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1 hour ago, SuperRu said:

I'm from Boston. I still hate that song. I grew up (almost) in Boston listening to WBCN. They and everyone else played the shit out of it. Makes me want to puke every time I hear it. Sorry.

You have company.

Bought the album when it first became popular.

Still have the LP. May have it on digital.

Still cannot listen to it.

Been 30+ years and not enough time has passed ... not yet, maybe never. 

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1 minute ago, Doak said:

You have company.

Bought the album when it got popular.

Still have the LP. May have it on digital. 

Still cannot listen to it. 

Been 30+ years and not enough time has passed ... not yet, maybe never. 

Dead to me as well 😳


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7 hours ago, Doak said:

You have company.

Bought the album when it first became popular.

Still have the LP. May have it on digital.

Still cannot listen to it.

Been 30+ years and not enough time has passed ... not yet, maybe never. 

Felt the same way for years about "Stairway to Heaven". Lots of radio stations had playlists where the only LZ song the DJs were allowed to play was "Stairway". I remember once just before LZ hit town on a tour, my friends and I were in a car after school, and when we dialed across the radio dial, "Stairway" was playing on 5 radio stations simultaneously. Pretty much on every popular music station available. Jeez. 

Couldn't listen to it for years. Now I can, and I can even appreciate what a good song it actually is. 

 

As far as Boston, that album was mostly a self recorded solo album by Tom Scholz for all intents and purposes. The band that got put together to promote the album went on tour and the album was a smash hit. I remember a story about how after one show a record company exec walked up to the band and handed them a $100000 check as a bonus, because the sales were so phenomenal....Of course, nowadays I wonder if the label later deducted the 100K from royalties to the band. Probably did.


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I'll have to listen to the Boston album on Qobuz. Haven't heard it for a long time. I seem to remeber the SQ was really good.  And it must be a really good recording, b/c even over the video on laptop speakers those hand claps sound pretty realistic. Impressive. 


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Secondary Listening: (1) CAPS Pipeline>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)>Schiit Freya>Kii Three .(2) CAPS>ifi iDAC SPDIF>Kii Control.

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup. Living Room/Kitchen: RB Pi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

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I was 15, I loved it then and love it now.

 

Living in Australia, it was popular but not rammed down our throats as ABBA was taking all the airwave bandwidth. I'd never heard guitars like that at the time and it blew me away. Two years later another album was released where the way the guitars were played also amazed me......Dire Straits S/T.

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Boston is not my cup of tea, I probably prefer imperfect songs. 

BTW am I the only one here who just heard this piece for the first time.? 


What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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1 hour ago, rando said:

I'm putting this on the same sheet as tally of reaction votes to your album of the evening selections.  :P

 

Chris is simply ahead of his time - e.g. five people needed 8 years to appreciate this post 9_9 :

 

Artist: Boston

Album: Boston

 

You, kumakuma, austinpop and 2 others reacted to this
 

What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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Still smile when I hear this song.

 

On a tape machine in a basement no less.

 


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I was 16 when when this came out.  Loved it then and still love it (and still have the original LP).  Not mainstream radio fare in 1970s England so no familiarity to breed contempt.  Were Boston a band though, I thought it was just one guy in the studio?

 

 

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7 hours ago, Norton said:

I was 16 when when this came out.  Loved it then and still love it (and still have the original LP).  Not mainstream radio fare in 1970s England so no familiarity to breed contempt.  Were Boston a band though, I thought it was just one guy in the studio?

 

 

Mostly the latter:

Tom Scholz

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