------------------------------------------ VOLUME 120, sent February 12, 1998 Topics in this issue: 1. Re: JC's drums and Jim Gordon 2. Re: Laserdisc 3. 5 Most Uninspired songs 4. Wednesdays at the Triple Inn 5. Re: Dummies 6. Web-site chords, and Laserdisc 7. Re: Winwood for Dummies, and Uninspired Songs 8. Re: Dummies; and BBC2 Radio and Photos 9. Most Beloved Songs 10. Junction 7 - an appraisal. 11. Official interview 12. Summer tour! ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: BalletStks@aol.com Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 18:07:06 EST Subject: Re: JC's drums and Jim Gordon Thanks so much for allowing me to seek out historical data on my drums. Still no response, but I'm not about to cave in. I really feel sorry for Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Dominos bass player fared no better. I think Bobby Whitlock is still pounding the keys in Memphis. Thanks, Bart 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Elena Iglio"
Subject: Re: Laserdisc Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 20:31:13 +0100 I bought a copy of the Santa Monica Laserdisc through a Japanese import record seller in 1990. And I don't even have a laserdisc reader!! (Typical!) Maybe Japan is where you should look for. Just a suggestion... Ellie 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: "Elena Iglio" Subject: 5 Most Uninspired songs Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 20:43:14 +0100 Btw do they have to be 5????? OK, you have mine: 1 - Second Hand Woman 2 - It was Happiness 3 - Running On 4 - Angel of Mercy 5 - Put On Your Dancing Shoes If you go for just one, SHW will do. I have already heard rumours that someone might pick up "Love" among these... I am prepared to go buy some medicine against heart attacks....:,-(((( Remember they have to be WINWOOD songs. He would probably have picked "Strong Love" himself, The Song He Was Most Ashamed Of, but it wasn't his!!! Wow, I have to thank you... you devoted half a SP number to our cause. I am also very glad Jim Gordon's plight got the other half, he's a sick man, was a talented guy and again, who are we to judge?? Ellie 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: DPolyglot@aol.com Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 20:30:30 EST Subject: Wednesdays at the Triple Inn DANNY WILENSKY, JEFF KAZEE, JACK MORER, STEVE COUNT, RICH MERCURIO + special guests, appearing Wednesday, February 11th and 18th, 9:30-2 at the Triple Inn , West 54th St. off 8th Ave, New York City. Seriously funky instrumentmal and vocal music! No cover! (at least come and say hello.....) Danny [Danny was a tour musician with SW and is now a devoted Sper. --BG] 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date: Mon, 09 Feb 1998 14:40:07 -0600 From: "Tasuki Suboshi, Yui no Seishi" Subject: Re: Dummies Hmm, well Bobbie, think I might get tarred and feathered for the Pro-Spice Girl statement? Oh well =) Just a quick note on how much we need "Winwood for dummies". At dinner at the cafeteria of the University of Oklahoma, I had a dance major and a film major (both highly intelligent, both getting full academic rides) say to me, "Steve Winwood, who is that?" I also had another person say, "Didn't the Doobie Brothers write _Gimme Some Lovin'_?" with another saying, "No, that was a Blues Brothers song." Sad, sad, just so sad. Eric J. Brown 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 17:05:34 +0900 From: Hisao Chida Subject: Web-site chords, and Laserdisc A few days ago I saw your video copy of the Royal Albert Hall show and I picked up my guitar to play the great tunes with your/my transcriptions beside me. Then my transcriptions were found to include some wrong chords. Live versions are in many cases more useful for transcribing notes and chords than studio versions. Also, I realized transcriptions look much better with more bars "|" added. So I'm updating my transcriptions. Other transcriptions on your site seem to have some room for improvement too. For example, CFMWH has a bit more complicated chord progression... So at this point it seems more important to me to improve the existing files than to add other songs: quality above quantity. Of course this is my humble opinion and I would like to know how the other SPers feel about this. Maybe everybody would say "Why don't you add my favorite song XXX ?" and that will list almost all the SW tunes. I like to answer Terence's question about the laserdisc. I know the Live at Santa Monica was once released on laserdisc some years ago here in Japan. But it's out of print now and not found anywhere. It can be found at secondhand stores but I have been searching for it for a long time. Ciao Hisao Chida / Tokyo, Japan 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 17:51:31 -0600 From: Steven Robert Seim Subject: Re: Winwood for Dummies, and Uninspired Songs Before I begin, one small comment on the great Ellie/Bobbie debate: regarding bad lyrics by Jim Capaldi, I personally find One & Only Man to be more cliched and downright corny than Hearts On Fire ("take you to the city, girl we're gonna buy some clothes..." ?!? puh-leeze!). The redeeming feature of both these songs is the music; they're both great modern blues-rock numbers, so I guess I can put up with the lyrics. (J.C. did some beautiful lyrics on Far From Home, though, IMHO). I'd like to try my hand at the "Most Uninspired SW Songs" theme. I think this idea is probably more interesting than the favorite songs lists, since we all know how much great stuff he's done. And it's also easier (and more fun) to criticize. Anyway, I'm limiting myself to solo works (about half of the Low Spark album would qualify if I didn't): 1. Second Hand Woman. I have to agree with Ellie and Bobbie (also see #2). Thank goodness this is Steve's only experiment with disco. 2. It Was Happiness. Just a completely lifeless song. Even Steve's voice can't rescue this one. 3. Spanish Dancer. See #2. I can't tell what this song needs (faster tempo, different instruments, different lyrics), but it definitely needs something. 4. Big Girls Walk Away. See #s 2 and 3. Will Jennings has done some great stuff in the last 12 years, but he sure started off slowly. 5. Let Me Make Something In Your Life. Maybe the lyrics are nice, but when he sings "we used to be good friends, whyyy, whyyy not now" it just sounds so whiny. (Dis)honorable mentions: 6. Running On. Not a bad number musically, but the lyrics are lacking, which in turn brings the song down. I've always had a problem with songs that talk about the artist, music in general, other songs, etc. It suggests that the artist has run out of real ideas ("Glass Onion" comes to mind). 