------------------------------------------ VOLUME 103, sent October 2, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. Christmas album, and Top 5 2. Royal Oak on Oct 30 3. Clearwater Show 4. SW Review for Mobile Fidelity 5. Re: In Style magazine 6. Trouble reaching you 7. RE: # 100.... Some comments 8. speculating on the future 9. Chastain Park Amphitheatre 10. Count Basie Theatre ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (WAGNER, JIM) Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 11:43:02 -0400 Subject: Christmas album, and Top 5 Steve Winwood will be on A Very Special Christmas 3 to be released on October 7th. Steve contributes the track, "Christmas Is Drawing Near Again." The Very Special Christmas series supports Special Olympics. Happy Holidays, indeed!! Although Arnie won't make the Pgh show on October 1st, I will! I will provide a review for SP. Top Five Songs 1. Gimme Some Lovin'/I'm A Man 2. No Where is Their Freedom 3. In the Light of Day 4. While You See A Chance 5. Rainmaker from Low Sparks Take care, J 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Will Wood"
Subject: Royal Oak on Oct 30 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 19:35:48 PDT Steve is playing at Royal Oak Music Theater near Detroit Oct. 30. It's a great, intimate place to catch a show, in a great district (safe and lots of neat shops and restaurants around), and the seats are general admission! I'm going to take the day off from work so that I can score some front row seats!! Yours from Windsor, Ontario, Canada William Wood [Spers - All 3 sites (the official one, the Virgin one, and the SP one) have the tour dates uploaded, so be sure to check there. I just added a couple in mid- October, so if your town isn't yet on the list, keep checking. --BG] 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: FFFrolic@aol.com Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 18:24:31 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Clearwater Show Great show! Everyone entered Ruth Eckerd Hall Just moments before the show came on. I really wish i had written down the order of the songs as he was playing them so i could give a clearer presentation on how the night went. I also wish I remembered the names of the musicians that played with him cause they were excellent. I know for sure he started out on the organ with I'm A Man that began with a long instrumental. The Second Song was Roll With It. SW on the organ and an outstanding sax player and a superb trumpet player. Steve still sitting at the organ plays Freedom Overspill like he could do it with his eyes closed. The next song, Can't Find My Way Home was very haunting for me to hear live and now I like it more than I did in the past. Steve then picks up an electric guitar and While You See A Chance sets in. Where the synthesizer solo takes place in While You See A Chance, Steve played the guitar EXACTLY how it goes. Steve finally speaks with a blushing smile on his face and says " Those were some old songs now here's some new ones" This is where I have problems remembering what was being played when so now I will just tell you how they where played. I believe Steve played the guitar on Angel of Mercy. Other songs from J7 where Let Your Love Come Down, Steve on Guitar, Family Affair, Steve on organ.....I think, Steve did not play an instrument on Gotta Get Back to My Baby so he clapped his hands and walked around the stage ,singing of course, sort of laughing. During Plenty Lovin he played the guitar and sang duet with One of the Back Up Ladies. I think her name is Valerie. I know Steve Played Spy In The House on guitar just before Let Your Love Come Down. During Just Wanna Have Some Fun is when he introduced the band. Each getting there turn at solo on the instrument or in the ladies case singing "everybody on the dance floor everybody get up". And everyone did just that :-). I believe Steve started that song on the organ. Somewhere in there Steve played Valerie on the organ. This sounded nothing like the recorded version, even the way he sang it, he sort of combined it with a J7 sort of tune and I loved it. Higher Love was the hit of the night for this audience. He was trying to talk after that but we just could not stop cheering. I have never in all my life seen someone play the piano as he did in Glad. That's the perfect name for that song too. I used to never even listen to it, now its one of my favorites. Also on the piano was The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys with that relaxing instrumental break and the best time to hear that song is live because to me it changes all the time and his older voice fits the song much better than his younger voice. I still never know when he's going to start singing again after the break. Steve then leaves the stage putting the audience of 1,800 on its feet. The crowd clapping cheering and waiting, Steve Comes back on with a mandolin. I thought I would never get to hear Back In The High Life live and i finally did and i loved it. There was a great violinist playing the instrumental break to that song. Steve of course ended the night with Gimme Some Lovin on the organ. It was a great concert and I miss him already. So you people who still have a chance to see him............ well ya know. PS No Tshirts :-( Larry 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 16:02:16 -0700 (PDT) From: email@example.com (Jay Siekierski) Subject: SW Review for Mobile Fidelity Hey! Those of you out there who may have dismissed former Traffic leader Steve Winwood's first solo outing simply titled Steve Winwood issued in '77 on Island (because of not liking it or liking it but passing on the standard Island CD issue because of SONIC failure) have another shot at it. This time it's available as a limited edition 24 karat gold CD from Mofi! Yes...This album is musically good and on this exclusive gold CD a world of sounds awaits. For me prime