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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DQTM
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gimme Some Lovin'
2. Searchin'
3. Keep On Running
4. I Can't Stand It
5. Strong Love
6. Every Little Bit Hurts
7. I'm A Man
8. Back Into My Life Again
9. Trampoline
10. Somebody Help Me
11. When I Come Home
12. Stevie's Blues
13. The Hammer Song
14. Waltz For Lumumba
15. Goodbye Stevie

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Spencer Davis Group were one of several excellent British R+B bands of the sixties. Best remembered in Britain for Keep on running (one of the best songs of the sixties, regardless of genre), by the time they started to make an impression in America, they were on the verge of losing their key man, Steve Winwood.

They actually had two number one hits in Britain (Keep on running and Somebody help me) and several other big hits, including Strong love (not included here), Every little bit hurts (a cover of the Brenda Holloway song), Gimmie some lovin' (a remixed version of which was a hit in America) and I'm a man (also a hit in America).

In 1967, Steve Winwood quit to form a new band, Traffic. The other band members struggled on for a while, but those recordings are not included here (and are not as good).

This is a nice introduction to the Spencer Davis Group. If you enjoy it a lot, there is a double CD, 8 gigs a week, which contains all the music they recorded while Steve Winwood was a member of the group.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Vocals, Keyboard by Winwood Precursor to Later Work 11 Jan. 2007
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are two monster hits on this compilation (the 1966 "Gimme Some Lovin,'" and "I'm a Man" and their inclusion probably justifies the 60's music fan's purchase of this otherwise disappointing CD. Why disappointing? Because there are the most perfunctory of liner notes, nothing on track personnel, recording date, song authorship, and almost nothing biographical about the group (although Stevie Winwood, as its virtuoso and most durable musician gets added attention for his later efforts). There's nothing, really, about the band's place in British blues/rock history, just the familiar account of how the band met up, and a perfunctory list of their hits.

Still, any album that opens with their great, precocious single, "Gimme Some Lovin" is worth a look. Winwood's outstanding vocal against a raucous background chorus, the sexually tinged lyrics, and joyous, kicking beat, made it a classic-- a #2 record in England, and # 7 in the US. "Keep on Runnin'" didn't enjoy the same success, but chances are you'll recognize this R&B tune with it's buzzy guitar and bouncing beat. It's got the requisite "Hey hey hey" chorus, and could easily been done by the Stones (albeit with more sexual menace). It's got a trace of ska, not surprising considering (as the liner notes inform us) that it was a gift from Jamaican musician, Jackie Edwards. "I'm a Man" features a great beat and vocals, with an extra dose of percussion that gives it complexity and texture. Stevie Winwood's instincts, as always, are just right; he injects genuine, unstudied soul and passion into this brief but energetic song.

I Can't Stand It" is a fun song that sounds fairly typical of the era; it's a something the Yardbirds might have done, but it lacks their heavy blues-base and overall musicianship. I liked the spirit of "When I come HOme" (especially the chorus), as well as "Every Little Bit Hurts"-- mostly because of its uncanny resemblance to the Fine Young Cannibals' sound! Check it out. "Stevie's Blues" is Your_Basic-British-Blues, but Winwood's authentic sounding vocals and some totally kick-ass guitar work completely elevate it. Winwood's vocal and Davis' guitar similarly lift "Goodbye Stevie." The lead guitar also tracks Winwood's voice in the latter part of the song, an interesting change from the blistering solos preceding this.

Working On the Railroad" sounds dated, a kind of British country and western/folk/rock aesthetic that the Kinks would eventually perfect on "Village Green Preservation Society.' There are a number of other less-than-memorable tunes here (e.g., "Strong Love", Back Into My Life Again, instrumental "Trampoline," the fairly standard "Somebody Help Me"--although some listeners may have their own fond memories of these), but at the right price, this is worth it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Classic sixties R+B 10 Jan. 2006
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Spencer Davis Group were one of several excellent British R+B bands of the sixties. Best remembered in Britain for Keep on running (one of the best songs of the sixties, regardless of genre), by the time they started to make an impression in America, they were on the verge of losing their key man, Steve Winwood.

They actually had two number one hits in Britain (Keep on running and Somebody help me) and several other big hits, including Strong love (not included here), Every little bit hurts (a cover of the Brenda Holloway song), Gimmie some lovin' (a remixed version of which was a hit in America) and I'm a man (also a hit in America).

In 1967, Steve Winwood quit to form a new band, Traffic. The other band members struggled on for a while, but those recordings are not included here (and are not as good).

This is a nice introduction to the Spencer Davis Group. If you enjoy it a lot, there is a double CD, 8 gigs a week, which contains all the music they recorded while Steve Winwood was a member of the group.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Spencer Davis Group deserves better 17 Jan. 2001
By J. Kramer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great group, great tunes, bad production quality on this particular cd. "Gimme Some Lovin'" is one of the all-time great tunes to get people partying, but I'd suggest looking for it on another cd, or play this only on a boombox on a crowded beach, where sound quality isn't so important (the sample you hear on amazon is of better quality).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Bad sound-forget it! 23 Feb. 2005
By J. R Sategna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This best of compulation does not sound good at all--stereo sound is infrequent at best and the mono cuts sound muffled-Suggest trying another Best of since there are so many out. Just skip this one-also the choice of cuts for this compulation could have been better selected. Avoid this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic Sound 15 Jan. 2014
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is what some people were doing with American R&B in the sixties. The mixes are about what you'd expect from material recorded on multi-track recorders with fewer tracks than most people's DVD player has speakers these days.

The master seems to have been recovered adequately and what I've heard so far certainly takes me back to the heady days when "I'm a Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" were on the wireless (though the one I heard had less of a party feel to it - the one everyone knows is an American single mix that has been imported back into the UK and is now the de-facto standard on "Greatest Hits collections), threatening the prettier but less arse-shifting Beatles beat.

The contents seem a pretty good selection, with the Big Four front and center.

The sound is dated. These pieces are over fifty years old for Elvis' sake. But they are nice and heavy, a prediction of what was about to cascade into the UK music scene, and the lyrics are simply great for 2 minute wonders. Steve Winwood was showing everyone what a talent he was becoming in that area.

Recommended.
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