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On this day in music history: August 25, 1976 - “Boston”, the debut album by Boston is released. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, it is recorded at Foxglove Studios in Watertown, MA, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from October 1975 - April 1976. A graduate from MIT (Massachusetts Instutute Of Technology) with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tom Scholz works in the daytime as a product design engineer for Polaroid. A classically trained pianist from childhood, Scholz also has a deep interest in music, and he kicks around the local Boston bar and club scene, playing in various bands. When he tires of that grind, he develops his concept for “the perfect band” with fellow musician Jim Masdea. The two build a recording studio in the basement of Scholz’s home and begin working on songs. While playing in the band Mother’s Milk, they meet guitarist Barry Goudreau and vocalist Brad Delp who both become part of their studio project. By 1973, they have recorded a six song demo tape (containing very early versions of songs featured on the first album) of which copies are sent to every record label, and receive rejections from all of them. Undaunted, the band keep working away. In 1975, they begin to attract major record label attention with CBS distributed Epic Records signing the band. Epic insists that they record in a proper studio, while Scholz is much more comfortable working in his basement studio. Co-producer John Boylan runs interference between the band and record company making them believe they are actually recording in Los Angeles, when they actually are not. With the exception of some overdubbing done at outside studios, the bulk of the album is recorded in Scholz’s basement. Once released, the album gets off to a gradual start, until radio catches wind of the band. Scholz’s sonically perfect production anchored by lead singer Brad Delp’s soaring vocals, turns it into one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The albums sales quickly kick into overdrive, selling over two million copies in its first four months of release, and six million within a year. It spins off three singles including “More Than A Feeling” (#5 Pop), “Long Time” (#22 Pop), and “Peace Of Mind” (#38 Pop), all becoming among the most played singles in the history of mainstream rock radio. Boston also receives a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1977. “Boston” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 17x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

I’m going to attempt to recap Duchovny in Boston day (February 22, 2017.) Warning: this could get long and sappy because it’s 3 AM and I’m just brain dumping. Under a cut…

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