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Boston

The arena rock group behind one of the fastest-selling debut albums in history, Boston was essentially the vehicle of 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 their inception. The work moved slowly and a shadow was cast over the project by the 2007 suicide of Brad 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, Rovi
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80s is the best.
Wasn't as rude**
I would say that if markdaumes comment was as rude as it was. I would agree with him, cause gay-z and feminem dont cut it for "good music"
Love the 80s. I don't cAre what people say new stuff sucks . ��
Melissa
*stands up and applauds Candace Offman*
Can't beat the 80s
Markdaume (person below me), I am 13 years old, and even I feel that your comment is rude and unnecessary. Some people adopt things untrue to themselves in times they need a change of pace from life. Seriously, I believe you need to put your big boy pants on and mentally grow up.
markdaume
Anyone who thinks of classic rock fans as old is too immature and stupid to know what music is. Keep your rap, hip hop, and whatever the hell you think is great. You're missing out on the good stuff. Your brains won't know much when you get out of the stupid stage of life that you are going through.
Stephanie is 12 years old too she be 13 years
Follow me and I will follow you back!
HITTING RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. , FOR CONCERT TONIGHT , VIP PACKAGE ,IM GOING TO PARTY WITH THE BAND
Stephanie did not get a band in Boston we got it
I was born in 85'. You are all old. Stop sending your grand kids 1.75$ for their birthdays.
ZOOKEEPER!!! ! i luv boston!!!!
Their debut album sold like mad. They have several platinum albums. Their debut album is their greatest hits. How are they not in the Hall of Fame?
I was 13 and in my brothers room he had an album(Boston ) took out the vinyl and played it I immediately fell in love with,now I'm 50 and still listen to it......
Gbhgq
defcon888
Boston was my first concert ever in 1979....Samm y Hagar opened for them. The first Boston album is almost 40 years old.....stil l sound relevent to this day and still listen to is regularly.
defcon888
Boston was my first concert every in 1979....Samm y Hagar opened for them. The first Boston album is almost 40 years old.....stil l sound relevent to this day and still listen to is regularly.
Boston! :))
luckyheartz7 7
I listen to everything. But Boston is still one of my all times<3<3<3

Kiwi kid growing up loving 'More than a feeling' thrashed and wrecked parents stereo lol

I am a song writer maybe
one of the greatest debut albums ever, wore out more then a few copies
MY teenage years were blessed with the best music!LOVE them!
Awesome classic band
luckyheartz7 7
Grew up with them:-) Greatest band ever <3<3<3
Great band!! Didn't grow up with this but always loved this band and how they make there music!! Will do a follow for a follow!!
I love this band because I group withs, then song, and I was in Them concerts Hollywood Florida 2014 Tours.
Boston rocks!
I agree JON RUDD
teamwalk
Aerosmith's success has sustained way beyond the other two
I agree with Jon Rudd. Boston is far away better than Aerosmith and Guns & Roses ever
One of the greatest rock bands ever. It is pure nonsense they are not in the Hall of Fame; a joke really. Guns and Roses before them?? They got in before RUSH even. Unreal. My favorite?? More Than a Feeling. Best rock ballad ever written!!
I live in Boston, Kansas...... . . . N o t really, I was just listening to FM
todd6557
Bought the first Boston album in '76. Still love it. Was the first album I ever bought: I was just a 12 year old
More Than A Feeling is definitely is a rock masterpiece.
No singer in the new Boston albums can not be as good as Brad Delp
Boston has never gotten old for me ;)
notoriouslov e 2 0 1 1
That is my favorite band ever since I was born rock on!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Cool!!! Man must hav been amazing
negin.janati
Hey, world, I just saw Tom Scholz and the new Boston line-up last night at the Mohegan Sun Arena (sold-out show). AMAZING SHOW. A one-of-a-kin d , spectacular achievement in rock history, the Boston repertoire is stunningly good, decade after decade. It's been such a long time since I saw them in concert (at Cornell in the 1980s) and Scholz is still a spectacular performer / musician. We miss Brad Delp, but the music lives on.
keener63
My wife and I started dating to Boston on 8 track and we just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary by taking in Boston and 38 Special in Atlanta. it was a great show. If they come close, go see them!
keener63
My wife started dating to Boston on 8 track and we just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary by taking in Boston and 38 Special in Atlanta. it was a great show. If they come close, go see them!
luckyheartz7 7
One of the best groups ever <3<3<3 forever
Debut album: best ever, hands down.
Boston is the best band ever out of Boston. Far far better than Aerosmith!
I remember Boston as a band of the 70's ben
larry_the_lo b s t e r
Tom S. did for production what Jimi Hendrix did for guitar playing.
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