Steve Win­wood

Win­wood: Great­est Hits Live

Mojo (UK) - - News - Jeff Ta­markin

WINCRAFT. CD/DL/LP

Im­pec­ca­bly per­formed ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive.

The cred­its on this first-ever live solo al­bum from the Spencer Davis Group/Traf­fic/ Blind Faith man ne­glect to note when its 23 tracks were recorded. That omis­sion serves to am­plify the re­mark­able truth that Win­wood’s voice, con­sis­tently strong here, dis­plays only the slight­est trace of di­min­ish­ment at 69. He was still in his teens when he made his ini­tial mark – the set ac­knowl­edges those days right off the bat with the SDG’s I’m A Man opener – and this set re­veals a still youth­ful tone and range. The track­list of­fers crack­ling per­for­mances of ma­te­rial span­ning the ca­reer, thank­fully heavy on the Traf­fic con­tent (Glad, Med­i­cated Goo, 40,000 Head­men, John Bar­l­ey­corn), with rep­re­sen­ta­tive sprin­klings from the decades since. The two ex­pected Blind Faith in­clu­sions, Can’t Find My Way Home and Had To Cry To­day, are par­tic­u­larly shim­mer­ing, and the mu­si­cian­ship through­out is su­perb.

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