13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
76 Ratings
76 Ratings
Reed girl 72 ,

Box Scaggs Silk Degrees

I have this Cd already downloaded into my Ipod library and it is fantastic Every song a winner paired with soulful vocals backed up with fabulous instrumentation makes for pleasant listening whether or not you like the disco feel of Lowdown or uptempo hits oh yes by the way JeffPorcaro and David Paich are also on this Cd added on I love Jeff Porcaro Signed music lover of 70's &80's

TurnstileFan ,

Just Perfect

Silk Degrees was an album that is representative of 70s music and was the perfect album. Not a weak song on it. It was the height of Scaggs’s career and a must for any music lover’s collection.

Mimix7! ,

Boz scaggs lowdown

Love this song. The best and rhythm is great just wish it was also a ringtone.

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