Review: Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care

Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015

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Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care

(429 Records: FTN16037)

American rock star Boz Scaggs has had a richly varied career since starting out in blues bands, playing psychedelic rock and becoming a big, big star in the 70s with multi-platinum selling albums, before taking a break from music and then returning as something of a renaissance man in the last couple of decades. tackling rock, soul, jazz and blues as the fancy has taken him.

This set is again an eclectic effort though with plenty of blues and related material – Boz opens with a fine version of Li’l Millet’s idiosyncratic ‘Rich Woman’ with a Bo Diddley type of sound , following it up with his version of Joe Barry’s Fats Domino styled version of ‘I’m A Fool To Care’, which some may have seen Boz perform on Jool’s Holland’s “Hootenanny” show at the very start of this year.

Next up is a duet with Bonnie Raitt (enough said!), and then it is back to Louisiana for Bobby Charles’ ‘Small Town Talk’, a good cover if not quite up to Bobby’s standard, but then who could be on this classic? So far, not anything to upset this readership then, but now things start to get a little further away – a tango and a mood piece – before Curtis Mayfield’s ‘I’m So Proud’ brings us that beautiful Chicago soul sound, and Huey Smith’s ‘High Blood Pressure’ takes us to New Orleans at carnival time, after a Latin styled interlude.

‘Full Of Fire’ recreates the smooth Hi soul sound of the 70s, whilst ‘Love Don’t Love Nobody’ was originally recorded by The Spinners and covered by Eric Clapton on the “Back Home” album – it’s a very strong vocal performance. The “official” album then closes out with a slow country styled version of The Band’s ‘Whispering Pines”, a duet with Lucinda Williams, but there are three bonus tracks – ‘Gypsy Woman’, another Curtis Mayfield classic of the early 60s, Little Willie John’s blues ballad hit (and also successful for many others) ‘Talk To Me, Talk To Me’, and Womack & Womack’s catchy modern soul item, ‘M.P.B.’

A very accomplished set then, and as long as your taste is not confined solely to the blues, one which should interest you if you’re reading this!

NORMAN DARWEN

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