What Makes This Song Great? Ep.71 BOSTON (#2)

  • Опубліковано 10 лип 2019
  • In this episode of "What Makes This Song Great?" we again explore the music of the band BOSTON.
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КОМЕНТАРІ • 12 016

  • Wonderhussy Adventures
    Wonderhussy Adventures 11 місяців тому +549

    I LOVED this video, not only because the song is so awesome...but the way you reacted to it was so much fun to watch! I felt really good after watching this 😊

    • Rob Hand
      Rob Hand 7 місяців тому +1

      yea.. i'm not even a fan of Boston but have the upmost respect for them as musicians. this video is awesome because it really shows how well the song is produced along with the virtuosity that is Boston.

    • vyger63
      vyger63 8 місяців тому +5

      I remember playing guitar when I first heard this song from Boston and thinking WOW !! Outrageous ...LOL. Great to watch Rick break it down in this way which makes me appreciate it even more after all these years.

    • Andrew Squire
      Andrew Squire 8 місяців тому +3

      It’s Beato on Boston- more than a feeling. 😎

    • Richard Tompkins
      Richard Tompkins 8 місяців тому +6

      I’m as amazed by Rick as the song he breaks down.

  • Len RockNRealtor
    Len RockNRealtor 7 місяців тому +331

    I will dare say this is the most perfectly recorded, produced and performed song ever. Sonically genius.

    • Dave Moore
      Dave Moore 9 днів тому

      Agree 100%

    • Lake Racer
      Lake Racer 2 місяці тому +9

      The whole album was.

    • Fab Silva
      Fab Silva 5 місяців тому +7


    • Patsfan 4life
      Patsfan 4life 6 місяців тому +8

      Timeless, beautiful, brilliant

    • Jetthead18
      Jetthead18 7 місяців тому +9


  • Loye Pack
    Loye Pack 7 місяців тому +440

    1976, 16 years old and driving a '70 Chevelle with my best friend. We heard Black Sabbath was coming to town and we got tickets right away. Then we heard the lead-in band was "Boston". We looked at each other and said "Who?". Off to the record store to buy their album on cassette, slipped it in, and our minds were blown away. We ended up wanting to see Boston much more than Black Sabbath. They did not disappoint. Delp hit everything (blew some speakers in the auditorium), Scholz put on a magical show. I'll never forget it. It was my first live concert, and to this day remains the best.

    • Kimberly Hart
      Kimberly Hart День тому +1

      @smatejka1 you had the wrong girlfriend😎

    • Kimberly Hart
      Kimberly Hart День тому

      @Fissureking Ultra that was like me and my bros…they let me annoy them
      Great brothers

    • Kimberly Hart
      Kimberly Hart День тому

      @Brent Millsop oh no…what a tragedy
      we had a Nova in the ‘70’s🤩

    • CovertOpsXX
      CovertOpsXX 8 днів тому

      And to top that concert off, the two warm-up bands were Sammy Hagar, then Van Halen. Van Halen pretended like they all parachuted into the outdoor stadium.

    • smatejka1
      smatejka1 16 днів тому +2

      I was 16 as well, driving a 1972 Chevelle Malibu. Blown away when this album came out. Girlfriend at the time got tired of me playing it all the time!

  • Rex Crum
    Rex Crum 7 місяців тому +92

    I have probably heard “More Than A Feeling” a minimum of 8 bazillion times over the last 45+ years. And it has never, ever sounded old, tired or boring.

  • cx07bzh
    cx07bzh 7 місяців тому +140

    That was a truly incredible explanation of a song I’ve loved more than any other. I had no idea of the craft and complexity that went into 4mins 44secs of music I just took for granted. I love it even more now but it breaks my heart to think Brad is no longer with us. We can all be glad though that beautiful voice will live forever to show us his utter genius and love for his craft.
    Brad and all of Boston, we salute you.

    • Chez Davies
      Chez Davies Місяць тому +1

      I agree... It's my favourite track of all time and hearing it dissected just reinforces just how brilliant they all were ... I play this song practically every day...to start my day!

    • ironman tooltime
      ironman tooltime 7 місяців тому +1

      3 people are saluting with you bro 😄

    • marc davidoff
      marc davidoff 7 місяців тому +3

      Brad was an incredible singer, but Tom was the genius behind the music

  • Porcelain1
    Porcelain1 Рік тому +2365

    Who else got chills listening to Brad's isolated vocal?

    • Kimberly Hart
      Kimberly Hart День тому


    • James Araujo
      James Araujo 3 дні тому

      I shed a few tears. So powerful, beautiful, sad, all at once, especially at the thought of his loss.

    • Izzy Vaz
      Izzy Vaz 14 днів тому

      @Cheri461 And they played (on stage) the album songs straight through, as if the album was playing, right?

    • efan478
      efan478 Місяць тому

      Brought back so many memories of that time and people of my childhood. 🥲

    • efan478
      efan478 Місяць тому +1

      Love Boston, love the sound, at the time nothing sounded like them

  • a1000faces
    a1000faces 5 місяців тому +22

    As a black man who was introduced to this song and its fantastic album by my college roommates in the early 1980s, I loved this breakdown. It brought back good memories of learning to appreciate different music and people that make attending college worth it. I’ve been taking classical guitar lessons for a few years (still a beginner), but when I’m not practicing my lessons, guess the first thing I tried to figure out how to play?

  • Chris Southard
    Chris Southard 7 місяців тому +8

    I didn't think I could love this song any more than I already did. Boy was I ever wrong. The complexity of what they recorded blows my mind...I've literally listened to this song thousands of times and didn't know even close to half of what he explained. Thank you so much for this

  • Kevin
    Kevin 7 місяців тому +47

    This song is the perfect example of why 'old music' is killing 'new music'.

    • Arizona Skies
      Arizona Skies 25 днів тому

      Most new music is NO talent.

    • Stuka Blyat
      Stuka Blyat Місяць тому

      @Clifford S Do you by any chance have a link to that video - I would love to see that haha

    • dhouse
      dhouse 7 місяців тому +5

      Totaly..absolutely. new music has no shape, no dynamics, no melody....dull dull dull....

