Eight Gigs a Week: The Steve Winwood Years Extra tracks, Import
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This collection tries to do just that. It contains all of the band's commercially released material from the essential Steve Winwood years, both album tracks and non-LP singles, along with several rare outtakes and live cuts. While that may sound like a lot for a casual fan, it amounts to only two highly listenable discs. Considering that this was a band that rivalled both the Beatles and the Stones as the best British Invasion band throughout the early to mid 1960s, this collection is essential listening for British rock fans.
None of the three albums released during this period ever made it to CD, so much of the material is on CD here for the first time. The first album was Their First Album, the second was The Second Album and the third was... Autumn '66. Apart from some uncredited backing vocals from Millie on the Ikettes' I'm Blue and a similarly anonymous chorus on Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters' Look Away, everything you hear on the albums is pretty much the band themselves.
They had nine singles, with some throwaway but highly atmospheric and indispensable non-album B-sides, and a 1965 EP of exclusive material, all nicely gathered up here. There are also two previously unreleased live-in-the-studio tracks (Kansas City and Oh, Pretty Woman - this is the Albert King blues, not the Roy Orbison hit), and Stevie's Groove, a very mod-friendly Hammond organ instrumental knocked up in five minutes and only to be found on a rare German B-side (the A-side, an atypical traditional beer-drinking song sung in its native German at the request of the citizens of Hamburg, is the only release not to be included, apart from the US rework of Gimme Some Lovin'). Their contribution to the film Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, an instrumental called Waltz To Caroline, turned up on an Island label "Best Of" in 1968, retitled Waltz To Lumumba, along with the Back Into My Life Again from their final Jimmy Miller sessions and unreleased because it was "too commercial" - well, this was the sixties.Read more ›
I give it 5 stars not only because of the actual songs or performances, but because of the combination of factors: A) compelling, solidly crafted English Blues from its earlier years - sometimes understandably derivative, but with an honesty and charm all its own; B) the historical importance and interest both in terms of British Blues and Winwood's own development; C) a real sense of fun and discovery in hearing most of these songs for the first time, and realizing how good much of the material is - and since it is largely true to the blues and jazz roots they were tapping in to, the music is fairly timeless, and holds up today; D) it is refreshingly underproduced - but the Hammond organ brings a depth and richness that keeps it from seeming sparse.
The real revelation for me - this set contains the original British release of Gimme' Some Lovin' (not the U.S. version) - absent the piano, vocal, and percussion overdubs evident in the US release. As much as I love the version most are familiar with, by the third listen, I thought - "No, THIS is the definitive version." Winwood's vocals and organ just stand out so much more.
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Bought for my dad, who's a big Stevie Winwood fan (for good reason! The man's ridiculously talented! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gisela
Great music from the 60s and 70s. Its old school good! If your a Steve Winwood Fan youll love it.Published 1 month ago by Rickey T Cameron
this tape is ok, if you like blues sung by english people, then this is for you, I will stick to rock and roll and leave the blues to black American artist the way it should be,,Published 3 months ago by Jennifer L. Forbes
always been a fan of Spencer & Winwood cant get enough of these guysPublished 9 months ago by james welsh
Love the Spencer Davis Group, killer price for amazing albumPublished 10 months ago by Derek Harrison
Everything you ever wanted to hear from SDG in one package. "Blues in F" is included. Now I don't have to play my ancient 45rpm version. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eclectic Reader
Great stuff some I hadn't seen on cd or been able to listen to. Old vinyl imports lost over the ages.Steve Winwood just fantastic .Published 16 months ago by gary markwood
Twelve seven-inch singles, a cackle of four-track EPs and three albums worth of quality Sixties music is not a bad haul in any man's books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Barry