Primary Wave Music Publishing has made another big acquisition.
In a deal that closed last week, Primary Wave purchased the music publishing of the band's self-titled debut album from its former manager Paul Ahern/Pure Songs. Released in 1976, Boston became the best-selling debut album in the US that year and went on to sell more than 25 million copies worldwide.
The eight-track album features Boston's smash More Than A Feeling, written by band member Tom Scholz. Songs from the album have gone on to be covered by everyone from N*Sync and Sleater-Kinney to Anthrax. They have appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sopranos and The Walking Dead.
Scholz is the principal songwriter, principal instrumentalist, and engineer, and continues to tour, playing to sold-out crowds across North America. Boston remain a staple of classic rock radio playlists and have sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
"The debut Boston album is unique," said Scholz. "Everything about the creation of the music, the recording process, even the actual equipment used, violated all accepted norms for pop and rock music. Written, performed, engineered and produced by an unknown amateur in the basement of an apartment using radically different homemade gear, many music aficionados were incensed that such a recording could be successful, and some have done their best to ignore it, even today. My hope is that Primary Wave will help bring this music and its positive message to many more listeners."
"I have been a fan of the band and Tom Scholz since the debut album, Boston, in 1976," said Primary Wave CEO and founder, Lawrence Mestel. "Tom created some of the most memorable rock songs of all time and we are excited to welcome him to the Primary Wave family."