Original Album Classics

Original Album Classics

by Boz Scaggs
     
 

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This Sony UK entry in the Original Albums Classics series contains five Boz Scaggs recordings; one of which is a true classic, two more which should be, and two more middling albums. These are the remastered versions of these recordings. The inarguable standout in the pack is the legendary Silk Degrees album from 1976, which includes, as bonus cuts,

Overview

This Sony UK entry in the Original Albums Classics series contains five Boz Scaggs recordings; one of which is a true classic, two more which should be, and two more middling albums. These are the remastered versions of these recordings. The inarguable standout in the pack is the legendary Silk Degrees album from 1976, which includes, as bonus cuts, three live versions of tunes on the album's track list: "What Can I Say," It's Over," and "Jump Street." Two very important recordings in Scaggs' catalog that are included here both preceded Silk Degrees: Moments, issued in 1971, reveals (whether he admits it or not) Van Morrison's influence on the singer and songwriter. Here, Scaggs is moving more directly into blue-eyed soul as evidenced by the stellar title cut, "We Were Always Sweethearts," and "Near You." Slow Dancer, issued in 1975, immediately preceded Silk Degrees and finds Scaggs digging deeper into the blue-eyed soul vein while actively seeking a bigger, more polished, and richer palette of sounds in his production. The tunes here somehow bridge the gap between the rootsier and grittier Morrison and the theatrical, sultry, groove master Isaac Hayes. Stand-out tracks include "You Make It So Hard (To Say No)," the title cut, and a killer cover of Allen Toussaint's "Hercules." The two albums issued after Silk Degrees, 1977's Down Two Then Left, and 1979's Middle Man (his last album for eight years), are slick disco and post-disco soul workouts with some rock tinges. While they are less successful than their monumental predecessor, they still contain more than their share of fine tunes, and as albums, are better appreciated in the 21st century than they were in the 20th. Stand-out tracks include "Still Fallin' for You," "Hollywood," and "1993" on the former, and "Jojo" and "Breakdown Dead Ahead" on the latter. In all, this Boz Scaggs entry in the Original Album Classics series is a fine value.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
Label:
Sony Uk
UPC:
0886976719227
catalogNumber:
7671922
Rank:
26349

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. We Were Always Sweethearts
  2. Downright Women
  3. Painted Bells
  4. Alone, Alone
  5. Near You
  6. I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)
  7. Moments
  8. Hollywood Blues
  9. We Been Away
  10. Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)

Disc 2

  1. You Make It So Hard (To Say No)
  2. Slow Dancer
  3. Angel Lady (Come Just in Time)
  4. There Is Someone Else
  5. Hercules
  6. Pain of Love
  7. Sail On White Moon
  8. Let It Happen
  9. I Got Your Number
  10. Take It for Granted

Disc 3

  1. What Can I Say
  2. Georgia
  3. Jump Street
  4. What Do You Want the Girl to Do
  5. Harbor Lights
  6. Lowdown
  7. It's Over
  8. Love Me Tomorrow
  9. Lido Shuffle
  10. We're All ALone
  11. What Can I Say
  12. Jump Street
  13. It's Over

Disc 4

  1. Jojo
  2. Breakdown Dead Ahead
  3. Simone
  4. You Can Have Me Anytime
  5. Middle Man
  6. Do Like You Do in New York
  7. Angel You
  8. Isn't It Time
  9. You Got Some Imagination

Disc 5

  1. Still Falling for You
  2. Hard Times
  3. A Clue
  4. Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man
  5. We're Waiting
  6. Hollywood
  7. Then She Walked Away
  8. Gimme the Goods
  9. 1993
  10. Tomorrow Never Came/Tomorrow Never Came (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Mel Martin   Brass
Coke Escovedo   Percussion
Bill Atwood   Brass
H.B. Barnum   Conductor
David Brown   Bass
John McFee   Steel Guitar
Pat O'Hara   Brass
George Rains   Drums
Ben Sidran   Keyboards,Vibes
Doug Simril   Guitar,Keyboards
Joachim Jymm Young   Keyboards
Rita Coolidge Ladies Vocal Ensemble   Background Vocals
Curley Cooke   Guitar

Technical Credits

H.B. Barnum   String Arrangements
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Pat O'Hara   Horn Arrangements
Brian Rogers   String Arrangements
Schmitt   Remixing
Bill Schnee   Producer,Engineer
Greg Venable   Engineer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Clive Arrowsmith   Cover Photo
Anne Blackford   Cover Design

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