien)||8|
|New Zealand (Top 50 Albums)||17|
|RIAA – United States||Gold||August 25, 1978|
|Platinum||August 25, 1978|
|4x Platinum||October 30, 1986|
|5x Platinum||January 29, 1990|
|6x Platinum||December 7, 1992|
|7x Platinum||April 11, 1996|
|RIAA – UK||Silver||1978|
|CRIA – Canada||Gold||Dec 01, 1978|
|Platinum||Aug 01, 1978|
|2x Platinum||Dec 01, 1978|
|3x Platinum||Dec 01, 1978|
|4x Platinum||Jul 01, 1979|
Grease (soundtrack) by Various artists
|Billboard 200 number-one album
September 16–22, 1978
October 7–13, 1978
Living in the USA by Linda Ronstadt
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