------------------------------------------ VOLUME 83, sent June 12, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. Re: Spooky Tooth 2. Re: Sandy Denny Mailing List 3. Steve's NY show on June 6th 4. Traffic boot question 5. One And Only Man 6. RE: Smiling Phases Posts (2 of them) 7. Winwood With Spooky Tooth 8. Dream 9. Re: Airforce CD 10. Winwood Spanish Article And Good Review 11. Wanna hear a REAL hoot? 12. I've never seen SW live 13. Chicago and I'm A Man ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 Date: Mon, 09 Jun 1997 15:25:02 +0100 From: "Terrance M. Egan"
Subject: Re: Spooky Tooth <> I think it's Gary Wright (who started with Spooky Tooth, left them, and went on to "Dream Weaver" fame). Mike Harrison voice is husky whereas Wright's voice hits the higher notes. I agree, Spooky Tooth was a great band, and is largely ignored these days. Check out their second album "Spooky Two" sometime. Terry 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Vockeroth, Adrian" Subject: Re: Sandy Denny Mailing List Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 16:08:39 -0400 At least one Smiling Phases subscriber was already signed up to the Sandy Denny List prior to Levent's posting in the last volume of SP. I've been signed up to the Sandy Denny List since it began. If any of you fellow Winwood devotees are into Sandy Denny's music, then by all means sign up to Levent's Sandy Denny mailing list. Judging from the number of postings, there can't be too many members yet, so the more the merrier! Despite the infrequent postings, I've already learned a lot of interesting info on the late great songstress through Levent's mailing list. It would be great to have lots of Smiling Phasers climbing aboard. Adrian Vockeroth Gatineau Quebec 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: MAttorney@aol.com Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 17:19:05 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Steve's NY show on June 6th I attended Steve's show at the Irving Plaza in Manhattan on Friday, June 6th. Since I have a friend who has connections in the music business, I was given VIP passes so I watched the show from upstairs in the VIP section. Just before the show began, I was able to speak to Eugenia Winwood for a few minutes. She was really sweet...she knew all about Smiling Phases and informed me that they had received our birthday greetings to Steve. The show itself was wonderful....at least in my opinion. He sounded great. Steve did about 5 songs from his new album "Junction 7", he also did "Can't Find My Way Home", "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys", and "Glad". The rest of the songs were all from his solo albums....with the exception of "Gimme Some Lovin" which as usual ended the show. Afterwards, again through the help of my friend's connection, I was able to meet with Steve himself for a couple of minutes as he was leaving. He looked wonderful and was incredibly nice. I had been really nervous over just the thought of seeing him, but when I actually did, he had this incredible calming effect over me so I felt really at ease with him. I got his autograph and we briefly discussed "Junction 7". Since I didn't want to hold him up, I thanked him and we shook hands before he left. It definitely turned out to be a memorable evening....one that I will not soon forget. Maria 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: RBERG51@aol.com Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 18:43:05 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Traffic boot question My friend recently picked up a copy of a CD by Traffic called Woodwind. Bill Graham announces the band at the very beginning, and one of the members is Rich Gretch. Does anyone know if the 1970 date is accurate, and have any thoughts about this CD. It does sound great. My friend suspects that it's a compilation of a Fillmore show and possible the 1970 BBC Classic Trax show. Neil 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 11:09:47 +1200 From: Murray Dreyer Subject: One And Only Man I recently purchased from a UK Mail order Company "ESPRIT" a USA "Promo only - Not for Resale" CD Single of "One and Only Man". It contains four different versions of the song. They are, - Straight Bass Version - A capella Version - Junior's NYC M - Junior's NYC Dub It's a must for Winwood Collectors and they may have copies left so if you haven't got it, go out and get it. Cheers, Murray D 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: "Gabb, Anthony A" Subject: RE: Smiling Phases Posts (2 of them) Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 09:28:24 +1000 Number 1 - Virgin Megastore Performance -------------- Since I've only ever seen Steve live once before in Australia, it was fantastic to be able to listen in on the Virgin Megastore performance which was simulcast on the Internet. The video was very scratchy and this will probably never change until higher speeds are possible on the web for the average user. The audio wasn't too bad - I just wish 56K was available so I could've at least got it in stereo. Luckily there was no problems with the connection and I got the whole 45 minutes uninterrupted. The first song in the set was I'm a Man which was audio only - they got video going for Spy... It is probably the best version of I'm a Man that I've heard with a fantastic organ solo in the middle. The rest of the music was good - Spy... sounds heaps better live than on the album however Got to Get Back lacked a little on the album version. It was good to hear Glad played at full pace (the version of the flip side of the I'm a Man single was way too slow) although my favourite part is the piano solo in the "2nd movement" of the song which on this occasion was devoted to percussion solos. I have a sneaking suspicion that Steve's voice was feeling the strain - I heard it break up a little on the last song (Gimme Some Lovin') - maybe that's why the length of the set was reduced. What is clear is that the older songs (SDG and Traffic) are much better for live performance than some of the newer material. Back in those days (without the benefit of