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Steve Winwood - Steve Winwood (1989) Retail CD
Released in 1977, three years after the final demise of his band Traffic, Steve Winwood's first solo album was regarded by some critics as a disappointment, being accused of not being distinctly different from the sound of Traffic. What had originally begun as a Winwood solo record in 1970 evolved into the third Traffic album 'John Barleycorn must die', but with Steve becoming even more the dominant musical force in the band 'Barleycorn' perhaps indicated his own preferred musical direction. The 'Steve Winwood' album has elements in common with the later Traffic albums in that it comprises relativelymore… long tracks (the longest reaching 8:30), with plenty instrumental passages, and at times complex rhythms. Furthermore, Winwood plays all guitars and keyboards, with drums and bass provided by session players, whilst former Traffic collaborators Jim Capaldi and Rebop contribute song lyrics and percussion, although the flute and sax work of Chris Wood is absent.Though very different from the slick American production of his very successful 'Back in the high life' album nine years later, 'Steve Winwood' represents a credible solo progression beyond Traffic, and on the song 'Midland Maniac' Steve plays all the instruments, indicating the approach he would use for his next two albums. Although this first solo album did not achieve the critical acclaim or sales of its successor 'Arc of a diver', in terms of performance quality I feel that it is better; it gels better musically through involving several musicians working together on the basic rhythm tracks instead of one working alone and overdubbing.It's hard to pick one stand-out track but in my view 'Vacant chair' perhaps sums up the qualities of this album best. In short, if you appreciate Steve Winwood's music, you are likely to enjoy this underrated album.
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