PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BOSTON - LONG BEACH 1977

December 5, 2009 – 4:13 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
Long Beach, CA 1977 [no label, 1CD]

It is been suggested that the show took place on March 19, 1977. Very good KBFH radio broadcast.

Boston’s sudden success with their 1976 self-titled debut album must have been a surprise to the group but it also meant they had so much more expectations to live up to, expectations which they generally met as on this show. For those who enjoy More Than A Feeling, this extended version will blow you away; and Smokin’ truly lives up to its name. Compared to the Cleveland show, this one sounded looser and, at the same time, it really rocked.

Once again, thanks 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 is the combined contents of two different versions of this King Biscuit Flower Hour concert. One version was broadcast June 12,1977 and the other version was broadcast November 6, 1977. In these early days of the King Biscuit Flower Hour, the programs were distributed to radio stations on reel to reel tape (2 track/2-channel at 7.5 IPS), though KBFH later changed over to distributing their shows on vinyl, and later, compact disc.

“These recordings were taken from a set of four of these reels obtained in a mail auction in the early 1980s at a modest $50. The Blues Song and the full length Foreplay/Long Time were exclusive to the first version of the show, while the second version of the show omitted The Blues Song and Foreplay, but added Something About You. Despite what you would expect, reproducing the group’s guitar sound live was not a problem, but the main problem with live Boston was the vocals. The late Brad Delp did all the vocals in the studio, but live, the harmony vocals are handled by second guitarist Barry Goudreau and bassist Fran Sheehan. Delp sometimes went flat on the high notes.”

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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Update: March 24, 2017: Amended tracklist

Track 01. Rock And Roll Band 3:48
Track 02. Shattered Images 4:04
Track 03. More Than A Feeling 9:13
Track 04. Something About You 4:08
Track 05. A Man I’ll Never Be 6:29
Track 06. Smokin’ 5:34
Track 07. Guitar Solo/Jam 8:03
Track 08. Peace Of Mind 5:12
Track 09. Foreplay/Long Time 11:31
Track 10. Television Politician 4:43
63 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BOSTON - LONG BEACH 1977”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i looked this up, and it’s from long beach arena. 3.19.77 seems to be correct. they also played there on 3.16.77, but the setlist is different.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Dec 5, 2009

  3. Man this takes me back. I used to live in this trailer up on a hill and my dad worked midnights so I spent all my nights alone from age 14-16 and it used to scare the hell out of me. So I would stay up all night and listen to the radio. One night I happened to catch this and was lucky enough to record it. I had it on tape for years. (all of my friends were jealous) But then one of them stole it from me and I haven’t been able to find a copy anywhere. Thank you so very much for posting this.

    By Brian Morrison on Feb 10, 2010

  4. Hey amigos!

    Thank you so much for this. Really.

    By Jorge on Feb 12, 2010

  5. this is brand new and otherwise not available other than on itunes etc. fans of boston would probably appreciate this. my copy came out wonderful.

    https://soundcloud.com/frontiersrecords/boston-god-rest-ye-metal

    while im at it.. joe bonamassa has a special xmas song for this year as he does each year. Joe Bonamassa - Christmas Date Blues (2013).mp3
    he makes it available on his site. if u like him.. dont miss it. its only 2.5mins 3.5meg but its worth it.

    By darth on Dec 13, 2013

  6. i liked boston when i was 7 too.

    By teeny bopper on Dec 13, 2013

  7. got a major flashback from my high school/early college days when I listened to this concert again

    thanks, big O

    By big D on Jun 11, 2014

  8. I was at the show taped for the King Biscuit flower hour. The show was def. March 19, 1977. It was my first concert. Since then, I have become friends with Fran and Barry. Fran and I go back 35 years now. The song number 6 (blues) is called blues a la Boston… per Fran… never released, the band wanted to except for ONE guy…guess who. They also wanted to release Television Politician and Shattered Images… same thing ONE guy.. who shall rename Tomless…

    By Bob on Jan 9, 2016

  9. Could you repost this,please?

    By john kelley on Jun 2, 2016

  10. Thompson sunset, ribs and Boston Live with KG and CC. It should work.
    Thank you Big O Amigos.
    Respectfully,
    James

    By James on Jun 3, 2016

  11. Track 8 is “Peace of Mind”, not “Foreplay/Long Time” as listed. Track 3 “More than a Feeling” half way through turns into a different major guitar suite, very cool.

    By buster on Jun 3, 2016

  12. Thx BigO! Long Beach 77 Expanded tracklist (additional song) Great Sound!

    By ScarRad on Mar 25, 2017

  13. Now dat’s whadda call true heavy metal from da 70s

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Mar 26, 2017

  14. I have one of the original 1000 albums that were recorded and released from the Long Beach show

    By Tyler on Sep 10, 2018

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