Life, Love & Hope

2013
Frontiers Records


Track Listing:
01. Heaven on Earth
02. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love
03. Last Day of School
04. Sail Away
05. Life, Love & Hope
06. If You Were in Love
07. Someday
08. Love Got Away
09. Someone (2.0)
10. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love (2.0)
11. The Way You Look Tonight


When I started recording this album over ten years ago, who'd have thought I'd still be working on it in 2013? OK, don't answer that. These are all 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. 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.

After the internet and digital file sharing knocked the foundation out from under the music business, it no longer became possible to record a full production analogue album like this one, unless you were willing to do it purely for the art. I found out that I was. But as the years wore on, struggling with obstinate pieces, over-stressed gear, and my own uncertainty, I sometimes wondered of these songs would ever see the light of day. Now, listening to the album, I feel like I have burst from a dark tunnel of seemingly endless solitary work and self-doubt into a bright new world. If any of these songs can brighten your day for a few minutes, it was worth it.

-Tom Scholz

About the songs...


Heaven on Earth - Doesn't happen very often; hang on to it if you find it.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: David Victor with special guest Louis St. August
Harmony & Backing Vox: Tom Scholz

Didn't Mean to Fall in Love - As they say, love happens when you least expect it. This was remastered from the original 2002 recording; released again here because I just really like this song.

Written by Tom Scholz, Curly Smith, Janet Minto
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: Brad Delp
Harmony & Backing Vox: Tom Scholz

Last Day of School - This instrumental was performed publicly for the first time on the huge pipe organ at Boston's Symphony Hall for MIT's 150th anniversary celebration, with the Boston Pops.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz

Sail Away - A retrospective of Katrina and the devastation endured by the poor, swept under the rug by the rich. Sail Away to a better place.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: Brad Delp, Kimberley Dahme
Harmony Vox: Brad Delp, Kimberley Dahme, Tom Scholz

Life, Love & Hope - The three most valuable possessions. Sometimes it takes a traumatic event to make us realize what's really important.

Written by Tom Scholz
Drums, Bass, Organ, Rthm Guitars: Tom Scholz
Lead Guitars: Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl
Lead Vocals: Tommy DeCarlo
Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz, Jeff Neal

If You Were in Love
- We've all been there and we can all dream.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
All Vocals: Kimberley Dahme

Someday - A shout out to all those who stand up to bullying; malicious people make life worse for everyone.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Guitars, Keys, Bass, Drums: Tom Scholz
Harmonica: Curly Smith
Lead Vocals: Tommy DeCarlo, Tom Scholz with special guest: Jude Nejmanowski
Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz

Love Got Away - A story from personal experience. I had to sing this one myself.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: Tom Scholz
Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl

Someone (2.0) - The song is "Someone," but most everyone who's been in love can relate to this song, a version of which was first heard on Corporate America in 2002. This was my chance to release an arrangement more like my original concept, which somehow got lost the first time around.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: Brad Delp, Tom Scholz
Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz

You Gave Up on Love (2.0) - It's too precious, don't do it. This is a new arrangement and a rerecording of the song originally released on Corporate America.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Guitars, Keys, Bass, Drums: Tom Scholz
Flute: Kimberley Dahme
Lead Vocals: Kimberley Dahme, Tommy DeCarlo, Tom Scholz
Harmony Vox: Kimberley Dahme, Tom Scholz, Beth Cohen

The Way You Look Tonight - To my wife, Kim, a very good ending after letting love get away.

Written by Tom Scholz
All Instruments: Tom Scholz
Lead Vocals: Tommy DeCarlo
Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz, David Victor

Harp solo in "Someday" recorded in Curly Smith's personal studio.
Gary Pihl's lead guitar in "Life, Love & Hope" recorded at his home.
Digital Editing Engineer: Bill Ryan
Mastered by: Toby Mountain - Northeastern Digital
Cover art: Darvin Atkeson
Art direction: Kim Scholz
Layout: Gary Pihl
Photos: Kamal Asar p2, 12 - Ron Pownall p6, 13, 15
Bob Summers p4 - Jon Viscott p10 - NASA p8, 14

Produced, Arranged, and Engineered by Tom Scholz
Recorded at Hideaway Studio II

Live Vegetarian;
One of the lives you save may be your own!


Special thanks to: Irving Azoff, Steve Simon, Kim Scholz, Beth Simon, Bill Ryan, Gary Pihl, Gail Parenteau, Troy Blakley, the team at Frontiers Records, all the performers who contributed to this album, and especially our fans. ~ Tom Scholz

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