Category: Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs – Moments

ARTIST: Boz Scaggs 220px-BScaggs_Moments
TITLE: Moments
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #124
SINGLES: We Were Always Sweethearts (#61), Near You (#96)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it
LINEUP: Boz Scaggs with session guys and gals
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Boz starts his move from somewhat of a blues singer to more of the familiar laid-back blue-eyed soul we know him for.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It could be said that Boz Scaggs didn’t change his style for the times, the times changed where his style got into vogue. This has all of the elements of a Scaggs’ album – great playing, a smooth production and some great vocals.

The songs are decent as well – some of them have hooks but not enough to carry over to the pop charts. Yet it’s very listenable and accessible. It’s just not well known.

It is a consistent record – there aren’t any highlights per se. It’s just another good Boz Scaggs album.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was busy in this era. He released three solo albums in 1971 and 1972 and also did a lot of West Coast gigs with his band.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B+: Not a standout. Not bad. If you like Boz Scaggs’ later stuff, you’ll like this.

 

Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs

ARTIST: Boz Scaggs 220px-Bozsca
TITLE: Boz Scaggs
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #171
SINGLES: None
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.