    • Clifford S
      Clifford S 7 місяців тому

      @Bob Olson Have you seen the video of a guy playing this song to some Hip Hop singerss?
      They were Floored and were rocking out by the end of it, they were dumbfounded,Im glad i came
      from this generation, just a couple years younger than these guys, and playing in the same competition
      for Concert Rock bands.

    • Bob Olson
      Bob Olson 7 місяців тому +6

      There is no new music, just hip hop which is nothing...

  • ajamico
    ajamico 8 місяців тому +10

    One of the best things about his videos is that even while he’s playing all these parts, has tons of knowledge… he takes the time to explain it in a way that is hospitable and unpretentiousness. Very much appreciated. Like a cool uncle taking the time to teach his brothers kids because he really does care about them.

  • VeteranVandal
    VeteranVandal 6 місяців тому +4

    Delp's voice is pretty impressive. Not the greatest fan of the band, but those vocals are very tightly done.

  • David Jesse
    David Jesse 7 місяців тому +45

    Absolute perfection, that's the Boston sound. Every note has a specific space within the song and it all flows in sequential timing, in multiple layers of music magic. This is the genius of Tom Schultz.

  • pahtar
    pahtar 4 місяці тому +21

    In my opinion Boston is the best debut album off all time. So many amazing tracks perfectly performed and assembled.

  • Chris Vanheusen
    Chris Vanheusen 4 місяці тому +78

    Will someone please explain to me why Boston isn't in the Rock and Roll hall of fame???!!!
    There's plenty of really crappy bands in there that really shouldn't be.
    With Brad's incredible vocals and Tom's genius, I will never understand why they're not where they deserve to be.👍🏼
    What a dam shame!!!....SMH

    • Diane Prigge
      Diane Prigge Місяць тому +5

      Shameful....!! Look how long it took RUSH to be put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That was disgusting too...!!!

    • Walt Serafin
      Walt Serafin 2 місяці тому +4

      The dude can sing! With regards to the R&RHOF I’m of the belief that you have to buy your way in! Personally, I think “The Musicians HOF” is a bigger and more respected honor!

    • Benjamin Joseph Bruner
      Benjamin Joseph Bruner 2 місяці тому +6

      And I think Journey and Yes weren't inducted until 2017. They're seriously disrespectful at the hall of fame

  • david dalzell
    david dalzell 7 місяців тому +48

    Wow! Just discovered this channel this morning. What a cool host! I listened to the Boston breakdown and I couldn’t help but to shed a tear. What an incredible song, band, era. Incredible music! After listening to last night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, it makes me wonder what happened to true, rock’in music…

    • sergio Zammel
      sergio Zammel 5 місяців тому

      I think Gene Symonds from Kiss got it right when he said "Rock is dead and the fans killed it". = Because technology has made free downloading of music easy, then there is little encouragement for making same.

      YOUR FREEDOM IS AN ILLUSION  7 місяців тому +1

      @robby edwardsen -If you can see your first comment from up there on your high horse, YOU are the one who just had to open your mouth. My comment was about great music from the 70’s as compared to the crap out there today (and from the 90’s) as shown in the halftime show. The music was crap, and the game was crap AND fixed.
      Now that you understand, that’s just nifty. It’s hilarious to see just how much time you’ve put in to talking with me on this, guess I’m up in that “musician mind” of yours. 😂😂😂

      YOUR FREEDOM IS AN ILLUSION  7 місяців тому +2

      @robby edwardsen -Allow me to help you through this. I’ll hold your hand. First post dude says how incredible this song is. And you’ll find no argument here. Next, he speaks about the super bowl halftime “show”. I responded. I describe the show to the farce of a league. The rest is very straight forward AND accurate.
      We catching on or do I need to go kindergarten for you?

  • David Sanchez
    David Sanchez 5 місяців тому +16

    This is a magnificent forensic analysis of a bygone rock sensation! I never realized the amount of studio work that had been incorporated into such a rock and roll classic! Kudos to Rick Beato for his note by note, measure by measure dissection, and revelation!

  • irgski
    irgski 7 місяців тому +14

    ….never realized how “Pat Boone..and Debby Boone” contributed so much to rock and roll!!!

  • Paulo Trigueiro
    Paulo Trigueiro 8 місяців тому +33

    I cry at almost every episode of this series. So many feelings when you listen to a great song this deeply

  • Don Hoffman
    Don Hoffman 2 роки тому +3009

    We dissected this song in my advanced Pro Tools class and got nowhere near this level of detail. I don't think everyone appreciates how much we're getting for free on UA-cam here. Thanks Mr Beato for your awesome videos.

    • Peter Buchanan
      Peter Buchanan 4 місяці тому

      @Michael Ullman always a cool thing about comments here is the nothing is too simple. I’m a musician but I play other people do wires and and stuff!
      I hope others agree that no question should just be ridiculed. Everyone knew nothing one day. I know what pro tools is but no idea how it works!
      I’d love to see how Rick Breaks down a track.

    • Peter Buchanan
      Peter Buchanan 4 місяці тому

      Really good point. Rick and his assistants do an amazing job. We just get brillant videos.

    • KCBNC
      KCBNC 4 місяці тому

      Free I know and I can’t get enough! Like a sponge

    • ironman tooltime
      ironman tooltime 7 місяців тому

      @Michael Ullman it's not free, my time and freedom is charged to sit through all the ads garbage. But yea Rick's cool.

      ENJOY YOUR LIFE ! 7 місяців тому

      @Don Hoffman how can I join this club !?? .
      I soooooo want to be in this club , I have my pro tools and would give anything to have these tracks ? Please someone help me !!

  • George Lapointe
    George Lapointe 7 місяців тому +2

    A magnificent powerful voice that NEVER got the recognition in the rock world. Delp is breathtaking. Rick is so reactive with joy!

