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Arc of a Diver

Steve Winwood

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Steve Winwood had made his name as a young musical wunderkind, fronting the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton) and recording with Jimi Hendrix on his Electric Ladyland album. His fusion of jazz, blues, pop and psychedelia combined with a soulful voice that drew comparisons to Ray Charles gave him a prestige beyond his twenty-something years. By the time of his second solo album, 1981’s Arc of a Diver, Winwood was nearly an old-hand. Over 30 and like many of his generation facing an unsure musical future, Winwood turned out this eminently catchy collection of tunes that modernized his sound without sacrificing his heartfelt soul. “Slowdown Sundown” recalls the dramatic ends of Traffic. The album’s hit single “While You See A Chance” is positively infectious, while the title track, “Second-Hand Woman,“ and “Night Train“ sport bright, energetic grooves that only slightly overdrive into the ‘80s. (The synthesizers are tastefully applied.) Winwood would continue to reinvent his sound and reputation for the rest of the decade.

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Winwood's best

Steve Winwood's best album ever! I have listened to it dozens of times. My very favorite tune is "While You See a Chance".

His Best Solo

Stevie's best solo effort by far. High Life had the hits, but this album flows like fine wine and ages like it too.

Expand your horizons "Mad Baumer"!

“The Mad Baumer” is not only tired but obviously delusional. This 1980 release borders genius and is considered by many to be Winwood’s best solo work. Winwood’s collaboration with Will Jennings is brilliant and set the table for the epic success of 1986’s “Back in the High Life”. So, grab some strong coffee “Mad Baumer”, and expand your horizons beyond greatest hits compilations…you’ll be surprised what you find! *Great album art too.

Biography

Born: May 12, 1948 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a solo artist, Steve Winwood is primarily associated with the highly polished blue-eyed soul-pop that made him a star in the '80s. Yet his turn as a slick, upscale mainstay of adult contemporary radio was simply the latest phase of a long and varied career, one that's seen the former teenage R&B shouter move through jazz, psychedelia, blues-rock, and progressive rock. Possessed of a powerful, utterly distinctive voice, Winwood was also an excellent keyboardist who remained an in-demand session...
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