Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1976 Boz Scaggs Silk Degrees [Bonus Tracks]

1976 Silk Degrees [Bonus Tracks]
Boz Scaggs
Louie Shelton - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Slide Guitar

More than 30 years after the fact, Boz Scaggs' classic Silk Degrees still lives in musical-cultural language as his "disco album." For some who had been following the singer/songwriter's career since the late '60s when he left the Steve Miller Band and became an R&B shouter in the grand tradition of his home state of Texas, this was a sellout. Many others had either never heard of Scaggs or knew his work marginally at best because he'd released four previous albums under his own name, and Silk Degrees became his pop signifier. The real truth of Silk Degrees, and why in 2007 it sounds perhaps more revelatory than it did in its heyday, is that its songs, arrangements, and production feel timeless.

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