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Though his long career has sent him in different directions, Boz Scaggs always returns to the sweet soul music that's closest to his heart. Here, drummer Steve Jordan gathered The Memphis Horns, bassist Willie Weeks, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and keyboardist Spooner Oldham to Willie Mitchell's Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, and in three days they cut this exemplary soul album. The late Willie DeVille's "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" slides in perfectly near Al Green's "So Good to Be Here" and Moon Martin's "Cadillac Walk," which had been covered by DeVille's band Mink DeVille back in 1977. "Rainy Night in Georgia" is given a slow, orchestrated performance that brings out the song's pathos. The folk and blues chestnut "Corrina, Corrina" also gets a thoughtful and restrained interpretation that shows off the nuance in Scaggs' phrasings. Having toured in recent years with Michael McDonald and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Scaggs eases into the Dan's "Pearl of the Quarter." The best thing to do with a great singer is let him sing a great song.

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My Main Man

The Boz has been my favorite since hearing his voice in 1977. I will never have enough of his music. Please keep recording & performing.

Memphis Awesome

I saw Boz winter 1978 openning act Player ( "Baby Comeback") Since, I have been able to see him in small concert halls and will again soon at Greenville SC's Peace Center for the performing arts. It is amazing when performers continue to go and grow. His charisma is ever present in his stage performances. Great addition to my Music library

This is dynamite

Buy the whole thing so you get Mary Don't You Take Me, with its extended jam. On all of the songs, you can hear the Steve Jordan drum sound. You can also hear the homage to the Willie Mitchell/Al Green sound on several cuts. Although the albums of standards that Boz put out were pretty good, this one goes back to the mix of rock and soul that Boz recorded pre - Silk Degrees, and the results are outstanding.


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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