Gifted guitarist/producer Tom Scholz and singer Brad Delp couldn’t have imagined the success of their 1976 debut when they recorded it in a Boston basement. It’s packed with heavy, guitar-driven peaks, gentle passages, and glacier-sized choruses—from party-starter anthem “Smokin’,” to the ode to nostalgia “More Than a Feeling,” to the everyman ballad “Let Me Take You Home Tonight.” “Rock & Roll Band” is an autobiographical tale of bar-band adversities and “Foreplay/Long Time” kicks up from murky jazz-prog to pure, sing-along power pop. It’s an album for the ages.

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