Sunday, August 2, 2020

Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton - 2007-06-19 - Highclere Castle, Hampshire, UK

Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Highclere Castle, Hampshire, UK
'La Belle Equipe (The Beautiful Team)'
'Countryside Rocks' (Tarantura TCDBF - 4 - 1, 2)
Soundboard (direct digital audio feed from webcast) recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with a look at Steve Winwood's career, in 2003 Steve released his eighth solo album, About Time. This album featured a scaled-back sound and style (basic 3-piece band with some added sax and flute) which was more reminiscent of his Traffic days and more of a jazz-rock feel. In 2007, Winwood teamed up with Eric Clapton for a benefit show at Highclere Castle, and then played additional dates with Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival that year. His collaboration with Clapton continued in a series of shows in 2008, 2009, and 2010, as well as release of live album (Live at Madison Garden) from their 2008 shows. But here we have the first of those Winwood-Clapton reunions, at Highclere Castle, in a great recording (from a webcast) of that show. Winwood's band plays the first set, then Clapton joins them for the second set, which features multiple Blind Faith songs in addition to other Clapton favorites. Check it out.

Disc 1: Steve Winwood Band
1. Introduction
2. I'm A Man
3. Higher Love
4. Back In The Highlife
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy
6. Why Can't We Live Together
7. Keep On Running
Disc 2: Steve Winwood Band with Eric Clapton
1. Introduction
2. Watch Your Step
3. Presence Of The Lord
4. Crossroads
5. Little Queen Of Spades
6. Can't Find My Way Home
7. Had To Cry Today
8. Gimme Some Lovin'

The Band:
Steve Winwood  organ, guitar, vocals
Jose Neto  guitar
Paul Booth  organ, sax
Richard Bailey  drums
Karl Vanden Bossche  percussion
Special Guest (disc 2):
Eric Clapton  guitar, vocals

FLAC - Winwood-Clapton_2007_05-19_Highclere Castle_FLAC.rar

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Traffic - 1994-08-03 - Giant's Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320kbps

Steve Winwood, after re-connecting with former Traffic bandmate Jim Capaldi on some songs for his Refugees of the Heart (1990) solo album, when he began working on his next album asked Capaldi to help him out on it. The resulting songwriting collaborations eventually became designated a new Traffic album, Far From Home (1994), even though only Winwood and Capaldi were involved (with Steve playing all the instruments except drums, and Jim adding some drum, percussion, and backing vocals). So, it wasn't exactly a reunion album as much as Steve and Jim just hanging out and working together on some songs. Nonetheless, it was labelled a new Traffic album, what would be their last, and it garnered much success. For the accompanying world tour, former bassist Rosko Gee joined in, and veteran multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett (Sea Level, and much session work) was added on flute. sax, and keyboards, along with Mike McEvoy (keyboards) and Wlfredo Reyes (drums), making a strong touring band. For part of their tour, they opened for the Grateful Dead, upon a request from Bob Weir based on a fan suggestion. The tour was a big success, but did not lead to any further recording or touring from Traffic. Many years later, in 2005, a double live album from this 1994 tour was released as The Last Traffic Jam, and it was dedicated to Jim Capaldi, who had died of stomach cancer that year. Here is a fine show from that 1994 tour, one of the dates where they opened for The Dead, and which featured Jerry Garcia joining the band on 'Dear Mr. Fantasy'. Although the setlist was a bit shorter on these opening sets than for their headlining shows on this tour, it's still a great show, and nice to hear Jerry Garcia jamming with Traffic.