  • Jim Bomb
    Jim Bomb Місяць тому +6

    8:20 I cannot believe that after listening to this song 1 million times I never picked up that he was singing with the guitars

  • michael paulissen
    michael paulissen 7 місяців тому +17

    Ok that song started my high school youth. Everybody loved that song. But believe it or not your breakdown of the song was equally as enjoyable as listening to the song itself! Thank you for putting so much effort and time into this! Outstanding tribute to the song, band and music! BRAVO SIR!

  • Happy Days
    Happy Days 7 місяців тому +10

    It's why Tom took 7 years to make an album. You can't rush genius. Miss Brad and Sid, rest in peace.

  • Jon Graham
    Jon Graham Рік тому +1019

    This band was so good they named a city after them!

    • Grant Preston
      Grant Preston 7 місяців тому

      LOL... Best Comment...

    • Jon Graham
      Jon Graham 7 місяців тому

      @Mike Henningsen Both are great bands!

    • Mike Henningsen
      Mike Henningsen 7 місяців тому

      Just like Chicago ! Love em both !

    • Tony Gibbs
      Tony Gibbs 7 місяців тому


    • Ray Broome
      Ray Broome 7 місяців тому

      That was a great comment! It made my day! We would have said something like that back then! 🤣🤣🤣

  • Cyber Editing
    Cyber Editing 7 місяців тому +75

    Was finishing high school when this was released in 1978. Adored Boston, but had absolutely no idea that the construction of their tracks was so complex!

    • steven evans
      steven evans 7 місяців тому +2

      It was 1976.I remember because i was 16 and working at my first job.The first time I heard More than a feeling on the radio,I went to kmart and bought the album.I had never heard of Boston,before i heard that song.But I liked that song so much,I went and got the record.

    • Kevin Olson
      Kevin Olson 7 місяців тому

      76 brother. 76

    • Tom Ferraro
      Tom Ferraro 7 місяців тому


    • Trash Panda
      Trash Panda 7 місяців тому +3

      I was a Junior so that was 76. Remember the big spectacle they had that year with the Bicentennial? Funny how a song can instantly take me back to that time.

    • Biker Man
      Biker Man 7 місяців тому +2

      Tom is pure genius

  • MrPhillie
    MrPhillie 5 місяців тому +10

    The most perfect song in rock history. Just amazing on every level. Thank you so much for this, Rick. Awesome. I’ve watched this many times.

  • Robert McLernon
    Robert McLernon 7 місяців тому +10

    I love the way Rick takes a song apart, and puts it back together. You don't often think about how a song is created, but Rick shows you how it was done.

  • SCWgreg
    SCWgreg 4 місяці тому +8

    Tom, perhaps one of the greatest rock symphonies ever composed. That and Foreplay / Long Time. Brilliant musician and gifted individual.

  • Todd Brittain
    Todd Brittain 8 місяців тому +8

    I fondly remember - as a 13 year old - hearing this song for the first time on the radio. This was in an era when you could hear new classic songs every week - though of course they hadn't become classics yet. Even then, I knew this song was a cut above. It elevated my mood and made me feel optimistic about life, even joyful. A kid in a small country town in Western Australia. Such is the power of music.

  • Brett Murray
    Brett Murray 7 місяців тому +31

    Love this track. If someone told me this guy is going to break it down, dissect it and break into so many pieces, I would probably ran a mile from it. In fact this guy absolutely enhanced and enriched my appreciation of it. Awesome job mate. . . .now off to listen to the original track

    • Brian S
      Brian S 4 місяці тому

      I understand. My fist time trying a fungus from the earth, I happened to listen to the Wish You Were Here album on headphones. I heard each musician's parts clearly and thought that each sounds so simple and was a bit disappointed. Then I realized that the genius was in the combination and interplay. Ever since, it's been my favorite album for the past 40 years.
      I love Boston's first album and was never sure what I was hearing, but now I appreciate it's genius even more.

    • Jenelle
      Jenelle 7 місяців тому

      The best songs are beautiful in every aspect, and Rick only picks the best ones, so you don't have to worry about that.

  • Darren Culp
    Darren Culp 3 місяці тому +2

    This is probably my favorite classic rock song of all time. Great breakdown of all the parts. Rick is my spirit animal.

  • Theresa C
    Theresa C 7 місяців тому +13

    This song has been one of my favorite songs forever! It's the one song that when I hear it I HAVE to crank it up to full volume no matter who is around. I make no apologies!!

  • Roland Justice
    Roland Justice 8 місяців тому +587

    Rick is a curator of rock n roll. Maybe one of the most important people in music today. He’s fighting like hell to keep it relevant.

    • kanekila
      kanekila 4 місяці тому +3

      I totally agree. His deconstruction and analysis of classic rock songs is HUGELY important for those wanting to understand how this music had the impact it did (beyond the visceral).

    • Kenneth Black
      Kenneth Black 6 місяців тому +5

      Let’s just tell it like it is. Rick is not only one of the coolest humans walking around the planet, he is teaching all of us normal, non-musicians why we fell in love with music. I wish I had 1% of his musical talent.

    • David Smith
      David Smith 6 місяців тому +1

      Well said

    • Carol Wright
      Carol Wright 6 місяців тому +2

      Well said!!!! He is the best!!!

    • hemiolaguy
      hemiolaguy 6 місяців тому

      @Jim K Brilliant idea!

  • Red Dragon
    Red Dragon 7 місяців тому +8

    I love how you pointed out the importance of this song in Rock History. Tom Scholz invented sounds that weren't around then using equipment he built to get the sound's his imagination came up with. An MIT grad with a Rock Soul. His ROCKMAN x100 and other models he invented are highly in demand and now very expensive. His equipment brings your instrument back in time to an Analog sound & 70s, 80s vibe the minute you plug in your guitar 🎸. Famous guitar players, at the time Boston's album came out, we're calling Scholz up. Where did you get that sound from?. It's to bad he sold the ROCKMAN company, because eventually the new company stopped producing his Rockman preamps. A real shame to rock equipment history. That's why people are trying to get their hands on these Rockmans. That analog sound after you plug in your guitar, just can't be beat. No other fancy equipments needed just instant great seventies and eighties Rock sound emanating from your guitar. What a great video! Thank you so much! Tom scholz and Brad Delp do not get the recognition they deserve. At the time they did record sales sold over 18 million albums and held the record for many years until guns n' roses came along. But their contribution to how they produced their signature sounds were lost to only the musicians that wanted to reproduce this sound. I loved how you broke down each section of the song and then explained how the genius of Tom Scholz came up with this signature sound that Rock Musicians still use to this day. Again one of your best videos I've seen. You can see how much you appreciate Tom Scholz inventions. Keep up the good work!

