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Greatest Hits Live
     

Greatest Hits Live

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by Boz Scaggs
 

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In 2004 Boz Scaggs released his first, and what is likely to be only, officially sanctioned live disc in an extensive career. With 35 years of experience and 13 albums of material to choose from, it also substitutes as a reasonable best-of, although Sony/Legacy's 1997 double set My Time did an excellent job of recapping his studio hits. Even if it's a byproduct

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In 2004 Boz Scaggs released his first, and what is likely to be only, officially sanctioned live disc in an extensive career. With 35 years of experience and 13 albums of material to choose from, it also substitutes as a reasonable best-of, although Sony/Legacy's 1997 double set My Time did an excellent job of recapping his studio hits. Even if it's a byproduct of the associated DVD recorded at the same August, 2004 San Francisco gig, this is a lively and professionally performed show that makes up in soul what it lacks in spontaneity. Live hits' discs coming in the twilight of the artist's career are typically dicey affairs, often used as a backdoor way for a new label to release some of the act's best material, the originals of which they do not have rights to. While that may be the case here, this is far from a fast way to make a few bucks off Scaggs' catalog. The seven-piece band (plus two backing vocalists) offer perfect, occasionally inspired renditions of a relatively unsurprising set list. The show is a terrific mix of the lovely, but sometimes sappy Scaggs ballads such as "Heart of Mine," "We're All Alone," "Slow Dancer" and "Look What You've Done to Me" with the blue-eyed funk-pop of "Lowdown," "Jojo," "Georgia," and "Lido Shuffle." The songs that ultimately work the best and are the loosest are the blues-based tracks, in particular a sumptuous version of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ask Me 'Bout Nuthin' but the Blues," and nearly a half-hour on disc two dedicated to the jazzy jump blues of "Runnin' Blue" and a fiery "Loan Me a Dime." Scaggs is in terrific voice throughout, the band adapts remarkably well to a varied set list and the live sound is crisp but not sterile. Many of the arrangements, especially of the pop songs, don't differ substantially from the originals, but the effect is lively and with slightly more drive due to the live setting. The rather forced between-song patter very present in the DVD is edited out for the audio version, which provides a better musical flow. Some of these songs never charted, and were not even particularly popular. Many tracks from My Time and even three from the slimmer Hits! collection are missing. But these are minor complaints for an extremely well produced, immaculately played, stylishly presented and dynamic look at Scaggs' diverse catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Gray Cat Records
UPC:
0698268400122
catalogNumber:
4001
Rank:
26094

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Matt Bissonette   Bass
Jim Cox   Keyboards
John Ferraro   Drums
Charles McNeal   Saxophone
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Drew Zingg   Guitar
Michael Bluestein   Keyboards
Richard Armstrong   Trumpet
Ms. Monét   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Fenton Robinson   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer
Bobby Caldwell   Composer
David Lasley   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Henry Boozier   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
David Paich   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jason Scheff   Composer
Jeffrey Ocheltree   Drum Technician
Mark Scaggs   Guitar Techician
Tom Sterling   Live Sound Engineer
Jesse Anderson   Composer
J. Michael Rodriguez   Engineer
Phillip Andelman   Still Pictures
Tom Bohannan   Lighting Director
Mike Middlebrook   Composer
George Daly   Composer

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Greatest Hits Live 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good quality concert dvd featuring boz scaggs best songs that were soothing to the ear yet stimulated my interest in the band even more. I would advise anyone to buy this and sit on the couch with a bikini martini.
Guest More than 1 year ago
watching and listening to the the dvd is like being at the concert and what a magnificent concert it is. boz and the band are in top form, and his voice is better than the early days-I agree with mr sadowski have a martini kick back and enjoy!! its well worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago