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Steve Winwood – English Soul (2010) – (Documentary)

From childhood prodigy to veteran master, Birmingham-born Steve Winwood‘s extraordinary career is like a map of the major changes in British rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues from the 1960s to the present. This in-depth profile traces that journey and reveals a master musician blending Ray Charles and English hymnody into a unique brand of English soul.

From the blues-boom-meets-beat-group chart hits of the Spencer Davis Group, through the psychedelic pop of early Traffic and into Berkshire as Traffic become the first band to ‘get their heads together in a country cottage’, then via a brief sojourn in supergroup Blind Faith and back to Traffic as a jam band who conquer the emerging American rock scene, Winwood’s first ten years on the boards were extraordinary.

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2 thoughts on “Steve Winwood – English Soul (2010) – (Documentary)

  1. great post! I’m a huge fan.by the way, Etta James was a huge Stevie Winwood fan! that’s a really great endorsement. she recorded some duets with him for her “RIGHT TIME” album produced by Jerry Wexler in Muscle Shoals.two of those duets are still unreleased.

    • Hi Tom,

      Glad you liked the documentary. Arc of a Diver was one of my first Desert Island discs, so to speak. It’s not perfect, of course, but sooo close! Also a big fan of the Traffic years.

      A pity they didn’t say a bit about his first solo album, which is unfairly underrated, imho, but with a man like that who’s done so much, it’s impossible to include everything.

      Thanks again, Tom!

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