Boston – Third Stage
Hand Signed by: Brad Delp, Tom Scholz Walk On, Jim Masdea and Gary Phil
Third Stage is the third album by American hard rock band Boston released September 23, 1986 on MCA Records. It was recorded at Tom Scholz’s Hideaway Studio over a long, strained six-year period “between floods and power failures”.
After winning a legal battle with Epic Records, Scholz switched his band’s recording label to MCA. The album’s first track, “Amanda”, was actually written in 1980 (when Boston began work on the album) and became the band’s only #1 single. It reached and stayed at #1 for two weeks in November 1986. It was followed by the second Top 10 single from the album, “We’re Ready”, which reached #9 in 1987. The songs “Cool the Engines” and “Can’tcha Say/Still in Love” also got substantial airplay, with the “Can’tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still in Love” peaking at #20 in 1987 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains Boston’s last Top 40 hit to date.
Third Stage went to #1 on the Billboard 200, where it stayed for four weeks. It was the first CD-formatted album to be certified gold (500,000 copies) by the RIAA. It was also certified gold in the LP format, making it what is believed to be the first album certified in both of these formats. In all, the album was certified 4x platinum.
Custom Designed Vertical Award style with Genuine RIAA Platinum Award Album
Measures: 20” x 40” x 2”