  • Rixx Roxxk
    Rixx Roxxk 7 місяців тому +24

    This song, along with “Hitch a ride” just brings chills down my spine. Every one of Boston’s songs are masterpieces, but those two have special meaning to me.

    • Jetthead18
      Jetthead18 7 місяців тому +1


    • Dale Christopherson
      Dale Christopherson 7 місяців тому

      Get out of my head

    • HeRacesTheSun
      HeRacesTheSun 7 місяців тому

      Me as well, and also the later Boston song "Magdalene" another masterpiece by Tom.

  • Rod DaMan
    Rod DaMan 7 місяців тому +9

    I like how Rick singing Brad Delp’s high vocals, kinda badly, just makes you appreciate how good Delp was. Love this channel.

  • Alberto N. Vargas C.
    Alberto N. Vargas C. Місяць тому +1

    Excelente análisis de una gran canción... Boston for ever... congratulations Rick!

  • robert black
    robert black 2 роки тому +758

    Was working in a record store in 1976. (As I had been for 3 years at the time).
    16 yeas old on a Tuesday.
    This album came in on light release. 24 LP's maybe 12 8 tracks. Never heard of these guys..never heard of this album
    Me and a buddy listened to it once. Locked the front doors and went to the back to smoke a joint. Came back out, cranked the record stores substantial B&O setup and opened up the front doors.
    Sold out in 5 minutes. Ordered 1000 more LP on the spot, from the label, at substantial markup for next day delivery.
    Next day. Chaos.
    Small town 'murica.
    August. 1976
    (Yes, I know, release date is Wednesday....but back then....stores got them on Tuesdays)

    • J C
      J C 10 днів тому

      Beautiful anecdote. This album still gives me chills, feels and memories. Boston will always be top of my list of favorite groups ever ❤️

    • Julie B
      Julie B Місяць тому

      Back when we teenagers were literally responsible enough to "run the store."

    • ironman tooltime
      ironman tooltime 7 місяців тому

      'Murica 🇺🇸 🦅 😎

    • David Pratschner
      David Pratschner 7 місяців тому


    • Scott Hutchens
      Scott Hutchens 8 місяців тому +1

      The first time I heard this album, I was working the 11-7 shift at my Dad’s truckstop in N.J. Was 22 years old. The local head station played a full album every night at 11:00 pm or midnight and this was the album they aired. I was so totally blown away with it since it was so different and a brand new style. I think you could say it is one of the most revolutionary albums of the 70’s and runs neck and neck with Kansas “Leftoverture” which Rick of course did my other favorite “What Makes This Song Great?” episode. I think these two editions are some of the best he’s ever done, especially because you hear things you didn’t know were there.

  • GreenDolphin94
    GreenDolphin94 6 місяців тому +7

    I swear seeing Rick almost unable to rationalize how good the vocal parts are makes me SO happy. Unbelievable job as usual Rick!

  • Air Pierre
    Air Pierre 8 місяців тому +7

    Rick IS an artist in the WAY he teaches. He does an amazing job at explaining this song at several levels. Great job!

    REEFER JAMES 7 місяців тому +15

    Love the way you broke it all down. Was 12 or 13 when this album hit big. At 58 and in tears. Bless you.

  • Ghost
    Ghost 8 місяців тому +2

    Mr. Beato, you’re a really guru and an absolute expert. Congrats!!!

  • Ed ORourke
    Ed ORourke Рік тому +346

    That's why we old farts are so put off by what passes for music today - we were spoiled by this level of passion and attention to detail.

      FAROKH BULSARA 8 місяців тому +1

      @Ya Dingus good on you mate,, you have taste

      FAROKH BULSARA 8 місяців тому

      @Chris Munson here here

    • rr tds
      rr tds 10 місяців тому +4

      LOL I thought I was the only one, arguing with my kids. So I was right about better music in my days in the 70s and 80s.

    • Mark Sanzone
      Mark Sanzone 11 місяців тому +2

      @Chris Munson Couldn't agree more, Chris. Most is a poor excuse to be called "music"

    • wmnoffaith1
      wmnoffaith1 Рік тому +5

      Not only that, but the fact that you had to have real talent. Back then musicians could really play. They didn't need to use a computer and hit a key that says flute, or bass or whatever, and have the computer play the track. Also vocalists could actually sing, and sing in tune. They had good pitch. They weren't recording in the studio and then using software to correct every sharp or flat note, raise or lower the octave, etc. Today you really don't need any talent at all. Like the Brady Bunch episode where Greg was Johnny Bravo, you only have to fit the suit.

  • Love Liza
    Love Liza 7 місяців тому +16

    WOW! I just found Rick Beato videos and they're AMAZING! "More Than A Feeling" is my favorite song of all time and I never knew I could learn so much more about the song. I've always known I have zero musical talent and I never thought I could enjoy a video so much that totally verified I have no chance to ever play guitar. Rick Beato is insanely talented and this video is absolutely educational and entertaining! I never thought I could like "More Than A Feeling" more than I did, but Rick Beato has made me appreciate it even more and solidified my belief that it's the greatest song ever! Thank you Rick Beato!

    • Max Motta
      Max Motta 7 місяців тому

      It is my favorite as well always will be

  • Tim Duran
    Tim Duran 6 місяців тому +7

    Love the breakdown of this song. Everyone is soooo talented. Brad's voice was amazing and haunting at the same time. Gave me goose bumps.

    • Diane Prigge
      Diane Prigge Місяць тому +1

      Yes, I get goose bumps, too.

    • Tim Duran
      Tim Duran Місяць тому

      @StevesJam ??

