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Boston Debut Album

They were just another band out of Boston. That is, until the release of their debut album on August 25th 1976. After that, they were simply known as Boston. Their first single, “More than a Feeling” reached number 5 on the Billboard Charts. With the incredible vocals of lead singer Brad Delp, and the signature “Boston” sound that we would get to know and love, this album stands the test of time. Many of the tracks from this album are still on regular rotation on classic rock radio.

Background InfoBoston debut album

This album was recorded almost entirely in Tom Scholtz’s basement studio, with Scholtz playing every instrument, except drums ( Jim Masdea and Sib Hashian), on every song, except “Let Me Take You Home Tonight”. He used a Scully 8-track and something Scholtz invented called a “Rockman”. The Rockman gives the album that unique sound, giving just the right amount of distortion.

Epic records, who had signed Scholtz and Delp to their recording contract, had wanted the album recorded in a “real” studio in either New York or LA. Scholtz would have nothing to do with that idea. They were able to come to a deal where the tracks would be recorded in Scholtz’s apartment, and the album would be mixed in a studio in LA.

Tracks and Tidbits

More Than a Feeling – This track is about a song taking you back to a special time a place with a special someone. Although not based on a true story, the Marianne in the song is real. She’s an older first cousin of Scholtz’s, whom he had a crush on when he was 10. It peaked at number 5 on Billboards Hot 100. Its included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. VH1 named it 39th best hard rock song of all time. On a personal note, this song is one of my absolute all time favorites.

Peace of mind – The song is about Scholtz’s former co-workers and Scholtz’s lack of desire to climb the corporate ladder while working at Polaroid Corporation. The songs’ message is basically to be happy with what you have, and don’t get caught up in the daily competition to have more than the other guy.

Foreplay/Longtime – In March 1977 Foreplay/longtime peaked at 22 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In Canada, the song reached as high as number 9.

Rock & Roll Band – The lyrics of this song suggest that this was a true story about Boston’s rise to fame. However, this is not the case. Scholtz wrote and recorded the song almost entirely by himself in his basement studio. Tom played all the instruments except drums (Jim Maseda) and lead vocals (Brad Delp). This song was all part of the demo tape that got him signed to a recording contract. Contrary to popular belief, there was no “playing in bars and sleeping in our cars” for these guys. , although this song could be a true story about a lot of bands out there.

Smokin – The original title for this upbeat song was “Shakin”. It’s apparently about having a good time listening to music. However, it has been perceived as being about smoking marijuana. With lines like “keep on tokin” it’s easy to understand why. Also, the song is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long. April 20th (4/20) is the day associated with smoking pot. Maybe there’s a double meaning here.

Hitch a Ride – Although unconfirmed, many feel that this song is about suicide. Ironically, in a sad twist of fate, singer Brad Delp took his own life in 2007.

Something About You – This second to last track from the debut album is about a man falling in love, but having a hard time expressing it.

Let me Take you Home Tonight – It is the only song from this album that Tom Scholtz did not have a part in writing, Brad Delp wrote this song. Also, this is the only song from the album that was not recorded in Tom Scholtz’s studio. It was recorded in Los Angeles with the other members of the band, minus Scholtz.

Final Thoughts

This album only took 3 weeks to earn a gold record (500,000 sold), and only 3 months to earn platinum album status (1,000,000 sold). It has currently sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Boston held the distinction of being the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. for 10 years, before being displaced by Guns N’ Rose’s Appetite for Destruction in 86.

Their follow-up album, which was released in 1978 called “Don’t Look Back“, rode the wave of the first album and went all the way to number 1 in the U.S. With the title track reaching number 4 on the Billboard Charts. Unfortunately, this album would mark the beginning of a long battle with their record company “Epic”. The band felt that this album was incomplete, and was forced to release it anyway.

Their only #1 single would come eight years later with the release of “Amanda” from the “Third Stage ” album. This album was under the recording label of MCA, after Boston won it’s court battle with Epic. Boston would go on to produce 3 more albums after “Third Stage” with limited success.

The success of the debut album rocketed Boston into the stratosphere of rock’s elite in the 70s, making them a household name. The fact that after 40 some years, the album is still getting regular radio airtime, is a credit to its longevity and staying power.

All the best,

Ed

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Best Drip Coffee Makers

best drip coffee makers

 

For many of us, that first cup of coffee is essential to getting the day off to a good start. But what makes a good cup of coffee? Obviously your favorite brand of coffee is one. Another is the coffee maker that you use. Some people prefer a traditional coffee maker that has a hot plate, while others prefer a thermal carafe, while even others prefer no carafe at all.