hi-tech production methods) the sound had that rawer, "live" feel to it and therefore transposes well to the live environment. Enough rambling - all in all it was an excellent performance. ------------------------------ Number 2 - Bad Reviews -------------- I agree with Les' sentiments that we should not get hung up on bad reviews that Steve receives. Steve's core group of fans are almost always going to like everything he puts out regardless of what the critics think. The only negative is that bad reviews may mean that Steve does not get the broad mainstream support and sales that we think he deserves (and Virgin probably wants). However bad reviews do not always mean that music is commercially unsuccessful - has anyone heard a good review of the Spice Girls yet? :-) Anyway each to their own. I agree that Junction 7 was treading a very fine line between a quality recording and total crap. However at the end of the day it is Steve's voice and the musicianship he brings to all his recordings which save it. My only hope is this experiment with Narada Michael Walden is his last. .....Anthony 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: Stevsmith1@aol.com Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 21:35:19 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Winwood With Spooky Tooth Murray said in a recent issue that the vocalist on "Bubbles", the last track of Spooky Tooth's _It's All About_ (1968), sounds like Winwood. Picking up on Murray's cue, I ran out and picked up the album to check it out. The song is an amazing collage of Traffic's first album and early singles. If you ever want to hear all of Traffic's _Mr. Fantasy_ album but only have three minutes, this is the song to play! Feel the undercurrent of "Heaven Is In Your Mind", the silliness of "Berkshire Poppies", and a dash of tension from "Dear Mr. Fantasy". You might miss Chris Wood's 'winds, but maybe not at 2:49. Spooky Tooth's Hammond-saturated sound is well suited to imitating Traffic. The lead vocal sounds remarkably like Winwood, but the backing vocal is truly convincing. Is it Winwood? Good question. The circumstances are compelling, since the members of Traffic and Spooky Tooth shared the same revolving door in a dizzying array of previous bands, both were produced by Jimmy Miller at the time, and the two bands toured together at some point. The musician credits include only the band members. Steve was just beginning to do sessions around this time. On close listening, though, I'd say that the lead vocal is definitely not Winwood but rather an extraordinary (and commendable!) approximation by the band's Mike Harrison. I would otherwise be convinced that Steve sings backup, but my guess is that's Mike Harrison as well. Any one else have this? Steve 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: "Les Jacobson" Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 08:59:01 -0500 Subject: Dream For those who believe in auguries, I dreamt last night that Steve was on the cover of Newsweek. He was pictured in profile, a very tight head shot, and the headline was MAXIMUM JAMMING (referring apparently to the summer concert tours). Picture and text were all in a sepia monotone. Remember--you read it here first! 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: MHargre586@aol.com Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 13:20:10 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: Airforce CD "837 349 - 2 GINGER BAKER'S AIR FORCE POLYDOR" That's on the CD spine. Barcode on back = 422 - 837349 - 2 Made by "PolyGram Records" Manufactured for CD by Tom Coyne at Frankford/Wayne. That's all, Mike. 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: "Angelo" Subject: Winwood Spanish Article And Good Review Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 14:40:54 +0200 El País, May 24th 1997, Madrid Section "BABELIA" - Culture and Music Encounter # 7 for SW. (S.A.) His new work is the reflexion of a mature man who knows what he wants. The British musician reassesses his soul vocation in the album "Junction7" SW preferred a press conference in a very ancient Oxford Hotel, halfway between his Gloucestershire home and London. So the worls apporaches him and he approaches the world in Nobody's Land, next to his domestic peace, his family, far from the madding crowd. This English gentleman, Stephen Lawrence Winwood (Handsworth, Birmingham, 1948) famous since he was 15 and fought in the charts with Frank Sinatra, the Beatles or his very idol Ray Charles. Gotta get Back to My Baby, Plenty of Lovin', Real Love, Someone Like You and Fill Me Up, the songs of his 7th solo album are the very reflexions of a mature man who, after a long, obscure period, knows what he wants, and realizes what love really is and who's the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with; remembers days of emptiness, loneliness or blindness and states a newly-found balance since his adolescence, since celebrity. "In this album I wanted to write most of the lyrics, apart from working with my usual lyricists. I tried capturing and stressing some kind of spiritual positive issue to transmit the listeners, to be positive in a world where negativity dominates." Other songs in Junction 7 deal with lighter themes: "They're never about trivia. Only, they related to feeling good, and this is very sound IMO" For instance, Spy In the House of Love, a contagious number right from the very initial guitar riff sustained by bass and drums "it is a song about relationships, how you see people around you. This central chacacter who controls the streets and wants to feel good, to be watched by women passers-by and feels like a king because of it and sings : "Tonight the world is in my hands". Junction 7 is Winwood's funkiest, blackiest record. Plenty of Lovin recalls Marvin Gaye's style and is influenced by the producer Narada Michael Walden. "It is tru". I tried to get as far as possible from Traffic (WHAT DID I TELL YOU? Translator's note), and I did the same on Far From Home, the last Traffic album, I tried to be anything but Steve Winwood the solo artist. Both are good channels of expression and this record has a