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Steve Winwood's Sessions
Known Sessions: H - L


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The Habits: "Need You" / "Elbow Baby" (2/1966)

Selected discography:
7" / Decca / F 12348 / UK
7" / Decca / 72075 S / France
"Elbow Baby" on Various: Sixties Lost & Found 1964-1969 - LP / Charly / 113 / ? (1982)
"Elbow Baby" on Various: The Mod Scene - CD / Deram / 844 549-2 / UK (1998)

Steve's role: The single credits Spencer Davis and Steve Winwood as producers. John Reed's liner notes for the Spencer Davis Group compilation Eight Gigs A Week (1996) also mention that this Decca single was produced by Steve and Spencer Davis.

In his biography of Steve Winwood, Back In The High Life (1988), Alan Clayson wrote about The Habits (pages 95-96): "Also making headway in France were the Habits who, on the 1965 Stones tour, had backed a low-billed vocalist styling himself Charles Dickens after the Victorian writer... So taken were Spencer and Steve with the Habits that, after freeing them from Dickens (alias photographer David Anthony), the two produced the London-based trio's single, "Elbow Baby", which, on Decca, crash-landed into oblivion - though Geordie drummer Brian Davidson had better luck with the Nice in 1967."


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Eddie Harris: E.H. In The U.K. (1974)

Selected discography:
LP / Atlantic / SD 1647 / US
In The U.K. / Is It In - CD / Collectables / COL-CD-6241 / US (Reissue 3/19/1999)

Steve's role: Electric piano on "He's Island Man", "I've Tried Everything", "I Waited For You", and "Conversations of Everything and Nothing".

Other roles of interest: Rick Grech, bass on "I've Tried Everything".

Links:
Les McCann Official Site - About The Late Eddie Harris


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George Harrison: George Harrison (2/9/1979)

Selected discography:
LP / Dark Horse / K 56562 / UK
LP / Dark Horse / DHK 3255 / US
CD / Warner Bros / 9 26613-2 / US

Steve's role: Polymoog, harmonium, mini moog and backing vocals, tracks not listed. In his book Eric Clapton: The Complete Recording Sessions, 1963-1992 (1993), Marc Roberty credits Steve with moogs and backing vocals on "Love Comes To Everyone". Probably backing vocals on "Blow Away" (thanks to Bobbie Gay, 4/97) and possibly keyboards on "Soft Touch".

Other roles of interest: Eric Clapton, guitar on "Love Comes To Everyone".

Links:
George Harrison - unofficial
Beatles - unofficial


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Alex Harvey: "Agent OO Soul" / "Go Away Baby" (1965)

Selected discography:
7" / Fontana / TF 610 / UK
Various: The Fontana Singles Box Set Volume 2 - Hits And Rarities: 7"(12) / Fontana / FONT 2 / UK (1991)
"Agent OO Soul" on Alex Harvey: Considering The Situation - CD(2) / Mercury / 065 005-2 / UK (3/3/2003)
"Go Away Baby" on Various: British Blue-Eyed Soul - LP / Island / ILP 966 and ILPS 9066 / UK (1968)
"Go Away Baby" on Various: That Driving Beat Volume 4 - CD / Past & Present / PAPRCD2053 / UK (12/1/2003)

Steve's role: An article by James McNair, in the April 2000 issue of Mojo magazine, indicates that Steve played piano. The article describes some background: "Dissolving the Soul band in 1965, then recording The Blues album in Hamburg with Leslie, Harvey also found time that year to record an excellent version of Edwin Starr's "Agent Double-O Soul", the first of two solo singles for Island... Recorded at London's Marquee, the single featured Steve Winwood on piano and was produced by Island's Chris Blackwell. But Alex's solo career stalled, and while London swung in the summer of '66, he headed home again." (Thanks to Murray Dreyer from SP 185-08, 5/2000.)

The liner notes for Alex Harvey's CD anthology Considering The Situation, also written by James McNair, confirm that Steve played piano on "Agent OO Soul".

The Fontana box set is a collection of re-issued 1960s singles, with both hits and rarities, in a limited edition of 3000. Volume 2 includes Alex Harvey's "Agent OO Soul" / "Go Away Baby" and Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" / "Blues In F". The labels are darker than the originals.

B-side "Go Away Baby" also includes a piano part, possibly performed by Steve. The piano sound is similar to the a-side.

Links:
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - unofficial site


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Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (10/16/1968)

Selected discography:
LP(2) / Track / 613008/9 / UK
LP(2) / Track / 2657 001 / UK
LP(2) / Reprise / 2RS 6307 / US
CD / Reprise / 6307-2 / US
CD / MCA / MCAD 10895 / US
Blues - CD / MCA / MCAD 11060 / US (4/26/1994)

Steve's role: Organ on "Voodoo Chile". In his book Jimi Hendrix: Sessions (1995), John McDermott explains that three takes were recorded on 5/3/68, of which the third take appears here and a composite of all three takes appears as "Voodoo Chile Blues" on Blues.

Other roles of interest: Chris Wood, flute on "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)". Dave Mason is not credited, but the MCA CD liner notes indicate that he played acoustic guitar on "All Along The Watchtower" and backing vocal on "Crosstown Traffic".

