“There’s Aspects of Boston I Love, Too”

I’m not sure what kind of coincidence this is — after all, as a kooky Russian author told Elaine Benes, there are no big coincidences and small coincidences, there are only coincidences — but two of the first three randomized songs on my iPod this morning were Boston tunes. Maybe someone’s trying to tell me to take the day off, drive up to Massachusetts and go dancin’ in the streets of Hyannis.

So for no other reason than Hump Day Boredom, and for the sake of rockin’ out with our cockins out to some sweet New England licks, let’s all listen to Foreplay > Long Time, Rock N Roll Band and More Than A Feeling together today.

And here’s a query for potential debate: Did Boston have actual albums, or was the band’s first and only release called “Greatest Hits”? Es posible.

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7 Responses

  1. I’d ask the same question of Journey. And how about Peter Frampton? As far as I know, he never released an album before “Comes Alive”. Seriously, I consider myself a strong – to quite strong music fan, with friends who are equally strong – to quite strong. In high school, we listened to nothing but classic rock for four straight years and I have never heard – nor even heard OF – a Peter Frampton studio track. Yet somehow all 900,000 thousand people in the audience the night they recorded “Comes Alive” knew all of his songs. I have so many questions about it, too: Does he employ the “talk box” on the studio version of “Do You Feel Like I Do”? After the first line, “I wonder how you’re feelin'” is there a pause on the studio version, too, or did he just do that on the live version for crowd effect? I’m in a need to know situation here, Ace.

  2. For those not old enough to remember, Framptom was popular in the UK for being a teenager in Humble Pie. Yeah, you guys have probably never heard anything except their live album, either (Rockin’ The Fillmore). And Journey was a jam band–a popular theme around these parts, I’m guessing–before Steve “Screecher” Perry took over as vocalist.

    Boston seemed like a greatest hits band because they ripped off every hard rock and light metal cliche’ that Tom Scholz could figure out on the guitar (he covered his shitty chops with lots of technology). By the time you finished listening to Side 1 of the eponymous album, you’d heard every single musical idea Scholz would ever have–sad commentary on a guy who got a perfect score on his SATs.

  3. Wait a minute, did I stumble into the nostalgic ’70s forum? Where are all the links to Michael McDonald?

    ChefRa, you obviously never heard Stevie Miller’s “Wild Mountain Honey” or “Babes In The Woods.” Miller had the good fortune to be in the music biz when record companies actually looked after an artist’s commercial interests. If these had ever been released to radio—instead of buried deep on the LPs—the Space Cowboy would have been strung up by the local sheriff.

    Hey . . . wait a minute. Space Cowboy. Ace Cowboy. Space. Ace. Cowboy.

  4. Boston (The Band) rules, and if Trey meant that comment in Bittersweet with anything but the utmost respect on how tight that band was, I’ll smack him the next time I see him.

    ‘Don’t Look Back’ was a decent follow-up album, but definitely not as good as the debut self-titled.

    I listen to the self-titled at least once a month.

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