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Silk Degrees is the album that finally broke Boz Scaggs into the mainstream, selling several million copies upon initial release. A perfect melding of Scaggs’ many influences and interests — pop, R&B, New Orleans, blues, soul — Silk Degrees remains one of the finest albums of the 1970s, an essential mix of creative artistry and commercial firepower. Scaggs came of age with ambitions to somehow retain the intense soul of the ‘60s Stax-Volt catalog while adding a modern dimension. Slow Dancer, his previous release, with Motown producer Johnny Bristol, was a brilliant modernization of soul music but Silk Degrees’ effortless grooves (listen to the glide of “Georgia”) put it in a realm of its own. “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” (both co-written with keyboardist David Paich) were the album’s biggest hits and stand among the era’s most definitive tracks. However, the blues-slide of “Jump Street” and the sea-breeze optimism of “What Can I Say” are every bit the perfect compliment to the well-known hits. This remastered expanded edition includes three live previously unreleased bonus tracks, the only available 1970s live tracks from his career.

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One of the definitive LPs of the 70's....

This is a fantastic CD! Every song is strong. It has definitely stood the test of time, as it is now been around for 32...gasp...years. I listened to it constantly in HS in my car on cassette. I passed on the 8 track phase thank goodness. It would be on my short list of desert island cd' doubt. Here are some facts about this CD: 1) It was nominated for 5 Grammy awards and won for Best R/B song, "Lowdown." 2) Unknowns Jeff Porcoro and David Paich (later of Toto fame) played on it as well as horn legeng Tom Scott 3) It reached # 2 on the Billboard charts for LPs in 1976. Kind of got stuck behind Hotel California. What makes this CD so outstanding is Scaggs and his remarkable voice. The CD was masterfully produced and sounds fantastic, but never outshines Boz's unique and sonically pleasing vocals. The songs are all gems: well crafted, simple, and melodic. It is the perfect blend of pop-blues-R & B. No matter what mood I am in, this CD has a song that fits. In summary, this is one of my favorite all-time CDs. Take a listen, I think you'll agree.

My all-time favorite CD

I have to thank my next door neighbor Steve in grad school, who had this on vinyl and played it often. There isn't a track on here that I don't love. The arrangements are tight, from the joyful "What Can I Say?" "Lido Shuffle" and "Georgia" to the tender "Harbor Lights" and "We're All Alone" (imo, one of the greatest love songs ever). A song I especially love that people don't talk about as much is "Love Me Tomorrow." But if you love popular music, this absolutely should be in your collection.

Obviously older

For you youngsters out there, this was one of the difinitive albums of the latter seventies. A master work. It doesn't matter that it is 30 years old. Funky, romantic, poetic. All there. Strangely he did not follow up well. He released a CD called Dig in 2001 that was nearly as good. I suggest you check that out as well. If you appreciate true musicality, you should have this!


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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