Other Roads [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Boz Scaggs released Other Roads in 1988, he'd been off the scene for a full eight years. Produced by Bill Schnee, it featured some of his most unlikely songwriting collaborations and instrumental backing by Toto and some studio aces. Scaggs tried hard to walk a line between the decade's obsession with more processed studio sounds that utilized electronic keyboards and drum machines up front, while relying more heavily on electric guitars and kit drums. He doesn't always succeed in keeping the balance, but the attempt sets him apart from most mainstream acts at the time. Other Roads is odd from the start: the opener, "What's Number One?," is a spacy pop number written ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Boz Scaggs released Other Roads in 1988, he'd been off the scene for a full eight years. Produced by Bill Schnee, it featured some of his most unlikely songwriting collaborations and instrumental backing by Toto and some studio aces. Scaggs tried hard to walk a line between the decade's obsession with more processed studio sounds that utilized electronic keyboards and drum machines up front, while relying more heavily on electric guitars and kit drums. He doesn't always succeed in keeping the balance, but the attempt sets him apart from most mainstream acts at the time. Other Roads is odd from the start: the opener, "What's Number One?," is a spacy pop number written with the late poet and songwriter Jim Carroll and bassist/arranger Marcus Miller. "Right Out of My Head," co-written with Dann and David Huff, juxtaposes Steve Lukather's blistering guitar work with a synth fill right out of Gary Numan's "Cars." Scaggs nailed another number one with "Heart of Mine," co-authored with pop-jazz songwriter Bobby Caldwell (and the only cut produced by Stewart Levine). There's a strange futurist club noir inherent in both "I Don't Hear You" and "Crimes of Passion," written by Carroll and the Huffs. "Cool Running," written by Scaggs with Patrick Leonard, is a solid, grown-up island groover with staggered R&B horns contrasted with a female backing chorus, and a bridge of vocal counterpoint. "Claudia," by Steve Williams, is one of Scaggs' classic midtempo, broken love songs with a killer bridge and stellar guitar work by Lukather. The set closer is a dreamy adult pop ballad entitled "The Night of Van Gogh," co-authored by Scaggs, Caldwell, and Peter Wolf. Scaggs was in top vocal shape when he cut this: cool, bemused, but able to capture and communicate emotion mellifluously with freeze-frame accuracy. While Other Roads didn't scale the charts as an album, and is regarded as a minor effort, hearing it in the 21st century reveals otherwise: Scaggs' ambition and vision reach outside the box in a collection of great songs, even if the production doesn't fare as well as the material. [The completely remastered Deluxe Edition contains three bonus cuts: "You'll Never Know," which was the B-side of "Heart of Mine"; "Soul to Soul," which had never been released in North America; and Shep Pettibone's single remix of "Cool Running," which was sent white-label to DJs, who played it to death in clubs on both sides of the Atlantic.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2010
  • Label: Friday Music
  • UPC: 829421404637
  • Catalog Number: 214046
  • Sales rank: 51,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What’s Number One? (3:58)
  2. 2 Claudia (4:07)
  3. 3 Heart of Mine (4:12)
  4. 4 Right Out of My Head (5:24)
  5. 5 I Don’t Hear You (4:41)
  6. 6 Mental Shakedown (4:09)
  7. 7 Crimes of Passion (4:02)
  8. 8 Funny (5:50)
  9. 9 Cool Running (4:14)
  10. 10 The Night of Van Gogh (4:21)
  11. 11 You’ll Never Know (3:44)
  12. 12 Soul To Soul (5:03)
  13. 13 Cool Running (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boz Scaggs Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
David Lasley Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Brandon Fields Horn Section
Gary Grant Horn Section
Dann Huff Guitar, Soloist
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar
Patrick Leonard Keyboards
Steve Lukather Guitar
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass, Clarinet, Percussion, Synthesizer Drums
David Paich Piano
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Alan Pasqua Keyboards
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Carlos Rios Guitar
Guy Allison Steiner Bass, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizer Drums
Aaron Zigman Keyboards, Synthesizer Horn
Jeanette Hanes Background Vocals
Phillip Perry Background Vocals
Freddie Washington Bass
Technical Credits
Boz Scaggs Composer, Producer
Robbie Buchanan rhythm arrangement
Dan Garcia Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Dann Huff Composer, rhythm arrangement
Daren Klein Engineer
Rhett Lawrence Bass Programming
Patrick Leonard Composer, rhythm arrangement
Stewart Levine Producer
Marty Paich String Arrangements
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Marcus Miller Composer, rhythm arrangement
David Paich String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jason Scheff Composer
Bill Schnee Producer
Guy Allison Steiner Composer
Aaron Zigman rhythm arrangement
Shep Longsdale Engineer
Joe Reagoso Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
David Huff Composer
Darren Klein Engineer
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