Boston – Foreplay / Long Time

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One of my favorite bands that weren’t a band.  These guys were amazing and part of mine and my track teams bus traveling to and from music.  I can sure remember some good times on the school bus back from track meets. I can’t even express to anyone how powerful, great, and touching this music was and still is.  The memories are just like they were yesterday.  Brad Delp’s suicide is still fresh in my heart and mind as well as the heart and minds of all who loved them and their music.

The musical ingenuity overshadows the lyric to this song, which finds lead singer Brad Delp hitting the road. Details are few, but we know he is chasing a dream and a bit conflicted about the person he’s leaving behind.

“Foreplay” and “Long Time” make up one track on the album. “Foreplay” (the title is a sexual reference) is based around a Hammond B3 organ riff and is the instrumental intro to “Long Time.” The full track runs 7:47, and many radio stations play this version. For stations that have listeners with shorter attention spans, “Long Time” was issued as a single on its own running 3:03.

“Foreplay” is the first song Tom Scholz recorded for what was to become Boston. He wrote it in 1969 when he was studying at MIT and recorded it in 1971 with drummer Jim Masdea in Masdea’s basement studio. Over the next few years, Scholz made various demo recordings with Masdea supplying drums. When Boston finally got a record deal in 1976, Masdea was replaced by Sib Hashian.

This is part of Boston’s debut album, which was written, produced, and mostly performed by Tom Scholz. He used vocalist Brad Delp to record vocals on his demos but did not assemble a full band until he got a deal with Epic Records. Along with Delp, the other members were culled from local bands in the Boston area, some of whom Scholz had played with before. Epic wanted the band to play on all the tracks, but Scholz balked because his demos were just how he wanted them. Sib Hashian played drums on the tracks (except for “Rock & Roll Band,” which as Jim Masdea), but Scholz needed to get the other two band members – guitarist Barry Goudreau and bass player Fran Sheehan – on the album, so he had Sheehan play on “Foreplay” and Goudreau on “Long Time.”

“Long Time” was Boston’s second single, following “More Than a Feeling.” It did not take a “long time” for the band to get noticed: their smooth, space-age rock caught on right away, and just months after they formed, they were playing arenas. By the time “Long Time” peaked at #22 in March 1977, their debut album had been certified Platinum.

An alternate version called “Foreplay/Fiveplay/Long Time” was released on a 1976 promotional album called It’s A Knockout. It was a little longer than the original version and contained some alternate lyrics.

Phish performed this at some of their concerts in the ’90s.

The musical ingenuity overshadows the lyric to this song, which finds lead singer Brad Delp hitting the road. Details are few, but we know he is chasing a dream and a bit conflicted about the person he’s leaving behind.

“Foreplay” and “Long Time” make up one track on the album. “Foreplay” (the title is a sexual reference) is based around a Hammond B3 organ riff and is the instrumental intro to “Long Time.” The full track runs 7:47, and many radio stations play this version. For stations that have listeners with shorter attention spans, “Long Time” was issued as a single on its own running 3:03.

“Foreplay” is the first song Tom Scholz recorded for what was to become Boston. He wrote it in 1969 when he was studying at MIT and recorded it in 1971 with drummer Jim Masdea in Masdea’s basement studio. Over the next few years, Scholz made various demo recordings with Masdea supplying drums. When Boston finally got a record deal in 1976, Masdea was replaced by Sib Hashian.

This is part of Boston’s debut album, which was written, produced, and mostly performed by Tom Scholz. He used vocalist Brad Delp to record vocals on his demos but did not assemble a full band until he got a deal with Epic Records. Along with Delp, the other members were culled from local bands in the Boston area, some of whom Scholz had played with before. Epic wanted the band to play on all the tracks, but Scholz balked because his demos were just how he wanted them. Sib Hashian played drums on the tracks (except for “Rock & Roll Band,” which as Jim Masdea), but Scholz needed to get the other two band members – guitarist Barry Goudreau and bass player Fran Sheehan – on the album, so he had Sheehan play on “Foreplay” and Goudreau on “Long Time.”

