Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues
Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues
Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues
Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues

Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues

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Lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar (A4, B2), bass (B2), vocoder - Boz Scaggs [click here to see more vinyl featuring Boz Scaggs]

Keyboards – Jim Cox

Tenor Saxophone – Eric Crystal, Thomas Politzer

Baritone Saxophone – Stephen Kupka

Bass – Willie Weeks

Drums – Jim Keltner, Ricky Fataar (A4)

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Ray Parker Jr.

Guitar – Charlie Sexton (A3, A5, B3), Doyle Bramhall II (A1, A5, B1-2), Steve Freund (A4), Jack Walroth (A4)

Percussion – Jack Walroth (A4), Jim Keltner (B3)

Harmonica – Jack Walroth (A1, A4)

Written by Boz Scaggs (A5), Jack Walroth (A1, A4-5, B3), Don Robey (A2), Jimmy McCracklin (A3), Neil Young (B1), Jimmy Reed (B2), Don Robey (B4)


1 LP, standard sleeve, includes a limited time digital download card

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Record Technology Incorporated (RTI)

Label : Concord Craft

Original label : Concord Craft

Recorded in 2018 at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California

Engineered by Chris Tabarez, J. Michael Rodriguez

Mixed by Niko Bolas (A1, A3-4), J. Michael Rodriguez (A2, A5, B1-4), Jim Eno (A2), Chris Tabarez (B1),

Produced by Boz Scaggs

Mastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering, Richard Dodd

Photography by Chris Phelps

Originally released in July 2018



Side A:

  1. Rock And Stick
  2. I've Just Got To Forget You
  3. I've Just Got To Know
  4. Radiator 110
  5. Little Miss Night And Day

Side B:

  1. On The Beach
  2. Down In Virginia
  3. Those Lies
  4. The Feeling Is Gone



        “Boz Scaggs considers Out of the Blues to be the final installment in a (primarily covers) trilogy that began with 2013's Memphis and continued with 2015's A Fool to Care, excellent outings that reflected Scaggs' desire to reach back into the cradle of inspiration. This set looks back to his 1965 debut album Boz (a solo acoustic covers set released only in Sweden by Polydor) and 1997's criminally overlooked Come on Home, a woolly, house-rocking collection of (mostly) vintage R&B and soul-blues covers, for its foundation. While these early recordings don't necessarily sound similar, they make use of the work of a particular set of performers and songwriters -- including Jimmy Reed and Don Robey (credited with many of Bobby "Blue" Bland's hits) -- who have always provided inspiration and grounding throughout his lifetime. Whereas Scaggs' two previous offerings were produced by Steve Jordan, Boz opted to co-produce Out of the Blues with Chris Tabarez and Michael Rodriguez, creating an impression of intimacy and loose immediacy that ranks with the swampier feel of Come on Home. His band here includes holdovers bassist Willie Weeks, Jim Cox, and rhythm guitarist Ray Parker, Jr. as well drummer Jim Keltner (the kitman on Come on Home), and guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton; there is also a selectively and impactfully used three-piece horn section.

        The set includes two Robey tunes closely associated with Bland: the souled-out nighttime groover "I've Just Got to Forget You" (with its gorgeously charted horns) and the organ-drenched jazz-blues of "The Feeling Is Gone" (whose horn section sounds like the Jazz Crusaders). And while the vibe on those two numbers is more sultry that raucous, that bill gets filled with an uptempo fingerpoppin' version of Reed's "Down in Virginia," with Scaggs delivering a punchy I-IV-V progression to rival the master's, and Jimmy McCracklin's swinging jump blues "I've Just Got to Know," with a burning guitar break from Sexton. Interestingly, these tracks, fine as they are, are not the album's high points. Opener "Rock and Stick" is one of four tunes written or co-written by Jack "Applejack" Walroth, a compadre of Scaggs since the 1960s who has worked with everyone from Elvin Bishop to Mike Bloomfield, from Steve Miller to Cash McCall. Its shuffling, smoky, seductive futuristic West Coast blues is elevated by the composer's harmonica and Bramhall's evocative, slippery guitar solo. The punchy six-string riff on the composer's "Radiator 110" is played in tandem by Scaggs, Walroth, and Steve Freund with a lonesome highway harmonica break that rises like steam heat from the middle eight. Scaggs and Walroth co-wrote the thumping Chuck Berry-esque "Little Miss Night and Day," with lead breaks from both Sexton and Bramhall. The set's outlier is a moody, deep-blue read of Neil Young's "On the Beach," where Scaggs' trademark croon invests its minimal melody with a dark passion. Out of the Blues may be an excellent final chapter in this roots trilogy, but stands on its own as one of Scaggs' most sure-footed releases.” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek


        Ratings :

        AllMusic : 4 / 5  ; Discogs : 4.37 / 5

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