Tuesday, April 7, 2015
If It's Tuesday....I'm Listening To Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs has a new record out called "A Fool To Care." It is the second of a proposed trilogy of covers produced by Steve Jordan, the first being 2013's "Memphis." I like the idea. "Memphis," on paper, should have been a winner, but it left me cold. Recorded in Willie Mitchell's studio with people like Spooner Oldham, Willie Weeks and Ray Parker Jr, on board, "Memphis" but felt tossed off. Great musicians, great songs and a great voice, but weak execution.
What makes "A Fool To Care" better? I don't know if it is, but I sure love it more than "Memphis." Maybe all involved learned a bit from the first session- the dos and the don'ts. This time the setting is Nashville and the selection of songs seems more adventurous. There are two Bobby Charles tunes, "Small Town Talk" and the title track, both of which shine in their simplicity. There are absolutely gorgeous takes on the Spinners "Love Don't Love Nobody" and Richard Hawley's "There's A Storm A'Comin'." And there is the unlikely winner in "Full Of Fire," the Al Green song that should have been on "Memphis."
The only real misstep is the duet on "Whispering Pines." I can be kind and toss it up to simply loving The Band's original so much, any attempt would be futile. But really, it's Lucinda Williams. Her trademark croak and warble is just wrong. This version belies the subtlety and beauty of the rest of the album.
I may go back and give "Memphis" another go, but for now, check out "A Fool To Care," especially if you're a fan of Boz.