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With 1974's Slow Dancer, produced by Johnny Bristol, Scaggs recast himself as a more R&B-infused singer. 1976's multi-million-selling Silk Degrees found Scaggs' switch paying off commercially, displaying enough skills and chops that the odious "blue-eyed soul" tag was deemed passé. This is noticeably more detached than Silk Degrees. And although this set is indeed quirky, the often unsurprising production featuring almost-on-cue guitar solos makes this album more "mainstream" than it had to be. "Still Falling for You" kicks the album off and sets the standard for the skilled, seamless production juxtaposed to meandering, almost incoherent lyrics. The melodic "A Clue," the best of the released singles, attains the offhanded cool and tunefulness that most of this set is striving for. Although this set is more soulful throughout than Silk Degrees, nothing sticks out like "What Can I Say." More than anything, this album puts the spotlight on Scaggs' romantic views, but they are so all over the road it's hard to tell what he really thinks. On the lush "We're Waiting," a listener may not have an idea of what he's talking about, but his vocal inflections say what the lyrics fail to. After a while, Scaggs seems to give up on making this a statement about love and offers some so-so rockers. In particular, the strongly produced "1993" has Scaggs imagining a drastically changed world as he sings, "Before they take me up/They'll have to alter, alter me." Down Two Then Left has a melancholy appeal much like Al Green Is Love and Joni Mitchell's Hissing of Summer Lawns, but a few concessions prevent this from being in their elite class.

Customer Reviews


When Boz Scaggs released Silk Degrees I thought he had reached his peak. Maybe he had, but this album is so close it is worth a listen. There were at least 6 songs on this disk that were radio worthy but got over looked. "Still falling for you" put you right in the middle of a fight within ones chest to claim the love he wants. " A Clue" has a awesome sound and releases all the feeling any song ever has. "Whatcha gonna tell your man", well it speakes for itself, but makes one yearn to stop a relationship he knows should not be. "Were waiting" Haunting melody, and briliantly written. "Hollywood" just plain fun. "Gimme the goods" fast paced and an awesome driving song. "1993" was futuristic at the time, But lots of take this just and shove it overtones. "Tomorrow never came" A beautiful ballad and makes you wish it was a 10 minute song. If you liked silk degrees and do not have "Down two then left" Relax, It is very, very nearly as good and has Mr. Scaggs once again at his best. I am sure you will agree. The only thing I never have understood was the title itself? But I guess we don't need to understand everything.

Great Album

Do not sleep on this release. It really showcases Boz's talents.


Not as good as silk degrees, but a solid effort (clue , 1993, whatca goin , hard times)


Born: June 8, 1944 in Canton, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After first finding acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s. Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller. Scaggs joined Miller's group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, and the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, where they played in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous...
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