Either way, we all want our coffee to be just the way we want it. This article will show you the best drip coffee makers. It will show you what to look for when buying one, as well as things to avoid. You want to be provided with the best information, so that you can make an informed choice when purchasing your new coffee maker.

Tip: “If you want to make an even more informed choice, read the reviews from people that have bought that particular product. You will be able to find out what features people like and don’t like about the item. On Amazon, the reviews link is right beside the star rating.”

 

Things to Look For

When buying a coffee maker there are many factors that need to be considered. A lot of these factors will be determined based on personal preference as well as one’s budget. Here are some things to look for when purchasing your brand new coffee maker.

Cost

As with anything, the price of the coffee maker is a big factor. Depending on what you need, you can find some very good coffee makers for under $100. A lot of them are your basic coffee makers without many of the bell and whistles. But if you just want to have a good cup of coffee in the morning, they will do just fine.

Even if you decide to spend a little more on the coffee maker than you had planned, it is still a lot cheaper in the long run than buying your coffee at the local coffee shop. Also, brewing your own lets you make it just the way that you like it, weaker, stronger, hotter, cooler, it’s up to you.

 

Capacity

If you are someone who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee, or you would like a quick cup, a single serve coffee maker may be for you. However, if you prefer more than one cup of coffee, the large capacity coffee maker might be the best choice. Large capacity coffee makers are much more cost effective, and much more convenient if serving groups of people.

The auto-on feature available in some large capacity coffee makers is very convenient. Simply set up your coffee maker the night before, and when you wake up, Voila! A full pot of coffee is waiting for you. As simple as that.

 

Charcoal Filter Feature

Having a charcoal filter in your coffee maker takes a lot of the chlorine taste out of the water, thus making your coffee taste better. If you find that your taste buds are sensitive to chlorine in your coffee, you may want to find a coffee maker with this feature.

Another option of course is to use filtered water outside of the coffee maker. An example of this would be to use water from a Brita filter or something similar to that. You will find that your coffee does taste much better when you filter the water.

 

Hot plate, Thermal Carafe or Neither

Initially, most of the drip coffee makers came with a hot plate which heated a glass carafe. Nowadays, another option is the thermal carafe, which is made of stainless steel, and is vacuum insulated. Coffee made in a thermal carafe lasts at it’s peak of freshness for about an hour. While coffee sitting on a hot plate lasts at it’s peak for about 20 minutes.

If you are someone who tends to drink their coffee quickly, then the glass carafe is probably fine. If you tend to take your time and savor your coffee, the thermal carafe may be right for you. Another feature that you may want to consider is the ” On Demand” type coffee maker. These coffee makers have a built-in carafe, you simply just push a button, and fill your cup. Manufacturers claim that the coffee will stay hot and fresh for 4 hours with this method.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Other Features to Consider

  • Brew strength control
  • Temperature control
  • Built-in coffee grinder
  • self-cleaning

Tip: “If you leave your coffee on the hot plate too long, it tends to get a burnt flavor to it.”

 

Best Drip Coffee Makers

Here, in no particular order, are the top drip coffee makers on the market today. You can’t go wrong with any of these, it all depends on which features you like, and your budget.

Criteria was based on quality, value, and overall customer satisfaction with the product. Various sources were used to determine these ratings.

No matter how good a product is, it will always have it’s detractors. In each review, I have included the top complaints about the item.

 

Cuisinart DCC 3000 Coffee On-Demandcuisinart DCC 3000 coffee maker

Overview

The Cuisinart name is synonymous with quality kitchen products at decent prices. This “Coffee on Demand” coffee maker is no exception.

It combines the convenience of a single serve, but with the practicality of a traditional coffee maker. The carafe-free design allows you to get your coffee with the push of a button. The coffee stays hot and fresh inside the coffee maker without having a burnt flavor that you get with the traditional hot plate models.

It also has a removable water reservoir for easy fill up, as well as a removable coffee reservoir for easy clean up. It’s programmable feature ensures that you wake up to a fresh coffee every morning.

Another interesting feature of this coffee maker is the “Coffee Gauge”. Much like a fuel gauge in a car, it shows you how much coffee you have left inside the machine.