examples of the sonics are the Funky "Time Is Running Out" & the Soulful "Vacant Chair" both of which are classic Winwood writing. The booklet includes all the original liner notes plus a great foldout of the album cover and a pix that was not featured in the original LP's release. Well... LUCK'S IN so get this while it's around! Jay Siekierski 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 22:14:07 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: In Style magazine Have you run down to the newsstand to get In Style magazine? I was rather surprised that the W's let them photograph inside the house, and even more surprised to see pictures of the children! They've avoided so much of this media invasion, to the best of my knowledge, that it is a surprising allowance. (Not that I didn't run out to buy the mag as soon as you guys told me about it!) What a house! (Drool, drool) What a SMART investment. See, now wasn't that "heavy load" worth it? It is difficult for an American to comprehend the age of the structure. I mean, the 11th century?? I thought that my 100+ year old house was vaguely impressive, until now. Seriously, it is truly lovely, and it is really nice to see them so happy. I mean, Steve just seemed MISERABLE for many years, and a happy family life really agrees with him. One can really understand why he finds it so difficult to leave the nest to go on tour. Yes, there must be the thrill of playing in front of a live audience, and especially in small venues full of his most vehement fans (uh, I guess that's US!). But really, that must just marginally outweigh the discomfort and homesickness which accompanies touring. Which makes one that much more thankful that he continues to tour at all. Looking forward to seeing him on Sept 30. Thanks to the SPers who provided set lists. I am all the more revved to see it now. I had a sneaking suspicion that the J7 material would work better live, without the studio glop as I have said before, and I am really pleased to hear others confirm that. Can't wait to hear/see/feel it myself. Oh yeah, one more thing about In Style article - I have to say that I was really touched to hear that Jim and Chris are up on his walls. Not surprised, but touched. Peace, Dawn 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 12:03:01 +1200 From: Murray Dreyer Subject: Trouble reaching you Didn't you get my post I sent early last week (15 Sept) for SP100? as it wasn't included in any of the above. [Murray, I am having a terrible time reaching you, all my emails to you bounce, so if you see this in the Archives, or if by some chance this gets through, please email me and we'll see what in the world is going on. And all other SPers - remember, when you send a post, I will acknowledge it as soon as I see it; so if you don't get a little note from me within a day or so, email me again with a "Hey, Bobbie, what's up?" --BG] 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 21:46:03 +0900 From: Naoyuki Uchiyama Subject: RE: # 100.... Some comments #100 was a really nice event anyone can take part in. My favorite songs... what a common topic for us all. 'Twas very fun to read other members' posts and recognize that many of them feel the same. Very surprising that there's the one who mentioned about "Look Away" , "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring" or "Memories of Rock 'n' Rolla". I'm not the only one! (although I voted the other songs.. :-) In the recent posts, some subscribers mentioned the "Refugees..." tour and how nice it was (even though the album itself is not always appreciated. Just like J7. .....Interesting). Ellie on "In the Light of Day": "I thought this song at least had an interesting structure, and after I saw SW 1991 Tokyo show where Steve performed it really well, I thought it deserved a better fate." You saw that show! It was the first (and only, so far) SW show that I could join in. (The special event "American Music Award Concert Series" in Japan. Many musicians did a stage for 1 or 2 nights by turns. ) "In the Light of Day" really was the highlight of his night. At that show, I first experienced the appeal of his voice in the true meaning. And, a question : Where can I get the set lists of his past concerts? I'm very interested in which songs did he play in live through the years. Is there any book or reference? Or, do you remember some? -- Naoyuki Uchiyama 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 20:25:22 -0400 From: Ed Subject: speculating on the future I don't believe I'm alone in feeling disappointed with J7. Perhaps the lack of acceptance of J7 may be a blessing in disguise. Let's face facts, at best the album could be considered an attempt to reach a new audience. In reality, it failed to do that, as well as not satisfying an existing fan base. (I do not mean to sound presumptuous, but I believe this to be true in most SW fans' minds.) However, my point is perhaps this may bring about a change of direction towards a less commercial output, with more emphasis on pure musicianship. Let's hope so, I couldn't bear another trivial release from such a prolific talent. On another note, the In Style magazine article was very interesting. Quite a place! I sure would like to be invited to the 50th birthday party! GUY 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: Stevsmith1@aol.com Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 02:04:48 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Chastain Park Amphitheatre Went to the Winwood show at Chastain Park Amphitheater on Friday (9/26). Great show, as always! Chastain is an outdoor venue, with enough space between rows for small tables. We saw lots of people who brought in their dinner, snacks and drinks to last the evening, along with plenty of candles for ambiance. The crowd was noticeably older than at the club show in June, which may have something to do with the social nature of Atlanta. Two people