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Self-released digipack comp of rarities, b-sides and the like, plus three new songs! The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are a ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1985, the Bosstones are credited with the creation of the ska-core genre, a form of music that mixes elements of third wave ska and hardcore punk. The band released seven full-length albums, three EPs and a live album while touring continuously before their announcement of a hiatus in December 2003. They reunited in 2007 and performed together for the first time in four years at Middle East. The band's compilation album, Medium Rare, is their first release since the band reunited earlier that year. 13 tracks. 2008. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Five long years, millions of beers... April 26 2008
By Caris O'Malley - Published on Amazon.com
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The first note hits you like a train. It's something you saw far off in the distance, a faint light coming from miles away. You stand there on the tracks and watch as it collides with your senses, as the force of something bigger than you imbeds itself in your brain. Indeed, the BossToneS are back, so girls dry your tears.

It's been all too long since the BossToneS announced their hiatus and effectively cast a dark cloud over the lives of millions of fans, not to mention music as a whole. So many of us listened to Avoid One Thing and The Street Dogs, tuned in religiously to Jimmy Kimmel Live. We watched with bated breath as Dicky Barrett sang "This Time of Year" all by himself with a touch of sadness in his voice and a look on his face like he was lost in an unfair world. The mayhem was nowhere to be found, the fire had left his eyes.

Tune in now to the documentary videos surrounding the reunion Hometown Throwdown show and you see eight guys who have genuine joy on their faces, including a grizzly voiced frontman whose voice cracks with emotion as he addresses his first loyal crowd in years.

The album starts out screaming of a homecoming. You listen closely as indiscernible noise comes through the speakers, not at all unlike the opening of "Pay Attention." And just like "Let Me Be," a couple of staccato power chords followed by a solid bass line pound through the air and you're hooked. You never had a chance. The first three tracks on the album are brand new and they're amazing. They've got the ground breaking horns of "Question the Answers" and more hooks than a deep sea fisherman. The guitar work is amazing, faintly reminiscent of older BossTones releases.

The rest of the album consists of B-sides and unreleased tracks recorded over the years. A lot of these are pretty hard to find, so it is nice that they're all available in one neat little package. The songs span back to the "Question the Answers" days and come up to tracks that didn't make it onto "A Jackknife to a Swan."

Buy this album. It's the most important release of the last five years. Show your support. Make sure the BossToneS know that a world without them is a world without happiness. And a world without hope.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
SOLID comeback cd Feb. 19 2008
By Mrs. Patricia M. Haick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the first cd the Bosstones have made since reuniting and it rocks. Three new songs with 10 very rare old Bosstone favorites. The new songs prove the Bosstones have not missed a beat! Great cd!
Ska Core Gem Feb. 24 2009
By J. Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You need to know that Medium Rare is the heart warming comeback of any ska fan out there. No, seriously listen to the passion in the latest tracks "This List", "Don't Worry Desmond Dekker", and "The One With the Woes All Over It". You can certainly tell that Dicky missed his spot in the industry. He can still passionably scream what he has to say when wanting to be heard per "This List", and he still has the calm melodic side to him per "Don't Worry" kind of reminiscent to the "Let's Face It" Album. No matter what route these guys take they never let you down. To close, I must say they threw in my all time favorite Tone's song.. "Is It?", that originally was on a single cd for "The Impression That I Get". If you haven't heard "Is It?" You have to hear the passion he puts into it, it makes you live the song.
Buy this album, Call your radio station, Bosstones need to be heard! June 2 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Long time fan of the band and I was surprised to find out a new album was cut. I enjoyed Dicky when he hosted the Mighty Morning Show on Indie 103.1 out here in Southern California but it wasn't the same without the rest of the band. Hearing this album restores my faith in the Ska movement because instead of putting out just anything, this is a great album! Favorite song... "Don't Worry Desmond Dekker". I am hoping for another live album with their new work to complement "Live from the Middle East" (hands down one of the best live albums ever!

Buy this album, call your stations to get more Bosstones on the radio. They deserve to be heard!
New classics and best of the b-sides Sept. 6 2010
By ericras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first Bosstones release since going on hiatus, it's an amazing collection of new songs (This List, Desmond Dekker, Woes All Over It), unreleased songs from "A Jacknife To A Swan" (To California, Katie, Favorite Records) and some of the best previously released b-sides from the past.

While it doesn't contain the much coveted rare 1994 b-side "Pirate Ship" as fans had hoped for, it's a great cd that rivals any other Bosstones release.


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