By Gina Vivinetto
St. Petersburg Times
With new songs and new blood, these are exciting times for the classic band Boston.
Fans of classic rock band Boston know not to hold their breath between albums. Fronted by studio wizard, MIT graduate and notorious perfectionist Tom Scholz, Boston debuted in 1976 with its self-titled masterpiece featuring the monster hits - and staples of classic rock radio - More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind and Long Time.
Most tracks on Boston were meticulously recorded by Scholz at home in his basement studio and merely gussied up by the group's record label, Epic, for their national release.
Two years later, Scholz was still working on the tapes of the band's followup, Don't Look Back. The label was fed up with waiting for Scholz to get the sound he wanted - stories abound of Scholz recording drum beats hundreds of times - and forced him to release the album. Fans were thrilled; Don't Look Back sold like hotcakes and produced more hits.
Scholz, on the other hand, was livid and vowed to never again release an album before he was ready.