pop basis with soul, R&B and blues elements. Traffic was more acid-jazz, folk etc. I choose Narada because he has a very vast experience in different musical genders: he played drums in Mahavisnu Orchestra and proved his pop sensitiveness in producing Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston in their powerful records. He wanted to work with somebody who was a musician too, he needed advice from a musician , wanted to play with a musician. I knew Narada could play more than an instrument" Winwood tried enthusiastically counterculture and psychedelia in the 60s, with Eric Clapton, Blind Faith and his friend Jimi Hendrix "All good people, Jimi was a gentleman. It was easy to work with him for he was incredibly gifted. I recorded with him, we talked briefly about what he wanted and he had 3 takes: he warmed up in the 1st, broke a string in the 2nd and did it in the 3rd." Hendrix closed the 2st Woodstock festival, Winwood and Capaldi in the 25th anniversary's: "It was good. I think people expected it to be like the 1st one, but it was the same to me. There was lots of good music there and many people who enjoyed themselves. Who could ask for more?" Masters and disciples Winwood played in small US and German venues, wants to play various open- air festivales and is not going to play Barcelona, where he met Ray Charles in person 3 years ago: "I went to his dressing room very nervous, and said "Hi, I'm S."W." and he answered "Hi. You know where my bag is?" and continued looking for it. Ray Charles was James Taylor's idol too. He was born two months before Winwood. "I knew James better when I recorded Back In the High Life "where he sang " He's fantastic, I'm a big fan of his and all his music. He's great". Winwood played organ in Paul Weller's last album, one of his disciples: "He called me and asked me to play with him. I had been listening to Wild Wood, his previous record, very Traffic-like and it seemed a good idea to play with him". Lenny Kravitz also is a great Winwood fan. "He's much better when he plays live. He's fantastic. Great guitarist, great musician". Junction 7 is his 7 th record since "Steve Winwood", released 20 years ago " It went badly because many people overlooked it, and it was a GOOD record indeed". Arc of a Diver, 1981: "It directed me where I wanted to go:" Talking back to the Night, 1982: " There are great songs there. it is a fantastic album who came out in a strange moment in music." Back in The High Life, 1986, 2 Grammies " My best solo album. J7 is very much in the same open wave." Roll With It, 1988 "All I can say is, go on with it. "Refugees of the Heart, 1990: "Sounds a bit like Traffic (EH???? Translator's note) as much as Far From Home sounded just a bit like Winwood. I wanted to separate these 2 styles and Junction Seven was my solution to this problem." (S.A.) 11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11 Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 09:03:52 -0700 (PDT) From: jfwales Subject: Wanna hear a REAL hoot? I watched the KTLA Morning Show, & they had SW & the gang on to perform "Spy In the House..." And...they let him do the weather report! What a hoot! Jeanie 12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12 From: "Vockeroth, Adrian" Subject: I've never seen SW live Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 12:39:25 -0400 First time I almost saw him was during the Spencer Davis Days. SDG (with SW) was playing with the Hollies and the Who at a local cinema. The Who were performing Tommy. I was 13 years old and felt lucky to be attending the show with several of the "cooler" 16 year old guys at my school. Even at that age, I was really into the SDG and was very much looking forward to seeing them. I also was a big fan of the Hollies (particularly Graham Nash -- I never much cared for Alan Clarke). For me the Who performing Tommy was a bonus but the big attraction was the SDG. Anyway, it turned out that Pete Townsend had been stopped at the border and the Who could not perform. We were all offered a refund but could stay to see the SDG and the Hollies for free! My friends were only interested in the Who and promptly went downstairs to get their refund and leave. Being a real slave to peer pressure, I went with them and missed the show. The second time was a few years later. I had switched high schools and believe it or not the school had booked Traffic to play in its small auditorium for one of a series of Friday night concerts. All of the concerts except Traffic were local Canadian bands and sold very well. I was ecstatic that Traffic were coming only to find out the day before the show that it had been canceled because they had only sold about 15 tickets. The third time was in 86 or 87 when Steve was doing an outdoor show at Jarry Park in Montreal (the former ballpark of the Montreal Expos, in case you follow baseball). I didn't want to spend the money on train fare and hotel unless I was reasonably sure that the stage was adequately protected from the elements so that the show would go on rain or shine. The tickets had "RAIN OR SHINE" in big bold print on them, so I figured I'd travel to the show. Anyway, you guessed it -- a gale force storm passed through Montreal that day and it would have been suicide to perform with any electric equipment. So the show was canceled. I was totally disappointed to have missed Steve again and to have wasted train fare and the price of a night's hotel accommodation. Adrian 13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13 From: SayOnceMor@aol.com Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 13:59:54 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Chicago and I'm A Man This really doesn't have a lot to do with Steve, but it's his song, so I'll share... :-) I saw Chicago and The Beach Boys in concert last Friday and Chicago is doing a cover of "I'm a Man" during their set. I didn't think it was a really bad cover... it took me a minute to recognize it, but it wasn't too bad. I don't know if everyone else thought it was a bad cover, but they all left during the song... Andrea ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 83