Release Date: October 03, 2006
In its original 1980 release, Hits! featured a repertoire of ten songs that focused firmly on Scaggs commercial zenith of the mid-seventies through the dawn of the next decade. Now this classic collection has been upgraded to give a deeper look at the favorite songs of a true genius of soul, with the additions of five tracks including selections from whats arguably his masterpiece, Silk Degrees. These are the biggest pop hits of an artist whose R&B roots run deep.
Review By David Chiu - NewBeats
If suave, sophisticated British crooner Bryan Ferry has an American doppelganger,
it would be Boz Scaggs, a name synonymous with musical class and soul. But unlike Ferry,
whose songs are marked by a sense of romantic detachment and bittersweet irony,
Scaggs lends a more rhythm and blues approach in his music. His distinctive voice
evokes hot buttered soul capable of handling those funky taut rockers and subdued ballads.
Hits!, first issued in 1980, is a mixture of those styles; now it has been repackaged 26 years
later (with a more dapper-looking album cover than the New Wave-ish photo of the original
release) with five additional tracks. One of the earlier members of the Steve Miller Band in
the late `60s, Scaggs would later hit the big time with 1976's smash album Silk Degrees
featuring the members of Totoseveral of its key tracks are on the compilation including
the sweeping and groovy "Lowdown"; the funk continues on with the swinging "Lido Shuffle"
and "Miss Sun"; As a balladeer, Scaggs touches without being overwrought as on the aching
"Look What You've Done to Me" and "We're All Alone" (famously interpreted by Rita Coolidge);
he even breathes some dignity and life into typical MOR pop like "Heart of Mine." Hits! is a
sufficient starting point for those wanting their taste of this elegant soul man.
Oct 03, 2006
Hits! is the definitive package of Boz Scaggs' greatest hit recordings, capturing an era when this gifted singer-songwriter and soul man became a veritable one-man genre. This platinum selling album has now been remastered for superb sound, and five classic tracks have been added including three more songs from his 1976 masterpiece, Silk Degrees. The CD packaging features beautiful new artwork with photographs from Annie Leibovitz, plus lyrics and in-depth liner notes.