------------------------------------------ VOLUME 77, sent May 27, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. Steve ' s tour... 2. Skeptical of J7 3. SW Tour Article 4. Winwood Club Date(s) in Chicago 5. Sessions Listing 6. 2nd Winwood Concert 7. Dates 8. CD Roms for Junction 7 9. Re: Mystery sessions 10. First glimpse of Spy video and bad reviews ------------------------------------------ ANNOUNCEMENT: Did you read the new address for Scott's Web-site??? Scott has been working for months with Eugenia Winwood, and his site is now the OFFICIAL Winwood site, with input from the Winwoods themselves! Many, many thanks to Scott for the enormous amount of effort he put into development. Congratulations! I will now be maintaining the unofficial site, as we understand that fans like to read about things which cannot be included on the official site. My site is not yet uploaded, but I will make an announcement when it is. None of the information included on Scott's old site will be lost in the transition. --BG ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Elena Iglio"
Subject: Steve ' s tour... Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 06:00:41 +0200 I've seen the posters... Steve is actually sharing the stage - or shall I say a beautiful medieval square - with Italian star Zucchero at Pistoia's Blues Festival on July 6th. Still only 1 Italian music paper actually MENTIONS both the tour and the release of the album and I wonder if Virgin press is boycotting him... I've been noticing by the posts on SP and from what I hear from English friends that Our Man Winwood seems to play only small venues this year, and I'm wondering what the reason of this choice can be, if he has a powerful combo with him and can win thousands of converts.... Maybe he prefers to get back to the "night club" atmospheres - Traffic always complained in their last years of having to play basketball courts and auditoriums where the magic was lost in the base acoustics... - I can't imagine how Steve or his management could be afraid of "date cancellation" risks with a name like his... (Blur have canceled most of their Italian dates owing to the scarce ticket sales. THAT I can understand.) A note for Steve Smith - I AM really impressed by your work. Will there be a way to get hold of the final results? That would be of great help to collectors like me....Have you got hold of the famous Anglos single Incense/You're Foolin' Me, for instance??? Ellie [Steve Smith's work will be uploaded onto one of the Web-sites when complete. -BG] 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: email@example.com Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 00:05:52 -0500 Subject: Skeptical of J7 Call this a little bit of bitterness over not getting tickets for Winwood's LA gigs, maybe I was spoiled in Virginia when I got 2nd row seats and got a quick sneak backstage during the Traffic tour. I'm skeptical of how Junction 7 will go over. Here are my reasons why. 1) Narada. May be a fine producer, but seems to be one of many producers who want to take older acts and make them "hip." In the process, it eventually cheapens their music and their legacy. I've always thought Winwood knows his sound, he should be calling the shots. 2)Guest shots--to be honest I'm not that impressed. When Winwood came back for BitHL, he got legends or REALLY impressive people who had been around a long time: James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Dan Hartman. This album: Lenny KRavitz, a good (not great) guitarist and Des'ree...let me reiterate...DES'REE!!! A one hit wonder. Time will tell though. Chaka Khan at least had a few recognizable songs.... 3) Choice of singles. Maybe this is just my opinion, but this is one category that has been deteriorating since BitHL. There are so many songs that could have been hits, but they either released them after the album had already run out of steam or not at all. Generally the ballads are the victims, and I think "My Love's Leaving'" "I Will Be Here" and "One More Morning" were all potential hits. I also think the powers that be were afraid of making Traffic "poppy" and instead of following up the poor performance of "Here Comes a Man" with "Every Night Every Day" (a bonafide hit. MODO) "Riding High" or even "State of Grace" they followed it with "Some Kinda Woman," a good song, but not as good as the other three. This brings me to Junction 7. "Can't Get Enough of It" is a hit. That should be the first single, of the songs I've heard from going to the VH1 Honors and other "sources." "Spy in the House of Love" is a good song, but not a great one, on first instincts alone. Any bets that "Family Affair" will be the followup. My optimum choice would have been to put the Traffic touring group in the studio maybe