3 thoughts on how Boston was unusual:
1. I can't think of anybody else who went back and forth between a hugely popular group and a local coverband (Delp's Beatlejuice) while maintaining their musical credibility.
2. We were harsh on their second album, I'll suggest in part because expectations were so high. Those were the days when bands put out at least one new record *every single year* and none of them were greatest hits or remixes or deluxe additions - so the 2 year lag was (sic) Such A Long Time.
The measure of impatience: I remember one late summer 78 afternoon on BCN hearing the "Don't Look Back" single played over a *telephone* from LA by someone who had an advanced pressing... presumably the receiver held up to the speakers on the other end of the phone. Naturally, it sounded horrible (not unlike their early live shows) but hey, we couldn't wait!!!
3. 30 years ago, I went back and forth on their debut record. How good could it be if it was that popular? In retrospect, it's a wonderful blend of high-tech power and clarity (those multi-tracked Scholz guitars) and simple, open-hearted songs... "More than a Feeling," "Let Me Take You Home Tonight..." Nothing brilliant, it just holds up. RIP, Brad Delp.
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