Boston’s Tom Scholz – the man who has written nearly all of the group’s songs and created the band’s signature sound – has often said
he regretts allowing Columbia Records to release the second Boston album, “Don’t Look Back,” when it did.
He felt he was rushed into releasing the album before it was truly done. So he made a firm decision: “I just wasn’t going to get pushed into releasing something before I thought it was the best that I could do,” he said in a recent phone interview.
Scholz has made good on that promise. As a result, there have been a grand total of four Boston album released since “Don’t Look Back” arrived in 1978. The latest Boston album, “Life, Love & Hope,” has now arrived, a scant 11 years since the previous Boston release, “Corporate America.”
Scholz actually thought he was close to completing “Life, Love & Hope” in 2008, he said, telling this interviewer at the time he felt he was one or two songs short of a finished album.
Another five-plus years and two more Boston tours came and went before the record finally arrived in December, however.
“I did record a few more songs than I anticipated, and actually made some fairly significant changes to some of the songs I had already done,” Scholz said, explaining part of the reason why it was so late. “That’s always the problem, of course. I never run out of ideas. I just run out of time to try them. The longer I live with it, the more I experiment, the longer it takes. It’s really a vicious cycle.”
One thing that separates Scholz from many artists is he almost always works alone, usually playing the parts himself or supervising every
last detail of the music and vocals as they are completed.