“Long Time” was Boston’s second single, following “More Than a Feeling.” It did not take a “long time” for the band to get noticed: their smooth, space-age rock caught on right away, and just months after they formed, they were playing arenas. By the time “Long Time” peaked at #22 in March 1977, their debut album had been certified Platinum.

An alternate version called “Foreplay/Fiveplay/Long Time” was released on a 1976 promotional album called It’s A Knockout. It was a little longer than the original version and contained some alternate lyrics.

Phish performed this at some of their concerts in the ’90s.

Song Lyrics – 

It’s been such a long time
I think I should be goin’, yeah
And time doesn’t wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
Sail on, on a distant highway
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ a dream, yeah
I’ve gotta be on my way
Wish there was something I could say

Well, I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ on
You’ll forget about me after I’ve been gone
And I take what I find, I don’t want no more
It’s just outside of your front door

Ah yeah, it’s been such a long time. it’s been such a long time

Well, I get so lonely when I am without you
But in my mind, deep in my mind
I can’t forget about you
Good times, and faces that remind me, yeah
I’m tryin’ to forget your name and leave it all behind me
You’re comin’ back to find me

Well I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ on
You’ll forget about me after I’ve been gone
And I take what I find, I don’t want no more
It’s just outside of why our front door, yeah, yeah, yeah

It’s been such a long time. it’s been such a long time

Yeah
It’s been such a long time, I think I should be goin’, yeah
And time dosnt wait for me, it keeps on rollin’
There’s a long road, I’ve gotta stay in time with, yeah
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ that dream, though I may never find it
I’m always just behind it

Well I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ along
(Takin’ my time) oh, just movin’ along
(Takin’ my time) ah, just takin’ my time
(Takin’ my time) oh, yeah
(Takin’ my time) oh, oh
(Takin’ my time)
(Takin’ my time)
(Takin’ my time)
(Takin’ my time)
(Takin’ my time)

13 thoughts on “Boston – Foreplay / Long Time

  1. I’ve been meaning to come over to your blog forever. I’ll see you comment on mine and I think…before I reply I got to get over to her blog…then something will happen…I’m glad this week is over!
    Anyway I saw Boston around 4 years ago…they were really good.

      1. Well at work…3 weeks ago the owner wanted a…you dont’ want to hear this but here it goes lol… video conference with 60 people to go “seamless” ….well we don’t have the equipment to make it seamless… I was working trying to track down what we needed….
        Finally I said forget this…and we hired a consultant and they brought in 2 cameras and 10 thousand dollars worth of equipment….after that it went well. That is what kept me busy.

        Now it’s over with I feel better. I have a lot of peoples blogs to catch up on.
        It was the longest week ever! The conference happened on Wednesday so I do feel better.

        I hope you and your family are doing well.

        1. Wow, I know you are happy that it’s over and went well. That sounds like it was a busy, nail-biting week.
          Glad it all went well and the boss was happy.

          The family and I are well. I hope you and your family are doing well also. Hopefully, it won’t take you long to get caught up on replies. Stay safe and as cool as possible in this crazy heatwave. 😃

                    1. Well, you see there, you are doing great. You sure have me beat…I am only walking two miles a day right now due to my knees hurting so badly. I bought myself two knee braces to see if that will help eliviate the pain as I walk. I will try them out tomorrow and see. I know the more I walk and lose weight, the better my knees will feel.

                      Keep up the good work!

    1. Well, I hit the send button in error.
      I was saying it has really been a crazy busy week, and it is still scorching hot here.
      Boston…wow, I bet that was a great concert, song after song. Brad Delp was an incredible singer with a voice range that was out of this world. The rest of the band was just amazing, I really love their music.
      It sure was such a tragedy to lose Brad the way we did, but depression is a beast!