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The Merrymen with Boz 1965

The MERRYMEN with BOZ
Karusell, Sweden 1965
OOP

 

Tracks:

Side A: Searchin'
Side B: Understand

Bo Hansson, Bill Ohrstrom


The Merrymen With Boz (not to be confused with that calpso band, The Merrymen, that mistakenly pops up in Boz discographies every so often) were a bluesrock band that survived less than a year in Sweden. Bo Hansson and Bill Ohrstrom were the lead members.

BOZ 1965

BOZ (1965)
Polydor 1966
Recorded September 30, 1965 in Stockholm Sweden.
OOP

Track List:

 

1 Steamboat
 Buddy Lucas/The Drifters

2 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
Eric von Schmidt

 
3 Girl from the North Country

Bob Dylan     

 
4  You're So Fine
 Finney, West, Schofield

 

5  Got You on My Mind       

Joe Thomas/Howard Biggs
 

6 That's All Right Mama

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
 

7 Hey Baby

Bruce Channel

 

8 Gangster of Love

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

 

9 How Long

Leroy Carr

 

10 Let the Good Times Roll

Shirley & Lee


11 Stormy Monday Blues

Hines/Eckstine/Crowder


12 C.C. Rider
 Big Bill Broonzy        


Liner Notes:
(Written by Boz)
"Most of these songs are my arrangements of the old Rhythm and Blues songs I have done earlier with a band or with the guy who taught me guitar, named Miller. In the band I played rhythm guitar and I still find most of my strength in the rhythm. I'm most familiar right now with these songs because I needed them playing in the streets. Each one allows me to sing at the top (sometimes really pushing it) of my voice, to use the harmonica as well as I know it, and to take advantage of the strong rhythm."

For additional information and Boz comments, please visit the lyrics page.

Steve Miller Band 1968

STEVE MILLER BAND
Children Of The Future
Capitol Records - 1968

Tracks:

1. Children Of The Future
2. Pushed Me To It
3. You've Got The Power
4. In My First Mind
5. The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing
6. Baby's Callin' Me Home *
7. Steppin' Stone *
8. Roll With It
9. Junior Saw It Happen
10. Fanny Mae
11. Key To The Highway

Musicians:

Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, harmonica); * Boz Scaggs (guitar, vocals); Lonnie Turner (bass, vocals); Jim Peterman (keyboards); Tim Davis (drums, vocals).

 

STEVE MILLER BAND
Sailor
Capitol Records - 1968

Tracks:

1. Song For Our Ancestors
2. Dear Mary
3. My Friend *
4. Living In The U.S.A.
5. Quicksilver Girl
6. Lucky Man
7. Gangster Of Love
8. You're So Fine
9. Overdrive *
10.Dime-A-Dance Romance *

Musicians:

Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, harmonica); * Boz Scaggs (guitar, vocals); Lonnie Turner (bass, vocals); Jim Peterman (keyboards); Tim Davis (drums, vocals)

"...making 'Sailor' was strange because all we had was the title when we went in. It was going to be called 'Sailor' and the idea was that the whole album was going to be about early morning on the wharf, a sailor comes home from being away for years, and he was very young when he went away, and he comes back to his old city. He gets back in touch; he wants to go see his old girlfriend and see his parents and hit a few of the places that he used to go to, and see some of his old buddies. Through the course of the album, each song would be about one of these episodes, seeing his chick, raving up with his old mates. And in the course of all the songs he'd grow a little older and wiser and find that it wasn't as he'd hoped. Everything had changed, he'd left there for a reason, and he couldn't stay there for the same reason, so he goes back off to sea. We got as far as the opening sequence, the fog horns and that. It was supposed to depict an early quiet morning and that's as far as we got with the whole thing. Glyn and the rest of us went out and collected the sound effects. We went down to the waterfront, and tapes all the ships, and we got a lot of sound effects records." - Boz Scaggs

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Boz Scaggs 1969

BOZ SCAGGS
Released:
1969
Produced by: Jann Wenner
Record Label: Atlantic
 




TRACK TITLE

COMPOSER

1 I'm Easy

Boz Scaggs/Barry Beckett     

2 I'll Be Long Gone

Boz Scaggs                                         

3 Another Day (Another Letter)

Boz Scaggs

4 Now You're Gone

Boz Scaggs

5 Finding Her                                        

Boz Scaggs

6 Look What I Got!

Charles Chalmers/D. Rhodes          

7 Waiting for a Train

Jimmie Rodgers                                     

8 Loan Me a Dime

Robinson/Anderson/Middlebrook       

9 Sweet Release

Boz Scaggs/Barry Beckett    


Musicians:

