Tom Scholz

The death of longtime lead singer Brad Delp this past March cast a pall over Boston’s future. But even if the rock band’s mastermind Tom Scholz never makes another album, his legacy as a trailblazing guitarist is assured. Songs such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Don’t Look Back” are part of the rock lexicon, powered by the searing sounds Scholz coaxed from his beloved ’68 Les Paul Goldtops. Not surprisingly, Scholz’s all-time favorite albums feature players also known to prefer Les Pauls.

1) Jeff Beck: Truth

2) Led Zeppelin: I

3) Led Zeppelin: II

4)  James Gang: Rides Again
Tom Scholz: “I knew Jeff Beck’s Truth album inside out. The same was true of the first two Led Zeppelin albums and Joe Walsh’s James Gang’s Rides Again.”
 
5) Iron Butterfly: Heavy
In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida is hideous, but this album was really cool. The last cut was called the ‘Iron Butterfly Theme.’ It was an instrumental, in a very strange time signature. That was the song that got me interested in playing guitar.”
 
6) Kinks: Greatest Hits

7) The Yardbirds: Having a Rave Up

8) The Who: Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

9) The Who: The Who Sell Out
“My interest in pop music was really limited. If it hadn’t been for the Kinks and the Yardbirds and the Who, back in the ’60s, I probably never would have gotten involved in music. Those first Kinks singles were amazing. ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ were real favorites.”

10) Blue Cheer: Blue Cheer
“Very few people have heard of this group. Their claim to fame was that they were the loudest band in the world.”