Features

  • Dispenses one cup at a time
  • A dispenser light comes on when you fill your cup
  • Removable water reservoir for easy fill up
  • 12-cup double-wall coffee reservoir which is removable for an easy clean up
  • Fully programmable brew start, and programmable auto-off features
  • Self clean feature
  • Hot brewing temperature that meets industry standards
  • A 1-4 cup setting if you don’t want to make a full pot
  • An easy to read “Coffee Gauge”
  • Removable drip tray
  • Charcoal water filter
  • A permanent gold-tone basket-style filter

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • Not easy to clean
  • Coffee maker leaks
  • Cleaning light keeps coming on

 

There are a lot of nice features to this coffee maker, and you won’t break the bank by purchasing one.

This coffee maker retails for around $74.

Rating……. 41/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Platinum Coffee Maker

Overview

If you have ordered a coffee in your favorite restaurant, chances are it was made using a Bunn coffee maker. Bunn has been a staple in restaurants for over 60 years. You can have that same restaurant quality coffee maker in the comfort of your own home with the Bunn CSB3T Speed Brew coffee maker.

In a hurry? This 10-cup coffee maker will brew you a pot of coffee in minutes, 4 minutes to be exact. It’s internal water tank keeps water heated at the optimal brew temperature of 200 degrees F for quick, on-demand brewing. The speed of the brewing process makes up for the fact that there are no programmable features with this coffee maker.

Features

  • A commercial grade stainless steel hot water tank that keeps the water at the optimal brewing temperature
  • It has a unique spray head to get the most flavor out of your coffee
  • Brews a pot of coffee in about 4 minutes, half the time of most other brewers
  • Stainless steel vacuum insulated carafe keeps coffee warm for up to 2 hours
  • Brews batch sizes of 20 ounces up to 50 ounces
  • Hot brewing temperature that meets industry standards
  • 3 year warranty

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

This is an updated version of the BT Velocity Brew. Here’s what some of the most popular complaints were with the old model.

  • Leaks
  • Unit has a burnt smell after initial start up
  • Basket overflows with fine ground coffee

 

It’ price is a little higher than some coffee makers, but for the quality, it’s worth it.

This coffee maker retails for around $150.

Rating……42/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

Cuisinart DCC 3200 Coffee Makerdcc3200 coffee maker

Overview

Once again, Cuisinart makes the list with the Dcc 3200 model coffee maker. Unlike the previous model we discussed, this coffee maker is a more traditional style with a glass carafe and a hot plate.

This is a 14 cup, fully programmable coffee maker with an auto shut off. If you like your coffee hot, there is an adjustable keep coffee warm function that you can set to low, medium or high temperature. If you like your coffee strong, there is a brew strength control function that allows you to set your coffee to either bold or regular coffee flavor.

This model is self-cleaning, and has an indicator light to notify you when it is time to clean. As with other Cuisinart models, it comes with a charcoal water filter to ensure better tasting coffee.

Features

  • A brew strength control that you can set to regular or bold flavor
  • 14 cup carafe
  • 1-4 cup setting that allows you to make small batches of coffee
  • Self clean feature
  • Indicator light to alert you when cleaning is required
  • Fully programmable brew start
  • Programmable auto-shutoff feature (0-4 hours)
  • Hot brewing temperature that meets industry standards

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • Initial plastic smell and taste
  • Leaks
  • Basket overflows when making a full pot

Just like the other Cuisinart model shown, this coffee maker has a lot of features for a decent price.

Prices vary, but you should be able to find this coffee maker for around $100.

Rating……..45/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

Ninja Coffee Bar CF097ninja CF097 coffee bar

Overview

Be your own Barista with the Ninja Coffee Bar. This coffee maker has 5 different brews that you can choose from. There’s a Classic Brew setting for your normal cup of coffee. A Rich setting for that bold cup of coffee. For those hot summer days when you still want to have a coffee, there’s an Over Ice feature. Also, there are 2 Signature Brew settings, Specialty and Cafe Forte.

This model features a thermal carafe, no need to worry about leaving it on the hot plate too long, because there is none. also comes with a coffee ice pitcher for your ice coffee.

Something that sets this brewer apart from other ones on the list is the built-in frother. The frother gives it a nice touch when you are entertaining guests and want to give them a little something different. Go ahead, make them a specialty coffee and froth it up!!

