ARTIST: Boz Scaggs
TITLE: Boz Scaggs
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #171
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Loan Me a Dime is on comps
LINEUP: Boz Scaggs, Duane Allman and the Muscle Shoals gang.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Ex Steve Miller singer starts his soulful solo career with a consistently good album featuring one all-timer.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first side of this record is pretty good. Scaggs sings a lot of originals with the Muscle Shoals crew and Duane Allman sits in a plays pretty good guitar.
The second side starts a bit off, with a Jimmie Rogers cover that I could go either way on.
Then, we get to a 12:30 track called Loan Me a Dime written by a bluesman named Fenton Robinson.
After it’s done, you stop, and hit the back button. It’s that good. Allman’s solo is probably his best work, and the arrangement is fabulous. Scaggs is in fine form as well, and sings the song with the right amount of soul and grit.
That song is so great it overshadows a fine album closer.
Scaggs would have bigger hits, but he’d have no finer moment than Loan Me a Dime.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Fenton Robinson recorded the original Loan Me a Dime in 1967, but the national distribution of that single was stopped by a blizzard.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A: This is the case of one track boosting an entire album up a notch.