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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 04:40 AM
So I'm browsing around the Walmart CD bins tonight after work, looking at all the horrible stuff the teens and preteens buy, when right in front of my eyes sits...a new Steve Winwood CD! I cant believe it.

But what goes through my mind is all the terrible 80's "adult contemporary" stuff he put out back then.

But wait, I think. What about that KILLER Dear Mr. Fantasy on the recent Clapton Guitar Festival DVD??

So I pick it up, go home, stick it in the stereo, and hit play.

Folks, if you like Steve Winwood....GO GET THIS!!! It is wonderful!

Its not Traffic, but its MUCH closer to Traffic than the adult contemporary stuff.

Its got kind of a light jazz Brazillian feel to it. Steve plays lots of guitar(electric) and even more organ. His organ is all over the place. Clapton takes a solo on one cut.

Lots of really nice flute playing and some sax. This album is a full blown WINNER to my ears. Much MUCH better than an extremely disappointing sort of Traffic reunion album I picked up a few years ago.

Its called "Nine Lives". This thing is just glorious to my ears.


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[Edited on 1/3/2009 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 04:45 AM
hey thanks D. I saw it a while back and had the same reservations as you. I'll check it out.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 05:02 AM
I fully concur with D28 ... I went to see Steve in London last November ... below is my review of that show ...

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Steve Winwood’s show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday night was above even my most optimistic expectations. The Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an old 1920’s “art deco” theatre in the vein of the Beacon but about 2/3 the size holding around 2000 people, is a great venue. The sound is very good and the theatre is so compact that on the level one balcony (equivalent to the Loge at the Beacon) where I was sat in row 3, the stage could not be more than 30 yards or so away.

This was “an evening with” type show, without a support act, and so we had to wait until about 8-30 until Steve and the band came on stage. But it was well worth the wait, and they played until 10-30 including the encore, so whilst not as long as an ABB Beacon show, it was none the less pretty good value.

The band was pretty tight, and special mention ought to be given to the Saxophonist who not only was very good on the wind instruments, but was also pretty good on the keyboards when he sat in for the numbers that Winwood played guitar on. The 5 man line-up was as follows:

Steve Winwood – Vocals, Hammond Organ, Lead Guitar.
Jose Neto – Lead and Rhythm guitar.
Paul Booth – sax (various), Flute and Hammond Organ.
Richard Bailey – Drums.
Karl van den Bosh – Percussion.

The set list included a bit of everything to please everyone. He started off with a track (Different Light) from his 2003 album “About Time”, and the set also included four tracks (Hungry Man, Dirty City, Fly and At Times We Do Forget) off his latest 2008 album “Nine Lives”, and a token track (Higher Love) from his 80’s efforts. But the other eight tracks were all from his early career with Spencer Davis, Blind Faith and Traffic – right up my alley!!! Set list was as follows:

Set 1:
Different Light
I’m a Man
Hungry Man
Can’t Find My Way Home
Dirty City
Fly
At Times We Do Forget
Light Up or Leave Me Alone
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Empty Pages
Keep on Running
Higher Love

Encore:
Dear Mr Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin’

Despite the blues basis of much of the earlier work, the rhythms throughout were very Latin American influenced, making it very difficult to pigeon hole the overall sound. All I can say is that it was a bluesy, jazzy, funky, latino fusion which worked very well. Steve was in excellent voice, and in addition to his very competent Hammond playing, when he strapped on his turquoise Strat he showed what a very accomplished guitar player he is too, the rendition of “Dear Mr Fantasy” was as good as I've heard.

Overall an excellent show from start to finish, might have been slightly better if his friend EC had dropped by, but how often do we say that? If he is down your way, go and see him, you will be in for a treat.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 05:18 AM
thanks Colin. remember reading that review and thinking what a shame no 'sea of joy'...

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 09:16 AM
I'll add a vote for "Nine Lives". Picked it up after seeing Steve last June. Good stuff.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 10:07 AM
I bought it upon release...excellent...

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 10:52 AM
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I fully concur with D28 ... I went to see Steve in London last November ... below is my review of that show ...

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Steve Winwood’s show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday night was above even my most optimistic expectations. The Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an old 1920’s “art deco” theatre in the vein of the Beacon but about 2/3 the size holding around 2000 people, is a great venue. The sound is very good and the theatre is so compact that on the level one balcony (equivalent to the Loge at the Beacon) where I was sat in row 3, the stage could not be more than 30 yards or so away.

This was “an evening with” type show, without a support act, and so we had to wait until about 8-30 until Steve and the band came on stage. But it was well worth the wait, and they played until 10-30 including the encore, so whilst not as long as an ABB Beacon show, it was none the less pretty good value.

