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Boston (formed in 1971) is a notoriously popular classic and arena rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s, that have produced some of the fastest-selling records in history, hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
At the same time as studying towards a master’s degree as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, guitarist and songwriter Tom Scholz met guitarist Barry Goudreau, and drummer Jim Masdea. After graduating Scholz built a recording studio in his home, recorded a number of demos with the help of Goudreau, Masdea, and vocalist Brad Delp, and by 1975 had recorded demoes for the songs “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind” and “Somethings About You”.
It wasn’t long before the band, still unnamed, started getting interest from promoters and labels, and after an audition with record company executives, signed with Epic Records. Masdea left the band around this time, however played drums on the re-recording of the track “Rock and Roll Band”. The band’s debut album, recorded mainly in Scholz’s home studio, was produced in Los Angeles by John Boylan, who suggested the group call themselves Boston.
The self-titled debut album “Boston” was released in 1976 and is one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. history, with over 17 million records sold. The release showcased singer Brad Delp’s vocal delivery and mastermind Tom Scholz’s musical influences, and led to Boston opening for the likes of Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, and Foghart. The release shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the charting hits “More Than a Feeling”, “Long Time” and “Peace of Mind”.
Under pressure from label executives, Scholz reluctantly signed off on Boston’s sophomore full-length “Don’t Look Back” in 1978. The album shot to No. 1 once again, however unhappy with the rushed results, Scholz promised never to rush a record again. “Don’t Look Back” spawned the singles “A Man I’ll Never Be” and “Feeling Satisfied” and was supported by another extensive arena tour.
After lengthy court battles with both Epic Records and former co-manager Paul Ahern that delayed progress on Boston’s third album, the song “Amanda” was leaked in 1984. The track later became the lead single from the album “Third Stage”, which, like its predecessors found the top of the U.S. pop charts in 1986. Subsequent singles included “We’re Ready” and “Can’tcha Say”, which the band promoted on tour in 1987 and 1988. Eights years later after members had pursued solo projects, Boston reemerged with the album “Walk On” in 1994. It became the first album of the band’s not to chart within the Top Five, however the single “I Need Your Love” became a staple on U.S. rock radio stations.
The single “Corporate America” was released on mp3.com in 2002, and became the site’s most downloaded song. The single became the band’s title track for their fifth studio album, which was a vehicle for Schulz to express his disdain for the current corporate climate. A national tour ensued throughout 2003 and 2004, and in 2006 Boston released remastered versions of their first two albums. Eleven years later in 2013 Boston released the full-length album “Live, Love & Hope”, which charted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.