right next to us didn't really know who Winwood was, but just came out for some good music and to mix with people. Well, long story short, they know a lot about Winwood now, including the Web sites and Smiling Phases! The show was about two hours long, consisting of: I'm A Man Roll With It Freedom Overspill While You See A Chance Angel Of Mercy Spy In The House Of Love Let Your Love Come Down Gotta Get Back To My Baby Gimme Plenty Lovin' Can't Find My Way Home Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys Glad - with latin jam Valerie A Family Affair Just Wanna Have Some Fun - with band intro Higher Love Back In The High Life Again Gimme Some Lovin' The audience was slow to warm up, but were on their feet for the last five or so songs. Steve and the band went into extended hard-core jazz segments between the verses of "Low Spark". While it probably would have worked better in a club setting, it was great to hear and see Steve let loose a bit on keyboards. "Spy" was the best arrangement I've heard yet - immensely better than the album version. The whole show was a lot of fun. I like when this happens. So when's the next album and tour??? Steve 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 01:39:44 -0500 From: email@example.com Subject: Count Basie Theatre Just now got home from Steve's Sept. 30th concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Incredible show! I've never seen Steve so excited and enthusiastic with the crowd! But first things first - The set list was as follows (Very close to the set list that others have reported, I believe.): Song Instrument Steve Played I'm a Man Organ Roll With It " Freedom Overspill " While You See A Chance Guitar Angel of Mercy " Spy " Let Your Love Come Down " Back to My Baby none Plenty Lovin' Guitar Can't Find My Way Home Acoustic Guitar Low Spark Piano Glad " Valerie Organ Family Affair Guitar Just Wanna Have Some Fun Organ Higher Love Guitar Back in the High Life Mandolin Gimme Some Lovin' Organ Sorry to say that during the opening number, Steve's voice seemed a bit thin. He was gulping water like there was no tomorrow between the first few songs. My friend and I even speculated that he wasn't feeling well. (Since we were very close and could see him quite well, I had to assure her that he NORMALLY looks THAT white!) After the first couple songs, though, things completely turned around. Whatever was ailing Steve for the opening was gone by "While You See...", when he again played the solo parts on guitar rather than synth. The J7 material is much better live. Much! Steve's touring band in very tight, and they got into a really good groove when they started with the new material. "Angel of Mercy" in particular was beautiful, and Steve's voice was back to its normal strong, supple self for the rest of the evening. "Back to My Baby" was really very good live. The drummer, percussionist and horn players powered the song along with that Latin beat. And, contrary to previous discussions of shows, this time Steve did not dance all that much, and when he did his movements were NOT at all awkward. (I was holding my breath in fear, but our lad totally acquitted himself of the charges of hopeless dancer, IMHO!) Low Spark was absolutely inspired tonite. Amazing! He went off on two separate jazzy excursions during the song, and never once got trapped into the cliched patterns that he sometimes, once in a while, slips while improvising. Even though some of the fools in the audience took the quiet moments as an excuse to scream out inanities at the stage, Steve just got into his "zone". He was soon biting his lower lip with a far-away look in his eyes, as he does when he's really into it, and then when the tempo picked up and he was thumping away on that piano, so much so that the whole thing was shaking, his legs were just swinging around under the piano like mad! Roaring from quiet melancholy to loud exuberance and back again! Great! The guitar work ran the gamut of sweet, jazzy figures to intense rock n roll jamming. Beautiful, inspired playing. BTW, he seems to really like his touring band, a group of talented multi-instrumentalists. As in most theatres, dancing in the aisles was really discouraged here, but it is difficult to enforce, especially as the bar is open throughout the show. Well, as Steve sang "Just Wanna Have Some Fun", with the lines "Everybody keep moving, everybody get up - Don't want anybody, telling me and you, where we have to be or what we have to do" (paraphrasing), the guards were rather forcefully keeping people from coming forward and dancing. (Their version of the song is, "Everybody stay seated, everybody get DOWN.") Steve kept glancing over at what was happening, and as they went into the band introductions, he said, "I know that the contract says 'no dancing', but if you want to come up and dance for the rest, go ahead. Just let me introduce the band first!" The security guys looked PISSED, and the crowd mostly stayed put during the introductions (which were totally, hysterically incomprehensible, Mr. Enunciation!). Then, he yelled and motioned, "Come on!" to the crowd. You have never seen people up on their feet so fast. Steve was just beaming! Everyone was dancing and really having fun, except, of course, the guards. When that song ended, he even went to the edge of the stage and started shaking hands with people! And thanked the audience for being, "A fantastic audience, REALLY". The crowd remained up and dancing like mad for the rest of the show, absolutely loosing it during the two encore songs. I don't know who enjoyed the show more, Steve and the band, or us. Great, great stuff. Best show I've seen him do. You might chalk it up to the small venue, (1440 seats), but he seems to have really gotten comfortable relating to the audience. If you haven't seen him yet this tour, run, don't walk, get those tickets!! Dawn ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 103