The band was pretty tight, and special mention ought to be given to the Saxophonist who not only was very good on the wind instruments, but was also pretty good on the keyboards when he sat in for the numbers that Winwood played guitar on. The 5 man line-up was as follows:

Steve Winwood – Vocals, Hammond Organ, Lead Guitar.
Jose Neto – Lead and Rhythm guitar.
Paul Booth – sax (various), Flute and Hammond Organ.
Richard Bailey – Drums.
Karl van den Bosh – Percussion.

The set list included a bit of everything to please everyone. He started off with a track (Different Light) from his 2003 album “About Time”, and the set also included four tracks (Hungry Man, Dirty City, Fly and At Times We Do Forget) off his latest 2008 album “Nine Lives”, and a token track (Higher Love) from his 80’s efforts. But the other eight tracks were all from his early career with Spencer Davis, Blind Faith and Traffic – right up my alley!!! Set list was as follows:

Set 1:
Different Light
I’m a Man
Hungry Man
Can’t Find My Way Home
Dirty City
Fly
At Times We Do Forget
Light Up or Leave Me Alone
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Empty Pages
Keep on Running
Higher Love

Encore:
Dear Mr Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin’

Despite the blues basis of much of the earlier work, the rhythms throughout were very Latin American influenced, making it very difficult to pigeon hole the overall sound. All I can say is that it was a bluesy, jazzy, funky, latino fusion which worked very well. Steve was in excellent voice, and in addition to his very competent Hammond playing, when he strapped on his turquoise Strat he showed what a very accomplished guitar player he is too, the rendition of “Dear Mr Fantasy” was as good as I've heard.

Overall an excellent show from start to finish, might have been slightly better if his friend EC had dropped by, but how often do we say that? If he is down your way, go and see him, you will be in for a treat.




I received tickets to see him locally as a Christmas present, looking forward to it.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 11:17 AM
Bought the CD after seeing him on Letterman and NBC Today Summer Concert series. Great album.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 11:22 AM
Very good album, EC is on it too.

The album was made right before the EC/Winwood tour of early 2008.

Winwood is going on tour here in the states later this month.

He is playing CT 1/17, 2 weeks from today.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 11:28 AM
9 Lives is a great album. So was his previous release, "About Time". It has probably become one of the most played albums in my collection and it really renewed my interest in this truly legendary artist. Have caught him a few times live over the last few years and he puts on a spectacular show. His voice is still in top shape and his band is great. He's doing a short Northeast run this month. Tickets for NYC should be available at less than face value pretty soon. I'm seeing 3 shows in a couple of weeks and am psyched to say the least.

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 11:48 AM
I saw Winwood open for Tom Petty back in the summer, and it was a great show. The CD is a definate keeper.
 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 12:00 PM
I love Winwood! Will be seeing him January 16th, can't wait!

Best concert I have ever experienced was the Clapton/Winwood concert at Madison Square Garden in Feb. 2008. After that show I felt that if I never saw another show I could still be happy. It was a fantasy come true.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 12:20 PM
Cool - thanks! Buying it as soon as possible!

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 01:16 PM
Saw Winwood's show headlining a festival in London last summer and highly recommend catching them, nice cross section of his career from Spencer Davis to 9 Lives and loved the Brazillian influences. Nothing lost vocally for Winwood imho.

 

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Wow, this thread totally sparked a memory of mine from around 1990 or '91. Oteil had quit ARU to go on sabbatical - I think after their first record deal fell through or didn't pan out or whatever. He left Atlanta for Nashville to try session work for a few months, and while he was gone Capricorn II signed ARU so he came back to Atlanta to give it a go with ARU again. Anyway, while he was in Nasvhille apparently he did a MTV type video with Steve Winwood. I remember distinctly sitting at TGI Fridays and looking up at the TV and there's Oteil. Couldn't believe it. It was TGI Fridays, so we couldn't hear the song or anything, but I kept looking for the video again on MTV (back when they still played music) and VH-1 after that, but never saw it again. I remember the Winwood album bombed, so he didn't get any air play shortly after the album was released. It was from the 1990 album "Refugees from the Heart," the follow-up to the immensely successful "Roll With It" album.

Anyway, so this thread sparked that memory so I went to AllMusic.com and looked up Winwood's discography. Saw that the only song on Refugees of the Heart that wasn't Jennings/Winwood was One and Only Man, co-written by Capaldi/Winwood. So I plugged that into the Youtube search engine, and sure enough, there was a VH-1 music video. And there's Oteil! (He didn't play on the recording of the song, just did the video.)

And actually, it's not that bad of a song, given the time in which it was written/recorded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP6hhJGXg_o

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 03:19 PM
Hey Harvey, thanks for the set list. I love it. Wish I could have been there. From the beginning to the middle to the end, that set looks like one I would have loved to listen to.




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I fully concur with D28 ... I went to see Steve in London last November ... below is my review of that show ...

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Steve Winwood’s show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday night was above even my most optimistic expectations. The Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an old 1920’s “art deco” theatre in the vein of the Beacon but about 2/3 the size holding around 2000 people, is a great venue. The sound is very good and the theatre is so compact that on the level one balcony (equivalent to the Loge at the Beacon) where I was sat in row 3, the stage could not be more than 30 yards or so away.

