Other Roads

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Other Roads
Album Boz Scaggs Other Roads.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 1988
StudioSchnee Studio and Ocean Way Recording (Los Angeles, California).
GenreRock, pop rock
Length45:00 (vinyl) / 50:08 (CD)
LabelColumbia
ProducerBill Schnee, Stewart Levine, David Williams, Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs chronology
Hits!
(1980)
Other Roads
(1988)
Some Change
(1994)

Other Roads is an album by Boz Scaggs, released in 1988. After an eight-year hiatus from recording, Boz Scaggs returned in 1988 with the album Other Roads, a record aimed primarily at the adult contemporary market. The album reached #47 on the Billboard pop album chart, while the lead single “Heart of Mine” was a big Adult Contemporary success, peaking at #3 on that chart. The single also reached #35 on the Billboard pop singles chart.[1] This single was produced by Stewart Levine (who also produced Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong" and Simply Red's two #1 hits, "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now"). Another adult contemporary radio hit from the album, "Cool Running" was co-written by producer Patrick Leonard.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [2]

In their retrospective review, AllMusic praised both Scaggs's vocal performance and the unusual stylistic mix and tones of the songs. They concluded, "Scaggs tried hard to walk a line between the decade's obsession with more processed studio sounds that utilized electronic keyboards and drum machines up front, while relying more heavily on electric guitars and kit drums. He doesn't always succeed in keeping the balance, but the attempt sets him apart from most mainstream acts at that time."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What's Number One?" (Boz Scaggs, J. C. Carroll, Marcus Miller) – 3:58
  2. "Claudia" (Scaggs, Larry Williams) – 4:07
  3. "Heart of Mine" (Bobby Caldwell, Dennis Matkosky, Jason Scheff) – 4:12
  4. "Right Out of My Head" (Scaggs, D. Tyler Huff) – 5:24
  5. "I Don't Hear You" (J.C. Carroll, D. Tyler Huff) – 4:41
  6. "Mental Shakedown" (Scaggs, Guy Allison Steiner, David Williams) – 4:10
  7. "Crimes of Passion" (J.C. Carroll, D. Tyler Huff) – 4:00
  8. "Funny" (Scaggs, Marcus Miller) – 5:49
  9. "Cool Running" (Scaggs, Patrick Leonard, David Williams) – 4:14
  10. "The Night of Van Gogh" (Scaggs, Bobby Caldwell, Peter Wolf) – 4:20
  11. "Soul To Soul" (CD bonus track) - 5:02

Personnel[edit]

  • Boz Scaggs – lead vocals, backing vocals (4)
  • Dann Huff – guitar (1, 5, 10), guitar solo (1, 4), rhythm arrangement (4, 5, 7), lead guitar (7)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (1), guitar solo (8)
  • Buzz Feiten – guitar solo (2)
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (3)
  • Carlos Rios – guitar (3)
  • Steve Lukather – guitar (4), lead guitar (6)
  • David Williams – guitar (6, 9), rhythm arrangement (6)
  • Marcus Miller – bass (1, 7-10), keyboard programming (1), rhythm arrangement (1), clarinet (8), synthesizer drums (8), percussion (8)
  • Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington – bass (2, 3)
  • David Hungate – bass (4)
  • Guy Allison Steiner – bass (6), synthesizer drums (6), percussion (6), keyboards (6)
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10)
  • Rhett Lawrence – drums (1), keyboards (1), programming (5), keyboard programming (8)
  • John Robinson – drums (2, 3, 6)
  • Lenny Castro – percussion (1, 4, 9)
  • Paulinho da Costa – additional percussion (6, 9)
  • Peter Wolf – keyboards (1)
  • Larry Williams – keyboards (2), rhythm arrangement (2)
  • Aaron Zigman – keyboards/synthesizers such as a Yamaha DX7 and some synthesizer (3), rhythm arrangement (3), synth horns (6)
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (4, 5, 10), rhythm arrangement (10)
  • Alan Pasqua – additional keyboards (4, 5)
  • Patrick Leonard – keyboards (9), rhythm arrangement (9)
  • David Paich – acoustic piano (10), synth strings (10), rhythm and string arrangements (10)
  • Marty Paich – string arrangements (10)
  • Horns and Horn arrangements on "Cool Running" – Brandon Fields, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey and Larry Williams
  • Charlotte Crossley – backing vocals (1, 5)
  • David Lasley – backing vocals (1, 5)
  • Paulette McWilliams – backing vocals (1, 5)
  • Myrna Smith Schilling – backing vocals (1, 5)
  • James Ingram – backing vocals (3)
  • Phillip Ingram – backing vocals (3, 9)
  • Phil Perry – backing vocals (3, 9)
  • Siedah Garrett – backing vocals (4, 7, 10)
  • Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (4)
  • Kevin Dorsey – backing vocals (4, 5)
  • Carl Carwell – background vocals (6)
  • Jeanette Hanes – backing vocals (6)
  • Pam Hutchinson – backing vocals (6)
  • Darryl Phinnessee – backing vocals (9)
  • Kate Markowitz – backing vocals (10)
  • Edie Lehmann – backing vocals (10)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Bill Schnee (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-10); Stewart Levine (Tracks 2 & 3); Boz Scaggs and David Williams (Track 6).
  • Recorded by Bill Schnee (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-10); Darren Klein (Tracks 2 & 3); Dan Garcia and Shep Longsdale (Track 6).
  • Assistant Engineers – Dan Garcia (Tracks 1 & 4-10); Julie Last (Tracks 2 & 3).
  • Recorded at Bill Schnee Studios and Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7); Daren Klein (Tracks 2 & 3); Mick Guzauski (Track 6); Bill Schnee (Tracks 8, 9 & 10).
  • Mixed at Bill Schnee Studios, Ocean Way Recording, Bearsville Studios (Bearsville, NY) and Media Sound (New York City, NY).
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • Production Assistant – Deborah Klein
  • Design – John Casado
  • Photography – Annie Leibovitz
  • Management – The Front Line Management Company, Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boz Scaggs Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Other Roads at AllMusic