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Paddy Maguire: "Lay Me Down" / "Doin' The Best I Can" (1970)

Selected discography:
7" / Ember / EMBS 292 / UK
7" / Fontana / 6072 004 / France

Steve's role: According to the Tapestry Of Delights site, Paddy Maguire is "backed on this by Stevie Winwood, Phil Pickett, Fotheringay, Sue and Sunny, Madeleine Bell and Doris Troy". Based on listening, Steve's contribution may have included piano and backing vocals on both tracks, and organ on "Doin' The Best I Can".

Links:
Tapestry Of Delights


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John Martyn: Inside Out (10/1973)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9253 / UK
LP / Island / 9335 / US
CD / Island / IMCD 172 / UK
Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology - CD(2) / Island / 314 522 245-2 / US (5/17/1994)

Steve's role: Parts and tracks not listed. Possibly piano on "Fine Lines" and "So Much In Love With You". The Island anthology includes "Fine Lines" and two other tracks from the album.

Other roles of interest: Remi Kabaka and Chris Wood, parts and tracks not listed.

Links:
Big John's Homepage - unofficial
Big Muff - unofficial


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John Martyn: One World (11/1977)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9492 / UK
CD / Island / CID 9492 / UK (Reissue 1986)
CD / Island / IMCD 86 / UK (Reissue)
Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology - CD(2) / Island / 314 522 245-2 / US (5/17/1994)
Collectors Series Volume 1: Another World - CD / Voiceprint / OW108CD / UK (5/1999)

Tracks and Steve's role:
  • "Dealer" - Bass and moog synthesizer.
  • "One World" - Electric piano.
  • "Smiling Stranger" - Moog synthesizer.
  • "Big Muff"
  • "Couldn't Love You More" - Yamaha organ.
  • "Certain Surprise" - Electric piano.
  • "Dancing"
  • "Small Hours" - Moog and Yamaha organ.
The Island anthology includes all album tracks except "Smiling Stranger" and "Big Muff". Another World consists of alternative mixes from the album, including more of Steve's work, and the first 1000 copies included a bonus CD with further alternative mixes of these songs.

Links:
Big John's Homepage - unofficial
Big Muff - unofficial


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Dave Mason: Two Hearts (1987)

Selected discography:
LP / MCA / MCA 42086 / US
CD / MCA / MCAD 42086 / US
See the Mason, Capaldi, and Wood discography.

Steve's role: Background vocals on "Two Hearts", Hammond organ on "Forever", synthesizer on "Something In The Heart", organ on "Fighting For Love".

Links:
Dave Mason - official


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McDonald and Giles: McDonald And Giles (1970)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9126 / UK
LP / Polydor / 2302070 / UK
LP / Cotillion / SD 9042 / US
CD / Atlantic / 18P2-2852 / Japan

Steve's role: Piano solo on "Turnham Green", organ on unlisted tracks.

Links:
Gibraltar Encyclopedia Of Progressive Rock - McDonald And Giles


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Harold McNair: The Fence (11/1970)

Selected discography:
LP / B&C / CAS 1016 / UK
LP / Polydor / 2310 066 / Germany

Tracks:
  • The Fence
  • True Love Adventure
  • Early In The Morning
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Here There And Everywhere
Steve's role: Not listed. The organ role, which is present on all tracks, is credited to "S-----". This was rumored to be Steve Winwood by some sources, including a reputable record dealer. Steve Winwood has personally communicated to confirm his involvement with this session (many thanks to Steve Winwood, 8/2004).

Other roles of interest: Rick Grech performed bass and wrote "True Love Adventure".


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Christine McVie: Christine McVie (2/1984)

Selected discography:
LP / Warner Bros / 925059-1 / UK
LP / Warner Bros / 25059 / US
CD / Warner Bros / 925059-2 / UK
CD / Warner Bros / WPCP 3410 / Japan

Steve's role: Lead vocal, backing vocal and synthesizer on "One In A Million", co-writer, synthesizer, piano and backing vocal on "Ask Anybody", and synthesizer on "Got A Hold On Me" and "The Smile I Live For".

Other roles of interest: Eric Clapton, lead guitar on "The Challenge".

Links:
The Penguin (Fleetwood Mac) - Christine McVie - unofficial


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Alan Merrill: Alan Merrill (1985)

Selected discography:
LP / Polydor / 422 823 577-1 / US
Never Pet A Burning Dog - CD / MEC / BD-1-7798 / US (Reissue 1/1999)

Steve's role: Keyboards on "Always Another Train".

