Steve Winwood – Roll With It (1988)

FrontCover1Roll with It is the fifth solo studio album by English blue-eyed soul artist Steve Winwood, released on 21 June 1988. It topped the album charts in the United States, and has sold over three million copies. The title cut topped the pop and rock singles charts. The success led the subsequent songs to serve as singles, “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” and “Holding On”.

“Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” had been written by Winwood to be featured in an ad campaign for Michelob which began running on American television on the day of the Roll with It album’s US release.

Two other tracks from Roll with It: “Hearts on Fire” and “Put on Your Dancing Shoes”, also achieved radio airplay. (by wikipedia)

This album is from 1988, which I had on vinyl, and felt the need to have on CD. The title track is a good example of whats to come later – Rock with a little R&B/Funk mixed in. It also has a ballad called “One More Morning” which starts with Vocal and Piano that shows the diversity of Steve Winwood. If you like Rock, you’ll like this. (by Paul)

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Winwood manages to reintroduce some of the R&B elements of the Spencer Davis Group and some of the psychedelic effects of early Traffic here, though this is also an effective follow-up to the directions indicated on Back in the High Life. Contains the number one title track and “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
Bashiri Johnson (percussion)
Mike Lawler (keyboards)
John “J.R.” Robinson (drums)
Steve Winwood (vocals, keyboards, guitar, synthesizer, drums, bass)
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Tom Lord-Alge (tambourine)
Jimmy Bralower – percussion, drum machine on 04. + 08.)
Robbie Kilgore – keyboards on 02., 04, + 08.)
Paul Pesco – guitar on 03. + 06.)
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The Memphis Horns:
Wayne Jackson (trombone, trumpet)
Andrew Love (saxophone)
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background vocals:
Mark Williamson – Tessa Niles

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Tracklist:
01. Roll With It (Winwood/Jennings/Holland/Dozier/Holland) 5.21
02. Holding On (Winwood/Jennings) 6.16
03. The Morning Side (Winwood/Jennings) 5.14
04. Put On Your Dancing Shoes (Winwood/Jennings) 5.13
05. Don’t You Know What The Night Can Do? (Winwood/Jennings) 6.55
06. Hearts On Fire (Winwood/Capaldi) 5.17
07. One More Morning (Winwood/Jennings 5.00
08. Shining Song (Winwood/Jennings 5.29

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The official video clip:

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Steve Winwood – Live At The Telluride Festival (2014)

FrontCover1No, Steve Winwood isn´t a blues grass artists, but he appears at the legendary Telluride Festival in

Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy.

When you hear the name Steve Winwood, where do you go? Back to Blind Faith? On the Arc of A Diver? Do you play Traffic in your head? Or do you think about the kid who was the driving force of the Spencer Davis Group? Wherever Steve Winwood’s impressive output takes you, it’s pure gold. Creatively restless and curious, the hallmark of Steve’s musical journey has been one of exploration and testing boundaries. The albums he’s made with Blind Faith and Traffic set him apart as a musician who reaches out to other, equally adventurous souls – Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Rick Grech, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood – to make records that remain as fresh and exciting as the first time you dropped the needle in the groove. Then as now, there’ve been no other recordings quite like John Barleycorn Must Die, or Blind Faith’s sole eponymous record. Musical conventions of the day were challenged by the sheer audacity of their compositions, range of influences, and stellar musicianship. What remains are classic records that reside in every serious listener’s collection.

Winwood01His solo records unleashed the Grammy tide – in the late 70s and 1980s, his melodic songs were radio staples and a career that at that time was already 20 years on, exploded. A wickedly talented multi-instrumentalist, Steve might be best known for his distinctive Hammond organ sound, a sound he has lent to Jimi Hendrix on “Voodoo Chile,” and as recently as on Miranda Lambert’s hit, “Baggage Claim.” You hear it and just know it’s Mr. Winwood.

