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Foreplay / Long Time

by

Boston



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These 2 songs make up one track on the album, and radio stations usually play them together. "Foreplay" is based around a Hammond B3 organ riff, and is the instrumental intro to "Long Time," although "Long Time" was released as a single without "Foreplay."
"Foreplay" was written in 1969 and was the first song recorded for Boston's debut album. The title is a sexual reference. (thanks, Nightrocker - Boston, MA)
An alternate version of this 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 has been known to perform this at their concerts.
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Comments (19):

Man I've got 40 days until my exams are over and I've had no TV, no music, no youtube. For some reason this song just keeps resonating up in my head and I know it will be the first thing I play as soon as this whole revision thing is over. It's such a long time
- Jir, London, United Kingdom
My favorite tune(s) from Boston...on the greatest debut LP ever...never get tired of hearing any song from that album...some call Boston's debut album thier "Greatest Hits" album as well....
- Larry, Detroit, MI
Back in the day, uh, that'd be 1976, I thought this song was incredible. It would come on the car radio and immediately transport me out of my teenage doldrums into a better place in my mind. Nowadays, Boston's music, including these two songs, don't do much for me. But I do remember what a sensation the entire album was when it was released.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
This song is in the game, Rock Band.
- Ryan, Anahola, HI
coolest intro EVER!
- Dylan, Euclid, OH
back in the day when I drove a school bus & was not allowed to play music cause i drove for a christian school well guess what? all the kids knew & none ever told on me, but this one of our favorite songs. Along with Kansas and other artists so when I hear this song & others it reminds me of those days, so all those kids are grown now & I hope they think of me every once in awile.
- JoAnn, Portsmouth, VA
does Tom Scholz sing this or their other singer?
- Tyler, Indio, CA
This is the song I want played at my funeral. The words are perfect for someone saying goodbye from the grave. Start with the last few seconds of Foreplay, and rock in right into Long Time.
- Curtis, Lubbock, TX
definitely my fav band ever!!!
and this song wins best song ever from them
FOR SURE
- alli, arvada, CO
Great song. Like the build-up, change of pace, and especially the high pitch guitar drifting in and out of the vocals. Great song.
- Floyd, Ottawa, ON
Another fact about this song: Foreplay was Tom's first piece of music and he wrote it a year after learning to play guitar at 21.
- Taylor, Las Vegas, NE
"Foreplay" may be a sly nod to sex, but the word is actually a literal translation into English of the classical music term "Prelude." "Praeludium," in the original Latin, means something you "play before" something else. The instrumental piece is extremely classical in both its structure and its execution.
- speedwell, Austin, TX
I love playing it on Rock Band. Great bass, great guitar...if only they had a virtual organ...
- Mooler, Detroit, MI
not a huge fan of this song, its decent, but i gotta admit the electric guitar part 6:58 sounds awesome and caught me by surprise the first time
- Sheeberson, Wrightsville Beach, NC
I would not call this corporate rock, but so many others borrowed this sound, and the fact Bostom never had a better song than the worst cut on this disc leads some folks to bust their chops. Great song, great album.
- Baz, Johnson, VT
This song is great, the instrumental is way underrated,i hate how people would label this band "corporate rock"
- Nick, Cleveland, OH
Another magnificient work of art by Tom and Brad. The genius and talent of Tom is evident in this song. The song writing, arrangement, and production was way ahead of it's time. Tom was ahead of his time musically; and his work can bring tears to my eyes when I m in the right mood. I mean that when a person senses true genius and brilliance in a work of art, he or she will recognize it and feel it deep inside.
- Scott, Honolulu, HI
I love this song, I listen to it over and over and over again, the guitar pieces blend in nicely, and I love the little riffs throughout the song... so very catchy, its become one of my favorite things to play on guitar.
- Sam, Thompsons, TX
Great tune, but then Boston puts out music like none other. Many puristdon't care for anything after "Don't look back", but I still enjoy everything they put out. Grant it, you have to wait almost ten years for each release, but it gives me something to look forward to. I want to know when this influential band is going to be inducted to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame?
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
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