------------------------------------------ VOLUME 61, also sent March 28, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. Credits for Junction 7 2. Administrivia 3. Re: Collaborations 4. Comparisons 5. screwing up the lyrics of Low Spark 6. tee-shirt reactions ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Les Jacobson"
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 17:18:42 -0500 Subject: Credits for Junction 7 Here's some information I was able to get from Virgin about the new album: Release date, June 3; co-produced by Narada Michael Walden; recorded and mixed at Steve's home studio in Gloucestershire, England, and Tarpan Studios, San Raphael, California. The press material says Junction 7 "is a return to Winwood's rhythm and blues roots. Incorporating elements of R&B, jazz, Latin, world beat and rock, Junction 7 is a joy to listen to and features guest appearances by Nile Rodgers, Lenny Kravitz and Des'ree." There are 11 songs totaling 57 minutes: 1. Spy in the House of Love (Written by Steve Winwood (SW), Narada Michael Walden (NMW) and Jim Capaldi) SW: lead vocals, rhythm guitar and guitar solos NMW: keyboards, bass, live drums and drum programming Mike McEvoy: additional keyboards Jimi Fischer: wah wah guitar Greg Gonaway: percussion Background vocals: Tony Lindsey, Skyler Jett, Nikita Germaine, Tina Gibson, Annie Stocking 2. Angel of Mercy (SW, NMW, Jim Capaldi) SW: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano, wah wah guitar solo NMW: B3 bass, drum programming, percussion Mike McEvoy: additional keyboard and voices Jimi Fischer: additional drum programming Jerry Hey: live string arrangement and conductor Nathan Rubin: concert master Background vocals: same as above 3. Just Wanna Have Some Fun (SW, NMW) SW: lead vocal, Hammond organ, synth sax solo, clavinet NMW: drum programming, bass, synth, keyboards and percussion Frank Martin: keyboards and programming Vernon Black: guitar Walfredo Reyes Jr.: percussion Jerry Hey: horn arrangement and trumpet Marc Russo: sax Wayne Wallace: trombone Background vocals: same as above 4. Let Your Love Come Down (SW, NMW, Jim Capaldi) SW: lead vocal, lead guitar, organ NMW: bass, organ, drum programming, cymbals, live drums Lenny Kravitz: guitar Frank Martin: keyboards and programming Mike McEvoy: synth vibes and additional piano Jimi Fischer: additional bass and rhythm guitar Walfredo Reyes Jr.: percussion Jerry Hey: horn arrangements and percussion Marc Russo: sax Wayne Wallace: trombone Background vocals: Nikita Germaine, Annie Stocking, Tina Gibson, Claytoven Richardson and Sandy Griffith 5. Real Love (SW, NMW, Eugenia Winwood) SW: lead vocal, acoustic piano NMW: drum programming, keyboards and percussion Frank Martin: keyboards and programming, bass Mike McEvoy: additional keyboards, bass, drum programming, synth strings Jerry Hey: live string arrangement and conductor Nathan Rubin: concert master 6. Fill Me Up (SW, Eugenia Winwood) SW: lead vocal, acoustic guitar NMW: drum programming Mike McEvoy: keyboards, bass, drum programming and dobro guitar Background vocals: Ruby Turner, Simone Sauphanor and Eugenia Winwood Out chorus: Ruby Turner Spoken part: Eugenia Winwood 7. Gotta Get Back to My Baby (SW, Eugenia Winwood) SW: lead vocal, clave, additional keyboards Rebeca Mauleon-Santana: piano Marc Van Wageningen: bass Walfredo Reyes Jr.: drums, timbales, percussion Daniel Reyes: congas Melecio Magdaluyo: sax Louis Fasman: trumpet Jeff Cressman: trombone Bill Ortiz: trumpet Horn arrangement by SW and Rebeca Mauleon-Santana Background vocals: Ruby Turner, Simone Sauphanor, Party People, Tony Lindsay, Skyler Jett, Nikita Germaine, Tina Gibson, Annie Stocking 8. Someone Like You (SW, NMW, Eugenia Winwood) SW: lead vocal NMW: keyboards, bass, drum programming, cymbals Mike McEvoy: keyboards, bass, drum and bass programming, synth strings Background vocals: Claytoven Richardson, Sandy Griffith, Tina Gibson 9. Family Affair (Sylvester Stewart) Dedicated to Bernard Edwards SW: lead vocal, acoustic piano and percussion NMW: live drums, drum programming, synth bass, keyboards and percussion Nile Rodgers: guitar Myron Dove: electric bass Jerry Hey: live string arrangement and conductor Nathan Rubin: concert master Background vocals: same as No. 1 10. Plenty of Lovin (SW, NMW) SW: vocals, rhythm guitar Des'ree: vocals NMW: keyboard and drum programming Mike McEvoy: synth strings, keyboards Jose Neto: acoustic and nylon electric guitar and solo Gary Brown: electric bass 11. Lord of the Street (SW, NMW, Jim Capaldi) SW: lead vocal, acoustic piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, rhythm guitar NMW: live drums, drum programming, synth and percussion Frank Martin: keyboards and programming Greg Gonaway: Midi drum assisting Walfredo Reyes Jr.: percussion Background vocals: same as No. 1 The credits also list "special thanks to: My Lord and Savior The Giver of Life, Ron Weisner, Karel Hannak, Mick Newton, Victoria Losh, Sue Gould, Phillip Quiney, E. Smooth, Kate Harrison and Muff Winwood." Separately, another special thanks column lists: Eugenia Winwood, Ken and Nancy Berry, Everyone at Virgin Music Group Worldwide, Ron Weisner, Mick Newton, Muff Winwood, Dej Mahoney, Lenny Kravitz, Craig Fruin, Des'ree, David Wernham, Nile Rodgers, Budd Tunick, Owen Sloane, Les Bider, Kathy Schenker, Gayle Fine, Bernard Doherty, Carole Kinzel, Rob Light, Peter Nash, Rusty Hooker, Karel Hannak, Viv Phillips, Victoria Losh, Sue Gould, Phillip Quiney, Jim Capaldi, E. Smooth, Narada and everyone at Perfection Light Productions, and adds, "Above all, I thank my Lord and Savior, The Giver of Life." Some personal observations: --Although