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    Way back when, during the disco '70s (starting in 1976) I bought three 45s from a band that I really liked the sound of. I flipped 'em over and found I liked the B-sides as well. They sounded good even on my crummy mono turntable-in-a-box. I learned that the B-side on one of the singles actually was a lead in for one of the other singles, so I would work with my crummy turntable and crummy tape recorded to segue them into one song - did a pretty good job of it too, but from hearing longer versions of the songs on the radio and wanting to hear what the three songs I didn't have sounded like and all that, I bought the album. The album, and the band, was called Boston. I was still a few years away from being blown away by Edward and this Tom Scholz guy was playing stuff the likes I'd never heard before. Anyway, it was 1977 by the time I bought the album, and I only had to wait a year for the second album, Don't Look Back. This was the transition album of the summer that I went from being in junior high to being a freshman in high school - only four more years left! Even though I didn't like it as much as the first album, Boston was still at the top of my evolving list of bands. I couldn't wait for the next album...

    I never subscribed to or bought music magazines, but when I'd go shopping with my mom I'd stand at the magazine rack looking for information about my favourite bands while she picked up groceries. I kept reading with anticipation about Boston's next album, called Third Stage. Time went by faster than I realised, and next thing I knew I was in college, still browsing music magazines every chance I got (and I think my roommate got some guitar ones being that he played guitar (and bass and drums)) and still reading how Third Stage would be out in a month or two - it became a putdown to someone whose word I wasn't taken at face value - "Hey, I'll get you that $5 I owe you by Friday" - "yeah, and Boston's new album is due out next month!" Only went to college for two years and then it was my turn to play grown-up, which finally led to me saying good-bye to my downeast roots and moving to Philadelphia, where finally in 1986, Boston's third album was released (and it was still called Third Stage - I was somewhat impressed by that). Was a big letdown at first, but it's grown on me. Still, reading the liner notes and Scholz' comments, I couldn't help but start thinking he was a bit of a goof. Also noticed that most of the band from the first two albums was gone, would find out later this wasn't that big a deal. Eight more years before another album, the disappointing Walk On. Big part of the disappointment was no Brad Delp - as much a part of the Boston sound as Tom Scholz. Listened to it again recently, not that bad, but still misses Brad's voice. Had a chance to see them in West Palm Beach in 1996 (with Cheap Trick, another band I have never seen live) but didn't dare to get tickets because I was travelling a lot and didn't know if I'd be in town for the show. Anyway, I still really like this band but it was only recently that I found out the band I thought it was wasn't what it was - basically, three of the guys pictured on those first two albums had little or nothing to do with the recording process, it was primarily just Tom and Brad. Was on their website (www.boston.org) and reading the F.A.Q.'s and one of my favourites was "How many different people have sued Boston and/or Tom Scholz?" (the short version of the answer is "just about all of them"). Also interesting that 3 members of the band actually worked with Hagar on one of his albums long, long ago (the song "Dock Of The Bay"). Anyway, didn't mean to write a book, just wanted to see if anyone else on here likes Boston and what your thoughts are!

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    I like Boston a lot. I have their greatest hits album and Foreplay/Long Time is an awesome song. Some critics labeled them "corporate rock," but what's wrong with that? Bands like Boston, Journey, Styx, and Foreigner played music that people liked and critics put them down for that. Oh well, maybe I'm going off the topic. Boston rules! [img]smilies/cool.gif[/img]
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    The tune 'Amanda' has good memories for me...The only lame thing about Boston is that on the Third Stage tour, they played that album in it's entirety...IN THE ORDER WHICH APPEARS ON THE DISC!!??!! I thought that was way stupid and I still do...*calming down...* [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img]
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    Boston rules and there new one should come out either the end of this year or next year. I heard two tracks and they are very good. Brad Delp is back by the way.
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    I have two words to say about Boston... Boston rocks!!! I love More Than a Feeling, Don't Look Back, and many others. They are my second favorite band, only behind Van Halen.
    "I'm takin' whiskey to the party tonight, and I'm lookin' for somebody to squeeze." - Romeo Delight

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    i also really like boston. they are on my top ten list of bands for sure. i have their greatest hits album, i am well aware that they are ready to release a new album sooner or later with brad delp, (i keep up on this stuff) and my favorite tune is peace of mind. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    To me, Boston is one of those bands that EVERYONE has heard of and you need at least their GH disc in your collection to have it complete. I will say this about them though...

    In all my years of going to concerts, NO ONE has ever had a tighter and more well performed show than these guys. I still remember that hot summer night ( [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] ) in Little Rock, with the sweat drenching every concertgoer there, the heat and exhaustion taking it's toll on us, yet no one wanting to miss a thing...all the way to the encore of "Smokin'"!!

    Incredible band...however Ed may have been referring to them when he said their "work ethic sucks"! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I think Boston has always been a great 'band'. They have one of the most distinct sounds in all of rock, and some of the most timeless songs, as well as exquisite production.

    Also, I have to credit Tom Scholz with being the only known rocker with a master's from MIT! Actually, his Rockman is perhaps the single most important guitar invention of my lifetime. His concept of putting a 'real' guitar sound in a small, affordable box has led to a great deal of further research and development. Nowadays we have have many amp modeling devices that do things I never would have thought possible 10 years ago.

    The only thing left is for these modelers to include a 'Rockman' preset! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Boston had one of the best debut albums in rock history. But they had already peaked. Their next album Don't Look Back was a solid sophomore effort, though clearly not as good as the first. And then after that, they kinda just vanished and decided to pop up every eight years.

    In my opinion, Boston was basically one album. A fantastic album, but only one.

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    Years ago I had the first Boston album on a blank cassette but I don't remember where I got it or where it went. Anyway, having read this topic I grabbed the first two Boston albums out of my local library. Hearing the first album again was really cool, it's a very good album. The second album, which I'll admit that I'd never heard beyond the title track, is a pale imitation of the first. Not a very good album at all in my opinion.

    BTW, the little essay in the liner notes of the first album is really annoying and arrogant.

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    Jerel just hooked me up with a couple Boston shows. I'm anxious to hear the quality they are known for. If they're pretty good and someone wants a copy of them, drop me a line sometime.

    Glenn, if ya want, I'll toss these in with the DLR show too. Just let me know. I gotta rip them tonight out of mp3 format.
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    Man, now you guys have me digging through my old albums...I LOVED Boston! Haven't payed much attention to them lately, but just the names of the songs bring back wonderful memories!

    I'm off to dust off the old vinyl...and listen myself to sleep... [img]smilies/sleep.gif[/img] Not that their music is boring, just that I'm tired...and well...it is inevitable! [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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    personally, i think that the ballad "a man i'll never be" is an awesome song. it makes me think... [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
    that song and don't look back were good songs off of their second album. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]

 

 

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