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

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
SaxAdrian Tapia
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsSharon Redd
Background VocalsCharlotte Crossley


2 Breakdown Dead Ahead

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsBili Thedford


3 Simone

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
SynthesizerDavid Paich
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsBili Thedford


4 You Can Have Me Anytime

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
Guitar (solo)Carlos Santana
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
StringsMarty Paich
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsBili Thedford


5 Middle Man

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters


6 Do Like You Do In New York

BassRay Parker Jr
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsDavid Foster
ClavinetJames Newton-Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCharles Irwin


7 Angel You

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


8 Isn’t It Time

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Foster
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsBili Thedford
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


9 You Got Some Imagination

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsDavid Foster
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsOren 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