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Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood Deluxe Edition, Box set

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B003HBM06Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Keep On Running - The Spencer Davis Group
  2. Somebody Help Me - The Spencer Davis Group
  3. Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group
  4. I'm A Man - The Spencer Davis Group
  5. Paper Sun - Traffic
  6. Coloured Rain - Traffic
  7. No Face, No Name, No Number - Traffic
  8. Heaven Is In Your Mind - Traffic
  9. Smiling Phases - Traffic
  10. Dear Mr. Fantasy - Traffic
  11. Pearly Queen - Traffic
  12. Forty Thousand Headmen - Traffic
  13. No Time To Live - Traffic
  14. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring - Traffic
  15. Shanghai Noodle Factory - Traffic
  16. Medicated Goo - Traffic
  17. Withering Tree - Traffic
  18. Well Alright - Blind Faith
  19. Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith
  20. Presence Of The Lord - Blind Faith

Disc: 2

  1. Stranger To Himself - Traffic
  2. John Barleycorn (Must Die) - Traffic
  3. Glad - Traffic
  4. Freedom Rider - Traffic
  5. Empty Pages - Traffic
  6. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys - Traffic
  7. Rainmaker - Traffic
  8. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory - Traffic
  9. Something New - Traffic
  10. Walking In The Wind - Traffic
  11. When The Eagle Flies - Traffic
  12. Mozambique - Steve Winwood, Traffic

Disc: 3

  1. Vacant Chair - Steve Winwood
  2. While You See A Chance - Steve Winwood
  3. Arc Of A Diver - Steve Winwood
  4. Spanish Dancer - Steve Winwood
  5. Night Train - Steve Winwood
  6. Valerie - Steve Winwood
  7. Higher Love - Steve Winwood
  8. Freedom Overspill - Steve Winwood
  9. Back In The High Life Again - Steve Winwood
  10. Don't You Know What The Night Can Do? - Steve Winwood
  11. Spy In The House Of Love - Steve Winwood
  12. Different Light - Steve Winwood
  13. Dirty City - Steve Winwood

Disc: 4

  1. This Hammer - The Spencer Davis Group
  2. Waltz For Lumumba - The Spencer Davis Group
  3. When I Come Home - The Spencer Davis Group
  4. Love - Traffic
  5. In The Light Of Day - Steve Winwood
  6. There's A River - Steve Winwood
  7. Hold On - Steve Winwood
  8. The Morning Side - Steve Winwood
  9. Far From Home - Steve Winwood
  10. Holy Ground - Steve Winwood
  11. State Of Grace - Steve Winwood
  12. Why Can't We Live Together - Steve Winwood
  13. Domingo Morning - Steve Winwood

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Product Description

Revolutions is the definitive career retrospective of one of the all-time greats of the UK music scene, with tracklistings personally selected by Steve Winwood from his five decade career. A child prodigy, Winwood first performed live on stage at the tender age of 8 in his father’s trad jazz band, and joined the Spencer Davis Group at 14. He left Spencer Davis to form Traffic, then later teamed up with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith at the tail-end of the 60s. Arguably his biggest successes came with his solo work from the 70s onwards. In a career lasting nearly 50 years several of his songs have become standards, notably "Gimme Some Lovin" (memorably covered in The Blues Brothers film),"‘Keep On Running", "Valerie", "The Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys" and "Higher Love".

This four CD deluxe box set includes a 60 page book with sleevenotes by writer Dylan Jones.

BBC Review

It was Steve Winwood's bluesy holler–weathered beyond his tender years and sounding like he hailed from Birmingham, Alabama rather than Birmingham, England–that gave The Spencer Davis Group the edge over all the other British Invasion groups plying sweaty, R&B-indebted rock'n'roll in the 1960s. Their Keep On Running–a stomping blast of Stax-style soul–scored 17-year-old Winwood his first number one single in 1965, beginning a career that would see him scooping up Grammy Awards 20 years later and–thanks to Eric Prydz's cheesy Call On Me remodelling of Winwood's 1987 hit Valerie–topping the singles charts as recently as 2004.

Revolution opens with Keep On Running, and further essays Winwood's tenure with Spencer Davis via self-penned hits like Gimme Some Lovin' and the fearsomely funky, Hammond-drenched I'm a Man, both authentic enough to become R&B standards in their own right. The precocious singer was restless, however, moving on in 1967 to form Traffic, whose ambitious fusion of rock, psychedelia, folk and jazz reflected the mind-expanding times, showcasing Winwood's growing sophistication as both performer and songwriter. No longer merely aping his R&B heroes, he was now delivering darkly powerful blues jams (Dear Mr Fantasy) and sitar-driven episodes of paranoid acid-rock (the eerie, still-chilling Paper Sun).