there are some familiar names (Jim Capaldi, Mike McEvoy), most of the cast is brand new to Winwood fans and obviously better known for a Contemporary Latin and R&B sound than rock. --Narada Michael Walden is far more involved on this album than any previous co-producer, which is almost certain to give it a distinctly different flavor than anything we've heard in the past. --Steve hasn't covered a song since Last Exit, so the inclusion of Sly Stone's Family Affair, rather than the more obvious choice of, say, I Wanna Take You Higher, is interesting. --Live strings, a conductor and a concert master? --Eugenia Winwood's extensive involvement is new. --I can't remember a Steve Winwood studio cut in which he only sings (Someone Like You) My guess is that this album is indeed going to be a major departure from his previous work. Perhaps he is reaching out to an entirely new audience. It should be interesting to see how much of his old fan base goes with him. --Les Jacobson 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "BobbieG." Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 10:16:29 -0700 Subject: Administrivia There've been a couple changes to the SP web-page, and I'd like you to check them out. 1) The tee-shirt page has a .gif of what the shirt will actually look like, and a handy order form, along with Craig's snail mail address so you can send the check. 2) Eight midi's for you to download. 3) Links to more Subscribers. If you have a home page, send me the URL and I'll link to you!! The web-page is at http://www.azstarnet.com/~bobbieg/maillist.htm (that's 2 L's in the middle of that). Bobbie 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: ASchulberg@aol.com Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 22:47:52 -0500 (EST) Subject: Re: Collaborations << What about Santana and Winwood? I know they crossed paths in the early 70's -- what would that have sounded like? Or Steve and Yes? Peter Gabriel? Or Bryan Ferry and/or Roxy Music--that seems interesting to me. >> I'm a HUGE fan of Roxy Music and I just cannot see that as a good marriage. Roxy was so avant garde and later in their hard rock period I don't see SW as being able to handle Manznera's parts. I think Steve is a great guitar player (better than keyboards, IMHO) but I don't see him as being able to sublimate his style to the band's. And what about singing? No way would Bryan have let Steve had the spotlight nor would Winwood's American blues based vocals have fit in the Euro-style of Roxy. Likewise, Steve in YES would have been a disaster. What I'd like to see is Steve and his Nashville neighbor, Adrian Belew, collaborating. Arnie 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: ASchulberg@aol.com Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 17:05:12 -0500 (EST) Subject: Comparisons << Winwood vs. Rick Wakeman? Rick may be a better technician (not one of Steve's strong points for sure), but he can't touch Our Boy in soulfulness, taste and melodic ideas, i.e. musicality. Not even close. >> You're trying to compare apples and oranges. Listen: Steve- R&B, Psychedelia, soul. Wakeman- Classical music, art-rock (something Winwood NEVER was), symphonic. The two just can't be compared. As for Steve's drug use: What do the unauthorized biography and the autobiography say on this subject? Anyone familiar with these books wanna summarize for us? Arnie 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: "BobbieG." Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:52:26 -0700 Subject: screwing up the lyrics of Low Spark Okay, so I was listening to yet another live version of Low Spark, and Steve sings the lyrics all jumbled together yet again,one line from this verse and one line from that; then repeat one (cos it's fun to sing?). He doesn't screw up the lyrics on ANY other song as much as this one, and it upsets me, cos I like things nice and neat and tidy. I have a theory: He sings lyrics out of order, or repeats, on Low Spark ON PURPOSE. If you can wean yourself from the standard version and actually listen to the meaning, the lyrics are actually kinda interchangeable and add new dimensions. I know I'm probably rationalizing heavily again, but this theory makes me feel a lot better about things. Go, Az Wildcats! Bobbie 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: SayOnceMor@aol.com Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 00:01:01 -0500 (EST) Subject: SP shirt! Got my SP shirt in the mail today. It looks GREAT!!! Wonderful job, Craig. Can't wait to wear it.... Andrea From: "BobbieG." To: LoudnCraig@aol.com Subject: Tee-shirts!! Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 19:34:19 -0700 Hey, Craig, They came in the mail yesterday, but I didn't get 'em out of the box till this morning, and they're fab! Nice job, slap me five!! I think you were right, they look better in red. I'm glad I got one in each color so I can see the difference, and now I know for SURE that you were right. ;-) Bobbie From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sharron) To: Loudncraig@aol.com Date: 97-03-25 14:38:13 EST Dear Craig: Wanted to let you know that I just received my T-Shirts and am VERY pleased. The quality of cotton is excellent and the shirts are certainly true to size (a good fit). Sure glad I got one of each color !! Thanks again for your efforts and attention to detail. Kind regards, Sharron Robertson From: vankirks@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu To: LoudnCraig@aol.com Date: 97-03-26 19:24:41 EST Hey, guy! The tee shirts are wonderful. Thank you so much for doing this for us. --Shannon ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 61