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Grammy Award-winning rock pioneer Boz Scaggs is releasing his new album, A Fool To Care via 429 Records. His most compelling work to date in a celebrated and prolific career, this new collection of songs boasts Scaggs trailblazing blend of rock, soul, jazz and R&B taken to new heights and is the next chapter in the storytelling for which he is beloved. A Fool To Care is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Billboard Chart-Topping album, Memphis that the WSJ called, The Wizardry of Boz; and USA Today calling his vocals, Sublime...

With Scaggs songwriting as distinct as ever, A Fool To Care showcases the masterful patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album. Produced by Steve Jordan (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, A Fool To Care features two very special guests Bonnie Raitt contributes slide guitar and vocals on Hell To Pay and Lucinda Williams trades vocal lines with Scaggs on Whispering Pines.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B00RDRJ9R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I should preface this review by saying I'm of the 30's generation. After seeing him live for the first time on The Ryman stage at 32, his music struck me. Since then, I've had to back-pedal in learning his music and studying each album in its entirety, for the past seven years. My take on "A Fool to Care" is a reflection of an artist who's focused, tapped in and tuned in to his creative energy. Clearly, this project is one my favorites by Boz.

First, I appreciate the song selections. For many of the covers, I admit some are new to me only because of my age. Yet, I can feel his interpretation and personal homage carrying through in each one, which makes them alive and fresh. Second, the collaboration on this project is top-notch. Jack Walroth's songwriting talent is the hidden gem in this CD, as evidenced in "The Last Tango on 16th Street" and "I Want to See you." For a moment, you feel swept away in flash fiction, living out the song through his words. The lyrics and groove on "Hell to Pay" with Bonnie Rait is by far my favorite, along with the soulful vibe on "Full of Fire".

The song selections are fun and diverse and I like that; they deeply connect and come together in an unparalleled style. Perhaps Boz's interpretation is what I feel when I listen to this collection.

This project is high vibe, soulful, fun and energetic. I want to now recapture the listening experience on vinyl with quality speakers, and I want to always have this CD with me in the car for the blended groove.

I feel very lucky to have discovered Boz; an artist who continuously delivers a distinct listening experience and who captivates his audience through his musical journey. If you consciously listen to this album many times, I hope you "get it", like I do.
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This is just a fine retro-soul (New Orleans and swampy Louisiana soul, country-soul, more Memphis/Al Green soul, Chicago and Philly soul) and contemporary covers album, with one exciting Boz original featuring Bonnie Raitt.

On the New Orleans/Louisiana swamp-soul side we get off to a jumping start with Boz's take on Li'l Millet & the Creoles' "Rich Woman" from 60 years ago. Then we go back 54 years for an appropriately laid-back Boz reading of the 1961 Fats Domino-inspired Joe Barry hit version of "I'm a Fool to Care" (the source of this disc's title), which originated 75 years ago as a Ted Daffan country song. Along the way we stop in for Bobby Charles's "Small Town Talk" from 1972 and undergo some "High Blood Pressure" New Orleans-style from Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns' 1958 B-side of "Don't You Just Know It." The disc closes on a subtly spectacular country-soul note with the Boz and Lucinda Williams duet rendition of The Band's "Whispering Pines" from 1969. (There is a double Band connection, as the aforementioned "Small Town Talk" was co-written with The Band's Rick Danko and produced by their producer, John Simon.)

The "Memphis" album had its Al Green cover "So Good to Be Here," and this one has an equally sizzling take on Green's "Full of Fire," a #1 soul record from 1975, the year preceding Boz's own pop and soul crossover smash "Lowdown." Sixties Chicago soul is honored by a faithful redo of Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions' "I'm So Proud" from 1964.
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A MASTERPIECE!
Yet another great album by the great man who just happens to keep getting better and better with age - like a fine bottle of red wine.
This may yet be Boz Scaggs best album yet - although the punters would disagree and say it is Silk Degrees. But it is 2015 and Boz has never sounded better and his collaborations with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams are excellent in fact "Hell to pay" is a great song as are "Tango on 16th Street" and the much covered title track "Fool to care"
What really stands out is the consistency and the quality of the songs and the great vocals by Boz - He is a master of all the genres from blues to jazz to rock/pop while adding a little dash of Cajun and country. BUY this album and enjoy an artist who is one of the all time great singers and songwriters of our generation.
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Been a fan long before I care to remember and I own everything the man has produced and this is one of his very best. He moves effortlessly from Blues to Pop and back with deft clarity. I'm on my third listen and it just keeps getting better. At 70, Boz is light years ahead of the younger crowd running around today. It should be mandated that they study at the foot of the master. His choice of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams just goes to prove that Boz understands the message and voice for delivery better than most. Somebody said in the 60's that Clapton is god, I beg to differ. Long live Boz!! Before I forget, a really cool surprise on this classic, Ray Parker Jr. plays a ton of lead and rhythm guitar. Proves that age makes us all better!
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