VOLUME 100 (part 1), sent September 19, 1997, the date of the first US

In this issue we've asked people to send us a list of their 5 favorite Winwood
tunes, or the story of how they came to love Winwood's music, or both.  If you
would still like to send in your post, I will include them in the next SP, so don't
be shy!  We'll continue with the regular threads with 101, also.  --BG

Contributors in this issue:
  1. LesterJake@aol.com
  2. "Elena Iglio" 
  3. PBookstein@aol.com
  4. jsantoro@sasipos.com (Jack Santoro)
  5. Mark 
  6. CPerk24@aol.com
  7. "Jason Nickerson" 
  8. "Neil Swann" 
  9. "Gabb, Anthony A" 
10.  Naoyuki Uchiyama 
11.  sohi@aabc.dk  (Soren)
12.  "Andrew Turner" 
13.  EAcev10716@aol.com
14.  KDepodesta@aol.com


From: LesterJake@aol.com

OK I admit it (even though it's my idea), trying to limit oneself to just five
favorite SW cuts or segments is a little lame-brained, like trying to select your
five greatest kisses or conversations.

Still, for the sake of celebration, I can quickly list five special "moments" of
Steve's music that have special musical or extramusical significance for me.
Since I was weaned on the eponymous Traffic album, I am quick to list my
first two "favorite" SW songs: 40,000 Headmen, for its splendid vocals and
minor key harmonies, and Who Knows, with the wonderful organ vamps and

Although I had listened casually to SW music before then, and even seen SW
with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith, it wasn't until I really listened to the Traffic
album closely that I began to appreciate the voice, the instrumental prowess and
the chamber-music like intensity of the songs.  The instrumental opening to
Night Train contains some of the most powerful guitar playing I've ever heard
(when will we ever hear that in concert?).  An early example of Steve's
outstanding vocal and keyboard work can be heard in the SDG cut Can't Get
Enough of It, which presages Traffic with its intense blues-to-infinity fade.
And more recent examples of the same intensity can be heard of You'll Keep on
Searching from Refugees and Here Comes a Man from Far From Home.  As a
bonus, I'd list the wonderful symphonic "suite," as I call it, that is
Glad/Freedom Rider.

All brilliant, all unique.  I'm afraid nothing comes close from the current
album, but I consider J7 an anomaly in the span of his career, which will be
rectified with the next album, hopefully soon.

I'd also like to take this Internet moment to thank Bobbie for her splendid
contributions to our continuing appreciation of Steve Winwood's art.  For years
my SW enthusiasm was entirely self-contained, but thanks to Bobbie (and the
World Wide Web) we now have a community of like-minded souls to share our

Les Jacobson

From: "Elena Iglio" 

1 - The Low Spark finale, having the tune dissolving into a "non-note" has
always been something of a sidereal trip to me.. Where it goes to? Dissolving
into space...

2 - Rollright Stones 2 intros....Have you ever heard such a sweet, ethereal
melody? You're really transported at the "pearly gates"....And many people
DON'T like this song!!!!!

3 - No time to live's chorus... Steve NEVER EVER sang with that intensity
before and after. An inspired moment.

4 - No face no name no number's finale.... speaks to my soul and makes me
cry, that subdued, melancholic flute, don't ask me why.

5 - Feeling Alright's sax solo... to me, Chris's best ever - apart from live
performances of course.


From: PBookstein@aol.com

1986, was a junior in college, was a big Phil Collins/Genesis fan.  Loved his
use of horns.  Slowly was discovering their progression of style throughout their
recording history.  It is pretty diverse.  Also was a typical Chicago, Billy Joel
fan.  That winter i kept hearing "while you see a chance" on K-rock where i
went to school in St. Louis.  Loved SW voice and the songs arrangement.  Ditto
for the b side " arc of a diver".  Then before i knew it (time flies when you're at
college) on the same radio station i heard a perfect album side of " back in the
high life".  Besides higher love which kept growing and growing on me
immediately loved back in the high life again's arrangement and " take it as it
comes" horns was a natural for me.  Before i knew it i discovered that SW
history was even more diverse than PC.  Together, they both cover a big chunk
of what 60's, 70's, & 80's rock was about.  Today, I refuse to see PC live as he
has weaned himself off of the drums while SW is still playing great the same
instruments he was born to play.  As far as a top 5 it's impossible because if
your a huge fan that will always change.


From: jsantoro@sasipos.com (Jack Santoro)

I found it very hard to pick 5 favorites. Here goes ... in no particular order:

1. Gimme Some Lovin'
2. Medicated Goo
3. Pearly Queen
4. Dear Mr. Fantasy
5. Freedom Overspill


From: Mark 

OK so I only get to choose 5.  I really can't give good reasons why but here it
goes. The first two were no brainers (at least for me).

