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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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Boston lives on forever! Best band ever!
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Always love their album covers
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shawntishara y
U suck��������
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Love them,
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Love them
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Love it!
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Oh yeah smoke and getting naked
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cuffychamber l a i n
Love this song and this band:)
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airtightguit a r
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 day. 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 screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Both bands started n the 70s
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Boston and Foreigner are easily 2 of the best bands from the 80's!
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I always remember they always have cool covers
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bkenyon77
I LOVE BOSTON
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Boston is the best band ever
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No matter what song you hear by Boston on any album it's always great
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keep on rocking
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caedmon.kyle s
More than a feeling, and I think your dreaming.... .
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Great Sounding
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More Than A Feeling....I really just love this song!
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cuffychamber l a i n
This song makes me want to smoke a bong and get naked
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Started playing drums in Jr. High. Saved up enough money by my junior year to buy a 'real' drumset. Used Mid-70s vintage Slingerland hard-rock set 6-piece double-kick with thick maple shells - beautiful. Brought it home, set it up in the living-room put on Boston and played for hours!
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bubbafyr
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 2 songs and look under your pillow
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Best band ever! Saw them live back in the late 70's and it is still the best concert I have ever been too!!
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One of the best rock bands of all time
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More than a filling, Boston remember it like yesterday
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Never seen BOSTON LIVE but now I can play there song on YouTube love rock and band
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Thank you
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Had a chance to see them live in NH with my son. What a great show. The gold standard of rock.
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Boston was my first concert in 1978 best band I remember and still one of best. Man I'll never be is one of greatest songs of Don't look back. It's a great loss
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brothe4rpaul u s 7 7
I outgre2 them in bipolar mania ep8s9de almos5 since my hospitalizat i o n in 1977 Spring/Summe r . . . R
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Love them
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jeffrey.omps
Posting negative comments just shows you're a troll.
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jeffrey.omps
Excellent band.
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Boston pure R&R
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Rockoff ,,,you rock too!!!
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Tim Castillo I agree Boston has always been a band with great music,,,,,
All you HATERS (a**holes)ca n stop listening!
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Loved them from the beginning saw them 1978 Texas Jam they were great
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They are pretty awsome
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Great tune.
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bubbafyr
Awesomest band ever
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Have the people commenting been to school? Even middle school? My brain seriously hurts from reading some of these comments.
Boston is awesome. If you don't like them, don't listen. I grew up listening to their music with my dad and have seen them in concert many(amazing ) times. They aren't trying to change the world, just write some fun songs to sing to. Chill the f**k out or move on.
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YHA LOVE BOSTON HOPE TO SEE THEM AT WASHINGTON MO FARE 2015 ROCK ON
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U suck
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these guys suck
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Smokin'
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Your awesome
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Yes
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Miss them. Their first two albums are still some of my favs.
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caedmon.kyle s
PEACE OF MIND!!!!!!
rock on guys....
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kpduty787
Graduated H.S. in 76. This is one of my very first rock albums. That had to be one of the top 5 debut albums. Guess Tom was a.perfection i s t . They had the cleanest, well aranged sound of any band I ever heard. No greater rock vocalist than Brad Delp. May God take you in his hands ! R.I.P. Brad !!!
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