SOUL MAN

September 13, 2008 – 5:29 pm

Boz Scaggs transformed himself from a blues singer to a soul man. His first album with Atlantic featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the slide guitar of Duane Allman. But by the time of Silk Degrees he was involved with a band that would eventually become Toto.

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BOZ SCAGGS
Live In Central Park 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC, July 31, 1976.

One could say that Boz Scaggs had the blues in him. Before he went solo, he was a member of blues rock outfit, the Steve Miller Band. His debut album on Atlantic Records in 1969 had slide guitarist Duane Allman and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section backing him. Even as he performed at the Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York, in 1976, he namechecked BB King and slipped in the very bluesy Running Blues.

But then most of his fans would say he had a lot of soul for a white guy. Between his 1974 album, Slow Dancer, and the chart-topping Silk Degrees in 1976, Scaggs had a lot more Philly in him than one would imagine. Perhaps Scaggs was part of that soul revival in the mid-’70s that included Tower Of Power, but when he recorded Silk Degrees with session musicians who would later form adult-oriented rock group, Toto, one could feel that Scaggs also had a great pop sensibility that was also attuned to the market.

The hit single, Lowdown, really swings; Jump Street as catchy today as it was then; and who could forget Lido Shuffle, a hit in its own right and a radio staple. Guess by the mid-’70s, musicians were all trying ways and means to find the yellow brick road to wealth and fame. Whatever Woody Guthrie or the punk sound of the MC5 meant were all but forgotten. And thanks to FM radio, everyone was out to embrace fame and fortune…

This concert was part four of a larger Boz Scaggs set, The Signature Series, assembled back in the day when rare radio concerts were shared through a “tree” system and traded by post. An excellent stereo FM broadcast.
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1 Lowdown+
2 You Make It So Hard To Say No*
3 What Can I Say+
4 Slow Dancer*
5 It’s Over+
6 Angel Lady*
7 Running Blues
8 Georgia+
9 Jump Street+
10 Lido Shuffle+
11 Dinah Flo
12 Applause/WNEW FM announcers

Encore:
13 Band Intros
14 I Got Your Number* > Premature good night from Delsener Productions
15 WNEW FM announcers

2nd Encore:
16 You’re Mine

* from Slow Dancer album 1974
+ from Silk Degrees album 1976

Lineup:
Boz Scaggs - vocals, guitar, background vocals
John Madrid - trumpet, sax
Donnie Dacus - guitar
Mike Porcaro - basss
Steve Porcaro - keyboards, synths
Jeff Porcaro - drums
Calvin Calhoun - percussion
Jai Winding - keyboards
Becky Saint, Becky Lewis and Phyllis St James - background vocals

This concert straddled Scaggs’ best albums Slow Dancer and Silk Degrees. Click on the link to order Boz Scaggs albums.

  1. 9 Responses to “SOUL MAN”

  2. Thank you SO much for the Schaefer/Wollman concert broadcasts! Went to some great shows in the park back in the days.
    Good times!

    By Dennis on Sep 13, 2008

  3. Great Scaggs! You’re coming up with some beauties. Allman Brothers, Traffic, Scaggs! I’m in heaven!

    By Roger on Sep 14, 2008

  4. And Hendrix also! Wow, I really am in heaven!

    By Roger on Sep 14, 2008

  5. If “Loan Me A Dime” was played I hope it gets posted. Please?

    By FZ on Sep 18, 2008

  6. Wow, this is great! I never knew this existed. Thanks a lot. And if this is part 4 of the series the other 3 parts would be interesting.

    By Big Trev on Sep 22, 2008

  7. thank you. this is priceless :)

    By chooch on Sep 26, 2008

  8. Dear,
    can you post for me the Boz Scaggs “soul man” at central park 76′
    I’ll see him in melbourne in february with michael mcDonald and i’ll want compare this two situations
    regards
    Dominique in New Caledonia

    By dominique Clement Larosiere on Nov 25, 2009

  9. My Sister and I attended this show. It was for my 17th Birthday. Silk Degrees was a radio hit, especially Lido Shuffle. We ate at a Brew Burger. With an order of a Burger and Fries; you could drink all the Balantines XXX Ale you wanted. I was tanked to say the least. We stood up on our chairs and danced the whole set. Central Park was the coolest place to see an outdoors concert! Thnx!

    By Pig Street! on Jul 14, 2015

  10. A favorite of mine from the Big O site!! I’ve had this for a few years and have listened to it many times. Highly recommended. Thanks again for all the great music Big O!!! One of the best sites on the net!!!

    By Big Dave on Feb 12, 2016

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