Scholz quickly went from keyboardist to lead songwriter, and the band went through dozens of lead vocalists before Brad Delp auditioned. Delp drove to Revere Beach , where the three-piece were performing at a club named Jojo's. Mother's Milk became an early version of Boston, with Goudreau on lead guitar. By , the band had a six-song demo tape ready for mailing, and Scholz and his wife Cindy sent copies to every record company they could find.
Financial reality encroached the dream for Delp, who departed shortly thereafter because "there just wasn't any money coming in". Scholz was renting the house and spent much of his funds on recording equipment; at one point, he spent the money he had saved for a down payment on a future home on a Scully 8-track. The employee forgot to mail the tape out and it sat in his desk for months until Columbia began contacting Scholz, after which he sent the tape to ABC.
Epic contacted Scholz and offered a contract that first required the group to perform in a showcase for CBS representatives, as the label felt curious that the "band" was in reality a "mad genius at work in a basement". In November , the group performed for the executives in a Boston warehouse that doubled as Aerosmith 's practice facility.
Currier quit before he knew the band passed the audition, and Scholz recruited drummer Sib Hashian in his place. Epic had signed an agreement with NABET , the union representing electrical and broadcast engineers, which specified that any recording done outside of a Columbia-owned studio but within a mile radius of one of those studios required that a paid union engineer be present.
Scholz was unhappy with being unable to be in charge, and John Boylan , a friend of a friend of Ahern, came on board the project. Scholz grew annoyed reproducing the parts, being forced to use the same equipment used on the demo. Boylan's own hands-on involvement would center on recording the vocals and mixing,  and he took the rest of the band out to the West Coast, where they recorded "Let Me Take You Home Tonight".
The entire operation has been described as "one of the most complex corporate capers in the history of the music business. Boston is mainly composed of songs written many years prior to their appearance on the album. To this end, Scholz was inspired by his childhood listening of classical music , noting that the "basic concept" of setting the listener up for a change that is coming in the music had been explored for hundreds of years in classical compositions.
Ahern, however, loved the track and was sure it would receive maximum airplay. This was the first song Delp re-recorded after the original Mother's Milk vocalist left. The trademark sci-fi theme of the record cover was Scholz' concept: "The idea was escape; I thought of a 'spaceship guitar. Boston was released by Epic Records on August 25, It wasn't easy staying there two more weeks.
The album was certified gold two months after its release, and sold another , copies within 30 days, going platinum for the first time in November By January , the debut disc sold two million copies, making it one of the fastest selling debut albums in rock history.
The first week the album came out, it did better than I expected. Boston sold six million albums, 8-tracks and cassettes by December By , the album had been certified for over nine million sales domestically, and Boston went diamond in By November , the album was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 17 million.
The album soared, with three singles becoming Top 40 hits. All eight of the songs on the album receive regular airplay on classic rock radio decades later. Taking a mere three weeks to earn an RIAA Gold Record Award , in unit sales in , and a Platinum Award 1,, in unit sales after three months on November 11, , it was the fastest selling debut album for any American group.
It has continued to sell very well, accumulating 9 million in sales by the 10th anniversary in , reaching diamond in , and 17x platinum by The first tour in support of the album was a short six-week promotional club tour throughout the Midwest. Boston soon found themselves on a nationwide tour that lasted 10 months. The response was great, I was amazed that people were singing along with all the songs. It really impressed upon me the power of radio, the fact that wherever we went, they were just playing the record and people just came, and it was great.
At one point, they were opening for Foghat , but lost the gig when a Milwaukee disc jockey introduced Boston, not headliner Foghat, as the best rock and roll band in the world. Boston eventually began headlining shows in , and sold out four Southern California concert halls within a one-week span. On their swing back to the Northeast , they sold out two nights in the Philadelphia Spectrum —and in their New York City debut, three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
After its release, Walk On peaked at No. The final eight pages of the album's booklet were titled "Walk On — Against Violence and Cruelty", and dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and animal cruelty, providing contact information of numerous organizations, including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Humane Society.
It was noted that Delp himself was a contributor to these causes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved Archived from the original on August 28, Retrieved July 4, Retrieved on January 12, Library and Archives Canada. March 31, Retrieved October 7, Hung Medien.
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