Moments (Boz Scaggs album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1971
StudioWally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California
GenreRock, blue-eyed soul
ProducerGlyn Johns
Boz Scaggs chronology
Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs & Band

Moments is the third album by singer Boz Scaggs, released in 1971. It was his debut album on the Columbia label.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone critic Charlie Burton hailed Moments as "one of the most transcendental albums to come out of rock in some time", "elaborately arranged and produced, but the result is a warm, funky spontaneity, somewhat reminiscent of Van Morrison, but, I think, more accessible."[3] Allmusic gave a thoroughly warm retrospective review of the album, praising its mellow and laid-back tone. They also considered the album a precursor to Scaggs's greatest artistic achievement, saying that it "found him sketching out the blue-eyed soul that would eventually bring him fame when he streamlined it for 1976's Silk Degrees."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Boz Scaggs; except where indicated

Side One

  1. "We Were Always Sweethearts" - 3:31
  2. "Downright Women" - 4:38
  3. "Painted Bells" - 4:03
  4. "Alone, Alone" - 3:41 (David Brown)
  5. "Near You" - 4:54

Side Two

  1. "I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)" - 5:16 (Powell St. John)
  2. "Moments" - 4:35
  3. "Hollywood Blues" - 2:42
  4. "We Been Away" - 3:44 (David Brown)
  5. "Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)" - 5:20 (Instrumental)


  • Boz Scaggs - guitar, vocals
  • James "Curley" Cooke - guitar
  • John McFee - steel guitar
  • Doug Simril - guitar, keyboards
  • Joachim Young - keyboards
  • Ben Sidran - keyboards, vibraphone
  • David Brown - bass
  • George Rains - drums
  • Coke Escovedo, Pete Escovedo - percussion
  • Bill Atwood - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Pat O'Hara - trombone, horn arrangements
  • Mel Martin - saxophone
  • Brian Rogers - string arrangements
  • The Rita Coolidge Ladies Ensemble - backing vocals


  • Produced, recorded and mixed by Glyn Johns
  • Recorded at Wally Heider Studios (San Francisco, CA)
  • Mixed at Island Studios (London, England)
  • Cover Design – Anne Blackford
  • Photography – George H. Conger


  1. ^ a b Moments at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Boz Scaggs: Moments". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Burton, Charlie (April 29, 1971). "Boz Scaggs Album Review * Moments *". Rolling Stone. No. 81.

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