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Album Review

1980's Middle Man was Boz Scaggs' last album for Columbia before an eight-year self-imposed sabbatical. Scaggs nonetheless caps off the decade with equal nods to his '70s hitmaking formulas and the newer, shinier production techniques of the coming decade. The synthesizer rocker "Angel You" and the title track are given the full in-vogue androgynous (i.e., Hall & Oates) treatment, while the opener "Jo Jo" and "Simone" are pages taken from his Here's the Low Down-era grooves that wedded soulful vocals against a flurry of jazz changes. His penchant for the ballad is explored on "You Can Have Me Any Time" and "Isn't It Time," while his seldom-seen rockier side comes up for air on the bluesy "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "You Got Some Imagination," both featuring stinging guitar from Steve Lukather. Not his best album, but a very timely one.

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It's Boz know it's COOL

All Boz all the time. Chicks dig it.

Smooth as "Silk"

The last of the great trifecta of late 70s albums Boz did for Columbia. Although his musical roots are in the blues and country-rock, it was the seamlessly layered production of pop, R&B and soul vibes that made Boz a household name. "Middle Man" is sometimes overlooked -- it would have been hard for anyone to top the success of "Silk Degrees" -- and that record's follow-up, 1977's "Down Two Then Left" was regarded as something of a disappointment. All three albums have their pleasures and treasures, though, and are classics of their kind. Boz long ago abandoned this genre and went back to the blues and AC-oriented pop, but "Breakdown Dead Ahead," "JoJo," "Do Like You Do In New York" and the utterly sublime "Simone" survive to tell part of the story of R&B-infused pop that made listening to FM radio in the late 70s so much fun.

Boz IS cool.

Boz is only one of a select few artists from the 70's that I haven't seen in concert and would love to! This is IMHO his second best studio album...


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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