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But Beautiful - Standards: Volume I

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Apparently, old rock singers who have exhausted their commercial appeal and have sung all the pop and soul standards have but one place to turn -- the American popular songbook. Linda Ronstadt pioneered this move in the '80s, Rod Stewart picked it up at the turn of the century, and, now no longer at Virgin, Boz Scaggs picks up the torch with 2003's But Beautiful, a ten-track trawl through standards like "What's New?," "How Long Has This Been Going On?," and "Sophisticated Lady." It should be no surprise that Scaggs is not deliberately following Stewart's footsteps -- in his liner notes, he says his old friend Jimmy Pierre initiated the project years ago with a list of songs he thought Boz should sing, and then pianist/arranger Paul Nagel later encouraged him to begin this project -- but it can't help but feel that way, given the number of old rockers turning to the music their parents loved. Scaggs, thankfully, doesn't take the lush, orchestrated route, choosing to record with a small quartet featuring Nagel, saxophonist Eric Crystal, bassist John Shifflett, and drummer Jason Lewis. They have a nice, late-night feel -- nothing adventurous, but well-done -- and Scaggs is appropriately laid-back, which doesn't necessarily mean that he's well-suited for this material. His off-hand phrasing sometimes is too casual and he delivers the tunes predictably, never finding a way to make these much-heard songs sound fresh. That doesn't mean this sounds bad, because it doesn't; it's an entirely pleasant listen. But even longtime Boz Scaggs fans may not find a reason to spin this more than once.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
What’s New?
00:04:28

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bob Haggart, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

2
Never Let Me Go
00:05:04

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jay Livingston, ComposerLyricist - Ray Evans, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

3
How Long Has This Been Going On?
00:06:05

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

4
Sophisticated Lady
00:05:12

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitchell Parish, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Kennedy Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

5
But Beautiful
00:05:34

Jason Lewis, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

6
Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
00:03:28

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

7
Easy Living
00:04:12

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Rainger, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

8
I Should Care
00:05:22

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, ComposerLyricist - Axel Stordahl, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

9
You Don’t Know What Love Is
00:05:44

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gene DePaul, Composer - Don Raye, Author - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

10
For All We Know
00:05:29

Jason Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve MacMillan, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J. Fred Coots, ComposerLyricist - Boz Scaggs, Producer, Vocals, Recording Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Cressman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel M. Lewis, ComposerLyricist - Michael Rodriguez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Shifflett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Nagel, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tabarez, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Crystal, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Gray Cat Records

Album Description

Apparently, old rock singers who have exhausted their commercial appeal and have sung all the pop and soul standards have but one place to turn -- the American popular songbook. Linda Ronstadt pioneered this move in the '80s, Rod Stewart picked it up at the turn of the century, and, now no longer at Virgin, Boz Scaggs picks up the torch with 2003's But Beautiful, a ten-track trawl through standards like "What's New?," "How Long Has This Been Going On?," and "Sophisticated Lady." It should be no surprise that Scaggs is not deliberately following Stewart's footsteps -- in his liner notes, he says his old friend Jimmy Pierre initiated the project years ago with a list of songs he thought Boz should sing, and then pianist/arranger Paul Nagel later encouraged him to begin this project -- but it can't help but feel that way, given the number of old rockers turning to the music their parents loved. Scaggs, thankfully, doesn't take the lush, orchestrated route, choosing to record with a small quartet featuring Nagel, saxophonist Eric Crystal, bassist John Shifflett, and drummer Jason Lewis. They have a nice, late-night feel -- nothing adventurous, but well-done -- and Scaggs is appropriately laid-back, which doesn't necessarily mean that he's well-suited for this material. His off-hand phrasing sometimes is too casual and he delivers the tunes predictably, never finding a way to make these much-heard songs sound fresh. That doesn't mean this sounds bad, because it doesn't; it's an entirely pleasant listen. But even longtime Boz Scaggs fans may not find a reason to spin this more than once.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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