'Despite the very positive critical attention,' Part II:
Reader No. 1 on Boston music classics:
"Some of the comments on Charles' page
got records I would have nominated... but let's not leave out:
"1- THE CAHS! Their first record
(78) was way the best. (Hope the 'New Cars' don't wipe out good memories.)
"2- Aerosmith ROCKS
(76), their best studio performances until HONKIN ON BOBO last year.
"3- VOICES CARRY
by Til Tuesday (85), grim like all Aimee Mann, with that fab 80s sound.
"The problem with evaluating the great late 70s/early 80s scene is there weren't many albums and hardly any singles... just those radio tapes from 'MBR and 'BCN. We need more compilations like 'Mass Avenue' to capture stuff like "New Feeling" (Future Dads), "Like I Always Do," (Pastiche), and many many more...
"In the meantime, Fogeys like me will have to be content to wait for the new Mission of Burma on May 23rd
and stumble upon great sites like this one
. 'Despite the very positive critical attention': Charles
has gone and done it, starting up yet another Boston Essential List, this time about Boston music. Who can resist? Very impressed with the names dropped in the comments section. Pousette-Dart was a good catch. Yet perhaps the simplest way to start compiling a Boston songs/lp list is to view the playlist from the great CD 'Mass. Ave.'
-- The Atlantics, The Outlets, Del Fuegos, The Neighborhoods, Mission of Burma etc. -- and go from there. And, yes, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
were/are from Boston
. They're on 'Mass. Ave.' too. ... They may have been a California band, but The Standells
deserve status as honorary Bostonians due to 'Dirty Water.'
-- This might be cheating, but 'Ellington at Newport 1956'
is one of the greatest live recordings of a jazz/big band concert ever. Rhode Island is a colony of Massachusetts, so I don't see why albums recorded in Newport shouldn't be included. But I know my mad geopolitical views are controversial and not shared by everyone. ...Update II
-- John has more