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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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ncjames99
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this cause it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life! However if you do not post this to at least 3 song's you will die in 2 day's! Now that you've started reading this, don't stop! This is so scary, put it on at least five song's in at least 143 minutes, when done press F6 and your lover's name wil appear on your screen in big letter's, this is so scary cuz it actually works!
shawbek19696 9
Don,t read this,because it actually works.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 .However,if you don,t post this , you will die in 2 days .Now you,ve started reading this ,don,t stop.This is so scary.Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done , press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary , because it works.f6
egcroan
Like the liner notes from the orginal album said Listen To The Record which obviously this idiot Jason from ROVI never did if he thinks the last album sounds like the first.
egcroan
Maybe the people who think the last album sounds like the 1970's stuff should actually listen to the 1970's stuff with a critical ear, adn stop all their Tom Scholz worship ! Tom is a great engineer, but his guitar playing is nothing like Barry G's and that was a good counter balance in the first two albums that has been missing ever since. Tom claims to have rerecorded the parts from Barry on the orginal album, but at least Barry orginally wrote them which is somethinbg Tom can't seem to do !!
egcroan
This is really a sad album the one just released. It is even sadder this guy Jason Ankeny who wrights for ROVI is so full of crap !! This album has ZERO BRAD DELP VOCALS !! Anyone who thinks this guy even remotely sounds like Brad is TONE DEAF !! The comparision to the 1970's Boston sound is just as baseless as this album has the same eninspired guitar playing as Walk On did !! The solo's are way to slow, and over indulgent as are far from the tight stuff from the two 1970 Albums. Shame on Tom S
98samami
What an amazing voice that guy has
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomoeeo w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now youv started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in143 minutes. when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
What great times
Love Barry Boudreaux.
I like to kick these spammers in their crystal balls this is for people who are into music .
smokin smokin boogie tonite just keep on........
Brad Delp's voice and those gorgeous harmonies make Hitch A Ride one of my favorite songs of theirs.
Joan. Ñ. Loves it
Kim I know you r married I just want to say hi my friend 530-415-3992
Bobonit rules as does Boston, they rock, drake sucks the worst though
Peace of Mind! Awesome song. Almost named my yacht that.
Love the song AMANDA named my Daughter Amanda that's how much I love that song, when I took her to see Boston live they played the song she got all teary eyes and gave me a biggest hug ever.
Boston is great I truly miss Brad Delp.
Say I phone 5 times then post this on two other songs then u will vet a pink I phone
What a song!
hopkinstaylo r 3 5
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed by the love of your life on the
nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
However if you don't post this you will die in 2
days. Now you've started reading so don't stop.
This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's
name will come on the screen in big letters.
This is so scary because it actually works
ferreira_c
Boston a great band but I have to say I miss Brad Delp. What a voice. You will never be for gotten
A great song!
Boston better and way more talented then Aerosmith ever was.
I'm 13 and boston is one of my favorite bands along with steely dan, heart, and the doobies.
I'll be checking them out again in July here in Albuquerque. Looking forward to hearing them live again.
GREATEST RnR band of all time. Past, present, and FUTURE! PERIOD. And the NEW lineup RAWKS!!!
Good song
Excellent song. Classic rock to the max
Think of suicide now every time I hear this band - not mine.
boston- rocks & BOSTON RED SOX- WORLD CHAMPIONS...
Love this song
Tom worked on the debut album for 7 years before releasing it. This time, it took him 11 years because except for the vocals, he played every instrument on the album. That's all I have to say about that.
Funny how Boston and Tom Scholz waited over ten years to release THE SAME FREAKIN' album, sound-wise, as their debut album.
This band takes me back to when I was younger and had no problems or bills.
Don't read this, because it actually works.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. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works
Love songs
TANIAHALABY1 2 Put down the crack pipe,and get a grip. This is suppose yo be about music,and commentary on that artist. If you can't do better than that,somebod y is going to put you in a home,were you can be cared for. Poor little lamb!!!
1429139036
I love any way you want it by journey my third fav song
You
Hahaha penis
i heard this on the radio earlier this afternoon
Saw them live last year that is something I will never forget
milosdad
Perhaps I'm overly cautious but, I believe that these weird messages are designed to get you to copy and paste some hidden spyware onto your computer. That goes the same with all the crap that asks you to like if you love Jesus or support the military. We all have to be careful.
i heard this on a Yoplait yogurt ad
Guess what I read those comments 6 days ago and I'm not dead yet Actually I expected that I would still be alive duh why would it work
Boston always was 2 cool !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I like all of Boston's albums, but this is the best. 'Smokin' and 'Let Me Take You Home Tonight' are a little weak, but the other six songs are awesome. Any band would be lucky to have one song in their career equal to these songs. Boston got six on one album.

Unfortunatel y Tom Scholz used up most of his life supply of Rocket Sauce making this album. Wasn't a lot left in the bottle for any of their follow up albums.
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