Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

by Boz Scaggs
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Boz Scaggs

Departing from the Steve Miller Band after a two-album stint, Boz Scaggs found himself on his own but not without support. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his friend, helped him sign with Atlantic Records and the label had him set up shop in Muscle Shoals, recording his debut album with that legendary set of studio musicians, known for their down-and-dirty backing work for Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, among many other Southern soul legends. The Muscle Shoals rhythm section, occasionally augmented by guitarist Duane Allman, gives this music genuine grit, but this isn't necessarily a straight-up blue-eyed soul record, even if the opening "I'm Easy" and "I'll Be Long Gone" are certainly as deeply soulful as anything cut at Muscle Shoals. Even at this early stage Scaggs wasn't content to stay in one place, and he crafted a kind of Americana fantasia here, also dabbling in country and blues along with the soul and R&B that grounds this record. If the country shuffle "Now You're Gone" sounds just slightly a shade bit too vaudeville for its own good, it only stands out because the rest of the record is pitch-perfect, from the Jimmie Rodgers cover "Waiting for a Train" and the folky "Look What I Got!" to the extended 11-minute blues workout "Loan Me a Dime," which functions as much as a showcase for a blazing Duane Allman as it does for Boz. But even with that show-stealing turn, and even with the Muscle Shoals musicians giving this album its muscle and part of its soul, this album is still thoroughly a showcase for Boz Scaggs' musical vision, which even at this stage is wide and deep. It would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678154522
catalogNumber: 19166
Rank: 69003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeanie Greene   Background Vocals
Duane Allman   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Joe Arnold   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joyce Dunn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeannie Green   Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mary Holladay   Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Lester   Fiddle,Violin
Gene Miller   Trombone,Trumpet
James Mitchell   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Irma Routen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna Thatcher   Background Vocals
Mary Holliday   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Fenton Robinson   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer,Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer,Engineer
Barry Beckett   Composer
Tom Perry   Remixing
Jann Wenner   Producer
Jesse Anderson   Composer
Mike Middlebrook   Composer
Elaine Mayes   Cover Photo

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Boz Scaggs 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are plenty of examples of albums (CDs) where the purchase price entitles you to access one or two excellent songs from a generally drab list of recordings (hence the success of greatest hits CD's). In this example, Scaggs' version of Fenton Robinson's "Loan Me A Dime" is the price of admission - as you listen to the preceding songs (to me, a pretty weak effort), you wonder if there is more to the CD than filler material - then Dime begins. An excellent example of how a superb back-up band brings a classic tune to life. Duane Allan is superb as is Roger Hawkins. A better investment, to get at this song, is Duane Allman's "Anthology". Or, if you want Scaggs' pop tunes, the My Time anthology album is probably worhtwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't pop, disco, or smooth jazz, but the great sounds of a singer and a band digging into the rich earth of America's musical heritage. Boz Scaggs got a great education in the blues from his work with Steve Miller, and then went solo with this inspired debut album. Like Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck, at the end of the Sixties, Scaggs explored the roots of rock, here reviving even the ghost of Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train." With beautiful horn and organ accompaniment by the folks from Muscle Shoals, and guitar work from none other than Duane Allman, Scaggs gives great, soulful voice to these songs. This music sounds as fresh, rich, lively, and adventurous today as it did in 1969. If you like your music Austin-style, a bit off the beaten track, you'll love this album. For me, this is a must-have CD, and a heck of a bargain at that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You ask me to tell you what I think of the "TITLE" of Boz' first solo album for this review? If you didn't know who he was then, the title meant nothing. Once I heard him, his name stayed in my brain and I bought this album-and many after that. If you love blues, THIS one is his best. The songs on this album are pure Boz at his "bluesy" down-home best! He gets to the heart of the blues we all feel at times. I have to stop saying "album" because he's now on a CD. Buy it! His refrains will stick in your brain, and you will want to hear the CD again and again.