58 Songs, 4 Hours, 51 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

35 Ratings

35 Ratings



To the above reviewer: you know there's more than 40 songs on here right? Definitely worthwhile!

Evolution of a voice


The chronological order of Winwood's hits on this album clearly shows not only how one of rock's most distinctive voices matured over the years but also how Winwood himself evolved as a brilliant musician and songwriter. From the Spencer Davis Group's biggest singles, into the best songs with Traffic and his haunting vocals with Blind Faith, and finally to his many hits as a solo artist, this album spans five or six decades. His recent live concerts at Madison Square Garden with Clapton were nominated for a Grammy (another must-have album and video). This most complete album of his career has been a long time in coming, and it was worth the wait. Regrettably, "Roll With It" was not selected for inclusion, but there must have been a good reason. You can buy it separately from iTunes, though. Overall, this album showcases the portfolio of a true musical genius.

I'm in heaven!


Finally, so many of my favorite Winwood tracks from decades past are together in one collection. I really like the fact that so much attention is paid to the Traffic era - deservingly so. However, two of the absolute best tracks in the entire box are two tracks from Steve's most recent releases - "Different Light" and "Dirty City." That's a testament to his endurance as a crucial artist. Buy it!!

About Steve Winwood

Few classic rock artists evolved as subtly—and successfully—as Steve Winwood. A Dixieland fan from Birmingham, England, Winwood joined the R&B trio The Spencer Davis Group when he was only 14 (and even cowrote the timeless rave-up “Gimme Some Lovin’” about a year later), helped found both the pioneering fusion band Traffic and the blues supergroup Blind Faith (with Cream members Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), and later struck major chart success with a sophisticated take on blue-eyed soul. At the heart of Winwood’s genius is his uncanny ability to synthesize disparate styles into a seamless whole. Listen to Traffic’s 1971 album The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, whose blend of jazz, soul, psychedelia, and English folk set the course for the modern-day jam band, or Winwood’s commercial peak, 1986’s Back in the High Life (featuring the radio-staple title track and the Chaka Khan collaboration “Higher Love”), whose touches of funk and adult pop influenced artists from Sting to Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. Reflecting on his childhood stint in music school, Winwood said, “I was asked, ‘What kind of music do you like to listen to?’ and I said, ‘Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky, but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,’ and they literally said, ‘Either forget about that or leave.’” He left.

Birmingham, England
May 12, 1948




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