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About Time [Steve Winwood]
1. Different Light
2. Cigano (For the Gypsies)
3. Take It to the Final Hour
4. Why Can't We Live Together
5. Domingo Morning
6. Now That You're Alive
8. Phoenix Rising
10. Walking On
11. Silvia (Who Is She?)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1
Johnson Somerset; Steve Winwood
ABOUT TIME was issued briefly with a limited edition bonus disc featuring live and previously unreleased tracks.
Personnel includes: Steve Winwood (vocals, piano); Jose Neto (guitar); Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums).
Personnel: Steve Winwood (vocals); Jose Pires de Almeida Neto (guitar); Karl Denson (flute, saxophone); Walfredo Reyes (drums, percussion); Karl Van Den Bossche (congas); Richard Bailey (timbales).
Audio Mixer: James Towler.
Recording information: Wincraft Studios, England.
Photographer: Gordon Jackson.
Rock star pedigrees don't get much more esteemed than that of former Spencer Davis Group/Traffic/Blind Faith singer/keyboardist Steve Winwood. Though Winwood gained enough fans with his massive '80s solo pop hits to garner a huge audience with little (if any) knowledge of his past, the long-time faithful will feel a kinship with the pared-down, newly energized feel of ABOUT TIME. For his first album released under his own imprint, Winwood keeps things direct and simple.
Though Winwood's previous solo album, 1997's JUNCTION SEVEN, was a much slicker affair, the roots of ABOUT TIME lay in the presence of the earlier album's guitarist Jose Neto and percussionist Walfredo Reyes, and particularly the JUNCTION SEVEN track "Got To Get Back To My Baby," which foreshadowed ABOUT TIME's Latin-influenced, heavily percussive direction. While Reyes's percolating beats breathe fresh life into Winwood's sound, one of the most important developments is that the keyboard wizard is tearing it up on the organ once again, just like back in the glory days of Traffic et al. The resultant stylistic paradigm comes off something like a modernized version of Santana with a considerably higher soul quotient, full of instrumental torque and affecting lyricism in equal measure.
Entertainment Weekly (6/20/03, p.72) - "...Fans of Traffic jams take note...[Winwood] revives the organic, solo-driven style that stoked Traffic classics like 'Low Spark of High Heeled Boys'..." - Rating: B+
Uncut (8/03, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A relaxed, grooving album..."
Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It's the fluid, economic arrangements, skittering jazz flutes and Stevie's precision blue-eyed soul vocals that elevate this way above your standard soul-jazz..."
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