Peace of Mind (Boston song)

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"Peace of Mind"
Single by Boston
from the album Boston
B-side Foreplay
Released August 25, 1976 (album version) / April 1977 (single version)
Format 7" Vinyl
Recorded October 1975 – April 1976 at Foxglove Studios in Watertown, MassachusettsCapitol Studios in Hollywood, CaliforniaThe Record Plant in Los Angeles, California (album version) / April 1976 (single version)
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:02 (album version)
3:38 (single version)
5:31 (full version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Tom Scholz
Producer(s) John Boylan, Tom Scholz
Boston singles chronology
"Foreplay/Long Time"
(1977)
"Peace of Mind"
(1977)
"Don't Look Back"
(1978)

"Peace of Mind" is a song written by Tom Scholz and originally released by Boston on their debut 1976 self-titled album. It was released the next year as the third and final single from the album. As a single, the song peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977.[1] The song is about the people Scholz worked with at Polaroid Corporation before getting his recording contract, and about the fact that Scholz wasn't interested in climbing the corporate ladder into company management.[2] It is one of six songs Scholz worked on in his basement in 1974 and 1975 before Boston got its record contract, five of which eventually appeared on the Boston album. The demo was specifically finished in 1974.[3] The drum parts were originally developed by Jim Masdea, although Sib Hashian played the drums on the official release.[3]

Rolling Stone Album Guide critic Paul Evans called "Peace of Mind" a "satisfying, if similar, followup" to "More Than a Feeling."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • "Peace of Mind" is a downloadable track in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, as well as the video game Rock Band, both as master tracks. However, many of the guitar and vocal harmonies heard throughout the song have been removed from both games for unknown reasons.
  • The song is also a standard playable song in the video game Rocksmith 2014

Covers[edit]

  • "Peace of Mind" was covered by Stryper on their 2009 Murder by Pride album. Tom Scholz also played guitar on it.
  • The song was covered by the Canadian group Moxy Früvous, with some amendment of lyrics.[5]
  • Contestants on NBC's "The Voice" covered "Peace of Mind" on November 5, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard listing of all Boston songs which charted from 1976 to 1994. Footnote augmented 2009-12-09.
  2. ^ Miller, C. "Boston: Heaven is a Reel-to-Reel Tape". Goldmine. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  3. ^ a b Wright, J. "Feelin' Satisfied: An Interview with Tom Scholz of Boston". thirdstage.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  4. ^ Evans, P. (2004). Brackett, N. & Hoard, C., ed. The Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 96. ISBN 0743201698. 
  5. ^ Original and Moxy lyrics at songlyrics.com. Retrieved 2009-12-09.

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