Down Two Then Left

Down Two Then Left

by Boz Scaggs


With 1974's Slow Dancer, produced by Johnny Bristol, Scaggs recast himself as a more R&B-infused singer. 1976's multi-million-selling Silk Degrees found Scaggs' switch paying off commercially, displaying enough skills and chops that the odious "blue-eyed soul" tag was deemed passé. This is noticeably more detached than Silk Degrees. And although this set is indeed quirky, the often unsurprising production featuring almost-on-cue guitar solos makes this album more "mainstream" than it had to be. "Still Falling for You" kicks the album off and sets the standard for the skilled, seamless production juxtaposed to meandering, almost incoherent lyrics. The melodic "A Clue," the best of the released singles, attains the offhanded cool and tunefulness that most of this set is striving for. Although this set is more soulful throughout than Silk Degrees, nothing sticks out like "What Can I Say." More than anything, this album puts the spotlight on Scaggs' romantic views, but they are so all over the road it's hard to tell what he really thinks. On the lush "We're Waiting," a listener may not have an idea of what he's talking about, but his vocal inflections say what the lyrics fail to. After a while, Scaggs seems to give up on making this a statement about love and offers some so-so rockers. In particular, the strongly produced "1993" has Scaggs imagining a drastically changed world as he sings, "Before they take me up/They'll have to alter, alter me." Down Two Then Left has a melancholy appeal much like Al Green Is Love and Joni Mitchell's Hissing of Summer Lawns, but a few concessions prevent this from being in their elite class.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643472920
catalogNumber: 34729

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boz Scaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Bobby King   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Victor Feldman   Keyboards,Claves,Vibes
Don Menza   Horn
Phyllis Saint James   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Scott Edwards   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alan Estes   Conductor,Conga
Terry Evans   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Stan Farber   Vocals,Background Vocals
Venetta Fields   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Flugelhorn,Horn,Soloist
Roy Galloway   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Bass,Guitar
James Haas   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Dana Hughes   Horn
David Hungate   Bass
Eldridge King   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barbara Korn   Horn
John Lehman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Soloist
Steve Madaio   Horn
Don Manza   Horn
Myrna Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Accordion,Conductor,Keyboards,Marimbas
Jeff Porcaro   Drums,Timbales
Ray Parker   Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Zedric Turnbough   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Horn,Saxophone
Carolyn Willis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Selden   Horn
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards
Bobby "Blanco" King   Choir, Chorus
David Duke   Horn

Technical Credits

Boz Scaggs   Composer
Irving Azoff   Contributor
Michael Omartian   Arranger,Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tom Perry   Engineer
Mike Reese   Contributor
Carolyn Willis   Contributor
Joseph Wissert   Producer,Audio Production

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