1976 Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees

Silk Degrees is the seventh album by Boz Scaggs, released on Columbia Records in 1976. The album peaked at #2 and spent 115 weeks on the Billboard 200. It has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and remains Scaggs’s best selling album. Silk Degrees spawned four singles, of which “It’s Over”, “Lowdown”, and “Lido Shuffle” all made the Top 40.

The album was recorded at Davlen Sound Studios and Hollywood Sound Studios, Los Angeles. Among the accompanying musicians, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and David Hungate would go on to become band members in Toto. The album marked Scaggs’s commercial zenith, a mix of straight pop rock songs (“Jump Street” and “Lido Shuffle”), smooth soul compositions (“What Can I Say” and “Lowdown”), and appealing ballads (“Harbor Lights” and “We’re All Alone”). The latter was later a hit for Rita Coolidge.

Tracks

What Can I Say (Boz Scaggs, David Paich) 3:00
2  Georgia (Boz Scaggs) 3:57
3  Jump Street (Boz Scaggs) 5:12
4  What Do You Want The Girl To Do (Boz Scaggs, David Paich) 3:53
5  Harbor Lights (Boz Scaggs) 6:01
Lowdown (Boz Scaggs, David Paich) 5:17
It’s Over (Boz Scaggs, David Paich) 2:52
8  Love Me Tomorrow (David Paich) 3:17
Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs, David Paich) 3:43
10  We’re All Alone (Boz Scaggs) 4:12

Musicians

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Keyboards David Paich
Guitar Fred Tackett
Guitar Louie Shelton

Other Musicians

1 What Can I Say

Guitar Fred Tackett
Percussion Joe Porcaro
Background Vocals Marti McCall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Augie Johnson


2 Georgia

Guitar Fred Tackett


3 Jump Street

Slide Guitar Les Dudek
Percussion Joe Porcaro


4 What Do You Want The Girl To Do

Guitar Louie Shelton
Sax Jim Horn
Percussion Jeffrey Porcaro
Background Vocals Maxine Green
Background Vocals Pepper Swenson


5 Harbor Lights

Guitar Louie Shelton
Horn Chuck Findley


6 Lowdown

Guitar Louie Shelton
Moog David Paich
Background Vocals Carolyn Willis
Background Vocals Marti McCall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Augie Johnson


7 It’s Over

Background Vocals Maxine Green
Background Vocals Boz Scaggs


8 Love Me Tomorrow

Guitar Fred Tackett
Slide Guitar Louie Shelton
Percussion Jeffrey Porcaro
Sax Plas Johnson
Sax Bud Shank
Background Vocals Maxine Green
Background Vocals Boz Scaggs


9 Lido Shuffle

Guitar Fred Tackett
Moog David Paich


10 We’re All Alone

Acoustic Guitar Louie Shelton

Liner Notes

Producer – Joe Wissert
Arranged – David Paich
Conductor – Sidney Sharp
Engineer – Tom Perry
Mastered By – Doug Sax

Design – Nancy Donald, Ron Coro
Photography By – Moshe Brakha

Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria