Greatest Hits (Boston album)

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Greatest Hits
Boston - Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by Boston
Released June 3, 1997 (1997-06-03)
Recorded 1976–1997
Genre Hard rock
Length 75:23
Label Epic
Producer Tom Scholz
Boston chronology
Walk On
(1994)
Greatest Hits
(1997)
Corporate America
(2002)

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Boston. The album released on June 3, 1997 features songs originally released on both the Epic and MCA labels, as well as three previously unreleased recordings ("Tell Me", "Higher Power" and "The Star-Spangled Banner"). Tom Scholz, the band's leader, felt that the album's sound quality was not up to his standards, so a remastered version of the album was released in 2009 with a slightly different track listing. Boston embarked on a tour for this album both times it was released.[1]

The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA on December 4, 2003, and it has sold 2,234,000 copies in the United States as of August 2014.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Scholz, except where noted. 

1997 Original
No. Title From album Length
1. "Tell Me"   Previously Unissued, 1997 4:04
2. "Higher Power" (Scholz, David Sikes) Previously Unissued 5:06
3. "More Than a Feeling"   Boston, 1976 4:45
4. "Peace of Mind"   Boston, 1976 5:05
5. "Don't Look Back"   Don't Look Back, 1978 5:57
6. "Cool the Engines" (Brad Delp, Fran Sheehan, Scholz) Third Stage, 1986 4:35
7. "Livin' for You"   Walk On, 1994 4:55
8. "Feelin' Satisfied"   Don't Look Back, 1978 4:11
9. "Party" (Scholz, Delp) Don't Look Back, 1978 4:08
10. "Foreplay/Long Time"   Boston, 1976 7:48
11. "Amanda"   Third Stage, 1986 4:15
12. "Rock and Roll Band"   Boston, 1976 3:00
13. "Smokin'" (Scholz, Delp) Boston, 1976 4:20
14. "A Man I'll Never Be"   Don't Look Back, 1978 6:32
15. "The Star-Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise" (John Stafford Smith, Tom Scholz [Note 1]) Previously Unissued 2:44
16. "Higher Power [Kalodner edit]" (Scholz, Sikes) Previously Unissued 3:52
2009 reissue
No. Title Length
1. "I Had a Good Time" (from Corporate America, 2002) 4:15
2. "Higher Power" (Scholz, David Sikes) 5:06
3. "More Than a Feeling"   4:45
4. "Peace of Mind"   5:05
5. "Don't Look Back"   5:57
6. "I Need Your Love" (Fred Sampson, Scholz; from Walk On, 1994) 5:22
7. "Cool the Engines" (Delp, Sheehan, Scholz) 4:35
8. "Party" (Scholz, Delp) 4:08
9. "Feelin' Satisfied"   4:10
10. "Foreplay/Long Time"   7:48
11. "Amanda"   4:15
12. "Rock and Roll Band"   3:00
13. "Smokin'" (Scholz, Delp) 4:20
14. "A Man I'll Never Be"   6:32
15. "The Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise" (Smith, Scholz) 2:44

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts
Chart (1997) Peak
position
Canadian Top Selling Albums[3] 61
US Billboard 200[4] 47
Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums[4] 12
Certifications
Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold[5] April 20, 1999
Platinum[5] May 15, 2000
2× Multi-Platinum[5] December 4, 2003

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boston credits this song to three composers – "F.S. Key", "J.S. Smith", and "T. Scholz" – but none of Francis Scott Key's contributions to the original song (lyrics only) were used in this version.

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