7. Family Affair. If you can't come up with a good song on your own, that's one thing, but if you're going to do a cover, there's no excuse for not having good material. Steve Seim 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: "Eddie" Subject: Re: Dummies; and BBC2 Radio and Photos Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 00:11:01 -0000 Thanks for the "bumper" issue of SP and your reply. Interesting little debate that you had going there with Elena. I agree with a lot that you were both saying. One point that Elena made that I whole-heartedly agree with is about No Face, No Name, No Number. I think that it's one of Steve's most outstanding songs and vocal performances. I remember thinking that at the time of its original release on the Mr Fantasy album way back when, and I still think that today and play it on a regular basis. Some other bits. BBC Radio Broadcast. It didn't happen! I'm embarrassed, but it's not my fault. They either changed their program schedule, or the magazine that mentioned it, "Q", got it wrong. I've emailed both of them to find out and am awaiting a reply. I was looking forward to hearing that! Later hopefully. Photography. I read an interesting article about the photographer Richard Polak in a magazine here. According to the article he was Traffic's court photographer (whether that's true, I'm not sure) but certainly took the photograph that graced the inside of the gatefold sleeve of John Barleycorn. It was mentioned that at the time it was an experiment with an infrared film, new at that time. The picture published in the magazine is Orange, Yellow and Green tinted. The article said inaccurately that the picture was taken for Traffic's second album, but was in effect the session for their fourth album, if you accept Last Exit as a third. Curiosity got the better of me having read that and I checked some of the other Traffic sleeves to see if he was the photographer and found that he did the photography for Traffics 2nd album and Low Spark also. Possibility that he may have done Last Exit, but is not credited on the sleeve. The colour photo in the magazine is one of the shots that he took but didn't use for John Barleycorn and is very good; I hadn't seen it before. Polak also photographed many other 60's/70s icons and also did the shoot for the Rolling Stones R&R Circus. Eddie 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: "Scott Tribble" Subject: Most Beloved Songs Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 19:47:00 -0500 1. Every Mother's Son 2. Hearts on Fire 3. Vacant Chair 4. Walking in the Wind 5. Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring? 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: "Eddie" Subject: Junction 7 - an appraisal. Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 20:33:23 -0000 Much has already been said here by fellow SP'ers and elsewhere about Steve's most recent work and I've enjoyed reading them all, but I also wanted to take the opportunity to record my views on the album. For me an album is best appraised once I've listened to it many times over a period of time and grown comfortable and appreciative of what it is trying to achieve. I've followed Steve's career closely from the latter days of the Spencer Davis Group through the progression of Traffic, his other collaborations and solo work. The Steve that I've always admired and enjoyed has been the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and performer within the structures of the superbly free flowing and blowing music of Traffic, through to his solo work. His body of work through the years has had had many outstanding high points and now having had time to appraise Junction 7, I am of the opinion that this album ranks as one of those, if not the highest point of his solo career work to date. Encompassing so many styles it is perhaps his most commercial, spiritual and soulful work so far, underpinned by the unique style and quality of musicianship for which he is renowned and respected. When I first played the album, I'll admit that I wasn't sure about it. The commerciality of it struck me as being surprising and not quite what I had come to expect. But having played it many times since, I'm of the opinion that it is his most carefully structured and complete work to date. The main things that appeal to me are the quality of the songs, which I think are the best collection as a cohesive set for an "album" that he has produced. From the riffing Spy In The House of Love to Lord Of The Street, these are the familiar Steve that I've enjoyed for many years. To the soulful Let Your Love Come Down, Family Affair and Plenty Lovin. The good time songs Just Wanna Have Some Fun and the Latin styled Gotta Get Back To My Baby. Finally to the loving and spiritual offerings of Angel Of Mercy, Real Love, Fill Me Up and Someone Like You. Running through all of this is his unique talent as a musician, vocalist and songwriter, allied to his collaborators Narada, Eugenia, Jim, and of course the players and technicians which together collectively go towards making this such a special album for me. In particular the songs co-written with Eugenia are obviously deeply heartfelt and a joy. His musicianship and delivery as always is supreme. Junction 7 is a joyous body of work and a triumph. Eddie 11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11 From: "Scott Tribble" Subject: Official interview Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 23:09:21 -0500 I uploaded the interview tonight and I was wondering if you could send out a post in SP to publicize it? Many of the questions are long-time ones from subscribers so I think they'd be interested to see it. Thanks. Scott [The address is www.stevewinwood.com/multimedia/press/interview.html ] 12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12 From: email@example.com Subject: Summer tour! Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:15:20 +0100 I have actually just sent off a lengthy fax to Mick and will advise you of his response asap. As regards the tour, he was talking about Steve playing jazz festivals with (I think he said South American musicians - the name Tito came up). So it would not be the straightforward versions of his songs. I'll keep you posted. soren [Soren mentioned earlier to me that the tour would visit 18 cities, but we have no idea yet what the dates or cities (or even the continent) are. --BG] ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 120