01. Riding High
02. Some Kinda Woman
03. Medicated Goo
04. Mozambique
05. Rock And Roll Show
06. Rainmaker
07. Empty Pages
08. Low Spark Of High Heeled boys
09. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
10. John Barleycorn
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy*

Steve Winwood - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Randall Bramblett - Flute, Saxophone, Keyboards
Mike McEvoy - Keyboards
Rosko Gee - Bass
Wilfredo Reyes, Jr. - Drums, Percussion
Jim Capaldi - Drums, Vocals

with special guest
*Jerry Garcia - Guitar (Track 11 Only)


Friday, July 17, 2020

Steve Winwood - 1991-03-22 - Yokahama, Japan

Steve Winwood
March 22, 1991
Yokohama Arena, Japan

"Glad - Live in Yokohama"
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more Steve Winwood. Following the phenomenal success of the Back in the High Life album and tour (1986), Steve went to a new record label, Virgin, for his next couple albums, Roll With It (1988) and Refugees of the Heart (1990). Roll With It was another big success, reaching #1 on the Billboard charts and producing multiple hit singles. Although Refugees of the Heart was not quite as succesful, it did feature a reunion of Winwood with Traffic bandmate Jim Capaldi, which ultimately lead to the recording of the final album attributed to Traffic (but was really just a Winwood album that also featured Capaldi), Far From Home in 1994.
Here we have an excellent show from Steve's 1991 tour that includes songs from throughout his career.

Disc.1 (54:19)
101. I'm a man
102. While you see a chance
103. Hearts on fire
104. Another deal goes down
105. One and only man
106. In the light of day
107. Valerie
108. The low spark of high heeled boys
109. Glad
Disc.2 (46:58)
201. Feelin' alright
202. Medicated goo
203. Split decision
204. The finer things
205. Roll with it
206. Higher love
207. Back in the high life again
208. Gimme some lovin'

Steve Winwood (vocals, keyboards, guitars)
Randall Bramblett (sax/keyboards)
Russ Kunkel (drums),
Luis Conte (percussion)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Larry Byrom (guitar/keyboards/vocals)

FLAC - Steve Winwood_1991-03-22_Yokahama_FLAC.rar

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Steve Winwood - 1986-09-17 - Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

Steve Winwood
Blossom Music Center, Cleveland OH
'Superstars In Concert' WNEW-FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with Steve Winwood's Post-Traffic career: After a disappointing response to his first solo album, Steve Winwood (1978), Steve found commercial success with his 2nd album, Arc of a Diver (1980), and charting his first solo hit single 'When You See A Chance'. This was followed in 1982 with Talking Back to the Night, which eventually yielded a hit with 'Valerie', although it was several years later (after reissued in a compilation). Both of these albums were recorded at Winwood's home studio in England where he played all the instruments and sang all the vocals (true 'solo' albums). But by 1986, Winwood moved to New York, and desiring to play with other musicians, he invited an impressive collection of guest stars (Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Niles Rogers, James Ingram, Randy Brecker, Steve Ferrone, etc) and session musicians to record his next album. That album, Back in the High Life (1986) threw in a bit more soul and gospel into his pop, rock, and R&B mix, and resulted in his biggest hit yet (Multi-platinum album), with the single 'Higher Love' topping the charts and winning 2 Grammy Awards (Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance). Follow-up singles 'Back in the High Life' and 'The Finer Things' also did well. The album also won an additional Grammy for Best Engineered Album. Winwood followed that success with another smash hit album, Roll With It in 1988. The show today comes from his triumphant Back in the High Life 1986 Tour, an excellent radio broadcast show that certainly features the current album, as every song from Back in the High Life is performed, along with a couple each from his earlier albums, Traffic, and Spencer Davis.

01 Intro
02 Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
03 Glad
04 Take It As It Comes
05 Freedom Overspill
06 The Finer Things
07 My Love’s Leavin’
08 While You See A Chance
09 Valerie (short gap due to tape flip)
10 Split Decision
11 I’m A Man
12 Higher Love
13 Back In The High Life
14 Gimme Some Lovin’

Donny Wynn - drums
Carl James - bass/vocals
Paul Pesco - guitar
Carole Steele - percussion
James Hooker - keyboards
Danny Wilenski - keyboards/horns
Mark Ledford - horns
Dollette McDonald - vocals

FLAC - Steve Winwood_1986-09-17_Clevelend_FLAC.rar

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Dave Mason & Friends - 1979-06-02 - Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA

