Boz Scaggs

Jump Street Jive Drive

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For serious collectors, it's incredibly frustrating when a bootlegger fails to tell you when or where a recording was made. Unfortunately, TAKRL (one of the top bootleggers of the '70s) doesn't bother to provide that information for this Boz Scaggs LP. Perhaps the label didn't know, but more than likely, TAKRL was simply being sloppy and careless. Nonetheless, Jump Street Jive Drive is probably the best Scaggs bootleg of the '70s. The sound quality is excellent, and Scaggs is in fine form during a set that includes five gems from Silk Degrees ("Lowdown," "Jump Street," "Lido Shuffle," "What Can I Say," and "It's Over") as well as "Slow Dancer," "You Make It So (Hard to Say No)" and "I Got Your Number." We can safely assume that this bootleg was recorded sometime in 1976, although it would have been nice to know the venue, the city, and the exact recording date. Be that as it may, Jump Street Jive Drive is rewarding from start to finish.