Record Label: Membran * Catalog#: FTN 17889 * Country Of Release: NLD * Year Of Release: 2013 Grammy-Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs showcases both original songs and choice covers in his new album, MEMPHIS out March 5, 2013 on 429 Records. Produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Memphis was recorded at Willie Mitchell legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other hit music artists. Joining Scaggs on MEMPHIS are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums). William Royce Boz Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording Boz. Scaggs quickly developed into an iconic singer songwriter cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller on several highly successful projects and honing his rock and R&B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. Scaggs hit it big in 1976 achieving multi-platinum success with Silk Degrees and its follow ups. Scaggs continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey with successes in film soundtracks. He and his band continue to tour worldwide and Scaggs also performs alongside Donald Fagan and Michael McDonald in their band billed as The Dukes of September.
When I first heard Boz Scaggs was doing a covers album, I was scared. I thought he was joining the ranks of Rod Stewart, Michael McDonald, etc...basically phoning it in.Happy to say this isn't the caseFirst of all, Boz covers a lot of fairly obscure classics by Al Green, The Moments, Willy DeVille, Steely Dan, even Tony Jo White, so you're not treated to the playlist from your local oldies stationSecond of all, the arrangements are spare, allowing Boz's voice to shineI enjoyed this...I didn't expect to. F..
It's been a while, approximately 5 years since his last release, the jazzy "Speak Low" CD which had an R&B feel to it like previous "Silk Degrees" offering from years gone by. This new release takes us back in time, Memphis represents the best of all extremes,(from soul to jazz and the R&B in between) a set of 13 well-chosen soul tracks (including two originals), backed by legends of the music city that lends the album its title.I read..."Recorded at Royal Studio, site of Al Green's greatest sessions, produ..
Memphis is the first album/CD we've had from Scaggs in quite some time. This doesn't mean he hasn't been active on the music scene, however, as he was recently touring with Michael McDonald and Donald Fagan. I caught one of those shows and Boz was on his game the entire time; just as he was the eight other times I saw him perform live.If what you think of when you hear the name, Boz Scaggs is `Lowdown,' `Lido Shuffle,' and `We're All Alone,' then you've really been missing out on what Scaggs has been puttin..