Links:
Experience Hendrix Interactive - official
Digital Voodoo - unofficial


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Jimi Hendrix: Cry Of Love (3/5/1971)

Selected discography:
LP / Track / 2408101 / UK
LP / Polydor / 2302 023 / UK
LP / Reprise / MS 2034 / US
CD / Reprise / 2034-2 / US
Voodoo Soup - CD / MCA / MCAD 11236 / US (1995)
First Rays Of The New Rising Sun - CD / MCA / MCAD 11599 / US (4/15/1997)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - CD (4) / MCA / 088 112 316-2 / US (9/12/2000)

Steve's role: Backing vocals with Chris Wood on "Ezy Ryder". This track has appeared on several later releases, including Voodoo Soup and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. The box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience includes an alternate version.

Links:
Experience Hendrix Interactive - official
Digital Voodoo - unofficial


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Mike Heron: Smiling Men With Bad Reputations (1971)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9146 / UK
CD / Fledg'ling / FLED 3041 / UK (8/25/2003)

Steve's role: Organ on "Flowers Of The Forest".

Other roles of interest: Many performers contributed to this album, including Richard Thompson, John Cale, Pete Townsend, Keith Moon, Ronnie Lane, Elton John, and Jimmy Page.



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Jools Holland: Small World Big Band (11/19/2001)

Selected discography:
CD / Warner / 0927426562 / UK

Steve's role: Lead vocals on the Willie Dixon song "I'm Ready".

Other roles of interest: Each of the 22 tracks features a major performer, including Eric Clapton. George Harrison's "Horse To The Water", recorded with his son Dhani, is his last known recording.

Links:
Jools Holland Official site


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Hope Collective: "Grief Never Grows Old" (4/11/2005)

Selected discography:
CDS / Expansion / EXP 95 / UK

Steve's role: Vocals. This charity single was recorded and released to help "rebuild the areas worst hit by the tsunami 26 December 2004 and to give urgent help to those fighting for their lives in the Darfur region of Sudan". Other vocalists include Chaka Khan and Jocelyn Brown.

Tracks:
  • Give And Let Live (Original)
  • Give And Let Live (UK Urban Remix)
  • Give And Let Live (Soul Searchin' Mix)
  • Give And Let Live (Radio Version)
Links:
Give And Let Live


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Ijahman: Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1) (1978)

Selected discography:
LP / Mango / MLPS 9521 / UK
CD / Mango / 162-539 521-2 / US

Steve's role: Organ, tracks not listed. Possibly on "I'm A Levi". In his book Eric Clapton: The Complete Recording Sessions, 1963-1992 (1993), Marc Roberty writes that the complete sessions were released on this album and on Are We A Warrior (1979). See separate entry for the later album.

Other roles of interest: Marc Roberty indicates that Eric Clapton played at these sessions, but whether or not he's on either album is unknown.

Links:
The Official Ijahman Levi Archives


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Ijahman: Are We A Warrior (1979)

Selected discography:
LP / Mango / MLPS 9557 / UK
CD / Mango / 162-539 557-2 / US

Steve's role: Parts and tracks not listed. The official Ijahman Levi site credits Steve with playing organ on this album. Possibly on "The Church" and "Moulding". See also Ijahman's Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1) (1978).

Links:
The Official Ijahman Levi Archives


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Gordon Jackson: Thinking Back (1969)

Selected discography:
LP / Marmalade / 608 012 / UK
CD / Sunbeam / SBRCD5001 / UK (10/31/05) (with bonus tracks)
"Me And My Zoo" - 7" / Marmalade / 598 010 / UK (b/w "A Day At The Cottage")
"Song For Freedom" - 7" / Marmalade / 598 021 / UK (b/w "Sing To Me Woman")

Tracks and roles of interest:
  • "The Journey" - Jim Capaldi, drums; Remi Kabaka, tabla; Dave Mason, bass guitar and electric guitar.
  • "My Ship, My Star" - Steve, bass and piano; Jim Capaldi, drums.
  • "Me And My Dog" - Steve, bass and piano; Jim Capaldi, drums and support vocal; Dave Mason, slide guitar; Chris Wood, flute.
  • "Song For Freedom" - Jim Capaldi, drums; Rick Grech, bass; Dave Mason, slide guitar; Chris Wood, soprano sax.
  • "Sing To Me Woman" - Jim Capaldi, drums and support vocal; Dave Mason, bass guitar.
  • "When You Are Small" - Jim Capaldi, drums; Dave Mason, bass guitar; Chris Wood, tenor sax. The CD liner notes also credit Steve for the opening vocal, as well as bass and piano.
  • "Snakes And Ladders" - Jim Capaldi, drums; Dave Mason, bass guitar; Chris Wood, tenor sax.
CD bonus tracks:
  • "A Day At The Cottage" - Steve, bass and piano; Jim Capaldi, drums; Dave Mason, slide guitar; Chris Wood, flute.
  • "My Ship, My Star" (demo version)
  • "Song For Freedom" (single mix) - same personnel as on LP.
  • "Sing To Me Woman" (single mix) - same personnel as on LP.
  • "Me And My Dog" (long version) - same personnel as on LP.
Notes:
Dave Mason produced the album.


