Boz Scaggs (album)

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Boz Scaggs
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Studio album by Boz Scaggs
Released August 1969
Studio Muscle Shoals Sound Recorders, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Genre Rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 44:13
Label Atlantic
Producer Jann Wenner
Boz Scaggs chronology
Boz
(1965)Boz1965
Boz Scaggs
(1969)
Moments
(1971)Moments1971

Boz Scaggs is the second album by Boz Scaggs; it was released in 1969. After two years with the Steve Miller Band, Scaggs set out on his own, recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. The other musicians on the album include Duane Allman, Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Al Lester. It was produced by Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner, Scaggs, and Marlin Greene. Mixed by Terry Manning of Stax Records, it remained in the catalogue for a number of years and was deleted around 1974 or 1975.

In 1977 the album was remixed in Los Angeles by Tom Perry and was released by Atlantic in 1978 to spotlight Duane Allman's guitar playing, with the same cover art. As well as the guitar, the remix brings several things forward in the mix, such as horns and keyboards, while burying the background vocals; there is also an 30-second volume drop at the end of "Finding Her". This remix was the only version of the album available on CD until the Audio Fidelity remaster in December 2013, which restored Manning's master mix.[1]

In 2008, the album was reissued by Friday Music on a 180 gram LP using Manning's original mix for the first time since the album was originally released.[2] In 2015, UK Edsel Records reissued the album with two mixes in a 2-CD set, but Edsel mislabeled the discs ("1977 remixed" plays "1969 original version").

In 2012 the album was No. 496 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [4]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic commented that "The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section [...] gives this music genuine grit, but this isn't necessarily a straight-up blue-eyed soul record". They asserted that the album's forays into country and blues created "a kind of Americana fantasia", particularly praising "Waiting for a Train", "Look What I Got!", and "Loan Me a Dime." They concluded "Boz Scaggs' musical vision [...] would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Boz Scaggs; except where noted.

Side One[edit]

  1. "I'm Easy" (Scaggs, Barry Beckett) - 3:05
  2. "I'll Be Long Gone" - 4:13
  3. "Another Day (Another Letter)" - 2:53
  4. "Now You're Gone" - 3:47
  5. "Finding Her" - 3:56
  6. "Look What I Got" (Charles Chalmers, Donna Rhodes) - 4:10

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Waiting for a Train" (Jimmie Rodgers) - 2:40
  2. "Loan Me a Dime" (Fenton Robinson) - 12:30
  3. "Sweet Release (aka Desolation Avenue)" (Scaggs, Barry Beckett) - 6:13

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Boz Scaggs, Marlin Greene and Jann Wenner.
  • Engineer – Marlin Greene
  • Mastered by Rob Grenell at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY).
  • Design – Robert Kingsbury
  • Photography – Elaine Mayes
  • Inner Liner Photos – Stephen Paley

References[edit]

  1. ^ No Depression. Long Overdue Boz Scaggs Re-Master Brings Sweet Release. December 12, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Friday Music. "Boz Scaggs on Friday Music". Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review
  4. ^ Leimbacher, Ed (15 November 1969). "Boz Scaggs". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (46): 33–34. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 

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