With his 1969 Atlantic Records debut album under his perfectly coiffured belt (it didn't chart in either the UK or USA) - William Royce Scaggs singed to Columbia Records in the early Seventies and hoped for bigger things.
Beat Goes On of the UK have already reissued his 2nd and 3rd albums "Moments" and "Boz Scaggs & Band" (both from 1971) onto 1CD in this series - here you get the next in line from 1972 and 1974 lumped together onto another single CD. You can literally hear the Rock/Soulful songwriter he would become with 1976's breakthrough album "Silk Degrees" coming to the fore on these records. Here are the tuneful Seventies details...
UK released March 2008 (reissued 2010) - Beat Goes On BGOCD813 (Barcode 5017261208132) features his 4th and 5th albums remastered onto one CD and breaks down as follows (69:56 minutes):
1. Dinah Flo
2. Slowly In The West
3. Full-Lock Power Slide
4. Old Time Lovin'
5. Might Have To Cry
6. Hello My Lover [Side 2]
7. Freedom For The Stallion
8. He's A Fool For You
9. We're Gonna Roll
10. My Time
Tracks 1 to 10 are his 3rd LP "My Time" - issued September 1972 in the USA on Columbia KC 31384 and in the UK on CBS S 64975
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10 are Scaggs originals. "Slowly In The West" is a David Brown (aka Norton Buffalo) cover, "Old Time Lovin'" is an Al Green cover and both "Hello My Lover" and "Freedom For The Stallion" are Allen Toussaint songs. EDDIE HINTON plays guitar on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 10.
11. You Make It So Hard (To Say No) [Boz Scaggs]
12. Slow Dancer [Boz Scaggs/George Daly]
13. Angel Lady (Come Just In Time) [Scaggs/Johnny Bristol/Jim McDonagh]
14. There Is Someone Else [Boz Scaggs]
15. Hercules [Allen Toussaint song/Meters cover]
16. Pain Of Love [Johnny Bristol] [Side 2]
17. Sail On White Moon [Johnny Bristol]
18. Let It Happen [Boz Scaggs/Johnny Bristol]
19. I Got Your Number [Johnny Bristol/Greg Reeves]
20. Take It For Granted [Boz Scaggs/Barry Beckett]
Tracks 11 to 20 are his 4th LP "Slow Dancer" - issued March 1974 in the USA on Columbia KC 32760 and April 1974 in the UK on CBS 65963. Songwriting credits listed track-by-track above.
The 12-page inlay has affectionate and knowledgeable liner notes by noted music writer JOHN O'REGAN and features repro'd artwork and full musician/album 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 in London.
That template of Soulful Rock he would adopt for much of the Seventies and Eighties kicks in with the "Dinah Flo" opener - strings and girl singers and a slightly funky edge to his Rock. Sweeter is the ballad "Slowly In The West" which is followed by the Big-Guitars Rock of "Full-Lock Power Slide" - a sort of Joe Walsh riff that boogies along very nicely. But Side One belongs to his gorgeous cover of an Al Green Hi Records classic "Old Time Lovin'" where Boz's band sound not just comfortable but positively inhabiting the Soulfulness of the tune (big organ sound and lady singers throughout). The remaster on the love song "Might Have To Cry" is gorgeous - so sweet. Things are taken up a New Orleans notch or too with the excellent Toussaint tracks - the funky "Hello My Lover" and the Gospel feel of "Freedom For The Stallion". After the guitar-poppy "We're Gonna Roll" - the "My Time" album ends of a very Soulful note - the title track - sounding so smooth.
Things move a very big step towards 1976's "Silk Degrees" with the slinky "Slow Dancer album" from 1974. It opens with the very Philly strings and brass of "You Make It So Hard (To Say No)" - a hit single if ever there was one. After the smooch of "Slow Dancer" we get down to Funky business with "Angel Lady..." where Boz has clearly been listening to Stevie Wonder. After the "gotta go with someone else" pleading smooze of "There Is Someone Else" fades - we get the fantastic "Hercules" (written by Allen Toussaint and covered by The Meters) - a track that for me single-handedly elevates the whole album into something special - what a tune. This is followed by a clump of Johnny Bristol white-boy soulful jaunts like "Let It Happen" and "I Got Your Number" which are very 1974 Funk Rock.
It's not all genius for sure and his 1976 return with "Silk Degree" would finally culminate in a worldwide winner - but this is where that class started. And with the nice presentation and superb sound - a must-have for fans...
on 14 March 2009
Was in two minds whether to purchase this as I had several of the tracks on a Anthology released several years back, but very glad I did. Whilst perhaps not the total consistency of Silk Degrees these slightly earlier albums have some great tracks. Bluesier than the later better selling albums Boz is in fine voice and the changes in moods and style again reinforce just how under rated Boz was and probably still is. With the lack of decent albums being released nowadays its great to be able to buy these 2 together for less than the price of one new album.
on 3 December 2008
For a long time, the only available CD issue of 'My Time' has been a ludicrously expensive Japanese edition. Now paired on here with 'Slow Dancer', this makes the second of two excellent double re-issues - the other being 'Moments' with 'Boz Scaggs and band'. Great to hear these again having no played my aging vinyl copies for a few years and if you're a Boz Scaggs fan then go for it before this one dissappears again without trace. Only complaint is that the album order on the disc is the reverse of that on the CD and case labelling! (Rename the tracks before confusing yourself on your MP3 player!)
on 30 September 2015
The recent 2015 2CD reissue of Boz Scaggs debut Atlantic album saw the different mixes incorrectly labelled on each disc. On this 2 on 1 set, the wrong album starts first, which means that the track numbers on the sleeve are wrong, and the chronological order of the albums is lost.
'My Time' from 1972 features the UK single 'Dinah Flo'. There are 2 Alan Toussaint covers 'Hello My Lover' & 'Freedom For The Stallion', also recorded by 'Three Dog Night' and the 'Hues Corporation', who had a hit with 'Rock The Boat' in 1974. 'Old Time Lovin', is an Al Green cover. The cover versions blend in so well with the Boz Scaggs originals, who wrote what is not noticeable. Like the 'Atlantic Album' 6/10 songs were recorded in Alabama at the Muscle Shoals studio. The album represents a progression from the first 3 albums, and a further refinement of the Boz Scaggs sound. All of the tracks are enjoyable, but I would highlight the ballads 'Might have To Cry' & 'Freedom For The Stallion'.
'Slow Dancer' from 1974 was produced by Johnny Bristol, who had a UK & US hit single in August '74 with 'Hang On In There Baby'. Again, there is an Alan Toussaint cover 'Hercules'. The two opening numbers 'You Make It So Hard' & 'Slow Dancer' are the albums most commercial songs, both appearing later on the 'Hits' compilation. Johnny Bristol's 'Pain Of love' is another strong track. Boz Scaggs later said that he felt less involved in the making of this record, as Johnny Bristol was running the show, and bringing in musicians. Still, the end result is a great soul album.
This CD is an excellent companion piece for the first BGO '2 on 1' release 'Moments' / 'BS & Band', and provides the 4th & 5th long-players, with very good remastered sound.