Mr Fantasy - the vocal and the guitar.

Low spark - the piano, sax, and the bass - the jazzy  sound.

Walking in the wind - no reason I just like it.

Don't you know what the night can do? - I picked this one because before I
made my choices ( I gave this some thought) I played some SW songs that I
considered the best. Well this song stuck with me, I mean I'm at work or
driving down the road and this song just keep in my head.

Arc of a diver - it could just as easily have been While you see a chance - or
perhaps a dozen more but I only have one choice left so that's it.

When did I start listening to SW and why? It was way back in high school there
was this guy in SD group who was the guiding genus and he was THE SAME
AGE AS ME! It was like he wasn't twenty something but my age. Then he
went on to traffic but I didn't buy my first traffic album until best of traffic
came out.


From: CPerk24@aol.com

1. I remember hearing as a child "GIMME SOME LOVIN'" By the SPENCER
DAVIS GROUP and loving it.  Not that I knew or cared who they were.

2. Next I remember "WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE", while driving on a
beautiful summer day while camping in upstate NY

3. Next during Jr. high I heard of this new artist Steve Winwood, who sang
these fantastic songs, "BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE...", THE FINER THINGS",
"ROLL WITH IT", etc...

4. I learned that Steve had been in a group called Traffic before he began his
solo career and "THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS", became an
instant favorite.

5. I then learned that it was Steve in the Spencer Davis Group. and loved "I'M
A MAN". That is my SW Story.

From: "Jason Nickerson" 

Here's what got me started listening to SW.  I was 14 when the grammy's came
on in `86.  "Higher Love" was the hit single, and of course "Back in The High
Life" was awarded "Record of the Year".  In my infinite wisdom as a teenager,
I remember telling my mother, "Oh, he's just a one time wonder", basing that
comment on the "Higher Love" single which I thought was great, but just
another fluke, fraud, etc.!  Sadly, it wasn't until "Roll With It" came out, and
the "Roll With It" single came on the radio, that the seed was finally planted.
This is great stuff, I thought to myself.  I found out soon after that it was Steve
Winwood.  I recorded it off the radio, but still didn't really know what and who
Steve Winwood was.  But then, every single the radio would play from "Roll
With It", and I was liking them tremendously!  This was unprecedented!  I then
went ballistic and bought everything I could get my hands on, opening my eyes
to this whole new world.

My favorite of all his singles, is "In the Light of Day".  I believe this one song
is the pinnacle of his solo career.  His power of soul reigns here, that very few
artists can match.  This one song encapsulated, I believe, everything that Steve
Winwood stands for.  "Roll With It" is my favorite album because it got me
through some real tough times.  Thanks, Steve Winwood...

From: "Neil Swann" 

I first heard Steve on the radio in the late sixties, (I'm a man and gimme some
lovin'), and I remember being fascinated by how young he was. (He wasn't
much older than me.)

In 1972  I began collecting records, (mainly compilations), and SDG, Traffic,
& BF featured on many of them. Around 1975 I became obsessed with Canned
Heat, The Doors and Van Morrison , and unfortunately for me Steve and
Traffic took a back seat.  In 1985 I joined a religious cult and gave away my
entire record collection (around 350 albums). Sigh! Weep! (I never lost my love
for music)

A few years ago I came to my senses, bought myself a CD player, and began to
rebuild my collection. (Currently around 65 CD's and 30 vinyl). Around the
same time a friend of mine loaned me an album that his son had won in a
competition. It was Far From Home, by  Traffic. My fascination for Steve was
rekindled. (In fact I think I've become obsessed with him.)

What is it  that I like about Steve?
He challenges me to think for myself!
He challenges my relationship with people!
He challenges my relationship with my family!
He challenges my relationship with God!
He challenges my relationship with the planet!
(A bit over the top maybe, but for me It's good.)

What are my five favorite songs? (I don't have many albums to choose from and
still it's so difficult.)
I will be here.
In the light  of day.
While you see a chance.
Holy ground.
Midland maniac.
Don't you know what the night can do?
Real love.
Lord of the street.

(Did I mention that I can't count?)
Thanks for the opportunity to post this, and congratulations on reaching #100.

From: "Gabb, Anthony A" 

There's a lot to choose from but here goes:

Glad - My favourite track off John Barleycorn Must Die with some incredible
piano and sax work and it gives a very lively start to the album.

Mozambique - Another instrumental which is weird seeing SW is such a great
singer but this track is a standout for me on Far From Home.

