Hits! [Bonus Tracks]

Hits! [Bonus Tracks]

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by Boz Scaggs

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The original edition of Boz Scaggs Hits! appeared on CD in 1980 at the dawn of the CD era. It was unique in that it featured a few radio smashes that weren't available on his albums. As David Wild states in his liner notes that he didn't pick up the original Hits! ."..for the whole story, butSee more details below


The original edition of Boz Scaggs Hits! appeared on CD in 1980 at the dawn of the CD era. It was unique in that it featured a few radio smashes that weren't available on his albums. As David Wild states in his liner notes that he didn't pick up the original Hits! ."..for the whole story, but for the lowdown...." "Miss Sun," (a 12" single) and "Look What You've Done to Me," (from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack) made this a special buy back then. They were later included on the two-disc My Time: Anthology, but for many, an introduction to Scaggs on a budget hits comp is a more attractive buy. Can't argue there; especially when Legacy has added increased the track listing from ten to 15. There are three additional cuts from the now legendary Silk Degrees record: the slippery, nocturnal disco groove "What Can I Say?"; the shimmering, sultry ballad "Harbor Lights," and the big beat broken love song "It's Over." The other two are the striking and original "Hard Times" from Down Two Then Left, and "Heart of Mine" from Other Roads. This is gutsy since neither of these album performed very well or were critically well-received at the time. No matter, these are stunners that add depth and dimension to the package and reflect the boom years for Scaggs. Certainly some of that production sounds dated now, but the songs that they frame are brilliant. While it's a shame there isn't anything cross-licensed from records like Some Change, Come on Home, and Dig -- all recorded for Virgin and all excellent for different reasons -- this is nothing short of a tight best-of from the Columbia years (and it includes "Dinah Flo" from the album My Time which isn't in print in the States currently) . In addition, "Can You Loan Me a Dime" featuring Duane Allman from the brief Warner era isn't here, but it's on Anthology, as are cuts from the out-of-print catalog. This is hopefully the beginning. Scaggs' writing and singing are made for the radio, the bedroom, the late-night party and for driving. While many of the tunes here focus on the pop side of soul and R&B -- and even disco (a dirty word for some) -- but noting Scaggs' long interest in jazz this makes sense. He's an artist who, the more adventurous he is, the more he ends up sounding like no one but himself. Surely Scaggs has models, Ray Charles being one, but you can also hear Curtis Mayfield's phrasing in the choruses, and Stevie Wonder's sense of drama, as well as Smokey Robinson's sense of poetry as a songwriter. Hits!

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Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Don Henley   Background Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Clavinet
Don Grolnick   Electric Piano
Plas Johnson   Saxophone,Soloist
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Joe Sample   Keyboards
King Errisson   Conga
Pete Carr   Guitar
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
David Foster   Keyboards
Lisa Dal Bello   Vocals
Red Rhodes   Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Sharon Redd   Background Vocals
H.B. Barnum   Conductor
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
George Bohannon   Trombone
Paulette Brown   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Charles Chalmers   Background Vocals
Sandra Chalmers   Background Vocals
Joe Clayton   Conga
David Cohen   Guitar
Charlotte Crossley   Background Vocals
Scott Edwards   Bass
Gene Estes   Percussion,Vibes
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Glenn Frey   Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Maxine Green   Background Vocals
Ed Greene   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Pat Henderson   Background Vocals
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Paul Hubinon   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Hungate   Bass
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
Paul Jackson   Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
John Kelson   Saxophone
Jack Laubach   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Lehman   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Soloist
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Marty McCall   Background Vocals
Lon Norman   Trombone
Michael Omartian   Conductor,Keyboards
David Paich   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Soloist,Moog Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Ray Parker   Guitar
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
John Pierce   Bass
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Greg Poree   Guitar
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Bill Thedford   Background Vocals
Zedric Turnbough   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Lorna Willard   Background Vocals
Carolyn Willis   Background Vocals
Aaron Zigman   Keyboards
Adrian Tapia   Saxophone,Soloist
Michael Melvoin   Keyboards
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Louis Shelton   Guitar,Soloist
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Percussion,Drums
Russell Turner   Keyboards
James Hughart   Bass
John Arnold   Percussion,Vibes
Phillip Perry   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Boz Scaggs   Composer,Producer
Bobby Caldwell   Composer
David Lasley   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
H.B. Barnum   String Arrangements
Johnny Bristol   Producer,Audio Production
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Stewart Levine   Producer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Michael Omartian   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Paich   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Tom Perry   Engineer
Jason Scheff   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Producer,Engineer
Greg Venable   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Aaron Zigman   rhythm arrangement
George Daly   Composer

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