Alan Merrill, son of jazz singer Helen Merrill, spent his teen years in Japan where his parents resided. He formed Vodka Collins there in 1972, which became very popular but was short-lived. In 1973, Alan moved to the UK and joined with The Arrows as lead singer. One Arrows single in 1975, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll", was written by Alan and subsequently covered by Joan Jett to huge international success. After the band broke up in 1978, Alan formed the short-lived group Runner, played with Derringer for three years, released a self-titled solo album in 1985, and took part in a variety of other projects. Most recently, Alan has released new albums and toured with the reunited Vodka Collins and the Jon Tiven Group. The original solo LP is now very scarce, but has been reissued on CD as Never Pet A Burning Dog. (Thanks to Makoto Hamabe for original tip, 7/96.)

Other roles of interest: Mick Taylor, guitar and slide guitar on "Always Another Train".

Links:
Alan Merrill - official site
Alan Merrill Appreciation Society - unofficial


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Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational (8/29/2006)

Selected discography:
CD / Rhino / R2 77618 / US

Steve's role: Vocals and Hammond B-3 on "Ain't No Love".

Other roles of interest: The set features an all-star guest lineup including Eric Clapton and many others.





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Netoband: Lua's Dance (1/2005)

Selected discography:
CD / Lovelua / US

Steve's role: Producer, synthesizer on "Pablo", and background vocals on "Wild Horse".

Netoband is the musical vehicle for Jose Neto, who collaborated on Steve's album About Time and toured extensively with him.

Tracks:
  • Pablo
  • Bahia
  • Wild Horse
  • Marta
  • Swamp
  • Redemption Song
  • Climb The Mountain
  • Caipirinha
  • Lua's Dance
  • Leaving The Body
  • Her Favorite
Links:
Jose Neto - official site


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Mike Oldfield: "Guilty" / "Guilty" (Long Version) (4/6/1979)

Selected discography:
12" / Virgin / VS 24512 / UK (Blue vinyl)
7" / Virgin / VS 245 / UK (b/w "Excerpts From Incantations")
Short version - The Complete Mike Oldfield - LP(2) / Virgin / 302 678 503 / UK (4/1985)
Short version - The Complete Mike Oldfield - LP(2) / Virgin / MOC 1 / UK (4/1985)
Short version - The Complete Mike Oldfield - CD(2) / Virgin / CDMOC 1 / UK
Short version - Elements 1973-1991 - CD(4) / Virgin / CDBOX 2 / UK (9/13/1993)
Short version - Elements 1973-1991 - CD(4) / Capitol / 39089 / US (9/13/1993)
Long version - The Platinum Collection - CD(3) / Virgin / MIKECDX17 / UK (3/13/2006)

Steve's role: Organ on "Guilty". This 12" single of the studio recording was released shortly before Exposed (7/17/1979), a live album that included this song, but Steve's not on the live version. The short studio version was also released as a 7" single and on several compilations, including The Complete Mike Oldfield and the box Elements 1973-1991. The long studio version was also released many years later on the compilation The Platinum Collection. (Thanks for original tip to Paul Minkkinen, 7/97.)

Links:
Official Mike Oldfield Website
Mike Oldfield Information Centre - unofficial
Tubular Web - unofficial


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One World Project: "Grief Never Grows Old" (1/24/2005)

Selected discography:
CDS / One World / OWR1 / UK
DVD Single / One World / OWRD1 / UK (3/14/2005)

Steve's role: Vocals on the single version. This charity single was recorded and released to benefit victims of the tsunami of December 2004. Other vocalists include Cliff Richard, Barry & Robin Gibb, Brian Wilson, and Boy George. Musicians include Bill Wyman, Rick Wakeman, Gary Moore, Kenney Jones, and Davy Spillane.

Tracks - CD:
  • Grief Never Grows Old (Single Version)
  • Grief Never Grows Old (Orchestral Version)
  • Grief Never Grows Old (Choral Version)
Tracks - DVD:
  • Grief Never Grows Old (Single Version, video)
  • Grief Never Grows Old (Orchestral Version, video)
  • The One World Project (Video)


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Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley (1974)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9294 / US
CD / Island / CID 9294 / US (Reissue)
CD / Island / 422-842 607-2 / US (Reissue 1990)

Steve's role: Piano on "Through It All There's You". Musician credits were included with the insert for the original LP release only. Lowell George (of Little Feat) and members of The Meters also played extensively on the album. (Thanks to Berkin Altinok for his persistence on this title!)