In the Light of Day - This rambling 9 and half minute piece from Refugees.... is
an incredible end to the album.  A very uplifting piece both lyrically and

The Morning Side - This track can be quite haunting at times in the sounds
generated throughout the song.  The way the song peaks and troughs is also a

Take It As It Comes - This song is great because it doesn't follow the traditional
verse/chorus/verse/chorus etc.  It has a number of components to the song
which makes it quite complex - you wouldn't think this while listening to the
single chord intro.  The playing and singing on this song is also very strong.

There it is - it'll probably be different next month!

Happy 100th to SP!


From: Naoyuki Uchiyama 

It's been only(!) 10 years since I started my career as a SW fan.  I remember it
was in '87 when I was a high school boy. I was listening  to the radio program,
and met a song which has a peculiar charm.  "The finer things" was it.  I
couldn't understand what the DJ was saying in English, but I barely memorized
the name of the artist. Later, I found the album "Back..." at a record shop, and
now... my collection contains over 30 disks of him.

My favorites are follows. (They are not in order. It's so hard to choose the best!)

 *Dear Mr. Fantasy
   I like the performance included in the album "Welcome to the   canteen" best.
The sound of the band steadily grows towards the   highlight of the song.  I've
never met this song in his live performance.  I hope I can.

 *Low spark of high-heeled boys
   In a sense, this music's appeal seeems to be similar to that of  "Dear Mr.
Fantasy".  The sound makes impacts on my mind steadily and steadily. I like
these unique climaxes of this song.

 *While you see a chance
  Bright scenery, refreshing air, and positive spirit.  Impressive song, isn't it?

 *Higher love
   I love Steve's strong and exciting vocals like in this. It's the greatest feature of
his music.  In this song, a wonderful combinationof his vocals and the rhythms
can be heard.

 *Lord of the street
   Finally, I chose this cut from the latest album. It's because the touch of its
sound is really SW like. This song has the mood any one else can create.

 It's really difficult to select only 5 cuts, but it's a great pleasure for me. I tried
to be careful to choose various kinds of songs.  Now, I have to post this as soon
as possible, before I change my mind!

 By the way, I think Steve is a kind of "album artist". Each album is
distinguished from other albums and has its own taste as a piece of work, even
though it includes various types of music.

 My favorite 5 albums are (so far) :
 *John Barleycorn must die
 *Arc of a diver
 *Back in the high life
 *Refugees of the heart

---In celebration of Smiling Phases #100 and our music.
Naoyuki Uchiyama

From: sohi@aabc.dk (Soren)

At long last, here are my five favourites:

Perhaps I should mention that my first encounter with SDG and SW was when
Dimples was released. I was listening to Radio Luxemburg "Your Station of
the Stars", and suddenly this amazing voice was heard. I went out the next
day to chase the record, to no avail, and had to wait for the album to come
out. Since then, I have bought every single SW related album that I could
lay my hands on.

But to the favourites:

1. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out from Autumn 66. You may
say that I'm living in the past, but this is the one track that I keep coming back
to. It has it all.

2. Back In the High Life - I love the mandolin playing.

3. Valerie - in spite of the synths

4 Every Night, Every Day from Far From Home - brilliant

5. Look Away from the Second Album. Piano and voice simply wonderful.

I could mention dozens more that I love, but these are the ones that I keep
coming back to.

Best wishes

From: "Andrew Turner" 

It's Rob Burchett From Denver here. You had asked me to list my five Fav
They are as listed:

Back in The High Life; just a great song
Sometimes I Feel So (Uninspired); picks me up when i'm down
Hold On; he really started coming into his own with this song
Mr.Fantasy; a fun song, who doesn't like this one
Dust; need i say more, this is his greatest song ever

I am just a baby, only 25, and I became a big fan when I bought the Roll With
It album when I was just 15 years old. Then got into all the Traffic stuff real
heavy while in high school and I've loved him ever since. It's great to get to
meet people who appreciate SW. It's kind of hard to find people my age who
enjoy his music. Most people my age are into this Generation X crap. I can't
stand it. I'm sure that none of it will stand the test of time like SW's music has.

Peace and Love - Rob

From: EAcev10716@aol.com

Here are my top five favorite SW songs.
1. "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do"-Great for a romantic evening.
2. "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"-Relates to anyone period.
3. "Freedom Overspill"-Perfect driving music.
4. "While You See a Chance"-Just a classic!!!!
5. "Higher Love"-Because we've all been looking for a "Higher Love" at one
time or  another.

William, Chicago.

From: KDepodesta@aol.com

I first heard Steve Winwood when I was 13 yrs old.  The song was "Gimme
Some Lovin' ", Spencer Davis Group.  I have been a fan ever since from
Spencer Davis, Blind Faith, Traffic etc.

My favourite are as follows:
1. Gimme Some Lovin'
2. Can't Find My Way Home
3. Finer Things
4. While You See A Chance
5. 40,000 Headmen