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Jade Warrior: Waves (1975)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9318 / UK
LP / Antilles / AN 7048 / US
LP / Island / ILPS 9318 / US
Elements - CD(2) / Island / 314 524 139-2 / US (1995)

Steve's role: Piano solo on "Waves Part I" and moog solo on "Waves Part II". The entire album also appears on Elements, a collection of their four Island albums.

Links:
The Friends Of Jade Warrior - unofficial


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Etta James: The Right Time (9/29/1992)

Selected discography:
CD / Elektra / 9 61347-2 / US

Steve's role: Duet vocal on "Give It Up".

Links:
Windham Hill - Etta James


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Billy Joel: The Bridge (8/1986)

Selected discography:
LP / CBS / 586323 / UK
LP / Columbia / 40402 / US
CD / Columbia / CK 40402 / US

Billy Joel: My Lives (11/22/2005)

Selected discography:
CD(5) / Columbia / C5K 93520 / US

Steve's role: Hammond B-3 on "Getting Closer". The box set My Lives includes an alternate version of the song.

Other roles of interest: Ray Charles, vocal and piano on "Baby Grand".

Links:
Sony's BillyJoel.Com - official
Turnstiles - unofficial


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BB King: In London (10/1971)

Selected discography:
LP / Probe / SPB 1041 / UK
LP / ABC / ABC 5015 / UK
LP / ABC / LP 730 / US
CD / MCA / MCAD 10843 / US (Reissue 1994)

Steve's role: Organ as The Mystery Shadow on "Blue Shadows" and "We Can't Agree". An article in the 9/30/71 issue of Rolling Stone magazine referred to Steve playing on this album, and Steve mentioned the session in a later article (thanks to Jan Inge Sommerseth, 6/97). Probably also organ "May I Have A Talk With You", an extra track included on the CD release but without musician credits.

Links:
BB King - official
The Blue Flame Cafe: BB King - unofficial


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Reg King: Reg King (1971)

Selected discography:
LP / United Artists / UAS 29157 / UK

Tracks and roles of interest:
  • "Must Be Something Else Around"
  • "You Go Have Yourself A Good Time"
  • "That Ain't Living"
  • "In My Dreams"
  • "Little Boy"
  • "10,000 Miles"
  • "Down The Drain" - Mystery Man, piano.
  • "Savannah" - Mick Taylor, lead guitar.
  • "Gone Away"
Steve's role: In his book Rock Record, 3rd Edition (1987), Terry Hounsome credits Steve with playing keyboards. The album's credit for Mystery Man could well be Steve, similar to The Mystery Shadow billing on BB King's In London, although the link has not yet been verified.

Reg King was with the highly popular mid-1960s group The Action, which evolved into Mighty Baby. He was considered to be among the UK's top soul singers of the era, alongside Steve Marriott and Steve Winwood. Most of the members from The Action / Mighty Baby joined Reg for his one solo album.

Links:
Tapestry of Delights - Reg King
Room For Ravers - The Action


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Alvin Lee and Mylon Lefevre: On The Road To Freedom (11/1973)

Selected discography:
LP / Chrysalis / CHR 1054 / UK
LP / Columbia / KC 32729 / US
CD / Repertoire / REP 4780 / Germany (7/14/2003)

Steve's role: Piano on "On The Road To Freedom", "Fallen Angel", "We Will Shine" and "I Can't Take It".

Other roles of interest: Jim Capaldi, drums on "On The Road To Freedom" and "The World Is Changing", drums & percussion on "Fallen Angel"; Reebop Baah, congas on "On The Road To Freedom".

Links:
The Official Alvin Lee Web Site
Going Home: Alvin Lee And Ten Years After - unofficial


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Leyers, Michiels & Soulsister: Heat (1990)

Selected discography:
CD / EMI / 7953892 / Belgium

Steve's role: Hammond organ on "Sweet Dreamer".
Leyers, Michiels & Soulsister is a Belgian pop/rock group. The CD liner notes say they were originally a duo group of Jan Leyers and Paul Michiels called Soulsister. They had a hit record in 1989 with "The Way To Your Heart" in Europe, and it recorded top 41 of the Billboard singles chart in America. Then they added 4 musicians, renamed the group and released this album. (Thanks to Makoto Hamabe from Smiling Phases volume 32 and e-mail, 7/96.)

Other roles of interest: Chris Lord-Alge, co-producer.

Links:
Soulsister - unofficial


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London Symphony Orchestra: Tommy (1972)

Selected discography:
LP / Ode / SP 88001 / UK
CD / Rhino / R2 71113 / US

Steve's role: Vocal as Father on "1921", "Christmas", "Do You Think It's All Right", "There's A Doctor I've Found" and "Go To The Mirror Boy".

Links:
London Symphony Orchestra - official


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The Collaborations & Sessions resource is managed by Stephen Smith in conjunction with the Steve Winwood Fans site. Sessions page originally created by BobbieG and Stephen Smith, June 1997.
Page created August 1998.
Last updated April 2006.

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