Links:
The Unofficial Robert Palmer Webpages
J's Robert Palmer Page and BBS


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Shawn Phillips: Contribution (1970)

Selected discography:
LP / A&M / AMLS 978 / UK
LP / A&M / 4241 / US
CD / Wounded Bird / WOU 4241 / US (10/27/1998)

Steve's role: No credits provided. In a recent communication, though, Shawn Phillips confirmed that Steve played on "For RFK JFK & MLK", along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason (many thanks to Shawn and his manager Arlo Hennings, 9/1999). A Rolling Stone magazine article credited Steve with piano on that song (thanks to Les Jacobson, 5/1997).

In his book Eric Clapton: The Complete Recording Sessions, 1963-1992 (1993), Marc Roberty credits Steve with organ on "Man Hole Covered Wagon". Shawn Phillips recently clarified, though, that the part was played by Mick Weaver (aka Wynder K. Frog), not Steve (again, thanks to Shawn and Arlo, 9/1999).

On the original LP of Second Contribution, Steve is listed as having played on Contribution, but no details are provided (thanks to Keith, 5/1997). See the entry for Second Contribution under Rumored Sessions.

Other roles of interest: Marc Roberty credits Eric Clapton with guitar on "Man Hole Covered Wagon".

Links:
Shawn Phillips Official Site
The Shawn Phillips Canadian Home Page - unofficial
The Shawn Phillips Home Page - unofficial


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Shawn Phillips: Faces (1972)

Selected discography:
LP / A&M / AMLS 64363 / UK
LP / A&M / 4363 / US

Steve's role: Organ and organ bass on "Parisien Plight II". In a recent communication, Shawn Phillips recalled the session: "Steve played on the Second Contribution sessions, but the track, "Parisien Plight II", appeared on the Faces album. He played organ (B3), and was the bass for the tune, as well, as he was kicking the pedals. I remember thinking "Christ, this kid, (which he was at the time), is amazing. He's not only playing lead lines, and vamping, but rolling the bottom along at the same time. Occasionally, I will hear the track somewhere, and I'm still amazed."

Shawn also clarified that the uncredited organ parts on "We" and "Anello (Where Are You)" were played by Joe Sample, who is credited with piano. He said that "...they were both recorded in Studio B, at A&M in California... I never worked with Steve in the US".

(Many thanks to Shawn and his manager Arlo Hennings, 9/1999.)

Other roles of interest: Remi Kabaka, percussion on "Parisien Plight II".

Links:
Shawn Phillips Official Site
The Shawn Phillips Canadian Home Page - unofficial
The Shawn Phillips Home Page - unofficial


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Ramshackle: Depthology (11/1995)

Selected discography:
CD / Big Life / BLRCD30 / UK
CD / Edel / 0097622ULT / Germany (1996)

Steve's role: Clavinet on "Pulse".



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Lou Reed: Berlin (9/1973)

Selected discography:
LP / RCA / RS 1002 / UK
LP / RCA / INTS 5150 / UK (Reissue 1981)
LP / RCA / NL 84388 / UK (Reissue 1984)
LP / RCA / 10207 / US
CD / RCA / ND 84388 / Germany

Steve's role: Organ and harmonium, tracks not listed. Probably on "Lady Day".

Links:
Sister Ray Enterprises - Official Lou Reed Site
Lou Reed - unofficial site index


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Jess Roden & The Humans: Jess Roden & The Humans (1995)

Selected discography:
CD / Line / LICD 9.01281O / Germany

Steve's role: Credited on "Railroad Of Desire", part not listed but probably organ.
Jess Roden was a member of the soul band The Alan Brown Set in the 1960s, and also made several albums under his own name in the 1970s. Jim Capaldi provided the name for the new band. "Railroad Of Desire" was originally recorded as "Hammerhead". (Thanks to Paul Minkkinen, 6/97.)

Other roles of interest: Jim Capaldi, co-writer on "Surrender To Your Heart" and performer (probably drums) on "Railroad Of Desire".


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Leon Russell: Leon Russell (6/1970)

Selected discography:
LP / A&M / AMLS 982 / UK
LP / Shelter / ISA 5005 / UK (Reissue)
LP / Shelter / 8901 / US
LP / Shelter / 52008 / US (Reissue)
CD / DCC / GZS-1049 / US (Reissue 1993, gold)
CD / Shelter / 7243-8-34028-2-3 / US (Reissue 1995)

Steve's role: Parts and tracks not listed. In an article in Zigzag number 15 in 9/70, Leon said that Steve played on "I Put A Spell On You" and "Roll Away The Stone" (thanks to Jan Inge Sommerseth, 6/97). Possibly organ on "Delta Lady" and "Roll Away The Stone". In his book Eric Clapton: The Complete Recording Sessions, 1963-1992 (1993), Marc Roberty provides "Prince Of Peace" credits, which don't include Steve. The gold CD release includes several bonus tracks, but Steve was most likely not involved with any of them.

