19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2000
Released two years after the excellent and deservedly very successful 'Back in the high life', 'Roll with it' sees Steve Winwood moving back more towards his roots, and returning to a somewhat more traditional rhythm and blues sound. Rather than complex synthesizer and percussion arrangements, 'Roll with it' is dominated by piano and organ, with punchy horns from the famed American trumpet/sax duo the Memphis Horns, and the drums of John Robinson well to the fore. The use of these natural rhythm section instruments gives the album a somewhat more organic and flowing feel than its predecessor. The powerful production sound of Tom Lord Alge has evolved significantly and gives the record a very bright and urgent quality, and even the cover, showing a mature Winwood looking self-assured in jeans and leather jacket, hints at the tough and uncompromising R&B style of the record. Whilst two tracks ('Dancing shoes 'and 'Shining song') are not so memorable, the rest are excellent, my particular favourites being the gospelly ballads 'One more morning' and 'The morning side', and the driving title track.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2009
I used to listen to this about 25 years ago on cassette. It died and I forgot about this album. I bought it wondering if it was really as good as I remember.
Yes it is. This is a truly great album - groove, lyrics, melodies, awesome musicianship are all there in spades. Not a dud track.
This is a treat for your ears.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2008
First saw this bloke in The Manor House pub...my ears haven't been the same since. What an album....everyone's a cocoanut. Do yourself a favour... get a copy now, and play it load....you've gotta roll with it.!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2006
I bought this on casette when it was first released and never got around to buying the CD. Big mistake. I've rectified that now, mind.
The album is a mix of storming R&B tracks, mid-tempo gems and sublime ballads.
The crime here is that it was not anywhere near a big an album as it was in the States, where it was a monster.
Great, great, great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
Steve Winwood has passed through many phases during his career. This may be smoother and more polished than some of his other output, but it still packs an emotional punch. With several classics on the CD this was a welcome addition to my collection.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
Have followed Steve Winwood for many years and cannot understand how I have never brought this CD. Saw him at the Royal Albert Hall with the 'Roll With It Tour' in October 1988 and this CD brings back those memories. Perhaps not his best CD, but worth adding to your collection just for good, great and average tracks, no poor ones.