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

1 Jojo

Bass John Pierce
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Sax Adrian Tapia
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Sharon Redd
Background Vocals Charlotte Crossley


2 Breakdown Dead Ahead

Bass David Hungate
Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Piano Don Grolnick
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford


3 Simone

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Synthesizer David Paich
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford


4 You Can Have Me Anytime

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar (solo) Carlos Santana
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Strings Marty Paich
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford


5 Middle Man

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
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
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards David Foster
Clavinet James Newton-Howard
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Charles Irwin


7 Angel You

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


8 Isn’t It Time

Bass David Hungate
Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Foster
Piano Don Grolnick
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Bili Thedford
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


9 You Got Some Imagination

Bass David Hungate
Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Foster
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Oren Waters

Liner Notes

Producer, Engineer – Bill Schnee
Arranged By (Strings) – David Foster
Arranged By (Strings) – David Paich (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Gabe Veltri, Stephen Marcussen

Design (Sleeve) – Nancy Donald
Photography By – Guy Bourdin

Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mixed At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Producers Workshop