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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Boston "Rock And Roll Band" Isolated Drums and Bass

It's fun to go back and listen to the hits from when rock was in its infancy to hear what the recording and production techniques were like back then. Here's a good example of one of the turning points in music production - it's "Rock and Roll Band" from Boston's first album.

This is really the song that started it all for the band as it's the one that first got the attention of both the band's managers and the record label. What you'll hear is Jim Masdea on drums and Boston leader Tom Scholz on bass. Here's what to listen for:

1. Listen to how tight the bass and drums are, and how near perfect both tracks are performed. The bass is sometimes ever so slightly ahead of the drums, but both are about perfect in their execution. That was a big departure in 1975 (when the song was recorded) when most songs still had a much looser feel, and it was a taste of what production would become a decade later.

2. The drums are in mono. They're very well-balanced (especially the ride cymbal, which is usually lost on most recordings) and have a nice medium dark reverb on them that doesn't get in the way.

3. The sound of the bass is interesting. Leave it to Scholz to not record a bass as a bass. There's some sort of very short delay or modulation on it, so the midrange is mostly in the middle but the extreme low end is puffed out to the sides. Of course, you need to listen on headphones to really hear this.

Above all, this track still really holds up because it was made so well, and as always, a great song is always remembered.



Anonymous said...

I'm getting 'Tom Sawyer' again in the link...

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Rand said...

Thanks for this great trip back to 1975 Bobby.

Boston; fantastic, feel good band with excellence embedded in everything they did, especially with the mastermind and creative genius of Tom Scholz.

Brad Delp (RIP) was a phenomenally gifted vocalist. Scholz once said Delp was so adept at recording all the harmony vocals, he actually didn't need to rehearse; he'd record them all in succession usually on the spot.

Shame about Scholz' perfectionism getting in the way of even larger success after their main '70's heyday - sporadic album releases, company lawsuits, etc.

More Than A Feeling still causes me chills anytime I hear it...Classic!

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