Boston – Cleveland (1976)

FrontCover1John “Sib” Hashian, who played the drums on arena-rock group Boston’s first two albums, has died on March 22, 2017. He was 67, TMZ and The Associated Press reported. His son Adam, who confirmed his death to TMZ, said Hashian was playing a set on a Legends of Rock Cruise when he collapsed Wednesday night.

He did not provide the cause of death. The cruise began on March 19 in Miami and was scheduled to make stops in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. It’s not clear how his death will impact the rest of the voyage.

Hashian was recruited in 1975 to play drums on Boston’s self-titled debut album, replacing Jim Masdea at the request of their record label. He remained with the band for their second album, Don’t Look Back. Masdea returned for the next record, Third Stage. But that was enough time to become part of rock history, playing on hits like More Than a Feeling, Long Time and Peace of Mind. (by USA Today)

Boston – the band behind “classic rock” – a label that had been thrown at Tom Scholz’s group. And not far behind… the excesses of “corporate rock.” But then, guitar virtuoso Scholz, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, was fiercely independent, taking his time to get the sound right; and the band was a real garage outfit – Scholz recorded his tracks in his basement studio.

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Boston’s rise was meteoric and this was before MTV. Overnight they had a hit debut album on their hands and vocalist (the late) Brad Delp was recognised as much as guitarist Scholz. To this day, More Than A Feeling remains a radio staple.

Thanks then to Philip Cohen for sharing the excellent sounding lossless tracks, and we are offering them as high quality mp3s (320 kbps). This is what Philip noted: “This unofficial release was taken from a radio broadcast that was aired locally in Cleveland, Ohio… which was a homecoming of sorts for Boston leader Tom Scholz, who was born in Cleveland. This was recorded by the original line-up while they were touring behind their highly successful debut album.”

Darryl Hirschler, reviewing the CD on his Unofficial Boston site adds: “This concert is one of Boston’s earliest concerts. The band had only been on the road for just over a month and it shows. Their performance is raw and unrefined with an occasional mistake. Brad is especially enthusiastic in his vocal performance. The highlight for me was the very early version of A Man I’ll Never Be. It is not to be missed. The chorus is totally different from any other version of this song anywhere. We are so lucky that this concert was recorded if not for anything else but that song. Sib’s drumming is also noteworthy, especially on Peace of Mind.

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“This concert was recorded for broadcast on WMMS in Cleveland, OH back in 1976. Parts of it have been occasionally broadcast to this day. The sound quality is top notch. It rivals that of the King Biscuit CDs and may even be a tad better… The reel to reel masters have survived 20-plus years remarkably well. The odd (but beautiful) thing is that I know that the reel is presently damaged with about 3.5 seconds missing from More Than A Feeling, but source used for this CD must’ve been digitally recorded 10 years earlier – before the damage, and before 10 additional years of degradation (hiss).”

And here´s not only a tribute to John “Sib” Hashian but to the band “Boston”, too …  the perfect masters of the “adult orientad rock” (AOR) of the Seventies … and of course I have to mention Tom Scholz … the mastermind of “Boston” …

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Personnel:
Brad Delp (vocals)
Barry Goudreau (guitar)
Sib Hashian (drums)
Fran Sheehan (bass)
Tom Scholz (guitar, organ)

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Tracklist:
01. Rock & Roll Band (Scholz) 3.44
02. Help Me (Shattered Images) (Scholz) 3.54
03. Peace Of Mind (Scholz) 5.06
04. Something About You (Scholz) 4.32
05. A Man I’ll Never Be (Scholz) 6.39
06. Smokin’ (Scholz/Delp) 8.04
07. Foreplay (Scholz) 2.40
08. Long Time (Scholz) 6.38
09. Don’t Be Afraid Of Love (Scholz) 5.01
10. More Than A Feeling (Scholz) 9.49
11. Television Politician (Scholz) 3.54

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John Thomas “Sib” Hashian
(August 17, 1949 – March 22, 2017)

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