i am digging thru old cassettes and re-discovered this.
personnel here is: me, wayne l. berry, on percussion and turntable and my dead friend, greg smart on guitar. originally, it may be "untitled quiet piece" “MARTA”, but right about now, re-listening to it for the first time, after a decade, i am re-titling it: “wait? we wrote a TRAIN SONG???”
This is a straightforward, no added elements extension of ‘Lowdown’ that I knocked together back in 2004, and which would later be shared on limited vinyl in 2008 as ‘Blue Eyed Boz’, issued on the same 12” as ‘Adriano Italiano’ to launch the GW Ruff Edits series. It’s popped up in a few of my live mixes down the years, and features in the East Village London mix on here from last December.
Here’s what I wrote about ‘Lowdown’ for the Sept 76 Time Capsule: “Regarded as one of the classic Blue-Eyed Soul singles, ‘Lowdown’ by Boz Scaggs, despite its popularity on the UK club scene, peaked at a somewhat disappointing position of number 28 on the British chart. By contrast, the single had reached number 3 stateside, with the album it was taken from, ‘Silk Degrees’, becoming an American classic, which sold more than 5 million copies and spent over 2 years on the chart! Picking up a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues song, ‘Lowdown’ was recorded with a team of session musicians, who would later form the nucleus of the hit band Toto. In the early 60’s, Scaggs, who was Ohio born, had left his Texas home to briefly join London’s burgeoning R&B scene, returning to record his debut solo album, ‘Boz’ in 1965. He’d later appear on the first 2 Steve Miller Band LP’s, ‘Children Of The Future’ (1968) and ‘Sailor’ (1969), before continuing his solo career with a series of albums for Atlantic Records. However, it wasn’t until he signed to Columbia that the commercial acclaim, which had previously eluded him, finally came thanks to ‘Silk Degrees’.”