Singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs started out flirting with blues-rock in the early Steve Miller Band, before achieving stardom in the '70s with suave pop-R&B hits like "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown." In between, he kicked off his solo career with a white-soul classic that put him right up among the likes of Van Morrison and Joe Cocker. Scaggs's 1969 debut album finds him in the good company of the musicians of Alabama's famed Muscle Shoals studio, who provided backup for countless classic soul records.
With just a touch of Southern-style blues-rock provided by the guitars of Duane Allman and fellow blue-eyed soulster Eddie Hinton, Scaggs makes the most of his sonic environs. Whether covering country pioneer Jimmie Rodgers ("Waiting For a Train") or belting out his own compositions, here he finds a perfect midpoint between sweet-toned crooning and gritty roof-raising.