with Nile and make a TRAFFIC album, because it shows Steve's chops. I also thought "Reach for the Light" was going to be on the album. Of course, despite skepticism...I will be the first in line, even if I have to kill Craig :) Jeff Hawkins ["Can't Get Enough of It" is not on J7. --BG] 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 13:43:39 +0200 From: Istituto Cervantes Napoli Subject: SW Tour Article STEVE WINWOOD - In the Light of Soul Mr. Fantasy is here again "REPUBBLICA - MUSICA" was in London at the Hanover Grand for the opening gig of SW's tour.29.4.1997 He still enjoys making and playing music- with his typical "nonchalance" after more than 35 years. With his new album, J7, SW adds his solo career an important new chapter. He started a long European-U.S. tour (he will play 2 Italian dates, July 6th in Pistoia and 7th in Rome), and the first gig of his tour was in a small club in the centre of London, the Hanover Grand. There were no more than 500 people in there. "I chose small venues for other gigs also: it is the perfect situation for the new album and its peculiar, hi-energy sound" Sw promises before the concert begins. The opening number is a tribute to his musical history and shows that acid jazz owes a lot to SDG's white soul and SW's old Hammond B3 sound: I'M A MAN. Then he strolls along the path of time towards the new record with another, more recent big hit: ROLL WITH IT, that reminds us of James Brown's powerful funky rhythm. The horn section - Randall Bramblett and Kev Robinson duets with the backing vocalists Emma Whittle and Valerie Chambers, that figure prominently in the next new number LET YOUR LOVE COME DOWN, when SW leaves the Hammond organ to brandish guitar in Lenny Kravitz' shoes - Kravitz plays this solo on the record- . Winwood steps back to the '80's with the next number WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE from "Arc of a diver" that proves his natural falsetto is still going as strong as ever. But the best is yet to come: the new single SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE is a showcase of his prowess in "call and response" singing. 3 guitars support the rhythm section in this number that is very indicative of his new musical tendency and of the new record, called JUNCTION 7 for this is the motorway number leading to his Gloucestershire house (??). ANGEL OF MERCY is the next song an inspired soul ballad with a splendid guitar orchestration and the Hammond roaring stressing every line. Winwood also takes a trip in Latin American salsa and a cover from the Sly-Family Stone repertoire GOT TO GET BACK TO MY BABY and FAMILY AFFAIR are coming next, with a hi-quality rhythm section adding the Cuban percussionist Walfredo Reyes - formerly with Santana- and the Suriname percussionist Martin Verdonk. Trumpet and flute colour the Family Affair rendition, and the audience dances like a flowing river. This is the result of Winwood's love for soul music and the brand new, alchemic meeting with Narada Michael Walden and Nile Rodgers, two big names in contemporary black music. JUST WANNA HAVE SOME FUN takes us back to the black dance of the '80.. GIMME SOME LOVING the last number, a must for Winwood, indicates however that there's always something more to expect from this great Artist than just playing to have fun. (Carlo Moretti - Repubblica.) Ellie 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: "Les Jacobson" Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 12:14:31 -0500 Subject: Winwood Club Date(s) in Chicago From Virgin's PR people, here's the current status of U.S. club dates. I asked Gayle to keep me posted. Les -- Forward -- From: *****@aol.com To: Les Jacobson/Antec Subject: Re: Winwood Club Date(s) in Chicago The dates are now only in New York and Los Angeles. 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: Stevsmith1@aol.com Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 20:42:11 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Sessions Listing If you've been following the last few issues of SP, you know that I'm compiling a comprehensive listing of Winwood's session work. Subscriber contributions to the effort have been invaluable! If you have more info, there's plenty of time to contribute. I'm still looking into a few things, but I expect to finish in 2-3 weeks. I figured out where the 1975 self-titled Fania All Stars album was listed as a session - the 1986 tour program! It listed this album but left out _Delicate And Jumpy_. The compiler used Terry Hounsome's _Rock Record_, probably the 1983 second edition. Looking at the third edition of the Hounsome book, it's easy to see how someone in a hurry could have picked up the wrong one this way. In a nutshell, the tour program listing is clearly a mistake! More interestingly, I