Dave Mason and Friends
Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Moving on with Post-Traffic artists, here is Dave Mason. Although Dave Mason was a founding member of Traffic, and contributed on and off to the band through 1970, he never quite fully fit in with the group, not collaborating much, generally just showing up with his songs already formed and the band expected to play them as he wanted. So, although he contributed some great songs, he never seemed fully invested into Traffic, and kept quite busy outside the band even during the times he was ostensibly a part of it. During those years Dave Mason hung out and played with some really big names, including Jimi Hendrix (introduced Jimi to and played on 'All Along the Watchtower'), the Rolling Stones (Beggar's Banquet), and Eric Clapton with Delaney and Bonnie. And Dave was always more in the singer-songwriter vein, with less of the jazz influences as the other Traffic members. After leaving Traffic, he released his first solo album, Alone Together, in 1970, which yielded the hit single 'Only You Know and I Know'. He also released a duo album with Cass Elliot, Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, around that time.  After a dispute with his record company over his next album, Mason left, and the album Headkeeper (1972) was released despite Mason's protests. Mason moved to Columbia Records and released a string of increasingly successful albums, It's Like You Never Left (1973), Dave Mason (1974), Split Coconut (1975), culminating in Let it Flow (1977), which featured his biggest solo hit, 'We Just Disagree', as well other songs that received radio airplay, and reached Platinum sales status. Subsequent albums, Mariposo de Ora (1978) and Old Crest on a New Wave (1980) were less successful and marked the last of his Columbia albums and the slow decline of his solo career. Here today we have a show from Dave in the late '70's, still riding a wave of popularity, and joined by his regular band featuring ace guitarist Jim Krueger, as well as some of his rock star friends, with Stephen Stills sitting in, and Joe Cocker dropping by for a couple songs. A fine show from an FM broadcast, with Dave showcasing his solo songs along with a couple from his Traffic days and some classic rock covers.    

1. Share Your Love
2. Only You Know and I Know
3. Pearly Queen
4. You Are Every Woman
5. Take It To the Limit
6. Look At You, Look At Me
7. I Fell In Love
8. Watching the River Flow*
9. We Just Disagree
10. Bring Your Love In
11. Let It Flow
12. All Along the Watchtower
13. band intros, encore break
14. Stand By Me
15. second encore break
16. Feelin' Alright*

Dave Mason Band:
Dave Mason - vocals, guitar
Jim Krueger - vocals, guitar
Mike Finnigan - vocals, keyboards
Jimmy Haslip - bass
Rick Jaeger - drums
with special guests
Stephen Stills - guitar
Mark Stein - keyboards
Lisa Robbins - vocals
and * featuring Joe Cocker - vocals

FLAC - Dave Mason_1979-06-02_Berkeley_FLAC.rar

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Steve Winwood - 1978-08-19 - Rough Hill Festival, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Steve Winwood
Rough Hill Festival, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Soundboard recording (reportedly, but may be high quality audience), very good quality
Available in Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, I was going to end the Traffic posts with the last one, but then decided to go ahead and follow up with subsequent music from Traffic members. After the sudden dissolution of Traffic in 1974, Steve Winwood retreated into Session work for awhile. In 1976, he joined  Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta and an all-star cast for his Jazz-rock concept album Go (1976) and subsequent tour. In 1977, Winwood released his first solo album, Steve Winwood, followed by his first tour as a solo artist in 1978.  The album was initially met with disappointment among Traffic fans, but it actually is a solid album. Winwood, however, would find commercial success in his next solo album, Arc of a Diver (1980), an entirely home studio-recorded album where Winwood played all the parts and instruments. The album was a big hit, receiving much radio airplay, and featuring his first top ten single, "When You See A Chance". The show featured today, however, is from his earlier 1978 tour, and is considered one of his first performances as a solo act. The setlist features most of the songs from his first album, as well as a few from his Spencer Davis and Traffic days, as well as a couple of old rock standards. The show is significant for featuring some of the only live performances for the songs from his first album, as they were quickly dropped from future setlists after his later albums came out. 

