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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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I closed my eyes
And I slipped awayyyyyyyy!
And that's where this jam gets serious

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The Man I'll Never be....where is it?
one of the greatest debut albums ever
Wow love this song , love this band,more than a feeling one of my favorites :)
First two albums are classics. Literally played them so much it wore out the vinyl. No edge to any albums after that. Un-inspired it seems. Boston was a creature of it's day though. Maybe if Scholz had released them yearly it would have been different, but I doubt it.
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bostons first album is the best ear drugs in the world
Kiss your hand 5 times
Post this on 2 other songs then look under your pillow
I to am a Boston hater, no soul !!
I couldn't stand Boston from the first time I heard them. Too much high pitched screaming. Thumbs down get offa my station
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Long Time...best Boston song ever!
Luv this song
One of my brothers was a backup drummer for them.
You got that right hectorbravos j p r !
Boston in the best Rock-n-Roll band EVER!
They've been in Puerto Rico 4 times and I have been in their concerts at all of them!!
A man I'll never be is the best rock ballad of all times!!!!
nothing like boston , and there will never be .its up there with the greats.
I. Like. This. Song
The best <3
I don't care who you are but there is a Boston song that touches you from Amanda to this this tune....don' t lie
My daughter brought Boston to college on her iPod. Needless to say she made many new friends and more Boston fans.
Rock it out
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Two thumbs up for Alex and her parents.
My parents raised me right! At 18 I would stand for 70s and 80s (some early 90s) any time before I stood up for popular music! I love this stuff!
80s is the best.
Wasn't as rude**
I would say that if markdaumes comment was as rude as it was. I would agree with him, cause gay-z and feminem dont cut it for "good music"
Love the 80s. I don't cAre what people say new stuff sucks . ��
Melissa
*stands up and applauds Candace Offman*
Can't beat the 80s
Markdaume (person below me), I am 13 years old, and even I feel that your comment is rude and unnecessary. Some people adopt things untrue to themselves in times they need a change of pace from life. Seriously, I believe you need to put your big boy pants on and mentally grow up.
markdaume
Anyone who thinks of classic rock fans as old is too immature and stupid to know what music is. Keep your rap, hip hop, and whatever the hell you think is great. You're missing out on the good stuff. Your brains won't know much when you get out of the stupid stage of life that you are going through.
Stephanie is 12 years old too she be 13 years
Follow me and I will follow you back!
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Stephanie did not get a band in Boston we got it
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