Flyer for SS Decontrol and
Mission of Burma show, c. 1982.
This seems to be the season for making lists about Boston, (books and movies have been covered), so I will throw out another one. Some time I ago I posted a preliminary list of songs about Boston, I'm now asking for reader recommendations for best albums by Boston-based bands and/or Boston natives. Any genre is fair game, although I'm not sure the Boston Symphony Orchestra would appreciate being called a "band". I'm also interested in a related theme--jazz recordings made in Boston clubs.
Some of my favorite albums by Boston bands:
Scruffy the Cat, Tiny Days
Criminally unavailable--should be re-released with the EP High Octane Revival.
The Lyres, On Fyre
Boston's finest garage rock band and the all time leader in the category of "Obscure Cover Versions". The CD reissue adds another 9 tracks.
Mission of Burma, Vs.
Unlike anything I had heard before in my formative teenage years and still remains almost impossible to describe. The reunion show I caught a few years back was incredible and their new releases show they haven't lost anything.
Charlie Chesterman and the Legendary Motorbikes, Dynamite Music Machine
Charlie Chesterman's post-post-Scruffy the Cat band cuts loose in the studio--go see them live when you can. You can listen to several songs at his website.
Who else has favorites? NKOTB? Anyone want to talk about Donna Summer? The Boss-Town sound? New hip-hop releases?
Special mention goes to The Noise, which has been covering the Boston music scene since 1981.
Another special mention to the only record label that I know of named after a Boston neighborhood: Dorchester's own Ashmont Records.
Update 2: John Daley rocks out to "She Pays the Rent"--but is it the slow or fast version on Some Lyres? I can't remember.
Update 3: My own update on this post, with links to even more resources, can be found here.