Features

  • Five different brew settings
  • Stainless steel carafe
  • Built-in frother
  • Hot brewing temperature that meets industry standards
  • Indicator light notifying when it is time to clean
  • Advanced thermal flavor extraction technology
  • Custom brew sizes from one cup, all the way up to a full carafe
  • Measuring scoop included
  • Recipe book included
  • Coffee ice pitcher w/ lid included

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • Needs constant cleaning
  • Poor customer service
  • Beeps and doesn’t finish brewing

This coffee maker does not come cheap, but if you like to have lots of bells and whistles on your coffee maker, maybe this is the right one for you.

This coffee maker retails for around $172

Rating……40/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

Cuisinart DCC 2800 Coffee MakerDCC 2800 coffee maker

Overview

At the risk of repeating myself, once again Cuisinart makes the list with the DCC 2800 model. This sleek-looking coffee maker boasts a lot the same features that you would find in the other Cuisinart brand coffee makers.

Set it and forget it, this coffee maker is auto programmable, ensuring that you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee in the morning. It also has a brew pause feature, so you can steal a cup before it finishes the brew cycle.

The reason that this model and the 3200 version are called perfect temp, is because the coffee is brewed at a hotter temperature than some previous Cuisinart models. This ensures a hotter cup of coffee, and a better tasting cup of coffee.

Features

  • Charcoal filter cleans the water for a better tasting coffee
  • Fully auto programmable
  • Large LCD display
  • Brew strength control allows you to get your perfect tasting cup
  • 1-4 cup setting
  • Time to clean indicator light
  • Large 14 cup glass carafe
  • Auto shutoff feature
  • Hotter brewing temperature that meets industry standards
  • Self clean feature

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • The big complaint is that the hinges on the top break
  • Auto shut-off doesn’t work properly
  • Leaks

 

Plenty of features on this coffee maker for a decent price.

This model retails for around $75 to $100.

Rating……..41/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

Hamilton Beach 49465R Coffee Maker49465R coffee maker

Overview

The first thing that catches your eye about this coffee maker is the price (about $25). That doesn’t mean that it won’t brew a great cup of coffee. As with the other coffee makers that we have discussed so far, this one also meets industry standards for brewing temperature.

There are not as many features on this model, as you would expect, given the cheaper price. If your not big on bells and whistles, but want a good cup of coffee, maybe you should consider this one. This 12-cup coffee maker is programmable, and has an auto shut off.

Features

  • Fully programmable
  • Auto shut off
  • Cone-type filter
  • 12-cup carafe
  • Auto pause and serve
  • Hot brewing temperature that meets industry standards

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • Brew pause doesn’t work properly
  • Leaks
  • Doesn’t brew hot enough

 

This is a very good coffee maker, especially when you consider the price.

This model retails for around $35.

Rating………42/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

 

Mr Coffee BVMC-FBX39 Coffee MakerBMVC-FBX39 coffee maker

Overview

From the company that once had baseball great Joe DiMaggio as it’s spokesman, and the company that first introduced automatic drip coffee makers for home use back in 1972, comes the Mr Coffee BVMC-FBX39 coffee maker. This stainless steel coffee maker is programmable and has an auto shut-off feature. A charcoal water filter takes any chlorine taste out of the water, leaving you with just the taste of coffee in your cup.

It also has a built-in coffee measure scoop, so you don’t have to go searching when you are making a pot of coffee. Another convenient feature that is common to Mr Coffee makers, is the swing out basket that makes putting the coffee in the basket filter easy. This model also features an indicator light, which lets you know when it is time to clean it.

Features

  • Transparent water window to easily see water levels as you fill
  • A charcoal water filter
  • Front loading brew basket that swings open
  • LCD display
  • Fully programmable
  • Auto shut-off feature
  • Built-in coffee measure scoop
  • Permanent basket-type filter

 

What Reviewers Didn’t Like About It

Here are the most common complaints from people that didn’t recommend this product.

  • Basket overflows
  • Stops brewing in the middle of the brew cycle
  • Poor customer service

 

Plenty of convenient features for a reasonable price.

This model retails for around $80.

Rating……….41/50

To find out what people are saying about this coffee maker, click the link below.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Automatic drip coffee makers for the home have come a long way since their introduction in the early 70s. The features are endless, which makes the choice process somewhat daunting. Like I said before, choose the one that’s right for you. No use buying an expensive coffee maker with oodles of features that you are never going to use. Why waste your hard-earned money needlessly!

I hope that this article has helped find what you are looking for in that “perfect coffee maker.” Your best cup of coffee awaits. Cheers to a good brew!

All the best,

Ed

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