(2017) Greatest Hits Live

Steve Winwood

... read moreGreatest Hits Live is Steve Winwood's first solo live album and it does an effective job of summarizing the state of his career in the 2010s, since he's spent the time since the 2008 release of Nine Lives touring with various combos. He's developed a long, varied set list that belies the title of...

02:30′:38″ 23 Songs

1
Steve Winwood
I'm A Man
6:00
2
Steve Winwood
Them Changes
5:24
3
Steve Winwood
Fly
8:56
4
Steve Winwood
Can't Find My Way Home
4:49
5
Steve Winwood
Had To Cry Today
6:45
6
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Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
8:02
7
Steve Winwood
Empty Pages
6:18
8
Steve Winwood
Back In The High Life Again
8:15
9
Steve Winwood
Higher Love
7:09
10
Steve Winwood
Dear Mr. Fantasy
8:44
11
Steve Winwood
Gimme Some Lovin
5:28
12
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Rainmaker
8:05
13
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Pearly Queen
5:22
14
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Glad
6:32
15
Steve Winwood
Why Can't We Live Together
6:11
16
Steve Winwood
40,000 Headmen
4:38
17
Steve Winwood
Walking In The Wind
7:14
18
Steve Winwood
Medicated Goo
6:04
19
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John Barleycorn
7:07
20
Steve Winwood
While You See A Chance
6:11
21
Steve Winwood
Arc Of A Diver
6:09
22
Steve Winwood
Freedom Overspill
5:29
23
Steve Winwood
Roll With It
5:46
Released 01 September 2017, ℗ Wincraft Records

Review

Greatest Hits Live is Steve Winwood's first solo live album and it does an effective job of summarizing the state of his career in the 2010s, since he's spent the time since the 2008 release of Nine Lives touring with various combos. He's developed a long, varied set list that belies the title of this collection, since the 23-track album isn't strictly a stroll through the past. Make no mistake, there are a bunch of hits here -- whether it's oldies from the Spencer Davis Group or his yuppie anthems of the '80s, if there's a Winwood radio staple you can think of, it's present -- but he spends just as much time digging through Traffic's catalog and finding space for covers of Buddy Miles' "Them Changes" and Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together," choices that underscore how soulful and jazzy Winwood's latter-day sound is. He and his band take their time, slowing down tempos ("I'm a Man" no longer rushes) and stretching out songs for seven or eight minutes -- enough time for the band to ride a groove and have every musicians solo. Anybody looking for by-the-record versions of his big tunes may be disappointed, but the limber, flexible arrangements are appealing, the band is expert, and Winwood is in fine voice, making this a thoroughly enjoyable affair. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine