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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: 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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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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This is good
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jadavis1377
Greatest band ever!!!
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Love Boston! Foreplay/lon g t i m e my fav❣
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Love to play on guitar
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Boston will always be my favorite band. Now that I am in my 60's, I was so blessed to have seen them many times in concert and with technology can forever enjoy them and many other great artists past and present. RIP Brad Delp, you will never be forgotten.
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Great pre teen memories thanks pandora
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love tham all
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so cool it actually works
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Lol, sorry forgot, More than a feeling was mid-late 70's, even better!~ I'm getting old. Haha.
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More Than A Feeling, Yeeehaaa, love the 80's and this song is quintessenti a l , so many great memories, a simpler time and so much better music than now.
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We will reunite
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can't until tomorrow for special on CNN
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wtf
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday on the level with them by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the greatest day of your life now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 other songs and your crushes name will appear in big letters this is so creepy
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Don't read this. You will kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow you will have the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is freaky but if you ignore it. Then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes when you're done press the bar space and your crushes name will appear in bright letter. This is freaky it actually works.
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I like a lot of bands but BOSTON is my all time favorite grew up a lot of Boston music
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Boston is one of the greatest bands ever!!!
Does anybody know if it's true that Scholz invinted the One Step camera? Or had something to do with it? I know he worked for Polaroid.
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Boston still rocks. I listen to them all the time.
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Aleidholm, and what about Freddy Mercury???
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More than a feeling is a good one too!!!
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Rip Brad
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Rock and roll is my soul
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Foreplay was one of their best!!!
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Single best vocal performance in the history of rock, period. No one even comes close.
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I remembered hearing this song on pops turntable after coming home from grammar school eyes closed on the living room floor awesome ��
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One of a kind. Immense talent!
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I don't care that Tom Scholz took a long time making these albums they are perfect .I think he is one of the best when he plays .I first seen them in 1977 at the Nassau colliseum and seen them just resently at Ruth eckert hall in Clearwater Fla and plan to see them again when they come back!
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aestrada223
Mary Lou it has truly been a 'Long Time'. Pray that one day I can just see and talk to you for just that, a long time. Miss you babe.
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Jenna. That's funny that you think it's Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Long Time just played on my ELP station.
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This song reminds me of my daughter
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More Than a Feeling was recorded in Tom Sholtz's basement before he even had band members.
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I love Boston but lol, every time Long Time plays in the beginning, I think it's the song that goes like ..... Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends .... somethin somethin ......... come inside come inside, Come on see the show, come on see the show, come on see the showwww! Anyone else?
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Your correct, it's Fran Cosmo and brad delp hitting those highs -must of been thinking about Billy Sheehan bass all day!
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'More Than A Feeling' came out just as I got to Chanute AFB, Illinois in '76'. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me of my 'Mary Lou' slipping away. For almost three years she was the love of my life. Three of the most wonderful years of my 58 years.
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I was in high school when Boston put out their first album ! Still listen to their music today , it just stayed with me all these years !
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My very first concert was Boston. Life changing.
The first two albums STILL stand up today...
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It's really amazing how there's not been a band that has been able to duplicate the sound that Boston produced the songs they made for one of a kind and many people such as myself miss the sound of Boston I got to see them one time in concert at what is now Verizon Amphitheater in Birmingham Alabama and of course they were awesome! Is there anyone who can hit notes like Fran Sheehan? And yes feeling satisfied I am
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