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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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seen boston three times in colorado macnichols sports arena, red rocks, and folsom field boulder.once thirty rows out. the next two times front row and yes they are badass's
Can't enjoy these guys anymore and cant watch a Robin WIlliams movie.
My favorite Boston song besides Smokin'.
One of my favorites
209ricm
Never look back
Boston!!!!!! ! ' n n n
My home town band!!!!!!!! ! !
Party tonite! . . O yea. . .no other band like Boston.
Stop talking s**t bustles2, is all BS,go somewhere else with your frustrations
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 this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works!
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This is one of my favorite songs from Boston.
Great band this song one of there best
I hope I get a space ship shaped like a guitar for my birthday��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
one of the greatest debut alums EVER wore out a few vinyl copies
209ricm
I just want my piece of mind
209ricm
Let me take you home tonight !!!
Just rock on they can rock
Broke it off bf.. yeah I'm a b**ch
Another 70's great
Awesome band
Miss brad delp!!! Rip brother
You guys have some of the coolest album covers
@crobar1969 lol you got that right
Boston.....b e s t group ever!
Boston best group ever!!��
figures... bobonit even hates Boston... bob... seriously... keep your $#!TTY comments to yourself OR go jump in front of a speeding train... we've seen you music lists and favorites... pretty middle of the road MAINSTREAM 60s', 70s' and 80s' nothing to brag about.
Greatest band ever
Man I dream about this song and my ex girlfriend
still remember the first time I heard this album - made a huge impression because that was a long time and many bongs ago.
pattidiane88
Love this band!
love it
venzorjustin
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mmetzung
Such a classic!
One of my favorite songs!
I played so much air guitar listening to this song! When I hear this song on the radio when I'm driving it always makes me drive faster!
!ma
chadnwendy.d r o i d
Graduation ! 84
I went to boston college with the lead singer eric
shippy29
HA HA HA HATERS HO HO HO A DAY LATE BUT IM GONNA HAVE FUN THE REST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
shippy29
SHIPPENSBURG PA ROX COME VISIT IF YOU DARE
shippy29
follow shippy 29 spread the word if you r reading this
Was 20 when this album came out change my life rock n roll at its purist
prevo40
More than a feeling!! Love that song !!
I love this song! I wonder if I was named after this song. If I was that would be so awesome!! �� ��
mmetzung
Best band in the 70s/early 80s at that time.
Hi @hernandezli l y 8 1 ! From EP also.
El paso tx! loves Boston
blueyedmom00 7
Foreplay/Lon g Time...has to be one of this bands greatest hits!!! Awesome song!!!
Can't beat the oldies
blueyedmom00 7
Great band...saw them in concert. Rockin' to the music...fore v e r ! ! !
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