1. I'm a Man (Winwood-Miller) 5:10
2. Midland Maniac (Winwood) 8:34
3. Hold On (Winwood-Capaldi) 5:12
4. The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (Winwood-Capaldi) 12:42
5. Walking in the Wind (Winwood-Capaldi) 7:19
6. Let Me Make Something in Your Life (Winwood-Capaldi) 5:11
7. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Cox) 4:01
8. And Then He Kissed Me (Spector-Greenwich-Barry) 2:24
9. Two Way Stretch (Winwood) 5:47
10. Vacant Chair (Winwood-Stanshall) 7:37
11. Time is Running Out (Winwood-Capaldi) 8:44
12. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Winwood-Winwood-Davis) 10:33
13. Hound Dog (Leiber-Stoller) 5:07
Total time: 88:25

Steve Winwood: organ, synthesizer, vocals
John Porter: guitar
Terry Stannard: drums
Demelza: percussion
Nicole Tacot (Nicole Winwood): vocals

FLAC - Steve Winwood_1978-08-19_RoughHill_FLAC.rar

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Traffic - 1972-02-21 - Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

February 21, 1972
Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Plus Bonus tracks from 1973-04-12 - Rainbow Theatre, London
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Traffic. Following Dave Mason's third and last departure from the band in 1970, Traffic, with their expanded lineup (trio of Winwood, Capaldi, and Wood supplemented with Ric Grech on bass, Jim Gordon on drums, and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah) started work on and released what would become their most successful album, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (1971), which contained probably their best blend of jazz, rock, folk, and blues in a landmark album. However, personnel issues persisted, with Grech and Gordon leaving shortly after the album was released. They were replaced by David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) for the subsequent tour, which was a big success. This lineup continued on with the next album, Shootout at the Fantasy Factory (1973), but although the album had some great moments, the slow, sprawling, improvisational style often seemed somewhat lackluster relative to the previous albums. A big world tour followed, which was a major success, and resulted in the double live album On The Road (1973). Unfortunately, more trouble followed, with Hood, Hawkins, and Kwaku Baah all leaving at the end of the tour, Winwood was plagued by recurrent peritonitis issues, and Wood's drug use was becoming worse. Another new album was released in 1974, When The Eagle Flies, but was not up to previous standards, and the band essentially ended when Winwood walked off the stage and left the band in the middle of a show in Chicago in 1974. Both Capaldi and Winwood went on to successful solo careers. Chris Wood died in 1983. The remaining members reunited in 1994 for a one-off tour with the Grateful Dead, but then Winwood and Capaldi continued to work together, releasing a new Traffic album, Far From Home (1994), followed by a tour, which eventually resulted in another live album, The Last Great Traffic Jam (2005). The band and its 4 original members were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Here I have a great show from the 1972 Low Spark Tour, a great soundboard recording from the Santa Monica show, which was filmed and recorded (complete show is available to watch on Youtube. I have supplemented the Santa Monica show with some additional songs from a 1973 London show, which features tracks from the subsequent Shootout at the Fantasy Factory album. So, here is Traffic, once again, and probably at their peak here, but unfortunately they would not last much longer.    

01. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
02. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
03. John Barleycorn
04. Rainmaker
05. Percussion Solo
06. Glad
07. Freedom Rider
08. Forty Thousand Headmen
09. Dear Mr Fantasy
Bonus Tracks (1973-04-12-Rainbow Theatre, London)
10. Shootout at the Fantasy Factory
11. Rock n' Roll Stew
12. Evening Blue
13. Tragic Magic
14. Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired

band members:
Steve Winwood – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass
Jim Capaldi – drums, percussion, vocals
Chris Wood – flute, saxophone, keyboards
Rebop Kwaku Baah – percussion
Roger Hawkins – drums
David Hood – bass

FLAC - Traffic_1972-02-21_Santa Monica_FLAC.rar

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