Other Roads

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Other Roads
Album Boz Scaggs Other Roads.jpg
Studio album by Boz Scaggs
Released August 30, 1988
Studio Schnee Studio, Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles, California; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 45:00
Label Columbia
Producer Bill Schnee, Stewart Levine, Patrick Leonard
Boz Scaggs chronology
Other Roads
Some Change

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 produced and co-written by Patrick Leonard.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 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


Production notes:

  • Bill Schnee – producer, mixing
  • Stewart Levine – producer
  • Patrick Leonard – producer
  • Julie Last – assistant engineer
  • Dan Garcia – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Daren Klein – engineer, mixing
  • Shep Longsdale – engineer
  • Steve Thompson – mixing
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing
  • Michael Barbiero – mixing
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Jerry Hey – arranger, horn arrangements
  • Deborah Klein – production assistant


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