came across a few more possible sessions. Most are probably bogus, but so far one has turned out to be real! Steve sang backup on Rosanne Cash's _King's Record Shop_, about 1987 or 1988. Actually, this one rings a bell - didn't someone refer to it in SP many many issues ago? Steve 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: MHargre586@aol.com Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 10:58:32 -0400 (EDT) Subject: 2nd Winwood Concert Last night (22 May) I went to see Mr Winwood for the second time on the J7 tour. I went with Steve Darlington (he who drew your traffic.jpg logo) - he had permission this time, from Marie!! The lineup was as for Birmingham on May 1. The songs were also the same, except that "Freedom Overspill" was added towards the end. At the end of the concert, Steve said he hoped to come to Manchester again. Let's hope so. It was a fantastic concert (no guitar problems!) with excellent sound quality, better than Birmingham. The UK CD single of "Spy...." contains 2 mixes plus "Come out & dance", but it's not out yet. Is the Reading 1974 valedictory Traffic show available anywhere? Bye, Mike. 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: "BobbieG." Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 08:08:05 -0700 Subject: Dates Okay, let's start to get a chronology going here for this year's appearances by Our Hero. What I've got so far is: May 14 or 19 - release of single "Spy in the House of Love" to radio June 2 or 3 - release of album "Junction 7" to stores June 3 - release of single "Spy" to stores June 3 - Dave Letterman show (CBS) June 4-6 - shows at Irving Plaza, NYC June 6 - release of video for "Spy" to MTV and VH1 June 6 - Rosie O'Donnell show (NBC) June 8 - performance at LA Virgin Megastore June 9-11 - shows at Roxy Theatre, LA July 6 - show in Florence, Italy June/July - performances at Virgin Megastores in London & Paris June/July - appearances at European festivals August 16 - show at Wembley, UK September - December - full-scale tour of US Late winter, spring '98 - tour of Japan, Australia, (?) Start watching the TV listings for appearances on morning TV shows during the NYC dates, and for an appearance on Jay Leno during the LA dates. We need to fill in a LOT more blanks, particularly for the European gigs, so you guys keep your eyes open. I'll put the results up on the web-site real soon. Thanks for all the help! Bobbie 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: "Vockeroth, Adrian" Subject: CD Roms for Junction 7 Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 17:13:35 -0400 As I'm totally ignorant about CD ROM's, does anyone know what features the Junction 7 CD ROM's would have? I just saw an advert for promo CD ROM's of Junction 7 and Spy in the House of Love. Is it likely to become commonplace for all releases to come out in CD format and CD ROM format? Adrian Vockeroth Gatineau Quebec 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 01:05:50 +0300 (EET DST) From: Berkin Altinok Subject: Re: Mystery sessions Hey fellows, i was away for the weekend to Istanbul, to meet with my friend Erim, who had recently come back from Boston, what a surprise he brought me some "Records", now isn't that special, well here you go here is the list: 1> JC: Oh How We Danced!! 2> JC: Short Cut Draw Blood!! 3> JC: Whale Meat Again!! 4> JC: Daughter Of The Night!! 5> JC: Electric Nights!! 6> JC: Fierce Heart!! 7> JC: One Man Mission!! 8> Winwood & Friends!!! 8> More Heavy Traffic>>!! 10> Off the record radio Show 10\18\1982 interview with SW Well, this pretty much clears the JC stuff, since Prince of Darkness is a compilation, and so we are left with the only lost Solo album, most probably left from 1977 "Sweet Smell Of Success" and i got a couple of singles from that album, well this is way over incredible!!!!!! How is the single, people? i think i will receive it soon, looking forward!!!! Berkin,,,, 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: MomeyKate@aol.com Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 10:06:19 -0400 (EDT) Subject: First glimpse of Spy video and bad reviews I caught the tail end of Spy in the House of Love video on VH1 this AM- the entire band is playing- like a club scene- with dancing... Steve looks good, but depressed- must have read the scathingly bad reviews of Junction 7 in Request magazine and Entertainment Weekly. I don't agree with the reviewers, of course! I find almost everything SW does to be musically wonderful! Let's hope the general public will form their own opinions and give the album a fair listening! Still haven't seen the single in record stores, but can order it through Goldmine magazine ads like Thoughtscape Sounds in Arkansas... Mary ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 77