Boz Scaggs – Slow Dancer

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This is an album of wonderful white soul music. As a bonus, it also happens to be very well recorded. The problem we ran into on copy after copy was a brighter than ideal tonal balance, hard vocals and, on those copies that don’t extend fully on the top and bottom, a somewhat squashed, peaky midrange.

The better copies deal with those issues and, for the most part solve them. There’s lovely texture to the strings, plenty of punchy rich bass, and all the elements of the recording are properly balanced, something they still knew how to do back in the all analog days of 1974, I’m glad to report.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

You Make It So Hard (To Say No)
Slow Dancer
Angel Lady (Come Just In Time)
There Is Someone Else
Hercules

Side Two

Pain Of Love
Sail On White Moon
Let It Happen
I Got Your Number
Take It For Granted

AMG Review

While Silk Degrees is often touted as Scaggs’ best ’70s album — based largely upon the chart success of “Lowdown” — Slow Dancer features just as many catchy melodic tunes that meld a kind of boogie pub rock with an organic urban soul. Produced by Motown regular Johnny Bristol, Scaggs delivers some of his best performances on the Bristol-penned track “Pain of Love” and the Neil Young meets Marvin Gaye ballad “Sail on White Moon.”

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