Greatest Hits
Boston - Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedJune 3, 1997 (1997-06-03)
Recorded1975–1997
GenreHard rock
Length75:23
LabelEpic/Legacy
ProducerTom Scholz
Boston chronology
Walk On
(1994)
Greatest Hits
(1997)
Corporate America
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

Greatest Hits is the only compilation album by American rock band Boston. Released on June 3, 1997, the album features songs originally released on both the Epic and MCA record 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 audio 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.

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]

The cover features the guitar-shaped spaceship flying low over a planet with turquoise rocks and a turquoise tower in the distance. The backside shows a personification of New York City. It is unknown why the band chose New York City instead of Boston, the city the band is named after and which they usually show on their artwork.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Tom Scholz, unless otherwise noted.

1997 original release
No.TitleOriginLength
1."Tell Me"Previously unreleased, 19974:04
2."Higher Power" (David Sikes)Previously unreleased, 19975:06
3."More Than a Feeling"Boston, 19764:45
4."Peace of Mind"Boston5:05
5."Don't Look Back"Don't Look Back, 19785:57
6."Cool the Engines" (Brad Delp, Fran Sheehan)Third Stage, 19864:35
7."Livin' for You"Walk On, 19944:55
8."Feelin' Satisfied"Don't Look Back4:11
9."Party" (Delp)Don't Look Back4:08
10."Foreplay/Long Time"Boston7:48
11."Amanda"Third Stage4:15
12."Rock and Roll Band"Boston3:00
13."Smokin'" (Delp)Boston4:20
14."A Man I'll Never Be"Don't Look Back6:32
15."The Star-Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise" (John Stafford Smith1)Previously unreleased, 19972:44
16."Higher Power" (Kalodner edit) (Sikes)Previously unreleased, 19973:52
2009 reissue
No.TitleOriginLength
1."I Had a Good Time"Corporate America, 20024:16
2."Higher Power" (Sikes)Greatest Hits, 19975:05
3."More Than a Feeling"Boston4:45
4."Peace of Mind"Boston5:01
5."Don't Look Back"Don't Look Back6:03
6."I Need Your Love" (Fred Sampson)Walk On5:22
7."Cool the Engines" (Delp, Sheehan)Third Stage4:36
8."Party" (Scholz, Delp)Don't Look Back4:06
9."Feelin' Satisfied"Don't Look Back4:11
10."Foreplay/Long Time"Boston7:48
11."Amanda"Third Stage4:18
12."Rock and Roll Band"Boston3:00
13."Smokin'" (Delp)Boston4:23
14."A Man I'll Never Be"Don't Look Back6:40
15."The Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise" (Smith1)Greatest Hits2:43

Notes

  1. ^ Boston credits this song to three composers, "F.S. Key", "J.S. Smith", and "T. Scholz". However, Key only wrote the lyrics to the song, and Boston's recording is an instrumental.

Personnel

Boston

Additional personnel

Charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[3] 61
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[4] 21
US Billboard 200[5] 47

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[6] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Boston - Greatest Hits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Paul Grein (August 13, 2014). "Chart Watch: Back to The '70s With 'Guardians' Soundtrack". Yahoo! Music.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 3237". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  5. ^ "Boston Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boston – Boston Greates Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved December 27, 2020. Select 2003年12月 on the drop-down menu
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Boston – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Boston – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2021.