1980 Boz Scaggs – Middle Man

scaggs-boz-1980Middle Man is the ninth album by Boz Scaggs, released on Columbia Records in 1980. Scaggs re-hired the members of the band Toto as session musicians, and shared song-writing credits with them. He re-embraced the commercial rock appeal of Silk Degrees.

The album reached #8 in the Billboard 200 album chart, and two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100: “Breakdown Dead Ahead” at #15, and “Jojo” at #17.

Tracks

Jojo (Boz Scaggs, David Foster, David Lasley) 5:52
Breakdown Dead Ahead (Boz Scaggs, Bill Schnee) 4:34
3  Simone (Boz Scaggs, David Foster) 5:08
4  You Can Have Me Anytime (Boz Scaggs, David Foster) 4:57
5  Middle Man (Boz Scaggs, David Foster) 4:50
6  Do Like You Do In New York (Boz Scaggs) 3:43
7  Angel You (Boz Scaggs, David Foster) 3:38
8  Isn’t It Time (Boz Scaggs) 4:51
9  You Got Some Imagination (Steve Lukather, Boz Scaggs, Bill Schnee) 3:57

Musicians

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Synthesizer David Foster
Programming Steve Porcaro
Programming Michael Boddicker
Programming Larry Fast
Percussion Lenny Castro
Vocals Boz Scaggs

Other Musicians

1 Jojo

Bass John Pierce
Sax Adrian Tapia
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Sharon Redd
Background Vocals Charlotte Crossley


2 Breakdown Dead Ahead

Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Electric Piano Don Grolnick
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford


3 Simone

Synthesizer David Paich
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford


4 You Can Have Me Anytime

Guitar (solo) Carlos Santana


5 Middle Man

Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Oren Waters


6 Do Like You Do In New York

Bass Ray Parker Jr
Drums Joe Vitale
Clavinet James Newton-Howard
Organ David Paich
Synthesizer David Paich
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Charles Irwin


7 Angel You

Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


8 Isn’t It Time

Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Piano Don Grolnick
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


9 You Got Some Imagination

Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Oren Waters

Liner Notes

Producer – Bill Schnee
Arranged By (Strings) – David Foster (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Marty Paich (Track 4)
Engineer – Bill Schnee
Engineer (Assistant) – Gabe Veltri, Stephen Marcussen

Design – Nancy Donald
Photography – Guy Bourdin

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Mixed At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At Sunset Sound
Recorded At Cherokee Studios
Recorded At Producers Workshop
Phonographic Copyright CBS Inc
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