  • Brandon Buchner
    Brandon Buchner 8 місяців тому +4

    Boston is such an underappreciated band from the 70s. I was actually shocked to find out that they aren't in the Rock and Roll HOF.

    • Nicholas Hylton
      Nicholas Hylton 9 днів тому

      They're not? I thought getting them in would be a no brainer.

  • Jim Lund
    Jim Lund 5 місяців тому +5

    Rick, that analysis was mindblowing! I never realized how layered it is! Thank you! My favorite song from my favorite band of all time! Tom is a genius and Brad had the greatest voice in Rock, maybe music history!

  • 25Yo25Craps
    25Yo25Craps 2 роки тому +344

    You know what I like about this guy, I don't think he realizes how great he is. I have never watched and heard anyone break down a song like he does. He forces me to hear, feel and take on a new appreciation of songs I've heard for years. In my opinion when it comes too UA-cam, you have Rick Beatos channel, then everything else. Thank you sir.

    • anthony lewis
      anthony lewis Рік тому +1

      Damn straight

    • etotheroc43
      etotheroc43 Рік тому +1

      And all done with true passion and appreciation for the song.

    • MVPhurricane
      MVPhurricane Рік тому +2

      dude i mean his skills are just otherworldly. it's awesome in every sense of the word.

    • gfcardi
      gfcardi Рік тому +2

      Spot! On! Well said.

    • Kris Coumbe
      Kris Coumbe Рік тому +4

      His knowledge and technical skills are mind blowing. I love how he breaks it all down so we can understand. No one is like Rick. He's the whole package.

  • Soaring Geek
    Soaring Geek 3 місяці тому +3

    This has to be the greatest rock song ever.

  • woodnuub™
    woodnuub™  7 місяців тому +1

    This is my favorite song on my favorite album of all time. I listen to the album at least three times a week, in order from start to finish as I ride my bike on a trainer in my suffer cave. This is the album that picks me up. Thank you for increasing my already great appreciation for this song and album. I used to be able to hit those vocal notes at full volume. Kudos to you for getting there. I was 14 when this album was released, and this is the soundtrack of my youth. Takes me back to when I was immortal, the world was fresh, and I had my first girlfriend.

  • Benjamin Breeg
    Benjamin Breeg 4 місяці тому +2

    The dude sang so beautiful with power like an Italian opera singer.

  • David Fugere
    David Fugere 7 місяців тому +1

    I've listened to the isolated vocal tracks so many times on this song and it never fails to amaze me. Pure gold.

  • David Priest
    David Priest 3 роки тому +879

    How is this band NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The Rock Hall is a joke.

    • Stuart Fishman
      Stuart Fishman 7 місяців тому

      @Benjamin Olson Back in the early 70s, The Faces were arguably as good a rock n' roll band as The Stones were. You're right, it's sad.

    • David Priest
      David Priest 8 місяців тому

      @hpoonis2010 I agree. There are many people who should not be there but Boston not being there is silly.

    • hpoonis2010
      hpoonis2010 8 місяців тому

      @David Priest But, they (Sex Pistols) declined to attend and declared the entire thing as piss stain. Being plopped into an irrelevant 'league' and wanting to be are not the same. That farcical entity is set up only for its own aggrandisement. Those who bought the records, went to the gigs, and/or supported the artists know the value of those they enjoyed.
      ...and anyway, since when has hip-hop been rock n roll? They might as well have included Paul van Dyke, Pete Tong, or even Frank Sinatra in there.

    • mtxmind
      mtxmind Рік тому

      @Dan Senior: to be fair,the category title is "Best HARD ROCK/Heavy Metal Performance",& as Ian pointed out in an interview "Now metal we are not,but hard rock? In a pinch....sure." Plus it was the first year of the award,so the suits at the Grammy Board probably felt they should go with the safe choice of a legacy band,rather than the right choice of the still relatively new (at the time) Metallica.
      But then again....the Flute IS a heavy metal instrument!!!

    • Kristoffer Legind
      Kristoffer Legind Рік тому

      If you want to be in a museum, learn to paint.

  • Terry Dzimiera
    Terry Dzimiera 2 дні тому +1

    Now I realize why it took so long for Tom to produce this album. His propensity for perfection is on display in all it’s greatness.

  • Joshua King
    Joshua King 7 місяців тому +1

    Brad Delp deserved so much more exposure and recognition. He truly was the golden voice of his time.

  • D33Lux
    D33Lux 7 місяців тому +4

    Boston was magical, legendary! You nailed it when you said Brad's voice was superhuman.

  • ccreasman
    ccreasman 2 місяці тому +1

    Just found you from Mike Rowe, and since I love Boston, started with this song. This is great. As someone who used to front an average (below average?) band, and still writes songs, I can’t wait to learn from you as you look at these great songs. Question: I think you’ve described at least four different guitars playing, right (12 string, regular acoustic, two electrics). How in the world did they play that live?

  • awwwyeaboyeeee
    awwwyeaboyeeee Рік тому +494

    Can you imagine having Rick as your music appreciation teacher in high school? I would have lived for going to that class every day!

    • caspermilquetoast411
      caspermilquetoast411 7 місяців тому

      Not enough days in the year.

    • Mike Andrade
      Mike Andrade 7 місяців тому +1

      I remembered the appreciation music class in 1972 at Fullerton JC as I heard Rick's breakdown of "More Than A Feeling."
      That teacher was awesome and exposed us to some ELO before they got famous. Then 1976, I believe along with the Beach Boys at Angel's Stadium, was my first concert 😍 👌

    • Mary Macdonald
      Mary Macdonald 7 місяців тому

      The future needs to include music appreciation classes in all K thru 12, taught by accomplished musicians!

    • sdime98
      sdime98 10 місяців тому +2

      I would of learned so much about music

    • Square Back
      Square Back 10 місяців тому

      I was thinking my music appreciation class in college. I would have lived for that one class that semester. And I was an English major, not even music. Just love learning.

