- 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)
Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood Deluxe Edition, Box set
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this spans the different years and fabulous groups he has played withPublished 6 months ago by S. Lebeter
Brilliant all the best tracks,if you are a Steve Winwood fan you will want this.Published 6 months ago by Mike.