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Memphis

Boz Scaggs

429 Records 2013

Review by David Bowling

Boz Scaggs is like an old valued friend who shows up for a visit every few years and then disappears until next time.

Boz has explored a lot of types and styles of music during the course of a career that stretches back to the Steve Miller Band. From psychedelic rock, to mellow rock, blues, a little rhythm & blues, to jazz; he has virtually played it all. His newest release, Memphis, is a compendium of all his career styles and sounds.

Many of his albums have been laid back affairs and Memphis continues that tradition. He has chosen to cover an eclectic group of songs by the likes of Al Green, The Moments, Steely Dan, and Tony Joe White.

“Love On A Two Way Street” contains a smooth and soulful vocal. His take on Al Green’s “So Good To Be Here” is a wonderful update of this old soul chestnut. He manages to bring out the sublime nature of “Rainy Night In Georgia.” The best track may be his mellow and very laid-back cover of “Corina Corina.”

Memphis is a mature album by Boz Scaggs that should please his fan base and gain a few new ones as well. It is his best release of the past couple of decades.

Rating: ****

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