By Kyle Osborne
The wait is over for long-suffering Boston fans; It was announced today that the band will be releasing their first album in more than a decade. The CD is called, "Love, Life and Hope," a title that possibly signals better times for the group's founder (it's always been pretty much a one-man band),Tom Scholz. Devastated by the 2007 suicide of original singer Brad Delp, and presumably pre-occupied with both legal and personal conflicts with former band members, one guesses that Scholz now has his mojo back.
About the album, scheduled for a December 6, 2013 drop date, Scholz says,"These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me," the group's founder and guitarist says in a news release. "They have all been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years."
Some of the songs will feature vocals by the late Delp, obviously having been in the can for years, but Tommy DeCarlo, who began working with Scholz after the guitarist heard his music on MySpace, will also be featured, along with several backing vocalists. When the press copies are released, you'll find a review here. One thing we know for sure is that the iconic "Guitar Spaceship" seen in various forms on nearly all the album covers, is returning.
Here's the track list:
Heaven on EarthDidn't Mean to Fall in Love
Last Day of School
Life, Love & Hope
If You Were in Love
Love Got Away
You Gave Up on Love (2.0)
The Way You Look Tonight
When Boston's debut album was released in 1976, the impact was almost instantaneous; the L.P. (as we called vinyl albums back then) has sold 20 million copies worldwide, and you would have been hard pressed to find anyone between the ages of 15 and 25 who didn't own a well-worn copy. The album was the brainchild of Tom Scholz, an MIT graduate and former Polaroid employee who spent years recording the songs in his basement--playing virtually all the instruments. Singer Brad Delp was the only person to have had a finger print (a significant one, to be sure) on what became known as the "Boston Sound." Layers upon layers of guitars, vocal tracks and harmony vocals (also sung by Delp) gave the recordings a lush sound and bright lustre that hooked the listener before he knew what hit him.
Ironically, the group's detractors called the band "Corporate Rock," a derisive moniker that was also applied in later years to Journey, REO Speedwagon and others. I say ironic, because the real truth is that Tom Scholz was the ultimate rebel against his record company, Epic, part of the massive CBS business structure. It was the company who insisted that Scholz have an outside producer. A longer version of the story can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_(album) , but the upshot is that Scholz hoodwinked the suits and produced the album himself--and he did it exactly the way he wanted it.Scholz, a notorious tinkerer and very fussy about the minute details, took waaay longer than Epic would have liked to come up with the 1978 follow up album, "Don't Look Back." It didn't sell as wel, but, for my money, it is sonically perfect. It sounds like no other band-past, present, and future. But that would be the apex of he band's recording career. It took 8 years for Boston's "Third Stage" to be released, and though it spawned a big radio hit, 'Amanda,' the album was considered less than the first two releases, and certainly not worth the wait. CBS filed a mult-millkon dollar breach of contract suit against Scholz for failing to deliver the album on time. Again, the gory details are all over Wiki.
The original band, essentially a "live only" group, since it was only Scholz and Delp on the recordings, was never very good. However, I caught the band in 2003--it was Scholz, Delp and a super tight band that included the great Gary Pihl on second guitar. Delp had help on the high notes with a back-up singer whose name escapes me, but the band were clearly as good or better than they'd ever been.
I really wish the best for Scholz--I am told by an insider that the classic "Boston Harmonies" will be heard, and we know that Scholz's guitar sound is unique. Now...we wait.
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