Great Rock Albums of 1978: Boston- Don’t Look Back

In America, there is a phrase called the “Sophmore Jinx.” It usually applies to sports where a player has a great rookie season, but doesn’t do as well in his second season. In music, it applies to a band who puts out a fantastic debut album, but the second album isn’t as good. There are many unfortunate examples of this. However, there is no way that the Sophmore Jinx applies to the second album from Boston, “Don’t Look Back.”

When I posted about the great debut album from Boston, I couldn’t sing its praises enough. It has gone down as one of the greatest rock albums in history and there’s no way in hell that I am going to debate that fact. Now, their second album is every bit as good as the first, in fact, if anything, “Don’t Look Back” is just a continuation from the first. If anyone knows if these two album are available together on one CD, let me know.

The album begins with one of the most mind blowing rhythm guitar riffs which then leads to a mind blowing lead guitar and that’s just the start. The brilliant musicianship and the amazing vocals by the late Brad Delp make this album great and proved to many back then that Boston were for real. From the opening title track to such great songs like “It’s Easy” and “Party,” all the tracks make it a great rock album, one of the best in 1978.

Track Listing:

1. Don’t Look Back

2. The Journey

3. It’s Easy

4. A Man I’ll Never Be

5. Feelin’ Satisfied

6. Party

7. Used to Bad News

8. Don’t Be Afraid


Brad Delp- vocals

Tom Shotz- lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, organ

Barry Goudreau- lead, slide and rhythm guitars

Fran Sheehan- bass

Boston definitely beat the Sophmore Jinx with “Don’t Look Back.” This, along with their first album ranks along the all time great rock albums. Not many bands go two for two, so this one is definitely worth a trip down memory lane.

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7 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1978: Boston- Don’t Look Back”

  1. Metal Odyssey Says:

    I agree with “Don’t Look Back” being a continuation of their debut. So gooooood.

    I found this album (on vinyl) at a thrift store for 50 cents. Still sealed, with it’s original shrink wrap and promo sticker on the wrapping. I won’t open it cause I have the CD. 🙂


    • That’s going to be worth a lot of money one day.


      • Metal Odyssey Says:

        Gosh, I sure hope so! LOL! Then again, even if it’s only worth 10 bucks “as is”, (I don’t know it’s actual value), I’m just psyched I found this album in this “sealed” condition!


  2. So glad to see you give this one such a positive review. I actually prefer this to the debut, although I love both and this one could maybe have used an extra song. That said… while it’s short you can always just listen to it twice! I always though fans of The Darkness would be well advised to check this album out.


    • Well, you’re the first person I know who prefers this album to the debut but I won’t debate you on it. It is a very good album and your link to The Darkness is very interesting. I’m going to have to listen to this album with Permission to Land.


      • Comparing the two is splitting hairs really as they’re both excellent! It’s just a personal preference rather than a critical thing. I’ll be interested to hear what you think after listening to The Darkness and this!


  3. I’ll have to check this out. I have their debut but nothing else.


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