Music: Boston's Sonic Mystery Tour

On the second pass, Tom Scholz 's crew still flies high

Enough of this overnight sensation business. Of course, no one had heard of Boston before their first album came out two years ago. Not even heavy corporate types around the record company, who got interested when this virtually unadvertised debut by an unknown group sold its first million albums. Interest grew keener when Boston doubled those sales, then doubled them again.

Nearly 6.5 million copies have now been sold. The success of Boston was so left field—as abrupt, decisive and cleaving as one of Leader Tom Scholz's guitar breaks—that the group came...

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