This was “an evening with” type show, without a support act, and so we had to wait until about 8-30 until Steve and the band came on stage. But it was well worth the wait, and they played until 10-30 including the encore, so whilst not as long as an ABB Beacon show, it was none the less pretty good value.

The band was pretty tight, and special mention ought to be given to the Saxophonist who not only was very good on the wind instruments, but was also pretty good on the keyboards when he sat in for the numbers that Winwood played guitar on. The 5 man line-up was as follows:

Steve Winwood – Vocals, Hammond Organ, Lead Guitar.
Jose Neto – Lead and Rhythm guitar.
Paul Booth – sax (various), Flute and Hammond Organ.
Richard Bailey – Drums.
Karl van den Bosh – Percussion.

The set list included a bit of everything to please everyone. He started off with a track (Different Light) from his 2003 album “About Time”, and the set also included four tracks (Hungry Man, Dirty City, Fly and At Times We Do Forget) off his latest 2008 album “Nine Lives”, and a token track (Higher Love) from his 80’s efforts. But the other eight tracks were all from his early career with Spencer Davis, Blind Faith and Traffic – right up my alley!!! Set list was as follows:

Set 1:
Different Light
I’m a Man
Hungry Man
Can’t Find My Way Home
Dirty City
Fly
At Times We Do Forget
Light Up or Leave Me Alone
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Empty Pages
Keep on Running
Higher Love

Encore:
Dear Mr Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin’

Despite the blues basis of much of the earlier work, the rhythms throughout were very Latin American influenced, making it very difficult to pigeon hole the overall sound. All I can say is that it was a bluesy, jazzy, funky, latino fusion which worked very well. Steve was in excellent voice, and in addition to his very competent Hammond playing, when he strapped on his turquoise Strat he showed what a very accomplished guitar player he is too, the rendition of “Dear Mr Fantasy” was as good as I've heard.

Overall an excellent show from start to finish, might have been slightly better if his friend EC had dropped by, but how often do we say that? If he is down your way, go and see him, you will be in for a treat.



 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 07:48 PM
Wish you could have been there too Angela ... see you in March

 

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  posted on 1/3/2009 at 09:32 PM
he did a killer version of hey joe on some kinda award show or somethin a couple years ago,,,,,,,,,,,,,,somebody help me cause i cant find it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thank you to one & all who help a po girl out

 

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  posted on 1/4/2009 at 12:23 AM
Hey.

Check out this excerpt from of one of the reviews someone wrote on the "Nine Lives" reviews section at Amazon.com....

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""Nine Lives" sounds a lot like second-generation Traffic, with less noodling and more focus. The songs build on blues riffs, jazz, and folk-rock, all coupled with African and Latin influences.

There is precision and elegance to virtually every track on this album, without a single extraneous note. It all makes perfect sense, from the nailed down rhythmic grooves to the song lengths, which linger only long enough to make you want more.

"Nine Lives" hearkens back to an era when good music defined our culture, but it doesn't sound the least bit dated or forced. In the best sense, this album could have been released in 1972."





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  posted on 1/4/2009 at 09:06 AM
Have to agree I saw the Cream reunion in NY, but the Winwood/Clapton show I saw there just blew Cream away, I am checking out the Foxwoods show also. Funny thing about that last week in February 08 this is what I did musically that week.

Sun record shopping in Boston
Mon Station Nightclub Concert in Providence
Tues Winwood/Clapton in NYC
Thurs Bruce Springsteen in Hartford
Sat Record shopping in NYC and Joe Perry at the Hard Rock Times Square

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  posted on 1/6/2009 at 04:10 PM
I got to see Steve at the Beacon a few years back. If "Nine Lives" is anything like his last one, "About Time" it's great stuff and not anything close to being pop. They interviewed him on, I think 60 minutes, on his farm, and he's got a barn like Levon Helm, with full studio, and has been working regularly in his studio. His songwriting is under rated. I'm sure a more jazzy, bluesy, funky, on guitar and B3. He's slipping into Baltimore Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, on Jan 19 MLK Day, I got tickets.

 

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  posted on 1/6/2009 at 04:31 PM
That video with Oteil in it made me think of that movie that he was in when he was a little kid. Somebody posted youtube clips of the movie here a while back! It was a hoot!

 

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  posted on 1/6/2009 at 04:53 PM
it is great windwood is the man

 

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That video with Oteil in it made me think of that movie that he was in when he was a little kid. Somebody posted youtube clips of the movie here a while back! It was a hoot!


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  posted on 1/6/2009 at 07:28 PM
jbowie .. sounds like we were running the same race last feb . I was also at the tues Clapron/ Winnwood show in NYC and saw the Hartford date for Bruce.

I really enjoyed the Clapton Winwood gig but the Cream reunion (tues night) melted my face off.

 

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