BOSTON – More Than A Feeling [Live: first tour ever] (2019)
Titled “More Than A Feeling”, it has been released this BOSTON performance captured at their first tour ever in 1976, taken from the FM WMMS radio station broadcast.
This recording was allegedly taken from the WMMS radio station vaults by a disgruntled employee and sold to a rabid Boston fan. That is the ‘story’, whether it’s true or not I don’t know, but it made it’s way out of WMMS somehow, and since then has become a collectors piece.
The sound quality is very good for the era, now cleaned and remastered.
The performance itself is truly remarkable. It was recorded only a few weeks into the Boston tour for the debut album and shows a band giving their absolute all.
Brad Delp sounds great! Tom Scholz and Goudreau trade leads frequently and the fireworks they create are spectacular. Bass player Sheehan and drummer Hashian hold down the grooves well throughout and contribute serviceable background vocals as well.
Considering Scholz played almost everything on the studio record himself, and Delp did lead and background vocals, the parts are covered very well by the live band. Of course, the background vocals can’t match studio multi-layered 4 or 5 overdubbed Delps, but come on, this is a ’76 live show.
Highlights include a very early version of “A Man I’ll Never Be”, (which would later appear on the Don’t Look Back album) and a blistering version of “Foreplay / Long Time”.
As an even more interest for fans and collectors, this set feature recordings of two songs that did not appear on any of Boston’s studio albums: “Shattered Images” (mislabeled as “Help Me”), and “Television Politician”.
This concert is definitely one of the most notable Boston shows recorded during their classic Seventies era, capturing the band at their very beginnings.
01 – Rock and Roll Band (Live)
02 – Help Me [real title Shattered Images] (Live)
03 – Peace of Mind (Live)
04 – Something About You (Live)
05 – A Man I’ll Never Be (Live)
06 – Smokin’ (Live)
07 – Foreplay (Live)
08 – Long Time (Live)
09 – Don’t Be Afraid (Live)
10 – More Than a Feeling (Live)
11 – Television Politician (Live)
Lead Vocals & Guitars – Brad Delp
Guitars & Organ – Tom Scholz
Guitars – Barry Goudreau
Bass & Background Vocals – Fran Sheehan
Drums & Background Vocals – Sib Hashian
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