Steve Winwood – Arc Of A Diver (1980) – Lp
Stephen Lawrence “Steve” Winwood (born 12 May 1948) is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. Though primarily a vocalist and keyboardist, Winwood also plays bass guitar, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, violin, and other strings. Winwood was a key member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go.
Artist: Steve Winwood
Title: Arc Of A Diver
Label: Island Records
Arc of a Diver is the second solo studio album by singer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. All of the instruments featured on the album were performed entirely by Winwood.
Even better then that song is the masterpiece title track, “Arc of a Diver”, which is arguably one of his best songs ever. The beginning of “Night Train” is used as the theme music for Radio Lightning 100 in Nashville, TN, where Steve Currently resides. With “Arc” and “Night Train” flowing so seamlessly, the latter even rocking out, it is hard to believe that Steve played all the instruments himself in a studio. The lyrics are a bit obtuse, yet they fit the mood of the music perfectly. “Spanish Dancer”, although less lyrically interesting, catches fire in a similar vein.
That said, it seems like the rest of the album is comprised of afterthoughts. “Slowdown Sundown” is a good afterthought mind you, and “Dues” does manage to make a poignant statement. “Secont Hand Woman”, however, is inexcusable. It is not only boring and stilted musically, but it is blatantly sexist. Steve was going through a bit a a tough time in his personal life at the moment, so for that he can be forgiven partially, but the wrenching bias can be too great for even this male Republican to bear at some times.
This is the album to get if you want to get the “pure essence” of Steve Winwood’s solo music, espcially before he started making his music with large and diverse bands circa the mid 80’s.
The album was recorded at Winwood’s Netherturkdonic Studios, built at his farm in Gloucestershire; he played all the instruments, wrote all the music, and produced and engineered it himself.
1. While You See A Chance (5:11)
2. Arc Of A Diver (5:25)
3. Second-Hand Woman (3:41)
4. Slowdown Sundown (5:24)
1. Spanish Dancer (5:58)
2. Night Train (7:50)
3. Dust (6:20)