Documentary: “Steve Winwood: English Soul.”


For those of us raised with Traffic album tracks on FM radio, Steve Winwood’s synthesizer-laden 1980s hits were jarring at their time of release. Now they sound like a refuge, tuneful and melodic. Hindsight is a bizarre phenomenon, but those Traffic cuts till sound great.

Steve Winwood: English Soul, BBC Four, by (The Arts Desk)

Almost like an inverted echo of Stevie Wonder over in Detroit, Little Stevie Winwood was a Brummie teen prodigy who scored an early dose of stardom with the Spencer Davis Group at age 15. Raved over for his amazing soulful vocals and effortless instrumental skills, he went on to form Traffic before joining “supergroup” Blind Faith with Eric Clapton.