Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

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Departing from the Steve Miller Band after a two-album stint, Boz Scaggs found himself on his own but not without support. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his friend, helped him sign with Atlantic Records and the label had him set up shop in Muscle Shoals, recording his debut album with thatSee more details below

Overview

Departing from the Steve Miller Band after a two-album stint, Boz Scaggs found himself on his own but not without support. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his friend, helped him sign with Atlantic Records and the label had him set up shop in Muscle Shoals, recording his debut album with that legendary set of studio musicians, known for their down-and-dirty backing work for Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, among many other Southern soul legends. The Muscle Shoals rhythm section, occasionally augmented by guitarist Duane Allman, gives this music genuine grit, but this isn't necessarily a straight-up blue-eyed soul record, even if the opening "I'm Easy" and "I'll Be Long Gone" are certainly as deeply soulful as anything cut at Muscle Shoals. Even at this early stage Scaggs wasn't content to stay in one place, and he crafted a kind of Americana fantasia here, also dabbling in country and blues along with the soul and R&B that grounds this record. If the country shuffle "Now You're Gone" sounds just slightly a shade bit too vaudeville for its own good, it only stands out because the rest of the record is pitch-perfect, from the Jimmie Rodgers cover "Waiting for a Train" and the folky "Look What I Got!" to the extended 11-minute blues workout "Loan Me a Dime," which functions as much as a showcase for a blazing Duane Allman as it does for Boz. But even with that show-stealing turn, and even with the Muscle Shoals musicians giving this album its muscle and part of its soul, this album is still thoroughly a showcase for Boz Scaggs' musical vision, which even at this stage is wide and deep. It would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678154522
catalogNumber:
19166
Rank:
49978

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeanie Greene   Background Vocals
Duane Allman   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Joe Arnold   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joyce Dunn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeannie Green   Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mary Holladay   Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Lester   Fiddle,Violin
Gene Miller   Trombone,Trumpet
James Mitchell   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Irma Routen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna Thatcher   Background Vocals
Mary Holliday   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Fenton Robinson   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer,Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer,Engineer
Barry Beckett   Composer
Tom Perry   Remixing
Jann Wenner   Producer
Jesse Anderson   Composer
Mike Middlebrook   Composer
Elaine Mayes   Cover Photo

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