PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BOSTON - CLEVELAND 1976

December 4, 2009 – 11:55 am

JOHN ‘SIB’ HASHIAN R.I.P. 1949 - 2017

John “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. - USA Today

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BOSTON
More Than A Feeling [Super Sonic, 1CD]

Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, September 27, 1976. Very good radio broadcast.

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.

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.

“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).”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s. As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Rock & Roll Band (8.9MB)
Track 02. Help Me (Shattered Images) (9.4MB)
Track 03. Peace Of Mind (11.6MB)
Track 04. Something About You (10.9MB)
Track 05. A Man I’ll Never Be (16.0MB)
Track 06. Smokin’ (19.4MB)
Track 07. Foreplay (6.1MB)
Track 08. Long Time (15.9MB)
Track 09. Don’t Be Afraid Of Love (11.4MB)
Track 10. More Than A Feeling (23.5MB)
Track 11. Television Politician (9.4MB)

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  1. 15 Responses to “PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BOSTON - CLEVELAND 1976”

  2. Thanks so much. Big O strikes again!!

    By Dave on Dec 4, 2009

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i got track 8. i need to fix the tags. i will play walking this morning.

    i think boston reformed with a singer they found on a myspace page who sounds very similar to brad delp. sucks brad killed himself. i remember hearing about it on some vh1 where are they now show.

    the only other 320kbps show i have i got from bigo is r.e.m. - dublin, ireland. it’s a good one and on my ipod right now!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Dec 4, 2009

  4. What an awesome show!!!

    By Dave on Dec 5, 2009

  5. These shows sound wonderful!

    By Phil Brickey on Dec 6, 2009

  6. Wow - great show - thanks ROIO!

    By Flaregun on Dec 7, 2009

  7. this is brad delp boston aka ismael spulveda dominguez born on april 8 1975 Guadalajara jalisco mexico, if anyone understans this please locait me thers a lot of things i need to explain. cell 0443314263022

    By brad delp on Sep 23, 2010

  8. Thank You

    By jpgrcat on Aug 31, 2011

  9. This is Strongly Recommended..Darn Good ‘Boston’ recordings..Thanks to WMMS-FM for hanging on this Piece of History

    By jpgrcat on Aug 31, 2011

  10. thankyou so much

    By andy on Dec 24, 2011

  11. I have not been able to download tracks 6, 8, and 10 from the html page. I can play them but I can’t download. Any suggestions?

    By Darryl D on Jun 3, 2013

  12. Darryl D, Bouble click on the link, this will bring to the the 4shared page. click on download on the left (not priority). If you get a pop up delete it. Now click on the free download with the waiting time of 20 seconds. if will now ask you to sign up. You have to do this to get the tracks, once logged in click on download again. I had to do this myself awhile ago, its no problem its a pretty good safe site that’s why bigo used it. Once you are logged in you can get any other tracks held on 4shared from this site.

    By Creatist on Jun 3, 2013

  13. Creatist - Thanks!

    By Darryl D on Jun 3, 2013

  14. Thanks for this fantastic recording, this is my first download from here & I can’t believe the quality ( superb ).
    I’d heard about this recording for a while now but I thought it would be the usual hyperbole, but it more than lives up to the hype.
    Thanks again.

    By Keith W on Jun 4, 2013

  15. And all that while punk was in full force

    By Dumbell Moronzini on Mar 29, 2017

  16. BigO:
    Track #9 will not download, please check.
    Thanks

    By NH Boston Fan on Mar 29, 2017

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