June 27, 2008

boz scaggs

the name boz scaggs tends to be synonymous with the soft & smooth blue-eyed soul of his 1976 breakthrough, silk degrees, which topped the charts at the time of it's release & continues to dominate the airwaves of adult contemporary radio even today...& while you can't deny the glossy appeal of hits like "lowdown" or "lido shuffle", most folks aren't aware that before boz began rolling up the sleeves of his pastel blazers, he was a dirty down-home soulman...this is particularly evident on his fantastic 1969 eponymous debut for atlantic, which was recorded at muscle shoals with the help of barry beckett, david hood, eddie hinton, & duane "skydog" allman...it's a gritty southern masterpiece that showcases an array of styles, is sequenced beautifully, & has been far too overlooked...nothing boz did after would compare...here are a few tracks, including the 12-minute blues workout, "loan me a dime", which features an absolutely killer performance from allman...boz scaggs is playing ravinia tonight with the blind boys of alabama.

download: boz scaggs - i'm easy
download: boz scaggs - i'll be long gone
download: boz scaggs - loan me a dime

related: okay, who am i kidding? nothing touches this.

download: boz scaggs - lowdown

1 comment:

lldope said...

Great mention here! This album has had heavy play over the years - a great Sunday morning record. "I'll Be Long Gone" is a perfect song.