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Boston

The arena rock band behind one of the fastest-selling debut albums in history, Boston was essentially the vehicle of guitarist and studio wizard Tom Scholz, born March 10, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio. A rock fan throughout his teen years, he began writing songs while earning a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation, he began work for Polaroid, and set about constructing his own 12-track recording studio in the basement of his home, where Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp recorded demos that earned them a contract with Epic in 1975. Although some recording and overdubs were later done in Los Angeles, the 1976 release of Boston consisted largely of tapes recorded in Scholz's basement. (By then, the lineup had coalesced around Scholz, Delp, guitarist Barry Goudreau, bassist Fran Sheehan, and drummer John "Sib" Hashian.) Boston spawned three hit singles ("More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind"), and shot immediately to the top of the charts, remaining the best-selling pop debut effort in history before it was supplanted by Whitney Houston's first album in 1986.

Despite the record's overwhelming success, Scholz spent over two years working on the follow-up, 1978's number one hit Don't Look Back; a perfectionist, he only then released the album because of intense label pressure for product. Dissatisfied with the results, he swore he'd produce the next album at his own pace; as a result, the chart-topping Third Stage did not appear until 1986, at which time only Scholz and Delp remained from the original lineup.

Scholz spent the next several years in the courtroom: eventually, he won a seven-year battle against Epic, which claimed Boston had reneged on its contract by taking so long between releases. When the band resurfaced again in 1994 with Walk On, Scholz was the lone remaining member; Delp and Goudreau had reunited in 1992 as RTZ, releasing the album Return to Zero. Unlike previous returns, Walk On was a commercial failure. Radio and MTV ignored any attempts at singles or videos, and the minimalist approach taken by the popular alternative artists of the era made the crystalline production and lengthy recording time seem anachronistic.

Taking another eight years to work on the next record, he targeted the Internet crowd first by releasing a single to www.MP3.com in the summer of 2002. The track became the site's number one download, and word of their new album spread quickly. (Delp's return to the group also helped matters.) Secondly, Scholz set his lyrical sights on political targets, going so far as to title the record Corporate America, as he emphasized his disdain for the system he had been a vital part of at one time. After releasing the record in the fall of that year, Boston embarked on a tour that took them into 2004. Around this time, Scholz began work on the next album using the same studio equipment the band had used since its inception. The work moved slowly and a shadow was cast over the project by the 2007 suicide of Delp, but the band's sixth album, Love Life & Hope, was released by Frontiers Records in late 2013. The album featured vocals by Delp and was something of a return to the classic Boston sound of the '70s. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Tell Me

2. Higher Power

3. More Than A Feeling

4. Peace Of Mind

5. Don't Look Back

6. Cool The Engines

7. Livin' For You

8. Feelin' Satisfied

9. Party

10. Foreplay / Long Time

11. Amanda

12. Rock & Roll Band

13. Smokin'

14. A Man I'll Never Be

15. The Star Spangled Banner/4th Of July Reprise

16. Higher Power (Kalodner Edit)

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Track List: Walk On

1. I Need Your Love

2. Surrender To Me

3. Livin' For You

4. Walk On Medley: Walkin' At Night

5. Walk On Medley: Walk On

6. Walk On Medley: Get Organ-Ized

7. Walk On Medley: Walk On (Some More)

8. What's Your Name

9. Magdalene

10. We Can Make It

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Track List: Third Stage

1. Amanda

2. We're Ready

3. The Launch

4. Cool The Engines

5. My Destination

6. A New World

7. To Be A Man

8. I Think I Like It

9. Can'tcha Say / Still In Love

10. Hollyann

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Track List: Don't Look Back

1. Don't Look Back

2. The Journey

3. It's Easy

4. A Man I'll Never Be

5. Feelin' Satisfied

6. Party

7. Used To Bad News

8. Don't Be Afraid

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Track List: Boston

1. More Than A Feeling

2. Peace Of Mind

3. Foreplay / Long Time

4. Rock & Roll Band

5. Smokin'

6. Hitch A Ride

7. Something About You

8. Let Me Take You Home Tonight

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Track List: Life, Love & Hope

