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listen  1. Higher Love (Full Album Version) 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Take It As It Comes 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Freedom Overspill 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Back In The High Life Again 5:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Finer Things 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wake Me Up On Judgment Day 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Split Decision 6:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Love's Leavin' 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the prodigious singer of the Spencer Davis Group (which also featured his brother Muff on bass). The blues and R&B-influenced rock of “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” stood among the leading hits at the peak of the British Invasion, Winwood’s singing drawing ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Winwood Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In a career full of triumphs, this 1986 LP might have been the pinnacle for Winwood; it sold three million copies and gave him his first #1, the Grammy-winning Higher Love . It joins the infectious title tune; the hit Freedom Overspill; Split Decision , and more pop gems with guests Joe Walsh, James Taylor and others!

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Overall, this is probably the best of Steve Winwood's albums in his entire music career.
Plastic Salmon
The "The Finer Things," "Higher Love", and "Back in the High Life" are all songs that lift me and make me feel good about life.
Roger E. Kloepfer
Those albums are great too, but this one best defines his solo career, the mix of talent and hard work that makes him a success.
Nynnzid

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nynnzid on May 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that cemented my admiration for Steve Winwood. It was the album that introducted me to Winwood's solo work, as "Higher Love" and "Back In The High Life Again" each hit the Top Ten in the U.S.
The tracks fit well together, and each track is a work of art by itself. This album was a worldwide smash and cemented Winwood's position among the great solo artists, and is among my favorite albums by any artist. Winwood received a total of three Grammys for this album, each well-deserved.
If you decide to sample just one of Winwood's solo albums, this is the one to try. It's definitely a mainstream work, unlike Winwood's earlier solo albums, which were more showcases of Winwood's engineering talent. Those albums are great too, but this one best defines his solo career, the mix of talent and hard work that makes him a success.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2001
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We are all pretty familiar with the three huge singles from this album, 'Higher Love', 'Back in the High Life" and 'Finer Things'. I'm glad for Winwood that in this case good music also meant - commercial success. That has not always been his experience. To me though, it's the eight tracks of the album as a whole, not just the hits, played in their entirety, rather than sampled, that gives us a feel for the beauty of this album. It's as if Winwood arrived somewhere in his life and he wanted to express it musically. Wherever it was it was good! This collection is personal, poignant and powerful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hindburn on August 7, 2001
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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 Bonzo Dog Band 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 By Steven R. Seim on July 22, 2002
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After only mixed results on three solo albums which he tried to record and produce on his own, Steve Winwood turned to the production talents of Russ Titleman and a number of guest musicians for "Back in the High Life." The result: two Grammys, a #1 single and #1 album, a "comeback" album in every sense of the term, and one of the best recordings of the 1980s. Having used synthesizers as an artistic crutch on his previous solo efforts, Winwood uses them here as merely one ingredient in a masterful '80s pop-rock mix. "Higher Love," "Freedom Overspill," "Back in the High Life Again," and "The Finer Things" were massive hits at the time, and still hold up well today. "Back in the High Life" was - and still is - a triumph.
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