Volume 154, sent May 18, 1999:
1. "What's Shakin'"
2. Traffic Compendium - Lead Vocal Roles
3. What's Shakin' - followup
4. Traffic re-masters
5. Clayson book
6. SW on the radio
7. Sessions - Eddie Harris, Robert Palmer
8. music book
9. Birthday Greetings
From: "Aleshin, Nicholas, Mr., ODCSINT"
Subject: "What's Shakin'"
Date sent: Mon, 3 May 1999 16:45:11 -0400
The "What's Shakin"" CD is available from Elektra. I bought mine from CDnow. It's the same
as the LP, except that the cover has changed (I have the LP too, bought it in 1967 or
Winwood sang on both "I Want To Know" and "Crossroads," (and clapped his hands on
"Crossroads") but did not play a musical instrument. He's not on "Steppin' Out," a
guitar-based instrumental. This explains why "Steppin ..." wasn't included on "The Finer
Some sources say that Winwood played piano or organ on the three Eric Clapton & The
Powerhouse songs, but that's not true. Clapton buddy Ben Palmer played the piano and there
is no organ. Winwood's role was singing and clapping his hands.
Here's the band lineup:
Eric Clapton: guitar
Steve Winwood: vocals
Ben Palmer: piano
Paul Jones: harmonica and backing vocal on "I Want To Know"
Jack Bruce: bass
Pete York: drums
Date sent: Tue, 04 May 1999 08:20:12 -0400
From: Trafficologist (Ted G. - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Traffic Compendium - Lead Vocal Roles
Regarding the Lead Vocal Roles section of the "Traffic Compendium" in the Archives
(original writer - Alan W. in SP 13), which reads in part:
"Capaldi sang lead on 'Rock And Roll Stew' and 'Light Up Or Leave Me Alone', co-lead with
Winwood on 'Heaven Is In Your Mind', and some lead on 'Dealer', though Winwood sang the
chorus for that song. Mason sang lead on all songs he wrote for Traffic, including
co-lead with Winwood on 'Crying To Be Heard' and with Capaldi on 'Vagabond Virgin'. Steve
sings the chorus vocals on Dave's 'Don't Be Sad'."
Some thoughts / comments / misc. nitpickiness:
(1) "Dealer" -- Actually, I think Capaldi sings the whole lead. Winwood's harmony
throughout the song (except on the bridge) is pretty prominent, but Capaldi carries the
(2) Also, Capaldi carries the melody on the 2nd half of "John Barleycorn", although
Winwood's harmony is (again) so prominent that you're more aware of him than Jim.
(3) "Don't Be Sad'" -- The credits on the album say it's just Dave singing lead, and as far
as I know that's true. I don't know which part of the song Alan has in mind when he says
"Steve sings the chorus vocals". But I'll admit there's a lot of "Steve-ness" in the way
the two bridge parts (verses?) are belted out. (Does Dave ever sing like that anywhere
else? Solo albums, perhaps?)
(4) "Vagabond Virgin" -- The credits on the album say both Dave and Jim are singing lead,
but Dave clearly carries the melody all the way through. I hear both Steve and Jim on
harmonies but mostly Steve. What part of this song is considered Jim's "co-lead"?
Date sent: Tue, 04 May 1999 08:59:22 -0400
From: Trafficologist (Ted G. - email@example.com)
Subject: What's Shakin' - followup
I received a response to my earlier post from someone who had clearly done their homework
(sorry, don't have the name handy). They pointed out that "Steppin' Out" is an
instrumental that does not actually feature Mr. Winwood. Therefore, it looks like it
should actually be taken back OUT of the Song Encyclopedia (or at least notated
appropriately). Oh well...
Also, I had asked if anyone might be interested in my LP copy, but I didn't know the album
was out on CD. (But, hey, what isn't these days?
Still too many things, I'm sure.) So I guess all the real SW fans already have that, or at
least have covered its SW ground by getting The Finer Things, so... never mind. (A
footnote: I picked up the LP at a rummage sale for a quarter, but later I saw a copy just
like mine -- in slightly better condition but missing the notes insert -- at a local
used-record shop priced at $30! What's wrong with THIS picture?)
Date sent: Tue, 4 May 1999 15:05:17 +0100
Subject: Traffic re-masters
The Traffic releases have indeed been delayed but the good quality mail order store I
spoke to five minutes ago (up to date info!!) said that the CDs have been printed and
whilst they have been delayed for a second time they should be out by the end of May. I
will keep you informed .
Do you know who has a copy of the Reading Festival 1974 by any chance ? And thank you for
enabling me to ask all the Traffic fans for tapes via the Wish List. So far I seem to be
sending out more Traffic tapes but I receive of tapes of other bands so the collection is
staying static but can't complain. I have now got a real copy of Anaheim 1971 with Dave
Mason on the last 2 songs , so far every version I have received is Boston mislabelled.
This is now hogging the tape deck in pride of place even if the sound quality is nothing to
write home about.
I had better get back to work !! Bye for now
[I hear from other sources that the re-master has been delayed yet again. Mid-June is the
earliest date mentioned. --BG]
Date sent: Wed, 05 May 1999 19:25:25 -0700
From: Carol Stewart
Subject: Clayson book
I have been reading about the biography, "Back in the High Life" and would like to have a
copy of my own. I know it is out of print but does anyone have a copy for sale ?
Let me know, Carol
From: MARY KATSIKAS
Subject: SW on the radio
Date sent: Wed, 12 May 1999 15:52:49 -0400 (EDT)
There was a nice surprise on the morning radio show I listen to and bug all the time to
play more Winwood. Today, they announced his birthday and played a very short excerpt from
an interview SW did. I called to ask where I could get a copy, but the producer of the
show said that it was on some type of promo tape that he had gotten with interviews with
other people. Yesterday, I had mentioned to the Bill Flynn, the morning show, that today
was SW's birthday and would he say something about it. I was happy to hear that he did.
[See that, folks? We =can= make a difference! Let's start heating up those phone lines!
From: Stephen Smith
Subject: Sessions - Eddie Harris, Robert Palmer
Date sent: Wed, 12 May 1999 16:21:27 -0400
I noticed today that Eddie Harris' album EH In The UK (1974) was finally released on CD
last month. Steve played on several tracks of that album. The CD includes most of another
album, and seems to be readily available in the US.
Also, I've added Robert Palmer to the Rumored Sessions page based on Berkin's info. We hope
to have more specifics on this in the near future.
Date sent: Wed May 05 09:57:54 EDT 1999
Subject: music book
For any budding musicians out there, there's a new book/CD package available from Alfred
Publishing called Learn From the Legends: Rock Keyboard. It has musical example of the
keyboard styles of five giants, including Steve Winwood (the others are Bruce Hornsby,
Michael McDonald, Billy Joel, and Felix Cavaliere). In the case of Winwood, the book deals
with only his organ style, and includes an arrangement of his ``favourite hymn.'' There's
also an interview/profile of each musician, various tips from them, plus some general stuff
on chords. While I haven't actually worked with the book yet, it looks potentially quite
From: Bobbie G (firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 18, 1999
Subject: Birthday Greetings
Yes, I'm late sending the greetings this year, but this will be the 4th year in a row that
I'm late, so it's sort of a tradition now. :-) Anyway, if you would still like to email me
greetings for Steve on the occasion of his 51st birthday, do so asap! I'm putting what I
have on the web-site today, but will not print and send until tomorrow (Wednesday) or
Thursday, so you still have time.
End of Smiling Phases, volume 154