In Steve Winwood’s music there is a vast range of influences and styles. He’s explored Delta blues, English folk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and melds them into his own inventive songs. Chances are, you know the words to all of them. We’re honored to have Steve Winwood play for you. (Festival announcement for 2018)

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Steve Winwood, showing no signs of age or wear on his beautiful voice, closed the second day with an awesome set of rock and roll that touched on songs from his careers with Blind Faith, Traffic, the Spencer Davis Group, and his solo career. One highlight was the blistering take on “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” that jammed into “Empty Pages.” Winwood alternated between organ and guitar, playing a blistering solo on the latter during “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and even picked up a mandolin for a soulful take on “Back in the High Life.” (Reviews from the 2014 concert at the Telluride Festival by Candace Horgan)

What another great concert by Steve Winwood, including rare live performances of “Rainmaker” and “Medicated Goo” …

Recorded live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO; June 20, 2014. Very good to excellent web stream.

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Personnel:
Richard Bailey (drums)
Paul Booth (saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals, irish whistle)
Cafe DeSilva (percussion)
José Neto (guitar)
Steve Winwood (organ, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Introduction 2.27
02. Rainmaker (Winwood/Capaldi) 6.28 (*)
03. I’m A Man (Winwood/Miller) 6.02
04. Fly (Winwood/Godwin/Neto) 8.45
05. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 6.29
06. Medicated Goo (Winwood/Miller) 5.18
07. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Winwood/Capaldi) 7.46
08. Empty Pages (Winwood/Capaldi)  5.49
09. Light Up or Leave Me Alone (Capaldi) 16.24
10. Band introductions 0.49
11. Dear Mr Fantasy (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood) 8.55
12. Back In The High Life Again (Winwood/Jennings) 8.51
13. Gimme Some Lovin’(S.Winwood/M.Winwood/Davis) 6.09
14. Closing Radio Banter 1.09

(*) “During Rainmaker, there were some slight chirp sounds and the volume fluctuated during stream.”

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Steve Winwood – Jazz Festival Lugano (2013)

FrontCover1Another great recording from Estival, courtesy of Lewojazz (thanks), the only downside being the announcers again talking extensively over the start of the tracks at a higher volume than the music. I reduced as much talk as I could without removing any music, so hopefully it doesn’t spoil the listening experience.

And David Randall’s comments on Winwood’s gig at The Lowry, Salford on June 24, 2013 is equally applicable here:

Starting with the insistent ‘Rainmaker’ closely followed by ‘I’m A  Man’,  giving Winwood’s Hammond a chance to breathe and the band to stretch out, these were admirable scene setters.  One of our best soulful voices, Winwood is also equally content behind the organ or guitar as he led the band through an inevitably cursory cross-section of his musical history.  His mutton chop whiskers (perhaps in preparation for Glasto) now detract slightly from an ever youthful image.

A trawl through his Traffic past, the brief Blind Faith (if you couldn’t be there in Hyde Park in 1969 this was possibly the next best thing) and a couple of eighties ‘hits’ were punctuated by some extended set-pieces such as the Traffic songs ‘Low Spark…’ and ‘Light Up And Leave Me Alone’.

Recorded live at the Estival Jazz Festival 2013,
Piazza della Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland; July 4, 2013
Excellent internet broadcast

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Personnel:
Richard Bailey (drums)
Paul Booth (saxophone, flute, vocals)
Cafe DaSilva (percussion)
Jose Neto (guitar)
Steve Winwood (keyboards, guitar, vocals)

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01. Rainmaker (Capaldi/Winwood)  8.02
02. I’m a Man (Miller/Winwood)  8.29
03. Fly (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)  9.05
04. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 5.27
05. Had To Cry Today (Winwood/Clapton)  7.20
06. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Capaldi/Winwood)  7.42
07. Light Up or Leave Me Alone (Capaldi) 19.47
08. Higher Love (Winwood/Jennings)  6.32
09. Keep On Running (Edwards) 4.17
10. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Wood/Capaldi/Winwood)  8.29
11. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Davis/Winwood)  6.33

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