  • Guitagious
    Guitagious 4 місяці тому +1

    Great job on dissecting this beast of a song, Rick!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it as Boston was my favorite band for several years back then. I spent MUCH time under the headphones analyzing this magic sound Tom Sholz gave the world in the late '70s. I'm astonished to hear what a genius Tom was on BASS guitar as well! Whew boy... some VERY creative bass parts throughout the Boston catalog!! (BTW... Boston was my first ever rock concert. I was blown away! And thus started my long love affair with guitar and rock music!)

  • Phil Bellmore
    Phil Bellmore 6 місяців тому +2

    Spectacular breakdown of one of the greatest songs of all-time. 18 yrs old when this album was released, and we were all totally blown away. Brad Delp was an incredible and rare talent, and Tom's wizardry had everyone buying DiMarzio super distortion pickups. Still my #1 album of all-time. Thank you

  • Neil
    Neil 13 днів тому +1

    That guitar/vocal harmony at 23:30 has had me baffled for years - I also though the guitar had taken over from the vocal and thought that was pretty cool, but the truth of it is just astonishing.

  • Eddie L
    Eddie L 4 місяці тому +6

    I watched many of your UA-cam videos, this is my favourite. I absolutely love it how you dismantled whole song in small sections and explained in detail how was done. Great work, thank you very much. Best regards 🇦🇺

  • Backlineguy
    Backlineguy 2 роки тому +679

    An engineer from MIT 'tinkers' in his basement with musical instruments and audio gear while his hobby is playing the guitar, and has the ability to invent sound equipment that he 'needs' to create the sounds that he imagines, working in his basement with arguably one of the most incredible rock and roll singers of all time ( still unknown at that time)...what a story...and the best part is the result can be listened to nearly 45 years after it was created and STILL illicit wonder and amazement. Thanks Rick, your exuberance is as much fun to experience as some of these great songs you disect!

    • Rowan Melton
      Rowan Melton 6 місяців тому +1

      It really is unbelievable that someone could get this sort of production out of their basement. Especially considering it was recorded in 1976

    • Curtis Boswell
      Curtis Boswell 7 місяців тому +2

      @Galahad Knight Very carefully designed and engineered "scraps". You don't get into MIT and graduate with honors, by being an idiot. Full marks to a young Tom Scholz, for maximizing his engineering and musical potential.

    • Galahad Knight
      Galahad Knight 8 місяців тому

      Tom Scholz made this in a BASEMENT with a BOX Of SCRAPS!

    • Larry Hadley
      Larry Hadley 9 місяців тому +1

      I hope I live long enough to see the movie Boston. Would this story you just described make a great movie or what Backlineguy?

    • JeffPDX1
      JeffPDX1 Рік тому +3

      @Hugh Mungus 1. He worked for Polaroid. 2. The album you hear is the album he recorded in the basement- the LA sessions were a con- the tapes he turned in were recorded in the basement and it was the company that "insisted" the charade of re-recording it. You don't recall correctly- lay off the dope.

  • Maryann Wacker
    Maryann Wacker 7 днів тому +1

    This has always been my song I heard it for the first time at 10 and I felt that it was being sung to me,Has been "my" song ever since and I'm 56.Its a perfect song!
    ACTUALLY all the Boston albums are
    Brilliant 👏

  • Chris Wilson FDNP
    Chris Wilson FDNP 26 днів тому +1

    I was born in 85 and remember my dads 8 track of this album. Still remains one of my favs. While my friends were into grunge music i was jammin to classic rock of the 70s!

  • mahina1963
    mahina1963 8 місяців тому +1

    Us genx-ers were so damn blessed to grow up with this music...I remember my first song on headphones
    Iron Man from Black Sabbath. And this LP at my Uncles house, the moment the needle touched that album. Chills, every time!

  • Douglas Watters
    Douglas Watters 7 місяців тому +1

    One thing I wondered was if recording in Tom's basement had a lot to do with the final cut. Practically every album made is recorded in a rented studio, but Tom built his own studio with used equipment he picked up cheap. Having your own studio would take away the stress of scheduling studio time, and paying 1500 a hour to record. Being able to record whenever you want and without the stress of scheduling and fees would give a lot of freedom needed for the creativity process. The first Boston album was such a masterpiece. I feel so sad now when I hear this album because of the tragic ending of Brad, truly one the the greatest voices of all time.

  • Fo Smith
    Fo Smith 3 роки тому +129

    Holy crap man. This could be the best one yet. So much going on in this song you'd never hear without breaking it down like this. New found respect for this song!

  • licgrana2
    licgrana2 7 місяців тому +3

    Este álbum Boston lo compré en el año 1979, y aquí sigue entre mis discos favoritos, pues es muy buen disco y su sonido es actual no obstante el pasodel tiempo. Nada más que decir.

  • Bucket & Boomer's Prospecting Adventures
    Bucket & Boomer's Prospecting Adventures 7 місяців тому +11

    Absolutely amazing breakdown of what may just be the single greatest song of all time!!

  • Gatorman 1990
    Gatorman 1990 3 місяці тому +1

    Love your detailed explanations and isolation of different sounds with regard to what's really going on in a song. Great stuff Rick.

  • Agate Enchantment & Rock Wizardry
    Agate Enchantment & Rock Wizardry 8 місяців тому +2

    I remember back in 1978 hearing Boston and this song in concert and I was already a fan, having purchased the 8 track tape and played it till it died...lol...
    A Really a fun and educational breakdown of one of my favorite songs 🎵 and I've always said that this was one of the most perfect rock songs of all time!

  • RA
    RA Рік тому +156

    When that first Boston album came out, it was on another level of sound, polish and harmony for hard rock. It sounded, and still sounds, incredible.

