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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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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.
I love the 80's I'm a child of the decade, I'm now in my mid 30's!!
ivonneesparz a
Just went to their concert yesterday, good music!!!
I love Boston. Good memories my childhood and teen years.
This was one of those albums every kids in the suburbs had when it came out, i myself probably wore out 3 copies, every song on here rocks.One of the greastest debut albums ever.
Love it. Love it ♡♡♡
myersalla
I'm going see them in Charlotte tonight!
Boston rocks
F**k you
Boston is my favorite!
Boston Rocks!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Me And Stephanie are going to have Fun in Boston
randolphjvin e t
I saw Boston 7 times in concert so much to say about it words do not exist greatest band ever !!!!!!!!!!
Boston rocks
Boston Rocks i like we ready
walker71805
After following the band since they started I'm finally going to get to see them in person in Atlanta!!!!
jankruse21
Boston will always be my favorite band from high school...awe s o m e !
iris.a.diaz
I absolutely love this song. It transports me every time......
Boston Rocks beacuse we are going to Water Town Next week with Stephanie
Boston Rocks
searodent200 1
Don’t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don’t post it this you will die in two days. Now you’ve started reading this so don’t stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
Don't read bc it works you'll be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post you'll die in 2 days. Put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen. (Sorry about this. I hate these but I take no chances.)
lacarr87
It's ok!!!!!!!!!!

douglas.sanc h e z 2 7 8
i love this music when i don no nothin but english
never get tired of boston
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