Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. R&B
    3. Soul
    Number of Items
    Back In The High Life
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Mono / Stereo
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Higher Love
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Take It As It Comes
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Freedom Overspill
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Back In The High Life Again
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] The Finer Things
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Wake Me Up On Judgement Day
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Split Decision
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] My Love's Leavin'
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Higher Love
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Take It as It Comes
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Freedom Overspill
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Back in the High Life Again
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Finer Things, The
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Wake Me up on Judgment Day
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Split Decision
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] My Love's Leavin'
    Release Date
    16 February 1996
    45m 3s

    This was the 1987 Grammy winner for best engineered non-classical recording.
    Personnel: Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Chaka Khan (vocals, background vocals); James Taylor (vocals); Joe Walsh (guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar); Eddie Martinez, Ira Siegel, Nile Rodgers, Paul Pesco (guitar); Lew Del Gatto (saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); George Young (alto saxophone); Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Tom "Bones" Malone (trombone); Rob Mounsey (keyboards, synthesizer, string synthesizer); Robbie Kilgore (keyboards, synthesizer); Andrew Thomas (synthesizer, programming); David Frank, Arif Mardin (synthesizer); Philippe Saisse (bass synthesizer); Jimmy Bralower (drums, programming, drum programming); John "J.R." Robinson , Mickey Curry, Steve Ferrone (drums); Carol Steele (congas, tambourine, percussion); Carole Steele (percussion); Connie Harvey, Dan Hartman, Mark Stevens, James Ingram , Jocelyn Brown (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge.
    Recording information: Giant Sound, New York, NY; Nethert; Power Station, New York, NY; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Right Track Recording, NY; Unique Recording Studio, New Yo; Unique Recording Studio, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Arthur Elgort.
    Arranger: David Frank.
    More meticulously crafted than its predecessor ARC OF A DIVER, and more musically adventurous than its follow-up ROLL WITH IT, BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE represents the pinnacle of Steve Winwood's '80s pop output. High production values, interlocking percussion lines, R&B backing vocals, horns, synthesizers and ideas borrowed from various world musics enhance and update Winwood's proclivity for blues, R&B, and rock. His distinctive, blue-eyed soul vocals are, naturally, at the front of the mix as well.
    The runaway Number One single, "Higher Love," with its syncopated groove, pan-African percussion, and slick Top-40 production, kicks off this accessible set. Elsewhere, the dance-gospel of "Wake Me Up on Judgment Day," the semi-acoustic title track, and the funk-touched "Split Decision" (which proves Winwood's R&B roots are still strong) keep the stylistic wheel turning. The record's success, sonically and commercially, should come as no surprise. Since his days in Traffic, Winwood has been a masterful stylistic synthesist, melding a range of aesthetics in ways that invariably connect with listeners. BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE is further proof of his remarkable abilities.

    Date Released
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Steve Winwood
    Russ Titelman; Steve Winwood
    1. Winwood, Steve
    Universal Distribution
    Chris Lord-Alge; Dave Greenberg; Nobby Clark; Jason Corsaro; Jim Boyer; Jon Wolfson; Malcolm Pollack; Tom Lord-Alge; Bruce Lampcov
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