    • Mikka Shrednik
      Mikka Shrednik 7 місяців тому

      @Jasman H the whole album was pretty much made in that same basement

    • Brian O'Connor
      Brian O'Connor 8 місяців тому +1

      I so agree with you

    • Jasman H
      Jasman H 8 місяців тому +3

      I was in my early 20s when the boys from Beantown released their first vinyl. Everyone I knew was buying that album. After watching Rick’s breakdown of “MTAF”, I was stunned to say the least. Engineered in the basement? Delp’s voice was angelic; Too bad he passed in 2007. Didn’t even make it to his 56th birthday. : (

  • Jonathan Ziegler
    Jonathan Ziegler 7 місяців тому +1

    The first time I heard this song was in my mum's Cadillac with that incredible Cadillac stereo. I was hooked. Then the next summer (1977) my Grandfather took me to Canada and Alaska. We stayed a few days at the Little Smokey campground in Alberta. The campers next to us played this cassette constantly at night. I fell asleep to Boston every evening. This album never gets old.

  • waitaminute72
    waitaminute72 7 місяців тому +2

    First time I ever heard it was in early 77. It came on the radio while I was riding home on the school bus. I was in 5th grade. What an incredible song.

  • Chris Wathen
    Chris Wathen 7 місяців тому +1

    Boston has to be one of the most brilliant bands of all time. It’s simply a beautiful song.

  • Tiger Wudz
    Tiger Wudz 7 місяців тому +2

    Rick your passion for music comes through in all your content! Your breakdowns give me a greater appreciation of these classic songs! Thx 👍

  • Mobil206 Mobil206
    Mobil206 Mobil206 Рік тому +155

    30 years ago I read an interview with Tom Sholz where he said, “I had no idea how big a hit the album had become. We went on tour and as the weeks went by, the venues got bigger and bigger. I called my agent and asked if I had enough money to cover the mortgage and he goes, “No, you should be asking how many houses can you afford to pay cash for.””

    • neechee5150
      neechee5150 4 місяці тому

      @Canadarago, said, "he [Tom Scholz] did something that every band dreams of - controlling the entire recording process and handing the record company a master tape that could not be improved upon, changed or messed with except possibly by angels". Please stop it with the Tom Scholz/Boston BS myths. At producer John Boylan's directive, LA engineer Paul Grupp was flown out to Tom's studio, and Grupp instructed Tom on proper mic technique and how to record acoustic instruments. Then at Boylan's insistence Tom re-record the acoustic instrument tracks on the 1976 Boston debut album because according to Boylan they sounded "amateurish". This was particularly the case with the drum tracks. Boylan also had to work on Toms drum tracks before the final mix by adding noise gates to the drums to give enough definition and separation to keep the snare from getting lost in the mix and not providing a legitimate backbeat. Then there is the documented FACT that Bolyan, Warren Dewey with assistance from Steve Hodges and Tom mixed the Boston debut album at Westlake Studios on an API console. It was not until Boylan got Toms tracks up to par that Boylan let the album go off to be mastered and then pressed. Tom has not been the most objective, evenhanded and honest person regarding how the Boston debut album really came to be. Please read the John Boylan article in the 9/1/2000 issue of Mix Magazine to get a more accurate and balanced account of this album and how it came to be along with the liner notes from the 2006 Scholz remaster of the 1976 debut Boston album.

    • Canadarago
      Canadarago 10 місяців тому +11

      To Tom’s genius, he did something that every band dreams of - controlling the entire recording process and handing the record company a master tape that could not be improved upon, changed or messed with except possibly by angels.

    • Mobil206 Mobil206
      Mobil206 Mobil206 Рік тому +21

      In the same article he apologized for the second album. He said “I spent years writing and producing the first album. The record label put a lot of pressure to cut the second album and I didn’t have enough material. That’s why side two is a little short.”

  • brandywell44
    brandywell44 7 місяців тому +2

    This is a great song but my ears/brain do not seem to understand all the individual sounds like we get in this breakdown. I love to see an enthusiast show his subject and bring it alive to me, thankyou.

    • Oklahoma Hank
      Oklahoma Hank 7 місяців тому +1

      Very hard to separate them in your head if you don’t play an instrument. Piano is good as you often have several musical ideas going on in the piano.

  • Adam Tobin
    Adam Tobin 8 місяців тому +1

    There’s a reason this is the most popular installment of WMTSG. Rick’s passion, intensely meticulous breakdown of every part, and of course the song, make this episode addictive. I keep coming back to this one!

  • Ben Touhey
    Ben Touhey 8 місяців тому +1

    As a 13 year old hearing this song through my headphones, I reached enlightenment... that was 46 years ago. I don't normally comment but you showed me what my soul already knew.
    Has anything impressed me more since?
    Huh.. NOPE!

  • Jeff Taylor
    Jeff Taylor 8 місяців тому +1

    Beato, you are the best !! Love the songs you pick and how you break them down , you are a class act. I share your taste for music. Awesome !! love what you do , man.

  • Francesco Peri
    Francesco Peri 3 роки тому +378

    This man's love for his craft is contagious - he commands respect through the sheer fun he's having!

    • guitaring1
      guitaring1 3 роки тому +4

      he commands respect through his mastery of his subject matter.

    • Ron Patriot
      Ron Patriot 3 роки тому +4

      Francesco Peri , couldn't have said it better.

    • Amp FF
      Amp FF 3 роки тому +5

      this video was fuckin awesome

    • Vinnybrain
      Vinnybrain 3 роки тому +6

      It doesnt matter wich song i choose of his, even at playing bass for 48 years, i always seem to learn 12 things about music from him! It may be how guitar parts are meshing, or vocals, drums, its wonderful that he always points out something i didnt consider:)
      Hes a great teacher, and i dont kno if he knows it !! ... he also seems like the kinda cool cat id like to go out and have a beer or three n just hang out n bullshit!
      He sure loves what hr does, and it shows, and it makes him really good at it!!
      Keep up the GREAT work Rick Beatto!!

    • mahina1963
      mahina1963 3 роки тому +17

      I scrolled down here to write just what you've already brought up...I watch Rick, and he reminds me of when I fist heard these great songs...big ol grin plastered on my face!

