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Back In The High Life [CD]

Steve Winwood Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001FKA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Take It As It Comes 5:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Freedom Overspill 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Back In The High Life Again 5:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Finer Things 5:490.79  Buy MP3 
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join Stevie in the Highlife 8 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was recommended to me by my geography teacher as at the time "Valerie" was one of my favourite songs.
"Back In The Highlife" has proved to be one of the best additions I ever made to my LP collection and was one of the first CDs I bought when I made the switch from vinyl.
If you don't have any Steve Winwood in your collection, make this album the first one you buy.
The production is so smooth and the melodies so absorbing that this album has no tracks you'll need to skip past when playing.
It has only 8 songs, but they are all top quality.
A truly wonderful album. You will love it!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most impressive albums of the 1980s 24 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Steve Winwood was indeed enjoying the high life after the release of this album in 1986. Back in the High Life is one of the best albums of that musically rich decade, providing Winwood with four huge hit singles. Winwood almost became too popular as a result of these songs; the radio played Higher Love, The Finer Things, Freedom Overspill, and Back in the High Life Again so often that even I eventually began to grow tired of them. As a result, I can say that I enjoy this album even more today than I did at the time of its initial release. Winwood's distinctive, laid-back music never goes out of style, and it soothes the soul while touching the heart with some quite emotional, really meaningful lyrics. I'm afraid I can't really describe the music; all I can say is that it combines drums, guitars, and horns in a way that is all its own.
While the album is remembered primarily for commercial successes such as Higher Love (featuring memorable backup vocals by Chaka Kahn) and Back in the High Life Again (featuring harmony vocals by James Taylor), it features eight songs of incredible quality. I might note that each track exceeds five minutes in length, so this album is not as short as it may appear. Take It As It Comes had real hit potential in my opinion. Wake Me Up on Judgment Day doesn't seem that memorable yet plays itself over and over in your mind after you hear it. Split Decision features some great guitar riffs, proving that Winwood can get down and rock a little when he wants to. The final track, My Love's Leavin', may well be the best song on the album, communicating both loss and hope in a way few artists can equal. You would be hard pressed to find a more impressive album from top to bottom than Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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After a 20 year career with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and as a solo artist, Steve Winwood finally hit big with this album of consistent quality from start to finish. Throughout, Winwood's high, soulful voice is on good form, and the songs are his most consistently commercial to date - every one being memorable. The Grammy-winning 'Higher love' opens the album, and from then on it's the same excellent standard, with potential hit after hit until the gentle closing ballad 'My love is leaving', with lyrics by former Bonzos front-man and occasional Winwood collaborator Viv Stanshall.
The album's sound and style is very different from that of his earlier solo efforts, thanks to factors such as the large session band, the heavy use of percussion, synthesizers and horns, and the powerful overall sound of the recording contributed by the mixing style of Tom Lord-Alge. There are also notable contributions from a number of well-known artists, such as Chaka Khan, Dan Hartman, James Ingram and James Taylor (vocals), John Robinson and Steve Ferrone (drums) and Nile Rodgers and Joe Walsh (guitar). Although synthesizers and drum machines are quite prominent in the recording, they are tempered by Winwood's stylish vocals and Hammond organ playing, and the album certainly does not have a machine-like, soulless sound, but rolls along effortlessly assisted by the complex percussion arrangements. Guitars appear on most tracks, although the use of a synth bass rather than bass guitar does mean that the tracks do not 'flow' quite as naturally as they might have done.
Whilst not wanting to downplay Winwood's other albums (the subsequent 'Roll with it' is also excellent) this record is so consistent that it must be regarded as probably his best so far. Very highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of Winwood's recording career? 9 April 2006
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Whilst his other solo recordings are never less than excellent, this is probably the best of the lot. His distinctive vocals perfectly complement each track - and there 'aint a dud track here.
For anyone wanting to start a Winwood collection, this is the one to start with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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When I was 18, myself and two friends (Hi Duv, Hi Dog), departed from Portsmouth to drive down to Southern Spain in Dog's Renault 11. He had a tape player in the car, and the only album we could all agree to listen to was this one.
So we listened to it. And listened to it. And kept listening to it. We must have played it about 50 times end to end, without fast forwarding through any tracks; and I can honestly say that none of us ever got bored of it. In fact, it was only when we gave into Dog's insistence that we listen to a new album from someone called Terence Trent D'Arby that we found something else we could agree on.....
It is just simply that there is not a weak song on the album; and the wonderfully slick production never takes away the soul. Winwood's voice, his supremely tight backing group, coupled with some amazing "cameos" from some really big names, all combine to make this one of the greatest albums of the 80s.
If "The Finer Things" doesn't make you feel good to be alive, then you're probably dead; and if "My Love's Leavin'" doesn't bring a lump to your throat, you've either never been dumped or, again, you're dead. A superb album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his greatest hits but not bad
Still listening to that one. Not as good as his greatest hits but not bad.
Published 17 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
excellent Mr Winwood I'd forgotten how good this is.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Max L. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Winwood lyrics and music.
Great lyrics and music and love the mandolin on the title track.
Check out Nine Lives, a later album, if you haven't , more jazzy and again a pretty album
Published 10 months ago by Douglas Stoten
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best.
Have followed Steve Winwood's career over the years and this CD is one of his best. After moving away from the music scene for a few years Steve came back with this CD and the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DODGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic LP from classic star
Had the tape pinched many years ago and never got round to replacing it.Still sounds as good now as it did when I bought the original on its release
Published 11 months ago by Bom Dia
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the High Life - Steve Winwood
Brilliant album, a comeback album that has everything that is good about Steve Winwood. I just keep on listening to it.
Published 12 months ago by Rod Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd.
Had this album on record when it first was released. Still love it but now on cd. Great for when driving in the car.
Published 13 months ago by Ms. A. Simkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars no split decision here !
A true classic and one of the few albums where every track is spot on - cannot speak too highly of the album,it's great !
Published 20 months ago by snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve winwood is one of a very highly respected artist and his music is up there with the very best of them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Julian Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Is Permanent...
Great music is timeless; Steve Winwood's Back In The High Life is a prime illustration of this.

This is Steve Winwood's strongest collection of songs. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by D. L. Young
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