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

mp3 - Steve Winwood_1991-03-22_Yokahama_mp3.rar

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

mp3 - Steve Winwood_1986-09-17_Clevelend_mp3.rar