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The 33 selections on My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology (1969— 1997) (Columbia/Legacy) are as sleek and as shiny as a Highland Park Mercedes. Despite the ex-Dallasite’s irresistible sense of flow-as-melody, several tracks on the two- CD set are also vapid enough to reconfirm that all that glitters is not gold. But as his touchstones jump from San Francisco to New York to Philly to Muscle Shoals to Texas, Scaggs puts his unmistakable stamp—forged out of equal parts upscale dandyism and blue-eyed soul—on an impressive array of blues, rock, soul, funk, and disco. JOHN MORTHLAND

Jeb Loy Nichols graduated from Austin’s Westlake High in 1979 and spent the next decade in London leading the obscure folk combo Fellow Travellers. Now comes his solo debut, Lovers Knot (Capitol), which teams him with Cassandra Wilson’s producer, Craig Street, and a band that includes members of Jazz Passengers. Nichols’ songs are doleful, soulful, and strong, but what makes them go is their surprising sonic eclecticism, whether it’s the prickly sweetness of his Dylan-as-crooner vocals, the lovingly modernized nods to Memphis R&B, or an old bluegrass tune rendered with echoes of ska and trip-hop.…With its gently energetic nerd-rock, Silver

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