Winwood: Greatest Hits Live
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.