1. Heaven on Earth

2. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love

3. Last Day of School

4. Sail Away

5. Life, Love & Hope

6. If You Were in Love

7. Someday

8. Love Got Away

9. Someone (2.0)

10. You Gave up on Love (2.0)

11. The Way You Look Tonight

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Saw them in Kansas City on June 5th...awesom e and Tom is amazing still, non-stop on stage for over 2 hours at 69 years old! They sounded amazing.
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Going to the 40th anniversary tour tonight, Saw them back in 1978 also, Ya!!! I am getting old.
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cathyl198511 1 4
Great song!!
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THE RIGHT MUSIC, THE RIGHT LIGHTING, THE RIGHT PARTY FAVOR'S, THE RIGHT GROUP OF VERY,VERY DISCREET FRIENDS, THATS HOW I MAKE MY MEMORIES, EVERYONE LISTENING, GO MAKE SOME DISCREET MEMORIES OF YOUR OWN, HAPPY LISTENING EVERYONE:):) : ) : ) : )
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"More Than A Feeling" will never lose the number one position!!! Ever!!!
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One of the Best Bands of all time! Still rocking.
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cathyl198511 1 4
It's more than a feeling...Aw e s o m e ! ! ! !
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cathyl198511 1 4
Don't look back??? I look back and see great memories❤Gre a t music from the 80's still rockin with me
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Way to go guy's!
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I will be seeing then in A month! For their 40th anniversary tour and I'm so excited to finally be able to see them! Can't wait! I love Boston!
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. IF YOU ARE READING THIS DON'T STOP. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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40th Tour, still sound great, Excellent Concert.
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fidelperezda r i a s
I really like only 3 or 4 Boston's songs. The rest are copies of chorus and guitars accords. That's is my modest opinion.
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moleculematt
Love you Boston.
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Listen up BOSTON FANS in LAS VEGAS NV JULY 15 2016
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Saw them at Selland arena in FRESNO CA summer of 77,
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Im 60yrs old and still have Bostons first album banging out of my ride....peac e of mind is my favorite, love rock and roll band too....
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DONT Read this.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORRO W WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS, DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY.But if u ignore it then you will have very bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS SO FREAKY,IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Light them up if you got it to Boston!!
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Badass during combat..lol
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Rocco is still doin and kickn
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mlenox37
Both my sons in there 30s now listen to 70s rock after there stint with rap in their younger days. I guess I had an impact on them after all. They now know what good music is. Forever Boston and of course Pink Floyd!!
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lorilake351
They don't make music like this any more.
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fidelperezda r i a s
For me the best of them!!!
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Awesome band
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tts like my own family
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fidelperezda r i a s
This is one of the best of the few good they got.
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Rock on
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wiki43
I saw them in '77 at the old St Paul Civic Center, and again in '79 at the old Met Stadium in Bloomington MN. I will never forget the genuine glee Brad Delp projected as he sang, nor Sib Hashian's huge afro hair style.
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One of the greatest debut albums ever enough said
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Love Boston!
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mtnman821
I still have my ticket stub when my buddies and I walked from my house to Centennial Hall when they played Tom's home town of Toledo, Ohio. Awesome show!
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I saw BOSTON at Anaheim Stadium in 1979, what a show!!!
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I would be lost without my best friend mike
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I'm only 12 and I'm like the only one in my school who's heard of Boston
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Great band, saw them live, Buffalo, NY when they were just beginning to become a Rock Legend !!!
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alabastervil l i s 0
love boston but hate pandora and their constant attempts to shove ads down my throat, 3 ads in a row then 1 song and another ad?
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RIP brad delp
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<|:~) cool
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You are awesome!!!!! ! ?
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I could not believe I had the Chance too Hang Out with them.......X X X X X X X O O O O O O O B U T I DID!!!!!!!!! ! X X X X X O O O O O X X O O O
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