Steve Winwood (album)

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Steve Winwood
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ReleasedJune 1977
Label Island
Producer Steve Winwood, Chris Blackwell, Mark Miller Mundy
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Steve Winwood is the debut solo studio album by blue-eyed soulster Steve Winwood. It was released in 1977, three years after the break-up of his former band, Traffic. Though the album sold moderately well in the US, it was a commercial disappointment compared to Traffic's recent albums, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In the UK, however, while Traffic's recent albums had only been moderately successful, Steve Winwood reached number 12 on The Official Charts. [1] Island Records launched two singles from the album, "Hold On" and "Time Is Running Out", both of which failed to make the charts.



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Christgau's Record Guide C− [3]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Combined with Stomu Yamashta's ersatz electronic classicism on Go , Winwood's chronic meandering seemed vaguely interesting. On its own again, it just seems vague." [3]

Track listing

All songs written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Hold On" – 4:32
  2. "Time Is Running Out" – 6:30
  3. "Midland Maniac" (Winwood) – 8:32

Side two

  1. "Vacant Chair" (Winwood, Viv Stanshall) – 6:54
  2. "Luck's In" – 5:23
  3. "Let Me Make Something in Your Life" – 5:33


Track numbering refers to CD and digital releases of the album.




Chart (1977)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [4] 78
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)12
United States (Billboard 200)22

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