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Other Roads [Deluxe Edition]
     

Other Roads [Deluxe Edition]

by Boz Scaggs
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2010
Label:
Friday Music
UPC:
0829421404637
catalogNumber:
214046
Rank:
82255

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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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