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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Drank All The Bottles...But My Thirst Won't Go Away..." - Moments/Boz Scaggs Band by BOZ SCAGGS (2008 CD Remasters), 28 Jan 2010
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Beat Goes On BGOCD812 is a single CD reissue of William Royce Scaggs' 2nd and 3rd albums for Columbia Records issued in the early Seventies - and it breaks down as follows (77:20 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 10 are his 2nd LP "Moments" issued March 1971 in the USA on Columbia C 30454 and in the UK on CBS S 64248
All tracks are Scaggs originals excepting "We Been Away" which was written by the band's bass player DAVID BROWN and "I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)" was written by POWELL ST. JOHN of MOTHER EARTH. The album also features RITA COOLIDGE on backing vocals, COKE and PETE ESCOVEDO from the Santana band on Percussion with BEN SIDRAN on Keyboards and Vibes

Tracks 11 to 19 are his 3rd LP "Boz Scaggs & Band" issued December 1971 in the USA on Columbia C 30796 and 1972 in the UK on CBS S 64431
All tracks are Scaggs originals except "Monkey Time", "Up To You" and "Flames Of Love" which were co-written with CLIVE ARROWSMITH (who also took the cover photos), "Runnin' Blue" which is co-written with Trombone player PATRICK O'HARA and "Why Why" which is co-written with TIM DAVIS (the drummer in The Steve Miller Band).

The 12-page inlay has affectionate and knowledgeable liner notes by noted music writer DAVID WELLS and also features full musician credits. There's a nice card-wrap on the outside of the jewel case and the sound quality is BEAUTIFULLY CLEAR and PUNCHY throughout - digitally remastered in 2008 by ANDREW THOMPSON at Sound Performance.

Those expecting "Silk Degrees" can look away now - this is Scaggs finding his soul/rock feet - and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The string laden soulful instrumental "Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)" is both ethereal and beautiful, but "Alone, Alone" is awful sub-standard country-rock complete with its hammy spoken intro. "Runnin' Blues" has a B.B. King vibe about it with its brass fills punctured by thinny guitar picking, while the funk-rock of "Flames Of Love" sounds like Delaney & Bramlett at their raucous Seventies best. The quiet vibes of "Here To Stay" are so clear - the remaster really coming into its own. Even better is the funky guitar-rock of "Why, Why" which is co-written with his old friend Tim Davis - very Steve Miller Band (lyrics above). The slinky "You're So Good" finishes the CD in fine style - again the remastered sound just so sweet.

Across these 2 albums it's no surprise that the music ranges from dull to great - but when he hits that grooves, it's just superb - very, very Boz.

A well presented CD reissue then - and again - that great sound just making it such a sweet listen.

Recommended.

PS: Beat Goes On has also combined his next two albums on 1 CD in another release - "My Time" (1973) and "Slow Dancer" (1974)
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