Saturday, October 12, 2013

Boz Scaggs retrospective out soon

Grammy Award winner Boz Scaggs’ unique mix of blues and soul, rock, and sophisticated R&B all comes together on THE ESSENTIAL BOZ SCAGGS (, a new collection of his work that will be available Oct. 29 through Columbia/Legacy.

THE ESSENTIAL BOZ SCAGGS is the first 32-song, double-CD collection to track his solo career from 1969 (his seminal self-titled American debut LP on Atlantic Records, produced by Rolling Stone editor/publisher Jann Wenner in Muscle Shoals, with Duane Allman on lead guitar) all the way to 2013 (his Memphis album, a tribute to that city’s musical greats).

At the heart of this collection are 23 cuts that cover his near two-decade stay at Columbia Records starting in 1971, including 14 Hot 100 chart singles that established him on radio in the U.S.

The liner notes essay for THE ESSENTIAL BOZ SCAGGS (which utilizes exclusive interview material gathered for the occasion) is written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. He analyzes Scaggs’ Texas rhythm & blues-flavored vocal mastery and writes, “Scaggs feels more conviction about the quality of work he is doing than ever before.

“There’s a point at which you rely on inspiration, which is there from the beginning, but as with any career that has any kind of arc, I eventually began to recognize my own style. I really began to find out what I was doing here.”


Track listing:

Disc One – Selections: 1. I’ll Be Long Gone (A) • 2. Loan Me A Dime (A) • 3. Runnin’ Blue (C) • 4. We Were Always Sweethearts (B) • 5. Painted Bells (B) • 6. Near You (B) • 7. Dinah Flo (D) • 8. Might Have To Cry (D) • 9. You Make It So Hard (To Say No) (E) • 10. Slow Dancer (E) • 11. What Can I Say (F) • 12. It’s Over (F) • 13. Harbor Lights (F) • 14. Lowdown (F) • 15. Lido Shuffle (F) • 16. We’re All Alone (F) • 17. Hard Times (G).

Disc Two – Selections: 1. JoJo (H) • 2. Isn’t It Time (H) • 3. Simone (H) • 4. Breakdown Dead Ahead (H) • 5. Miss Sun (I) • 6. Look What You’ve Done To Me (I) • 7. Heart Of Mine (J) • 8. Some Change (K) • 9. Sierra (K) • 10. As The Years Go Passing By (with Booker T. & The MG's) (L) • 11. It All Went Down The Drain (M) • 12. Miss Riddle (N) • 13. I Just Go (N) • 14. Thanks To You (N) • 15. Gone Baby Gone (O).

Album index:

A – from Boz Scaggs, originally issued 1969, as Atlantic 8239
B – from Moments, originally issued March 1971, as Columbia 30454
C – from Boz Scaggs & Band, originally issued November 1971, as Columbia 30796
D – from My Time, originally issued September 1972, as Columbia 31384
E – from Slow Dancer, originally issued March 1974, as Columbia 32760
F – from Silk Degrees, originally issued March 1976, as Columbia 43920
G – from Down Two Then Left, originally issued November 1977, as Columbia 34729
H – from Middle Man, originally issued April 1980, as Columbia 36106
I – from Hits! originally issued November 1980, as Columbia 36841
J – from Other Roads, originally issued May 1988, as Columbia 40463
K – from Some Change, originally issued April 1994, as Virgin 7243 8 39489 2
L – from The Best Of The Columbia Records Radio Hour, Volume 2, originally issued 1996, as Columbia 67498
M – from Come On Home, originally issued April 1997, as Virgin 7243 8 42984 2 5
N – from Dig, originally issued September 2001, as Virgin CDVUS206O – from Memphis, originally issued March 2013, as 429 Records FTN17889

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