Traffic eventually burned out in the mid-70s, and a newly-solo Winwood struggled at first to recover his groove; early solo hit While You See a Chance finds him toying with earnest pop melodies and synthesisers, but feels cloying and sentimental, like a bad sitcom theme. 1985's triple Grammy-winning Back In the High Life album struck a better balance between his blues roots and the kind of lucrative, expertly-tailored AOR contemporaries like Eric Clapton and Phil Collins were then making. The gospel-tinged Higher Love (featuring Chaka Khan) is fittingly ecstatic 80s blue-eyed soul, while the title-track, aided by James Taylor, is a movingly-optimistic midlife rumination, Winwood reaching pop maturity with a grace that eluded many of his contemporaries.

Dirty City, a slow-burning, bluesy jam with Clapton from 2008, rounds out the solo set, and finds Winwood's fire commendably undimmed 40 years on. The four-CD box-set version of Revolutions examines his back-catalogue in great depth, but a simultaneously released 16-track single-CD package is faultless, racing through the highlights with the pace of a tightly-scripted Hollywood biopic. --Stevie Chick

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Revolutions - The Very Best Of Steve Winwood features sixteen tracks from a career dating back to the Spencer Davis Group period up to the present. As such it can only scratch the surface of a stellar career. However the tracks are well chosen and the selection is as good as you could get on a single cd.

My favourite period of Steve Winwood's career was his time with the Spencer Davis Group. This is represented by four tracks: Keep On Running,Somebody Help Me,Gimme Some Lovin' and I'm A Man. The digital remastering has these tracks sounding better than ever and breathes new life into these classic songs.

The collection on this cd then rolls on through the Traffic, Blind Faith and solo periods. This is a collection to enjoy. Highly recommended to all Steve Winwood fans and devotees of great music.
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Early order for my hubby's birthday
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The English version is just great, a few hits which aren't on the antipodean version!
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Great album of covering Steves career, solo and in bands
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When I saw this cd advertised I wasn't too sure about buying it, but after I played it for the first time I was really pleased that I decided to get it. It has a good mix of Steve's time with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and his solo work. The last track with Eric Clapton "Dirty City" is particularly good and the 2010 "Spanish Dancer" blends so well with this collection. Every Steve Winwood fan should have this album.
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I love Steve Winwood including the bands he was in before his solo career. This compilation covers the highlights of his three careers. There are some great picks on here but they have been all remastered way too loud. Clipped heavily and that is is not good because it means much of the peaks have been chopped. Winwood probably had no say in it. A good example is "Roll with It" which basically hurt my ears. I like remastering if it is done right, but this is not. Loudness does not mean better. I want the full dynamic range which Winwood originally released, not a clipped version that the record company wants to compete with today's new music.

This compilation features a 2010 re-recording of "Spanish Dancer" which is not a patch on the original. Overall fans should avoid this album and look for the 1995 box set "The Finer Things" which keeps the full dynamic range.
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By Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2017
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Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood

Confusingly with a similar name to a 4-CD box set, this 2010 release has 16 tracks plus an additional ‘bonus’ track exclusive to Amazon purchasers. It is basically a ‘potted’ history of Steve Winwood covering his career in a surprising number of bands (Spencer David Group, Traffic, Blind Faith) and his solo career.

Obviously, with the length of his career, covering all of it in a single CD is a tad tricky. That said, this album does a surprisingly good job and I just love to listen to it in the car. I always think he been rather under-rated given the quality of his music and the bands he was a part of. Just listen to the ‘Live at Madison Square Garden’ album (with Eric Clapton) to hear how versatile and talented he is.

The good news is that, at the time of writing, the 2002 album is available for ‘Unlimited’ members to stream and listen to (check for the correct listing and version).

Tracks:
1 Keep On Running (Remastered 2010)
2 Somebody Help Me (2010 Remaster)
3 Gimme Some Lovin'
4 I'm A Man (Remastered 2010)
5 Forty Thousand Headmen (2010 Remaster)
6 Paper Sun (2010 Remaster)
7 No Face, No Name, No Number (2010 Remaster)
8 Dear Mr. Fantasy (Remastered 2010)
9 Can't Find My Way Home (2010 Remaster)
10 While You See A Chance (2010 Remaster)
11 Valerie (Remastered 2010)
12 Spanish Dancer (2010 Version)
13 Higher Love (2010 Remaster)
14 Back In The High Life Again (2010 Remaster)
15 Roll With It (2010 Remaster)
16 Dirty City (2010 Remaster)
17 Dust (Amazon Exclusive Bonus Track)
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This looks good with some great tracks from Steve who has one of the most distinctive voices in music ever. However, have you noticed that a really great track: 'Roll With It' is on the 'Revolutions' standard edition but not on this deluxe edition? Considering the price of the deluxe edition, they could at least include all the tracks from the standard edition.
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