Silk Degrees

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Silk Degrees
Studio album by Boz Scaggs
Released March 1976
Recorded September 1975 at Davlen Sound Studios & Hollywood Sound Los Angeles, California
Genre White soul[1]
Length 41:28
Label Columbia 32036
Producer Joe Wissert
Boz Scaggs chronology
Slow Dancer
(1974)
Silk Degrees
(1976)
Down Two Then Left
(1977)

Silk Degrees is the seventh album by Boz Scaggs, released on Columbia Records in 1976. The album peaked at #2 and spent 115 weeks on the Billboard 200. It has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and remains Scaggs' best selling album. Silk Degrees spawned four singles, of which "It's Over," "Lowdown," and "Lido Shuffle" all made the Top 40.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded at Davlen Sound Studios and Hollywood Sound Studios, Los Angeles. Among the accompanying musicians, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and David Hungate would go on to become band members in Toto. The album marked Scaggs' commercial zenith, a mix of straight pop rock songs ("Jump Street" and "Lido Shuffle"), smooth soul compositions ("What Can I Say" and "Lowdown") and appealing ballads ("Harbor Lights" and "We're All Alone"). The latter was later a hit for Rita Coolidge.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A-[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

"Lowdown" reached the top 5 on the club play, black, disco and pop charts and also did respectably on the AC chart, with its peak at #3 on the pop chart. It earned a Grammy Award, as the Best R&B Song at the Grammy Awards of 1976, and the song is an airplay staple to this day, particularly on AC, oldies and smooth jazz radio stations. "It's Over", "What Can I Say" and "Lido Shuffle" reached #38, #42 and #11, respectively, on the pop chart. Scaggs also received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, Best LP Package, Best Pop Vocal by a Male and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Male for "Lowdown".

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau praised the album as "white soul with a sense of humor that isn't consumed in self-parody."[1] Alex Henderson of music database website Allmusic noted that Scaggs "hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly "Lowdown" [...] and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing "What Can I Say."" However, Henderson stated that "Scaggs was essentially a pop/rocker, and in that area he has a considerable amount of fun". He concluded: "Though not remarkable, the ballads have more heart than most of the bland material dominating that format."[2]

On February 27, 2007, Silk Degrees was reissued by Legacy Records with three bonus tracks recorded live at the Greek Theatre on August 15, 1976.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Can I Say"   Boz Scaggs, David Paich 3:01
2. "Georgia"   Scaggs 3:57
3. "Jump Street"   Scaggs, Paich 5:14
4. "What Do You Want the Girl to Do"   Allen Toussaint 3:53
5. "Harbor Lights"   Scaggs 5:58

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Lowdown"   Scaggs, Paich 5:18
7. "It's Over"   Scaggs, Paich 2:52
8. "Love Me Tomorrow"   Paich 3:17
9. "Lido Shuffle"   Scaggs, Paich 3:44
10. "We're All Alone"   Scaggs 4:14

2007 bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "What Can I Say" (live) Scaggs, Paich 3:24
12. "Jump Street" (live) Scaggs, Paich 5:06
13. "It's Over" (live) Scaggs, Paich 3:37

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
1976 Silk Degrees 2 6

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1976 "Lowdown" 3 5 5
"What Can I Say" 42 68 (1977)
1977 "Lido Shuffle" 11

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (July 12, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs at AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "Boz Scaggs US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Boz Scaggs US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-02.