Scaggs lifted by Allman's strings
The album I can't live without
The self-titled Boz Scaggs album recorded at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1969 is lifted on the wings of Duane Allman's incredible guitar playing.
While the songs are adequate, and the singer somewhat less so, Allman's is an incendiary presence which lights this album up. He totally owns it.
There is such a variety of sound here, from hillbilly dobro, pedal-steel country, to southern soul and blues, this is is a truly great album.
The emotion depth of the playing sets this apart from most other work of its era.
His work here displays just how much he had progessed in a short time and the level of expression he was able to achieve before his early death in a motorcycle accident aged 24.
The Allman Brothers' Fillimore East had always been the standard upon which to judge his other performances, but each new session with a variety of artists added another dimension to his playing.
Jerry Wexler (head of Atlantic Records at the time) described the late night impromptu jams at his house with Duane and Delaney Bramlett as being the highlights of his musical career. If only he had recorded them.
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