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Tom Sholz Wasn't Sure Boston's First Album Was 'That Great'

05/27/2014
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(Classic Rock) Boston mainman Tom Scholz has recalled how he refused to quit his job as his 1976 Boston album took off - because he didn't think it was "that great." And when he finally decided to end his career as an engineer with the Polaroid corporation, his boss warned him that making a career in music was a "one in a million shot."

Scholz says the first Boston concert was received in silence by a bewildered crowd. But the second, which took place after More Than A Feeling had been released as a single, caused such a reaction that he couldn't head himself play. The third event resulted in a riot. "The promoter was arrested," the guitarist recalls. "It was great!"

By the time the album was a hit, one boss at Polaroid asked him: "Don't you think you ought to quit?" But he says: "I didn't really trust it." His thinking was: "People seemed to like it - but I'm not sure it's that great."

When the time came to leave the firm, another boss warned him against making the move, citing the one-in-a-million argument. Three years later the pair met in an elevator, and Scholz told him: "Somebody's got to be the one."

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