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Middle Man

Boz Scaggs

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1980's Middle Man was Boz Scaggs' last album for Columbia before an eight-year self-imposed sabbatical. Scaggs nonetheless caps off the decade with equal nods to his '70s hitmaking formulas and the newer, shinier production techniques of the coming decade. The synthesizer rocker "Angel You" and the title track are given the full in-vogue androgynous (i.e., Hall & Oates) treatment, while the opener "Jo Jo" and "Simone" are pages taken from his Here's the Low Down-era grooves that wedded soulful vocals against a flurry of jazz changes. His penchant for the ballad is explored on "You Can Have Me Any Time" and "Isn't It Time," while his seldom-seen rockier side comes up for air on the bluesy "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "You Got Some Imagination," both featuring stinging guitar from Steve Lukather. Not his best album, but a very timely one.
© Cub Koda /TiVo

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1
JoJo Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:05:53

David Lasley, Background Vocal - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Sharon Redd, Background Vocal - D. Lasley, Composer - D. Lasley, Lyricist - Boz Scaggs, Performer - Boz Scaggs, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - David Hungate, Bass - Charlotte Crossley, Background Vocal - John Pierce, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Breakdown Dead Ahead Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:04:35

Venetta Fields, Background Vocal - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Boz Scaggs, Vocal - Boz Scaggs, Performer - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Lukather, Performer - David Hungate, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Rick Marotta, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Bili Thedford, Background Vocal - Paulette Brown, Background Vocal - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Don Grolnick, Piano

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Simone Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:05:08

Venetta Fields, Background Vocal - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Label Copy Conversion/Columbia Unknown, Performer - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Bili Thedford, Background Vocal - Paulette Brown, Background Vocal - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
You Can Have Me Anytime Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:04:57

David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Marty Paich, Arranger - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Boz Scaggs, Performer - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Middle Man Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:04:53

Venetta Fields, Background Vocal - Julia Tillman Waters, Background Vocal - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Boz Scaggs, Performer - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Oren Waters, Background Vocal - Paulette Brown, Background Vocal - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Do Like You Do in New York Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:03:44

Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Bill Schnee, Producer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Bill Champlin, Background Vocal - Joe Vitale, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - David Paich, Organ - David Paich, Synthesizer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Lasley, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Jr. Ray Parker, Bass - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Label Copy Conversion/Columbia Unknown, Performer - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - Charles Irwin, Background Vocal

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Angel You Album Version
Boz Skaggs
00:03:39

David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - David Foster, Composer - David Foster, Lyricist - Rosemary Butler, Background Vocal - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Bill Schnee, Producer - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Boz Skaggs, Performer - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Lenny Castro, Percussion

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Isn't It Time Album Version
Boz Skaggs
00:04:54

Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Bill Schnee, Producer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Rick Marotta, Drums - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Rosemary Bulter, Background Vocal - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Bili Thedford, Background Vocal - Paulette Brown, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Venetta Fields, Background Vocal - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - Don Grolnick, Piano - David Hungate, Bass - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - Boz Skaggs, Performer

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
You Got Some Imagination Album Version
Boz Scaggs
00:03:58

Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Bill Schnee, Producer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - B. Scaggs, Composer - B. Scaggs, Lyricist - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Paulette Brown, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - S. Lukather, Composer - S. Lukather, Lyricist - Jr. Ray Parker, Guitar - Venetta Fields, Background Vocal - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Label Copy Conversion/Columbia Unknown, Performer - Gabe Veltri, 2nd Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Stephen Marcussen, 2nd Engineer - B. Schnee, Composer - B. Schnee, Lyricist - David Foster, Arranger - David Foster, Keyboards - David Foster, Synthesizer - Oren Waters, Background Vocal - Julia Tillman Waters, Background Vocal

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

1980's Middle Man was Boz Scaggs' last album for Columbia before an eight-year self-imposed sabbatical. Scaggs nonetheless caps off the decade with equal nods to his '70s hitmaking formulas and the newer, shinier production techniques of the coming decade. The synthesizer rocker "Angel You" and the title track are given the full in-vogue androgynous (i.e., Hall & Oates) treatment, while the opener "Jo Jo" and "Simone" are pages taken from his Here's the Low Down-era grooves that wedded soulful vocals against a flurry of jazz changes. His penchant for the ballad is explored on "You Can Have Me Any Time" and "Isn't It Time," while his seldom-seen rockier side comes up for air on the bluesy "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "You Got Some Imagination," both featuring stinging guitar from Steve Lukather. Not his best album, but a very timely one.
© Cub Koda /TiVo

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