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Island Records/UMe will release the definitive career retrospective of one of the all-time greats of rock `n' roll on June 8, 2010. Entitled Revolutions - The Very Best Of Steve Winwood, it is a portrait of one of the most influential musicians in rock history, a singer-songwriter, peerless vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player.

With tracklistings personally selected by Steve Winwood from his five decade career, Revolutions - The Very Best Of Steve Winwood also includes a re-recorded version of "Spanish Dancer."

A child prodigy, Winwood first performed live on stage at the tender age of 8 in his father's traditional jazz band, and joined the Spencer Davis Group at 14. His stunning vocal style was compared to Ray Charles. He left Spencer Davis to form Traffic then later teamed up with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith at the tail-end of the Sixties. Arguably his biggest successes came with his solo work from the Seventies on.

In a career lasting nearly 50 years he has sold over 50 million albums and several of his songs have become standards, notably "Gimme Some Lovin'" (memorably covered in The Blues Brothers film), "Can't Find My Way Home," "The Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys," "Higher Love" and "Roll With It."

He has been awarded multiple Grammy Awards - for "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Higher Love" (a US no 1 in '86). In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him number 33 in the 100 Best Singers Of All Time.

Steve Winwood will perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival on June 26 in Chicago followed by a U.S. tour with Santana.

 
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Fine career overview of one of the great voices in rock and roll history.
He had an incredibly soulful voice and was an exceptionally gifted musician to boot.  Young "Stevie" Winwood as he was known back then was just 18 years old when the Spencer Davis Group burst onto the scene in early 1967. Within just a few months the group boasted a pair of  Top Ten singles.  Yes, the future appeared extremely bright for this four man band from Birmingham, England.  But Stevie Winwood had other ideas.  Before the end of the …
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