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Lanky Texan neo-soul crooner and underrated guitar warrior Boz Scaggs was a Steve Miller Band alumnus who jumped ship to probe silky R&B instead of gritty blues, the Miller Band's original milieu, and each of his early '70s solo albums polished the mix toward this triumphant zenith. Hindsight too often devalues Silk Degrees for its snug fit with the disco aesthetic that prevailed upon its mid-'70s release, and the style's rhythmic signatures do bubble up significantly, particularly on the best-known track, "Lowdown," which can't help but risk museum-piece status if only for its ubiquity on the radio. Yet Scaggs's lyric intelligence and the skintight playing of a studio band built around what would soon become Toto (!) makes this a modern classic, as noteworthy for its ballads ("We're All Alone," "Harbor Lights") as for its workouts ("Georgia," "Lido Shuffle"), and a typically smart cover choice in a great version of Allen Toussaint's "What Do You Want The Girl to Do." --Sam Sutherland
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Imagine a breezy Sunday summer evening, on the top deck of a house-boat, floating at anchor, in a cove, on a lake, listening to Boz's silky satin voice.....That was the setting for the sound track many times. Those memories are refreshed every time I hear these songs, the boat's been sold and the girl moved to Virginia but, as the song says "You Can't Take the Memories".
If you were of a certain age in the 80's, most of the cuts should already be imprinted on your brain along with some steamy memories. "Lowdown" won multiple Grammys in R&B categories. The musicians playing here went on to form the band "Toto". Doesn't get much better. My favorite song is Allen Toussaint's "What Do You Want the Girl to Do". If that doesn't rip your heart out, throw it on the floor, and stomp on it a few times, nothing will. And what else do you want stellar R&B to do?