Boz Scaggs (1944 – ) is one of many Rock/Pop artists who rose
to fame, during the 1970’s and 1980’s. While his music was
beneath my musical “radar,” I recently rectified this oversight,
by watching a 2004 DVD release of his 2003 concert performance
at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Judging from the video and sound quality, he and his producers
pulled out all of the stops for his “Boz Scaggs: Greatest Hits Live,”
a Zoe Records release assembling a supporting band of
10 topnotch musicians, including two excellent female backup
singers. A generous playlist of featured songs included
“Lowdown,” “Jojo,” “Miss Sun,” and “Breakdown Dead Ahead,”
to name a few.
Scaggs has apparently maintained his fine form and although
I only recognized a few of the hits, I suppose this disc was
as good an introduction to his concert performances, as any
other one that I might find. His music goes down easy and is
often tinged with Blues.
This one hour and 57 minute concert was supplemented
with bonus features including a 10-minute “unplugged” version
of one of the songs from another gig and a 15-minute
“backstage” feature showing preparations for the concert, with
comments from attendees and the like. Unfortunately, the
microphones for this feature weren’t placed well, and I had
difficulty hearing some of the audience comments.
By the way, the venue was beautiful! Apparently, this
600-seat hall has been in existence since 1906 and was
restored in 1972.
Although active since 1965, with an initial solo Atlantic
release in 1969, most of his songs on this disc date from
Scaggs’ heyday, during the 1970’s and 1980’s. I highly
recommend this DVD to fans of his music.