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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001GHSFMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1977 Island Records 91261-2 Tracks: 1. Hold On 2. Time Is Running Out 3. Midland Maniac 4. Vacant Chair 5. Luck's In 6. Let Me Make Something in Your Life

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on June 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unfairly overlooked by many of his fans, Steve Winwood's self-titled debut solo album from 1977 is a wonderful smooth-groover, filled with melodic songs and excellent musical chops. If some of the album sounds like Winwood's old band Traffic, it's because four of the six songs were co-written by Winwood's partner in Traffic, drummer Jim Capaldi, and Traffic percussionist Rebop Kwaku-Baah also plays on a couple of tracks. But hey, I'm certainly not complaining! "Hold On" is a catchy, Steely Dan-esque number, and "Time Is Running Out," featuring Capaldi & Kwaku-Baah, is a punchy pop-rocker that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Traffic album. "Midland Maniac," on which Winwood plays all the instruments, is a lovely piano-popper, as is "Vacant Chair." "Luck's In" is a smokin' tune, with a killer, Traffic-esque jam at the end. And "Let Me Make Something In Your Life" is a perfect ballad. Although it would take Steve Winwood one more album to truly establish himself as a solo artist, which he did with his 1980 hit release "Arc Of A Diver," his self-titled solo debut is a truly excellent album, and I sincerely hope that more of Steve's fans will check it out. I guarantee you'll like it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1977, three years after the final demise of his band Traffic, Steve Winwood�s first solo album was regarded by some critics as a disappointment, being accused of not being distinctly different from the sound of Traffic. What had originally begun as a Winwood solo record in 1970 evolved into the third Traffic album �John Barleycorn must die�, but with Steve becoming even more the dominant musical force in the band �Barleycorn� perhaps indicated his own preferred musical direction. The �Steve Winwood� album has elements in common with the later Traffic albums in that it comprises relatively long tracks (the longest reaching 8:30), with plenty instrumental passages, and at times complex rhythms. Furthermore, Winwood plays all guitars and keyboards, with drums and bass provided by session players, whilst former Traffic collaborators Jim Capaldi and Rebop contribute song lyrics and percussion, although the flute and sax work of Chris Wood is absent.
Though very different from the slick American production of his very successful �Back in the high life� album nine years later, �Steve Winwood� represents a credible solo progression beyond Traffic, and on the song �Midland Maniac� Steve plays all the instruments, indicating the approach he would use for his next two albums. Although this first solo album did not achieve the critical acclaim or sales of its successor �Arc of a diver�, in terms of performance quality I feel that it is better; it gels better musically through involving several musicians working together on the basic rhythm tracks instead of one working alone and overdubbing.
It�s hard to pick one stand-out track but in my view �Vacant chair� perhaps sums up the qualities of this album best. In short, if you appreciate Steve Winwood�s music, you are likely to enjoy this underrated album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. McSpadden on May 17, 2005
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A smooth ride.some of Steves best singing and some good songs,too.Different,for sure,than some of the later upbeat albums,but still excellent."Midland Maniac""Vacant Chair""Hold On"alone make it worth buying.I agree with other reviews that say this disc is too short.Still worth owning!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on August 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Steve Windwood's self-titled debut solo album (1977) was a dry run for the massively succcessful "Arc of a Diver" that would follow it three years later. Though it doesn't contain a hit as snappy as "While You See a Chance," all of the material here features the same laid back melodic feel (a sustantial departure from Winwood's previous work with Traffic and Blind Faith). "Vacant Chair" is probably the strongest song, though "Hold On" also has a strong hook. The rest of the material is longer and more leisurely. The ballad "Let Me Make Something in Your Life," is quite beautiful," while "Time is Running Out contains a decent groove. The one drawback is that the album contains only six songs with no bonus tracks and just over a half an hour of music. The CD booklet contains little more than the playing and songwriting credits.
Overall, a fine if somewhat slight debut solo album from from a veteran rock and roll luminary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
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WOW! I absolutely LOVE this album! My only complaint is that at 37:27, it's kinda skimpy by today's standards. These tunes are so great that it really makes you wish you could hear more from these sessions. Most of the songs are Winwood/Capaldi compositions, and some remind me of the Traffic album "When The Eagle Flies". If you are a fan of that album, you will dig this! Very inteligent, insightful lyrics. Plus "Steve Winwood" has his awesome keyboard and guitar playing. Midland Maniac has Steve playing all instruments. He used that technique again on his next album "Arc Of A Diver". Steve is such a great guitar player, but no one seems to notice, instead focusing on his keyboard talent. "Steve Winwood" is an album that I have loved for years, listen to constantly, and have every lyric and solo memorized inside and out. Never gets old even after listening to it for over 20 years! "Let Me Make Something In Your Life" is a really meaningful song to me. It's that kind of album! If you like this music, be sure to check out Stomu Yamashta's GO and GO Live From Paris featuring Winwood and Al DiMeola among others. To my knowledge, these are unavailable on CD, but are INCREDIBLE. I think that fans of current "jam"-type bands such as Phish and Medeski, Martin & Wood would enjoy "Steve Winwood". From a collection of over 2,000 CDs and 2,000+ LPs "Steve Winwood" rates in the top 5 of my all-time faves!
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