  • Lino Vinn
    Lino Vinn Місяць тому +1

    I loved Sib Hashian drums for decades. They are so well made and smooth.... (I am a guitarist not a drummer)

  • MrMojoRisin727
    MrMojoRisin727 2 місяці тому +1

    If you want to test a sound system, you put this album on. Many have known this for years. As rich as this music is, it's amazing to me how Delp still soared over all of it. Imagine how challenging it must've been. What an incredible talent. His voice is unreal

  • Christopher Motyka
    Christopher Motyka 8 місяців тому +2

    Wow Rick I really appreciate how you can just break everything down so beautifully.

  • Danny Stimpson
    Danny Stimpson 7 місяців тому +2

    Impressive details on an amazing song. Hard to find a singer with range & talent like that.
    Tom Shultz....genius.

  • Robert Lisenby
    Robert Lisenby 7 місяців тому +3

    Rick you just having too much fun brother. I love looking at the smile on your face when you're listening to this stuff cuz it does the same thing to me makes me cry 😎✌️

  • Scott Leitner
    Scott Leitner Місяць тому +1

    Tom is an engineering genius but he's also a perfectionist, which is why it took so long for him to make Don't Look Back.

  • Joe Dazey
    Joe Dazey 7 місяців тому +1

    I worked as a stagehand for a bit for some extra $. Brad Delp was the only person from the shows that I worked that personally thanked us for our hard work. Very much appreciated, Brad, RIP!

  • Pedro Moose
    Pedro Moose 6 місяців тому +1

    What's great here, beyond the genius of the song itself - is that, Rick, you are clearly enjoying yourself - as we all have - with the music!! And man, the voice, the harmonics, the drums, the mids, the acoustic, the analog-ness, the drop-D!!!

  • joe scott
    joe scott Рік тому +158

    I met Brad Delp a few Months before he killed himself, he was playing Beatle songs with his band Beatlejuice at a Route 1 bar in Danvers Ma. He took his time talking with me in a genuine way like he was really interested, I will never forget his kindness towards me even though I was drunker than a skunk. I'm glad I got to tell him how awesome he was.

      JON BONG JOVI 8 місяців тому +1

      @Canadarago the music biz is an EVIL place (that's why so many rock stars kill themselves, and the rest do hard drugs to kill the pain), and human society is even worse.
      you can't just put talented musicians in bands with each other, and even when the chemistry is there, they still end up at each others throats, from the Beatles the Eagles to Pink Floyd.

      JON BONG JOVI 8 місяців тому +1

      @dvjvbv yes, I've found when ppl are drunk they are more HONEST and GREGARIOUS.
      when everyone is sober, they are more unlikely to chat with strangers, for instance.
      that's WHY humans drink booze!
      to turn off our insecurities or fears or anxieties.

    • C. E. Anderson
      C. E. Anderson 8 місяців тому

      @dvjvbv that last line makes no sense.
      Fits the rest of the post.....

    • joe scott
      joe scott 10 місяців тому

      @Constellation Orion blessed.

    • Constellation Orion
      Constellation Orion 10 місяців тому +1

      You are a lucky dude. They, along with AC/DC, DOOBY BROTHERS and POCO, was my first rock SUPERBOWL concert. Tangerine bowl 1979....

  • WKRP
    WKRP 8 місяців тому +4

    I give Tom, Brad and Sib credit for writing and recording the perfect rock song. There are a few of them out there and this is one of them.

  • 3rdstone1
    3rdstone1 8 місяців тому +2

    As a non American, I just try to imagine how awesome it must've been having a successful band named after your hometown. I fail at that full imagination, but since I own the LP since decades, let's just raise our glasses to the genius that is Tom Scholz. And of course I still have an old Rockman amp simulator hanging around somewhere (among other old guitar stuff related things I love still keeping lol).
    Scholz is such an impressing character: Songwriter, arrenger, guitarist, bassplayer - but also an inventor of studio equipment stuff which were used all over the world back then.

  • darbywing2
    darbywing2 7 місяців тому +4

    I have seen a few of your videos before; but this one caught my attention the most. This is an excellent song; and you outdid yourself describing and explaining it. You have more talent and knowledge than I was previously aware. Nice job.

  • William Smith
    William Smith 14 днів тому +1

    What Rick has also pointed out... without pointing out, 'More than a feeling' is the greatest Rock tune ever written (not one of the greatest... the Greatest). Many people (I'm sure) will disagree with this, however only a hand full of people will be able to show proof to the contrary.

  • Scott W.
    Scott W. Рік тому +143

    Such an underrated lead vocalist. Brad's name should come up every time we talk about great lead singers!

    • Clifford S
      Clifford S 7 місяців тому

      Not underrated from the Musician world, but maybe the fan world. We were all blown away, i was in bands
      in LA back then and these guys were big competition, it also made us ALL better musicians. Late 70s early 80s
      bands were the peak of Concert Rock

    • foto21com
      foto21com 8 місяців тому

      The issue was the first record was such a hard act to follow and in those days, staying power mattered immensely. It took a couple records for the plebes to learn everyone's names. It just didn't happen, but anyone who knows music knows how great Delp was, but yeah, I had to grow up to learn his name.

    • Zidders Roofurry
      Zidders Roofurry 8 місяців тому +1

      @Troy Elam Oh give me a break. It's a UA-cam comment. What do you want? A comprehensive list of singers across the generations? Of course there are tons of amazing black singers. Someone isn't being neglectful (or racist) just because they don't happen to mention any.

    • Troy Elam
      Troy Elam 8 місяців тому

      @Zidders Roofurry comprising a list of the greatest lead singers, with none of them being black, is like comprising a list of the greatest chefs and none of them being French!

    • Zidders Roofurry
      Zidders Roofurry 8 місяців тому

      @Troy Elam Joking about what? Those are all great singers.

  • Steve Barber
    Steve Barber Місяць тому +1

    I never thought I could appreciate this song anymore but I was wrong. Great breakdown!

  • US-Bahn
    US-Bahn 7 місяців тому +3

    Rick’s approach is to include you in the discoveries rather than talk down to you like he knew it all along and everything is obvious.

  • Shadow McCarthy
    Shadow McCarthy 8 місяців тому +1

    Thank you so much Rick for breaking this down! Boston has to be one of my all time favorite bands and Brad's voice was incredible.