Heaven on Earth

Album: Life, Love & Hope (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track of Life, Love & Hope, Boston's sixth studio album and their first studio set in eleven years. The band's mainman, Tom Scholz, told Ultimate Classic Rock the song came together in his traditionally drawn-out way. "I had some chord changes with some little licks that went in between them for both the verse and the chorus," he explained. "It was a particularly hard guitar part to play for the accompanying rhythm guitar. But I really liked it, so once I got past the hurdle of being able to figure out how to actually perform the part, things happened pretty quickly with that one. It went together fairly quickly."

    "It did take me a while to find what I thought was the right voice for it," Scholz continued. "I actually had the song finished and an arrangement for it with my voice on the recording, which I usually do just to show the singer how the song goes, back in 2008. I think I put the final vocal track on that three years later with David Victor, if I'm not mistaken. So there was a bit of a wait in between, and then of course I automatically heard new arrangement ideas and I had to try those too. That's usually the way it is. I'll go in and get started and after maybe three months or so, I'll either have something that's close to being finished or I'll have hit a roadblock or just not be happy with it and [at that point] I put it on the shelf and then I come back to it later."
  • The songs on Life, Love & Hope were all meticulously recorded to analog tape on the same machines and equipment that have been used since Boston's early tunes.

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