Boz Scaggs - vocals and guitar
Duane Allman - dobro and slide
Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson - guitars
Barry Beckett - keyboards
David Hood - bass
Roger Hawkins - drums
Al Lester - fiddle
On "I'm Easy," the horn section is:
Charles Chalmers - tenor sax
Floyd Newman - baritone sax
Ben Cauley - trumpet
On all the other selections the horn section consists of:
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller - trumpet and trombone
Joe Arnold - tenor sax
James Mitchell - baritone sax

Jeannie Greene, Donna Thatcher, Mary Holiday - Background vocals (except "Now You're Gone")
On "I'll Be Long Gone," they are joined by Tracy Nelson, Irma Routen, and Joyce Dunn who provide the vocal background on "Now You're Gone"

Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Recorders
Recording engineer: Marlin Greene
Cover & backliner photos: Elaine Mayes
Inside liner photos: Stephen Paley
Album design: Robert Kingsbury

Re-mixed at Sound City, Los Angeles, CA October 1977 by Tom Perry
 
Album Review:

Departing from the Steve Miller Band after a two-album stint, Boz Scaggs found himself on his own but not without support. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his friend, helped him sign with Atlantic Records and the label had him set up shop in Muscle Shoals, recording his debut album with that legendary set of studio musicians, known for their down-and-dirty backing work for Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, among many other Southern soul legends. The Muscle Shoals rhythm section, occasionally augmented by guitarist Duane Allman, gives this music genuine grit, but this isn't necessarily a straight-up blue-eyed soul record, even if the opening "I'm Easy" and "I'll Be Long Gone" are certainly as deeply soulful as anything cut at Muscle Shoals. Even at this early stage Scaggs wasn't content to stay in one place, and he crafted a kind of Americana fantasia here, also dabbling in country and blues along with the soul and R&B that grounds this record. If the country shuffle "Now You're Gone" sounds just slightly a shade bit too vaudeville for its own good, it only stands out because the rest of the record is pitch-perfect, from the Jimmie Rodgers cover "Waiting for a Train" and the folky "Look What I Got!" to the extended 11-minute blues workout "Loan Me a Dime," which functions as much as a showcase for a blazing Duane Allman as it does for Boz. But even with that show-stealing turn, and even with the Muscle Shoals musicians giving this album its muscle and part of its soul, this album is still thoroughly a showcase for Boz Scaggs' musical vision, which even at this stage is wide and deep. It would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
 
Releases:

YEAR

TYPE

LABEL

CATALOG

1969

LP

Atlantic

8239

1990

CS

Atlantic

CS-19166-2

1990

CD

Atlantic

SD-19166-2

2001

CD

Wea International

2923

2005

CD

Atlantic

 

2008

LP

Friday

219003


Charts:

YEAR

ALBUM

CHART

PEAK

1976

Boz Scaggs

Pop Albums

171



Moments 1971

MOMENTS
Released: 1971
Producer: Glyn Johns
Record Label: Columbia






TRACK TITLE

COMPOSER

1 We Were Always Sweethearts

Scaggs

2 Downright Women

 

3 Painted Bells

Scaggs

4 Alone, Alone

 

5 Near You

Scaggs

6 I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)   

 

7 Moments

 

8 Hollywood Blues

 

9 We Been Away

 

10 Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)

 


Musicians:

Drums: George Rains
Bass: David Brown
Keyboard: Jymm (Joachim) Young, Doug Simril, Ben Sidran
Guitar: Boz Scaggs, Doug Simril, Curley Cooke
Percussion: Coke & Pete Escovedo
Brass: Pat O'Hara, Mel Martin, Bill Atwood
Vocal Backing: The Rita Coolidge Ladies Vocal Ensemble
Steel Guitar: John McFee
Vibes: Ben Sidran
String Arrangements by Brian Rogers
Horn Arrangements by Pat O'Hara

Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Mixed at Island Studios in London by Glyn Johns
Photos by George H. Conger
Cover Design by Anne Blackford
 
Album Review:

"We Were Always Sweethearts" wasn't a huge hit single, but it was a good one, signaling that Boz Scaggs was a soul man of the first degree. Moments places him into a variety of settings, including soul, R&B, blues, country, and beautiful, string-drenched balladry. Side one of the LP is especially strong, the kind whose grooves were worn out by its listeners in the early '70s. The second half of the recording doesn't hold up as well, but the closer, "Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)," is a gorgeous, atmospheric instrumental that pulls at the heartstrings. Although Scaggs' big moment in the commercial spotlight was still a few years away, this recording provides many satisfying musical Moments. ~ Jim Newsom, All Music Guide

Releases:

YEAR

TYPE

LABEL

CATALOG

 

CD

Columbia

CK-30454

1990

CD

Columbia

30454

 

CS

Columbia

PCT-30454

2005

CD

Sony Japan

559

2006

CD

Sony Japan

906

2008

CD

Friday

211090


Charts:

YEAR

ALBUM/SINGLES

CHART

PEAK

1971

Moments

Pop Albums

124

1971

Near You

Pop Singles

96

1971

We Were Always Sweethearts

Pop Singles

61


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Boz Scaggs & Band 1971

BOZ SCAGGS & BAND
Released: 1971
Produced by: Glyn Johns *
Record Label: Columbia

 


       

TRACK TITLE

COMPOSER

1 Monkey Time

Boz Scaggs

2 Runnin' Blue

Boz Scaggs

3 Up to You

 

4 Love Anyway

 

5 Flames of Love         

 

6 Here to Stay  

 

7 Nothing Will Take Your Place 

 

8 Why Why

 

9 You're So Good

 


*Produced by Glyn Johns except "Here To Stay" and "Nothing Will Take Your Place" produced by Boz Scaggs

Musicians:


Boz Scaggs - guitar
George Rains - drums and percussion
David Brown - bass
Doug Simril - guitar and piano
Joachim Jymm Young - organ, piano, and vibraphone
Patrick O'Hara - trombone
Mel Martin  tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones, and flute
Tom Poole - trumpet and flugelhorn
Dorothy Morrison and Rita Coolidge Ensemble - Background Vocals
Cameos: "Flames Of Love" Chepito Areas and Mike Carrrabello - timbales and congas
"Here To Stay" Lee Charleton - saw and harp

Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios, London except "Love Anyway" recorded at CBS Studios, NYC, by Tim Geelan and "Here To Stay" recorded at CBS Studios, San Francisco by Roy Segal
Engineered and mixed by Glyn Johns, except mix on "Here To Stay" and "Nothing Will Take Your Place" by Roy Segal
Schiffman & Larson Management, Inc.
Photography by Clive Arrowsmith

Album Review:

Although most listeners know Boz Scaggs primarily for his 1976 disco-era, multi-million seller Silk Degrees, he produced several excellent recordings in the years leading up to that breakthrough. Boz Scaggs & Band is the middle release of a three-disc spurt which Scaggs produced in a two-year period, between 1971 and 1972. Although it is weaker than Moments and My Time which bookend it, this album still has much to offer. Sounding at times like the original average white band, and at other times like a bunch of Nashville cats, Boz and his eight-piece group traverse a wide terrain with great facility and much soul. "Here to Stay" is particularly appealing, hinting at things to come, and "Flames of Love" is an extended piece of smoking funk. "Monkey Time" and "Why Why" also turn up the funk. This album is well worth checking out. ~ Jim Newsom, All Music Guide
 
Releases:

YEAR

TYPE

LABEL

CATALOG

1971

LP

Columbia

30796

 

CD

Columbia

CK-30796

1990

CS

Columbia

30796

1990

CD

Columbia

30796

2000

CD

MVP Japan

9292

2005

CD

Sony Japan

560

2006

CD

Sony Japan

907


Charts:

YEAR

ALBUM

CHART

PEAK

1971

Boz Scaggs & Band

Pop Albums

198


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My Time 1972

MY TIME
Released: 1972
Produced by: Boz Scaggs
Record Label: Columbia












TRACK TITLE

COMPOSER

1 Dinah Flo

Boz Scaggs

2 Slowly in the West

3 Full-Lock Power Slide

4 Old Time Lovin'

Al Green

5 Might Have to Cry

Boz Scaggs

6 Hello My Lover

Allen Toussaint

7 Freedom for the Stallion

Allen Toussaint

8 He's a Fool for You

9 We're Gonna Roll

10 My Time