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Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood

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Deluxe four CD set in hardbound book packaging. Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood is a portrait of one of the most influential British musicians in Rock history, a singer/songwriter, peerless vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player. With a tracklisting personally selected by Steve Winwood from his five decade career, this collection features solo tracks as well as recordings with the bands he's worked with throughout the years including Spencer Davis Group and Traffic. 68 tracks.

Disc: 1
1. Keep On Running
2. Somebody Help Me
3. Gimme Some Lovin'
4. I'm A Man
5. Paper Sun
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Stranger To Himself
2. John Barleycorn (Must Die)
3. Glad
4. Freedom Rider
5. Empty Pages
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Vacant Chair
2. While you See A Chance
3. Arc Of A Diver
4. Spanish Dancer
5. Night Train
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. This Hammer
2. Waltz For Lumumba
3. When I Come Home
4. Love
5. In The Light Of Day
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B003HBM06Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By wildwielder on July 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I keep saying, greatest hits and best-of compilations are not for die-hard fans. When will they get this into their heads? Such albums are for casual listeners. So all these complaints about single edits vs. album cuts and minor, mostly-forgotten hits not being on the album are purely academic. I, for one, am quite pleased with this CD. Though I have great respect for Steve Winwood as a highly creative and true professional, the only Winwood album I have ever owned is Traffic's Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (which is a masterpiece, by the way). As such, all I have every really desired is a single or two-disk compilation with all of the hits I grew up hearing, especially Steve's solo stuff. I've waited a long time for this, as Chronicles cuts off before "Roll With It" and the first boxed set was much more than I wanted to own or pay for. And, as far as what I do want, this finally has it all!
True, "Valerie" is not the more familiar re-mix; but, as the liner notes state, that was only a "slight" re-mix. The difference to the casual listener is not significant enough to matter. As for the edit of "While You See a Chance", I never owned Arc of a Diver, so I am not familiar with the album cut. This is the version I know from radio play and it's all I wanted. And when it comes to the radio edits of "Spanish Dancer 2010" and "Dirty City"-- well, these songs are new to me, anyway, and not the reason I purchased this. But they are great tracks and I love them just as presented, so good enough. I do, though, agree that labeling "Low Spark..." as an edit when it clearly is not is a silly mistake, but a small one.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By luckykz on June 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I, too, have most of this material. But I bit for it, and I'm glad I did. I a-b'ed it to the Finer Things box set and it's no contest because, as the notes implied, Winwood spent time in the studio tweaking the music. Not only is it remastered, but check out the new mix on Low Spark. I don't think it's louder in the sense of Volume Wars. Rather, even the mono Spencer Davis tracks jump out (and I'm no purest mono freak). Steve Winwood is my absolute favorite musician. If you're young and have yet to collect his music, this set is perfect for you (and well priced!). If you're a longtime fan, you'll be equally thrilled. As for the missing trax, "Roll With It" and "Finer Things," suck it up and download it for an extra $1.99, burn it on a 35 cent disc and stash it between the pages. The liner notes are a little goofy, but it's all about the music. (Speaking of i-Tunes, what idiot would download it for $29.99 when you can get the discs (software)and the artwork for five bucks less?)
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fifteen years ago, Island Records released an excellent 4-CD retrospectve of one of the great artists of the British Ivasion. With 63 songs and more than five hours of music, THE FINER THINGS covered Steve Winwood's career from the Spencer Davis Group through his solo career.

Now Island has unleashed REVOLUTIONS: THE VERY BEST OF STEVE WINWOOD, and the question is, why? Of the first three discs, all but four songs were also included in THE FINER THINGS. Overall, these two collections share a whopping 37 tracks. That leaves only 21 tracks that are new to this collection. Many of them are from the handful of albums that Winwood has released since the previous collection. Still others are simply a result of tinkering with the track listing. For example, you now get Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," but gone are the two previously unreleased live tracks "Sleeping in the Ground" and "Under My Thumb"; you do get "The Morning Side" from the hugely successful ROLL WITH IT, but that album's No. 1 title track is missing.

Bottom line, there's no point in purchasing both of these collections; and all things considered, the nod goes to THE FINER THINGS.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The "Revolutions" box set provides listeners with an excellent overview of Steve Winwood's career. It includes most of the key tracks featuring Winwood from The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, and his vast solo career. The remastered sound is a welcome addition to Winwood's catalog, and a few "surprises" are thrown in, for good measure - including an excellent 2010 re-recording of "Spanish Dancer" and a revealing print interview with the artist himself. In "Revolutions", the range of multicultural influences on Steve Winwood's music are on display, which may surprise some listeners who are familiar only with his radio hits from the 1980s. In fact, the only criticism of this box set I can make is that several of Winwood's radio hits were omitted, including "Roll with It" and "The Finer Things". However, this is a minor quibble, because these tracks can always be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon.com, or similar outlets. Overall, "Revolutions" is an intriguing and revealing listen for Steve Winwood's fans - old and new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MediaMutt on October 31, 2011
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To gather almost 50 years of the music Steve Winwood has been involved in would be a daunting project . I guess that's why Stevie decided to grab the reins and do it himself . After listening and reading the materials included the proof is in the pudding because this collection is outstanding . The remastering adds depth to the older selections and the order in which the music is presented really enhances the listening experience . I hope Steve continues to make new music and tour for many years to come ! This is a must have for any Steve Winwood fanatic but the 4 disc set is not an easy find .
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why is roll with it on the single disc but not on this box set?
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