From the first chords of “Heaven on Earth,” it is immediately recognizable that this song comes from a Boston album.
It’s not because of the amazing vocal harmonies, the freight train powered guitar riffs, lyrically moving songs or the atmospheric soaring guitar solos. Sure, those are the components of the songs on the album but that’s not what makes Life, Love & Hope a Boston album.
You see, what makes a Boston album a Boston album is very much what makes a Mercedes-Benz a Mercedes Benz.
When a person purchases a Mercedes-Benz E Class, S Class or any model for that matter, they’re not just buying a steering wheel, seats, the metal frame or the engine but they are buying the entire package. A package sealed with the star emblem on the hood that lets it be known to the world the vehicle meets the standard of Mercedes.
With the star on the hood, that seal, a client is not just buying a car, they’re buying innovation dating back to 1886. They’re buying into the leading auto manufacturer of performance and safety. They are getting over 80,000 patented inventions with their purchase. They’re buying a level of quality in a class of its own.
So is the same when you purchase a Boston album. You’re not buying a corporate rock album conceived and packaged by men in business suits who care more about the bottom line than the track listing. (I should note that I don’t know if Tom Scholz wears suits while recording his albums but you get my drift). (more…)