More Than a Feeling [Platinum Disc]

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Boston's original lineup may have only issued a pair of albums during their brief tenure together in the late '70s, but quite a few subsequent compilations have focused on 1976's Boston and 1978's Don't Look Back. And this is a fitting description of the 1999 budget-priced collection More Than a Feeling. Although the majority of the selections on this ten-track collection have been played to death over the years on classic rock radio, Boston were the originators of an over the top and anthemic style that has become known as arena rock. The group's best and most renowned cut remains this collection's title track, but elsewhere there are a few strong selections that often get overlooked -- "It's Easy," "Smokin'," "Party," and an acoustic ballad that should have been issued as a single way back when, "Hitch a Ride." While More Than a Feeling is a worthwhile taster, there are far too many holes to be considered a definitive collection, especially when such Boston classics as "Peace of Mind," "Long Time," and "Don't Look Back" are not included. Also -- since both aforementioned studio albums are already "budget priced," you can snag both for just a few dollars more. [Note: More Than a Feeling is an exact replica of 1998's Rock and Roll Band, except for different cover art.]

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