------------------------------------------ VOLUME 98, sent September 5, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. SW: SONICS/VIRGIN call 2. Two things 3. Second Thought On J7 4. Chatroom on AOL 5. Announcements from the official site 6. Re: Mulberry Bush CD 7. ROCKSTAR - J7 review 8. RE: Spencer Davis Group new CD 9. Two awards for SP - the web-site ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 22:10:42 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (jay siekierski) Subject: SW: SONICS/VIRGIN call The Sonics Music Site (Http://www.earthlink.net/~thesonics/) has a guestbook call up on SW. Virgin Records views this site very frequently. So just sign in with your SW comment and sign your name/state/country & fave SW related song! See the SW related reviews up also & hit the exchange for SW & friends rarities! Thxs j 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "BobbieG."
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 11:08:58 -0700 Subject: Two things First, if you have a home page, please send me the URL and I will add a link to you from the Subscribers' Home Pages site. Second, someone once emailed that he was writing a history of the Traffic symbol, but I cannot locate the email or remember who it was. Neil? Dan? I'm sorry, you know how the mind goes when one ages! But please email me again. Thanks, Bobbie 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 18:34:20 +0900 From: Hisao Chida Subject: Second Thought On J7 An interview with SW I read about a month ago gave me a chance to think over J7 again. He say that J7 is a pop/soul or sou/pop album and that he tried to make a solo album which can be clearly distinguished from Traffic. J7 does not seem so commercially successful as his past solo albums. I guess the main reason for this is that J7 is not like what many people expected from SW. Many of his works in the past sound very pop and soulful. But I wonder it was a good decision for him to focus on that aspect particularly as a singer. I think so far he only intended to make good records even when he was a member of SDG, BF and Traffic. However this time he had to make an album that does *not* sound like Traffic, which must have been a big restriction - less powerful rock drumming, simpler chord progressions, less guitar and keyboard solos, less complicated instrumental parts, and less improvisations etc, etc... As a result, the album does not sound like Winwood himself, at least not so much like what people know his music is, IMHO. I think J7 is a transitional album for him as a solo. Hisao Chida 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: "BobbieG." Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 09:47:52 -0700 Subject: Chatroom on AOL A person came into the AOL chatroom on August 21 who said that SW comes into the grocery story where she works, and she has 'checked him out'; that means she's rung up his order and taken his money. She informs us that he prefers paper bags over plastic. Hey, this is the kind of stuff that makes the chatroom so darned interesting. For a log of the most recent AOL chat, and for a chance at live chat on the web, check out the SP web-site. Bobbie 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: "BobbieG." Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:27:20 -0700 Subject: Announcements from the official site For those of you with no web-access, Scott Tribble had made the following announcements on the official web-site: Steve has agreed to make an appearance in "The Blues Brothers 2000," currently being filmed in Toronto. Steve will appear in a bar-room jam scene alongside fellow musicians B.B. King and Eric Clapton in this sequel to the smash 1980 hit. And, the liveconcerts.com broadcast will be archived on stevewinwood.com in the next couple of days (which doesn't help you if you don't have web-access). Hurrah! Thanks, Scott, Bobbie [There is a link to a Blue Brothers site from the Reviews - Filmography section of the SP web-site. --BG] 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: MHargre586@aol.com Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 16:31:17 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: Mulberry Bush CD I got my "Mulberry Bush" CD directly from RPM, and paid by credit card. Their (UK) fax number is 01449 770133. Mike. 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: "Elena Iglio" Subject: ROCKSTAR - J7 review Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 22:07:42 +0200 I'm always keeping my eyes peeled as you see... I send you a translated review of one of the most important Italian monthly music mags, ROCKSTAR: Steve Winwood, Junction 7 - rate 6.5 out of 10 Mr. Fantasy has been onstage for 35 years now while Spencer Davis, Traffic and Blind Faith passed through. J7 is his 7th solo work since 1977 and it's really not very different from his previous efforts. The usual blend of white rock and black sounds, his unmistakable voice adding the final ingredient, refined, maybe redundant arrangements. Thanks to the co-producer Narada Michael Walden there is also a research into Latin sounds and atmospheres that only renders the final result a bit aimless, and even names like Capaldi, Kravitz and Walfredo Reyes can't succeed in making it more convincing. Mr Fantasy seems to have run out of ideas, stubbornly stuck on a musical track that gave him (and us) lots of satisfaction and rewards but that seems limited and tired now. There are highlights and classy moments but the album is rather patchy. It seems an apnoea effort, far from human ardent passions. And we can't really forgive you THIS, Mr. Fantasy (Maurizio Iorio) SIGH...... :-( Oh well, at least he shows respect for the Man!! Yours truly, Ellie 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: email@example.com (Jack Santoro) Subject: RE: Spencer Davis Group new CD Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 11:07:49 -0400 I saw The Spencer Davis Group perform at Hershey Park on August 31. I thought I would never get the chance to see him perform LIVE. He and his bandmates put on a great show. The only compliant I had was it was only a 35 minute set. It was strange to hear Spencer sing the songs that I hear so frequently sung by SW. They did great versions of I'm a Man and Gimme Some Lovin'. He is completely the opposite of Steve Winwood when it comes to being on stage. Spencer talked to the audience, told jokes, and gave us history on the songs. All in all he was having fun and a good time. He was selling his new CD at the show. I bought one and he signed it for me. There was a lot of questions I wanted to ask him but I didn't a chance to talk to him except to say thanks for the autograph. I felt sorry for the band because about 80 -90% percent of the audience had no idea who he was and sat there like bumps on a log. It would be nice to see the group do a full set in front of a appreciative crowd. I haven't had a chance to listen to the CD yet. I will let you know if it's any good. Here is the set list: Keep On Running Somebody Help Me I'm a Man Gimme Some Lovin' Blood Runs Hot Livin' on Tulsa Time (I think?) Jack 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 23:00:31 -0400 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Patty Williams) Subject: Re: Steve Winwood Page Bobbie, Just wanted to let you know that I've linked to your page, "The Unreleased Music of Traffic" on the main page of the Classic Rock Home Page under "Net Finds." It'll remain in that dubious place of honor for a week. :) Patty Williams Classic Rock Guide [Congratulations to Dan Ropek (email@example.com) who wrote that article. Woo-woo! 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