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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, Rovi
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They are pretty awsome
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Great tune.
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bubbafyr
Awesomest band ever
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Have the people commenting been to school? Even middle school? My brain seriously hurts from reading some of these comments.
Boston is awesome. If you don't like them, don't listen. I grew up listening to their music with my dad and have seen them in concert many(amazing ) times. They aren't trying to change the world, just write some fun songs to sing to. Chill the f**k out or move on.
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YHA LOVE BOSTON HOPE TO SEE THEM AT WASHINGTON MO FARE 2015 ROCK ON
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U suck
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these guys suck
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Smokin'
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Your awesome
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Yes
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Miss them. Their first two albums are still some of my favs.
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caedmon.kyle s
PEACE OF MIND!!!!!!
rock on guys....
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kpduty787
Graduated H.S. in 76. This is one of my very first rock albums. That had to be one of the top 5 debut albums. Guess Tom was a.perfection i s t . They had the cleanest, well aranged sound of any band I ever heard. No greater rock vocalist than Brad Delp. May God take you in his hands ! R.I.P. Brad !!!
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When i was little i used to listen to this song all the time Idk what it was but it sounds so femilier to a show that I used to watch but in other words it's good song its a really good song
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mmetzung
Hitch a ride is so underrated! In my opinion it's one of their better songs.
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One if my favorites!
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caedmon.kyle s
PEACE OF MIND, MORE THAN A FEELING, I HAD A GOOD TIME r my favorite songs
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caedmon.kyle s
One of the best rock bands I've ever heard!!!
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1976 thru 1986 the best
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Went thru couple of needles when this lp came out blew me away Texas jam 78
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Love Boston!!!! Rock on Tom!!!
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bubbafyr
Awesomest band in the world. favorite song: I had a good time
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Great Band!!!!!
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scott.tagen
i was working at a tech company in RI, and another guy there named Jerry told me that when he was at Polaroid in Waltham, MA (near Boston), there was an engineer there named Tom who played the guitar and wrote songs. He would bring his guitar to work and play songs during lunch and elicit opinions on the tunes. One day, Tom came to work and said I just signed a record deal; I'm leaving! Of course, it was Tom Scholz.
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I have to agree, not too many better debut albums than Boston, maybe the Cars...(anot h e r boston band).......
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Good band
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Love Boston! Brad's voice is awesome!
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ram4210
Favorite band! I do miss Brad Delp, but they put on a gear show at Lake Tahoe this summer---hop e they return again.
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third stage...memo r i e s . .
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mmetzung
Love this band! The guitarists are amazing, as well as the whole band.
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MORE THAN A FEELING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I'll love boston
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Nobody can replace Brad Delp!
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What memory's this brings back
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Love it
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One of THE Greatest 70's Bands!!! Rock On!!!
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Love the oregon
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209ricm
Freedom on my mind
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Just amazing. Frm my city.....bos t o n
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Four straight top ten albums, two straight #1s. Debut album has gone diamond while Don't Look Back and Third Stage have gone multi-platin u m . Even Walk On, from 1994, has gone platinum. Their debut album is one of the fastest debut albums to become a bestseller. Their greatest hits has gone double-plati n u m . Eight top forty singles, with four of those being top tens and one being a #1 hit. Their entire debut album consists of classic rock staples. How are they not in the Hall of Fame?
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mr.wesleyrot h
The Best, No Doubt about it..
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jlsf
can never beat this
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MORE THAN A FEELING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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What is right never look back keep on going forward so true people come and go with the faces fade in time
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I LOVE THIS BAND
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Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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seen boston 3 times here in colorado micni
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mattd1659
HaHaHa,,,The first time it came out we were up in a place called the club... It was a garage with a loft...the 1st time we heard of this album we were in the middle of a keg party... With a (bet you can't mug.. ) Well my friend drank this mug and then threw up on my foot after he accomplished this ...HaHaHa !! GOOD TIMES !!!!
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My favorite song more than I'm feelin by Boston
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Those days.bad a** jams!
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