Other roles of interest: Marc Roberty indicates that Eric Clapton played guitar on "Prince Of Peace" and two unreleased tracks.

Links:
Leon Russell - unofficial


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Jo-El Sonnier: Come On Joe (1987)

Selected discography:
LP / RCA / 86374 / US
CD / RCA / 6374-2-R / US

Steve's role: Organ solo on "Rainin' In My Heart" (thanks to Makoto Hamabe, 2/98).


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Davy Spillane: A Place Among The Stones (1994)

Selected discography:
CD / Columbia / 476930-2 / UK

Steve's role: Vocal on "Forever Frozen".


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Spooky Tooth: Spooky Two (3/1969)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9098 / UK
LP / A&M / 4194 / US
CD / A&M / CD 3124 / US

Steve's role: Parts and tracks not listed. Original band member Gary Wright said, in an e-mail 7/98, that Steve played piano on "I've Got Enough Heartaches".

Other roles of interest: Jimmy Miller, producer.

Links:
The Dreamweaver - Gary Wright Official Site


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Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974)

Selected discography:
LP / Warner Bros / K 56052 / UK

Steve's role: Bass guitar and organ, tracks not listed. Bass on all tracks, organ on "Strange Tongues" (thanks to Jan Inge Sommerseth, 6/97).

Other roles of interest: Jim Capaldi, kit drums and lesser log; Rick Grech, violin; Reebop Kwaku Baah, congas on "Prong & Toots".

Tracks:
  • "Afoju Ti Ole Riran"
  • "Truck-Track"
  • "Yelp, Bellow, Rasp Et Cetera"
  • "Prong"
  • "Redeye"
  • "How The Zebra Got His Spots"
  • "Dwarf Succulents"
  • "Bout Of Sobriety"
  • "Prong & Toots Go Steady"
  • "Strange Tongues"
Links:
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - unofficial


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Vivian Stanshall: "Lakonga" / "Baba Tunde" (1974)

Selected discography:
7" / Warner Bros / K 16424 / UK

Steve's role: Organ on "Lakonga" and maybe piano on "Baba Tunde", a non-album single from the Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974) sessions (thanks to Jan Inge Sommerseth, 6/97).

Links:
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - unofficial


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Vivian Stanshall: Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1978)

Selected discography:
LP / Charisma / CAS 1139 / UK
CD / Virgin / VCCCD18 / UK

Tracks and Steve's role:
  • "Aunt Florries' Waltz" - Piano and celeste.
  • "Interlewd" - Celeste.
  • "Wheelbarrow" - Banjolin.
  • "Socks"
  • "The Rub" - Pipe organ.
  • "Nice 'N' Tidy" - Piano.
  • "Pigs 'Ere Purse"
  • "6/8 Hoodoo"
  • "Smeeton" - Minimoog and organ.
  • "Fool & Bladder" - Mandolin
  • "Endroar" - Accordion and mandolin.
  • "Junglebunny"
  • "The Beasht Inshide"
  • "Rawlinson & Maynards" - Minimoog and banjolin.
  • "Papadumb" - Balalaika.
(Credits from a transcription by David Evers on the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band site, 5/97.)

Links:
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - unofficial


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Vivian Stanshall: Teddy Boys Don't Knit (6/1981)

Selected discography:
LP / Charisma / CAS 1153 / UK
CD / Charisma / CASCD 1153 / UK

Steve's role: In his biography Steve Winwood: Roll With It (1989), Chris Welch credits Steve with session work on this album. Steve isn't listed in the musician credits of the CD, but he has personally communicated that he performed on this album (many thanks to Steve Winwood, 10/2002).

Other roles of interest: Rosko Gee, bass on most tracks; Richard Thompson, guitar on several tracks.

Links:
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - unofficial


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Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Lifeboat (1972)

Selected discography:
LP / Island / ILPS 9212 / UK
LP / CBS / 82298 / UK (Reissue 1977)
LP / Island / SW 9326 / US
CD / Sony / 489450 2 / UK

Steve's role: Organ on "Where Do We Go Wrong", piano on "All I Got Is You" and "Real Love" (thanks to Makoto Hamabe and Murray Dreyer, 2/98).
The original US LP differs substantially from the UK CD release, which presumably follows the original UK LP. The UK release's "Lady Like You", "Ireland", "All I Got Is You", and "Love Is My Religion" are replaced on the US LP with "(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway", "Have You Had A Vision", "Not Fade Away", and "Rock And Roll Show". The US LP does not specify tracks or parts. Three of the US-only tracks have keyboard parts, but none sound like Steve.

Other roles of interest: Muff Winwood, producer.

Links:
Sutherland Brothers - unofficial


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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 September 2006.

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