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Boz Scaggs - Boz Scaggs (Atlantic K40419)

After leaving the Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs sought the assistance of his old friend Jann Wenner, editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, who helped secure a recording contract with Atlantic Records, the first release for the label being his eponymous second album, which could be described as a 'blue-eyed soul classic.' Following his actual debut LP simply entitled BOZ, recorded in Sweden six years earlier, this second album was recorded at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and was produced by Scaggs and Wenner, along with Marlin Greene, who employed some of the studio’s skilled session musicians, most notably slide guitarist Duane Allman, credited as Duane 'Slydog' Allman on the sleeve, whose contribution can not be overstated. The album is both gritty and deeply soulful, with a nod towards Scaggs' country and blues roots, especially on such songs as Jimmie Rodgers' Waiting For a Train and the twelve-minute blues workout, Loan Me a Dime.