Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Steve Winwood - Arc of a Diver (1980)
This is truly a solo album. If my information is correct, then Winwood had his hand in writing every song as well as playing all the instruments, singing, and producing. As a result, there are a lot of keyboards on this disc, many dense layers of keyboards. While I've always considered Winwood to be a keyboard player, his bass and guitar playing isn't bad at all. While some of the songs are upbeat, the overall feeling of this release is very moody and midtempo. It's a solid record.
Steve Winwood is one of the few elder statesmen of Rock and Roll that has aged gracefully. Now that I think about it, he and Eric Clapton may be the only two in that category. That said, I haven't listened to any of his new releases since the late '80s.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #4
Tracks: While You See a Chance is such a great song. It always puts me in a good mood. The title track, Night Train, and Spanish Dancer are also very good. I could do without Slowdown Sundown, which becomes a dirge while attempting to be a R&B/soul/pop song, even with an uptempo middle section.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: When I was in high school, I found my friend Jim in a bad mood one day. When I asked him what was wrong, he replied that he had broken his Arc of a Diver LP that morning. He liked this release so much that he was depressed all day because he had accidentally broken his record. Ah, high school.