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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
In 2004 Boz Scaggs released his first, and what is likely to be only, officially sanctioned live disc in an extensive career. With 35 years of experience and 13 albums of material to choose from, it also substitutes as a reasonable best-of, although Sony/Legacy's 1997 double set My Time did an excellent job of recapping his studio hits. Even if it's a byproduct of the associated DVD recorded at the same August, 2004 San Francisco gig, this is a lively and professionally performed show that makes up in soul what it lacks in spontaneity. Live hits' discs coming in the twilight of the artist's career are typically dicey affairs, often used as a backdoor way for a new label to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
In 2004 Boz Scaggs released his first, and what is likely to be only, officially sanctioned live disc in an extensive career. With 35 years of experience and 13 albums of material to choose from, it also substitutes as a reasonable best-of, although Sony/Legacy's 1997 double set My Time did an excellent job of recapping his studio hits. Even if it's a byproduct of the associated DVD recorded at the same August, 2004 San Francisco gig, this is a lively and professionally performed show that makes up in soul what it lacks in spontaneity. Live hits' discs coming in the twilight of the artist's career are typically dicey affairs, often used as a backdoor way for a new label to release some of the act's best material, the originals of which they do not have rights to. While that may be the case here, this is far from a fast way to make a few bucks off Scaggs' catalog. The seven-piece band plus two backing vocalists offer perfect, occasionally inspired renditions of a relatively unsurprising set list. The show is a terrific mix of the lovely, but sometimes sappy Scaggs ballads such as "Heart of Mine," "We're All Alone," "Slow Dancer" and "Look What You've Done to Me" with the blue-eyed funk-pop of "Lowdown," "Jojo," "Georgia," and "Lido Shuffle." The songs that ultimately work the best and are the loosest are the blues-based tracks, in particular a sumptuous version of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ask Me 'Bout Nuthin' but the Blues," and nearly a half-hour on disc two dedicated to the jazzy jump blues of "Runnin' Blue" and a fiery "Loan Me a Dime." Scaggs is in terrific voice throughout, the band adapts remarkably well to a varied set list and the live sound is crisp but not sterile. Many of the arrangements, especially of the pop songs, don't differ substantially from the originals, but the effect is lively and with slightly more drive due to the live setting. The rather forced between-song patter very present in the DVD is edited out for the audio version, which provides a better musical flow. Some of these songs never charted, and were not even particularly popular. Many tracks from My Time and even three from the slimmer Hits! collection are missing. But these are minor complaints for an extremely well produced, immaculately played, stylishly presented and dynamic look at Scaggs' diverse catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Gray Cat Records
  • UPC: 698268400122
  • Catalog Number: 4001
  • Sales rank: 1,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lowdown (5:39)
  2. 2 Slow Dancer (4:34)
  3. 3 Heart of Mine (4:20)
  4. 4 It All Went Down the Drain (6:16)
  5. 5 Harbor Lights (7:45)
  6. 6 Jojo (5:45)
  7. 7 Ask Me 'Bout Nothin' But the Blues (6:06)
  8. 8 Breakdown Dead Ahead (5:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Look What You've Done to Me (6:46)
  2. 2 I Just Go (5:16)
  3. 3 Georgia (4:40)
  4. 4 Miss Sun (6:48)
  5. 5 Lido Shuffle (5:55)
  6. 6 Runnin' Blue (12:23)
  7. 7 Loan Me a Dime (15:50)
  8. 8 We're All Alone (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boz Scaggs Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Bissonette Bass
Jim Cox Keyboards
John Ferraro Drums
Charles McNeal Saxophone
Barbara Wilson Background Vocals
Drew Zingg Guitar
Michael Bluestein Keyboards
Richard Armstrong Trumpet
Ms. Mone't Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Fenton Robinson Composer
Boz Scaggs Composer
Bobby Caldwell Composer
David Lasley Composer
David Foster Composer
Henry Boozier Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Deadric Malone Composer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
David Paich Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jason Scheff Composer
Jeffrey Ocheltree Drum Technician
Mark Scaggs Guitar Techician
Tom Sterling Live Sound Engineer
Jesse Anderson Composer
J. Michael Rodriguez Engineer
Phillip Andelman Still Pictures
Tom Bohannan Lighting Director
Mike Middlebrook Composer
George Daly Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a super evening

    watching and listening to the the dvd is like being at the concert and what a magnificent concert it is. boz and the band are in top form, and his voice is better than the early days-I agree with mr sadowski have a martini kick back and enjoy!! its well worth it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    remembering those harbor lights

    good quality concert dvd featuring boz scaggs best songs that were soothing to the ear yet stimulated my interest in the band even more. I would advise anyone to buy this and sit on the couch with a bikini martini.

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