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A Time to Soar,
This review is from: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Audio CD)
First released in November 1971: "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" is the most popular release by this great band. Centered by the nucleus of: Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi & Chris Wood and with the assistance of: Ric Grech, Jim Gordon & Reebop Kwaku Baah. The opening cut: "Hidden Treasure", is a acoustic gem with the flutes of Chris Wood gliding over Steve's heartfelt vocals. 'Treasure' is an most amazing tune that crosses lines between folk & jazz. "Low Spark" sounds much better on this remaster, the bass is more fully defined than the LP, and other instruments spring forth out of the mix with new sound clarity.
The title cut, might be the best merger of rock & jazz, featured on ANY record. The piano explores many moods and discovers much color and textures. The percussion and sax, just seem to soar here above the rest of the instruments. "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" is an mature piece of music that got the most attention on FM Radio of all the tracks on this record, and it deserves all of the praise it has gotten of the years.
"Light Up" is Jim Calpaldi's, showcase and it is the closest thing here to R & B. Jim, is in fine voice here and this was popular in dance clubs in the UK, back in the 80's (in a much longer mix.) "Rock N' Roll Stew" was a single (and the full single version can be found here as a bonus track, with the seldom heard part 2 included.) Again, this one features Jim on vocals and is considered the 'rock' number of the bunch, it's punchy & pulsating. "Many a Mile To Freedom" is almost a return to the band's sound of 67-69, gentle guitars and Chris Wood's flutes set the tone, and Steve shines again on an fantastic vocal here. "Rainmaker" wraps things up, and like the opener: "Treasure" due to it's dreamlike quality. This amazing record, closes out the way it began with folk and more than a touch of jazz and lot's of style. To list the best records of the 1970's: "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" would rank high in the Top-20.
This record is one of the great ones. Newly remixed, and sounding much better than ever before.
Five Stars !!!
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2009 7:10:27 AM PDT
David D. McFarland says:
Excellent album, still love hearing "Rock n Roll Stew" in either version, I'd give it 5 stars too...
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2009 2:46:16 PM PDT
Philip S. Wolf says:
Only Traffic, could have made this fantastic record.
CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC !!!
Posted on Nov 3, 2010 3:59:30 PM PDT
I find all the capital letters in your reviews distracting from what you are trying to say. If you are using them to create emphasis on certain words, I think you are overdoing it. Your writing is good enough that you don't need to use this "trick" that, frankly, makes me not want to read your reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2010 5:01:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2010 7:43:26 PM PDT
Philip S. Wolf says:
Gosh, I'm so ashamed......(sound of glass breaking)
Now, you've done it...as I've leapt to my death, care to join me?
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