Moments / Boz Scaggs & Band Original recording remastered
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First two Columbia Records albums from singer/songwriter and ex-Steve Miller Band member Boz Scaggs. These two records, from 1971, made the US Top 200, but it wasn't until 1976's 'Silk Degrees' that Scaggs realised the commercial success he richly deserved. Boz Scaggs is still recording and occasionally gigging. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes.
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UK released March 2008 (reissued 2010) - Beat Goes On BGOCD812 (Barcode 5017261208125) features his 2nd and 3rd albums remastered onto one CD and breaks down as follows (77:20 minutes):
1. We Were Always Sweethearts
2. Downright Women
3. Painted Bells
4. Alone, Alone
5. Near You
6. I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)
8. Hollywood Blues
9. We Been Away
10. Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)
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
11. Money Time
12. Runnin' Blue
13. Up To You
14. Love Anyway
15. Flames Of Love
16. Here To Stay
17. Nothing Will Take Your Place
18. Why Why
19. You're So Good
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 BEAUIFULLY 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 - man it's just superb. Very Boz really...
'Moments' features the singles 'We Were Always Sweethearts' & 'Near You', plus the 2 excellent B sides 'Painted Bells' & 'Downright Women'. The singles achieved minor success in the USA, and little attention in the UK. 'I Will Forever Sing The Blues' and 'Moments' are also strong tracks. The bass player David Brown contributed 2 songs, and was even allowed a lead vocal on 'Alone, Alone', which sounds like Neil Young (as mentioned by other reviewers) The closing instrumental 'Can I Make It Last' is the least essential track.
'Boz Scaggs & Band' was recorded in London in the summer of 1971. I have never understood what the song 'Monkey Time' is about, but I suspect it contains references to drugs. I don't know why the song 'Here To Stay' appears to be faded out prematurely. My favourite tracks are the ballad 'Love Anyway', the uptempo 'Why Why' where the album seems to take off, plus the next and final song 'You're So Good'. 'Runnin' Blue' / 'Here To Stay' was the US single, and 'Up To You' / 'Runnin' Blue' was the single in the UK.
Both of these albums are minor classics of American music, with real instruments, an organic sound, and soulful vocals from Boz Scaggs. This 2 album reissue has lasting value and is a 'keeper'.
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