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Welcome to The Coloured Rain E-Zine. A fan based website dedicated to the musical works of TRAFFIC, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and musical associates Past, Present and Future. Our subject material covers amongst many things, founder TRAFFIC member Dave Mason, The Spencer Davis Group, Deep Feeling, Blind Faith, The Solo Careers, Jose Neto and associations with other artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and more. Please read our NEWS IN BRIEF below for the latest news and explore the rest of our content on the sections and pages contained within.

NEWS IN BRIEF


24 July 2017
Paul Minkkinen gives an update on recent things relating to Steve Winwood. This also includes a review by CR subscriber and first time contributor to this E-Zine, Heidi Widmer of a show that she attended in Switzerland just recently. Read and enjoy!

Coloured Rain News Update by Paul Minkkinen July 2017

Time to update you with all things Steve related. Having toured the USA in April / May, Steve then did a handful of European shows. The band was the usual: Jose Neto (guitar), Paul Booth ( sax, flute, keyboards ) Richard Bailey (drums / percussion) plus new percussionist Edwin Sanz. Lilly Winwood was support for all USA and European non-festival dates. Like her dad she has a very good singing voice, plays solo on stage with just an acoustic guitar for company. We’ll certainly be hearing more from her in the future, and in the meantime there’s an EP ‘Silver Stage’ for you all to enjoy.

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Steve's setlist in the USA remained unchanged except for the final show in Nashville where the Traffic song “Walking In The Wind” was resurrected, last played live back in 2003 if I recall.
USA SETLIST: Back in the High Life Again,Pearly Queen I'm a Man, Fly , Them Changes, Can't Find My Way Home, Had to Cry Today, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,Empty Pages,Light Up or Leave Me Alone Higher Love (with Lilly Winwood)
Encores: Dear Mr. Fantasy, Gimme Some Lovin' (with Lilly Winwood)

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Bristol Colston Hall, and Hammersmith Apollo London
Steve’s only 2 UK shows since a solitary gig at The Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2012 made me choose to attend both shows as UK appearances seem to be significantly less frequent . Having seen set-lists for recent shows in the USA I wasn't expecting any great surprises. “Back In The High Life again” was replaced by “At Times We Do Forget” for all the European shows, with slightly truncated sets for a few European festival appearances.

The musical chemistry continues despite one line-up change with Edwin Sanz replacing Cafe on percussion. The change is not for the better or worse, but he has a different musical approach which does change the musical landscape. Particularly on “Light Up” at Hammersmith where the rhythmic groove carries the tune to new places.
Despite not being a massive fan of percussion / drum solo’s, Sanz and Richard Bailey excelled at hitting the right balance, not overlong and certainly not self- indulgent.

At the Bristol show I really enjoyed “Pearly Queen”, in particular the groove / jam towards the end of the song, Steve’s organ solo was sublime and the musical interplay between the band members was mesmerising. On the same night “Had to Cry Today” was equally impressive with lovely guitar interplay between Steve and Neto.

As
Heidi Widmer states in her review which you can read on our page here: Kaufleuten, Switzerland July 2017 it would be nice to see a little more variation in the set. Maybe Steve could have the same set barring one tune he could change each night, which would appease fans who attend multiple shows. I guess to summarise Steve never fails to deliver, the musical attention to detail never fails to impress, and above all his voice still sounds absolutely wonderful.

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For those who missed the live dates there is the good news that the long awaited live album ‘Greatest Hits Live’ will be with us on Sept 1st. The total running time is over 2.5 hours and we are led to believe that recordings are from multiple venues, some possibly dating back to the late 1990’s based on the last time some of the songs on CD disc 2 would have last been performed. Two tracks “Can’t Find My way Home” and “Empty Pages” are now both up on iTunes, and it has to be said James Towler has worked exceptionally on the sound quality if these 2 songs are anything to go by.

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Spoke briefly to Jose Neto after the Bristol gig. I purchased his new CD “Other Shore” which amongst the musical selection includes reworkings of several tunes from ‘9 Lives’. There is a film being made about Jose called ‘The Man With The White Guitar’. I mentioned to him that it’s been a while since the Netoband graced these (UK) shores and he implied that when the movie is finished they may play some Uk gigs to promote the film.

Paul Booth has recently played numerous shows both in his own right and with other artists Including Marti Pellow (best known as the singer with Wet Wet Wet), jazz singer Clare Teal, Incognito, Michael Janisch, and Michael McEvoy (former SW and Traffic ’94 member). Paul tells me to expect a Patchwork Project 2 album at some stage and UK solo shows in the Autumn.

What next for Steve ? He plays shows in the USA Sept 1-24th, and who knows we might see him back in the studio. Various press interviews indicate that Steve has been working with material dipping toward the genre of EDM (electronic dance music) which has been put on the back-burner whilst touring. There’s a short interview with Steve in Mojo magazine, which whilst not lengthy veers away from the usual line of interview and is a good read.

That's all for now folks. Until the next time. PAUL.




27 June 2017.
Steve Winwood will be appearing and performing live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 (88-91FM, BBC Radio 2 DAB and afterwards on the BBCiPlayer) this forthcoming Friday 30th June 2017 between 06.30am and 09.30am.

26 June 2017.
The release date of Steve Winwood Greatest Hits Live has been changed to 1st September.

Chris Wood - Moonchild Vulcan to be issued as a stand alone LP in 180g Vinyl . Details about can be obtained here:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/chris-wood-moon-child-vulcan

15 June 2017.
WINWOOD GREATEST HITS LIVE New pre ordering instructions. Following on from the previous information on the stevewinwood.com store about pre ordering which at that time carried high shipping charges from the USA, this has now been revised. On stevewinwood.com select Store, then World and enter your country from the list shown. For example, if you select United Kingdom the prices shown which include shipping we believe (less a 20% discount if pre ordered before 30th August 2017) are shown for the 2 CD version priced at £11.31 and the 4 LP Vinyl Edition at £25.10. And so on for the respective countries that may be selected in the relevant currency. The album in both forms is due to be released on 30th July 2017.

29 May 2017.
Steve Winwood - Greatest Hits Live

Those of you who have tried to buy the SW live album through the official SW site, will see it is no longer listed. Do not panic, all is well.
Having made enquiries, we are reliably informed that it is intended to make alternative arrangements for shipping to UK & Europe due to prohibitive postage costs from the USA.



7th May 2017.
Steve Winwood is releasing a "Greatest Hits Live" set. Available as a 2CD set and a 4 Disc Vinyl set. Details here: https://www.stevewinwood.com/shop Whether there will be a distribution other than directly from the Steve Winwood store, we have no information about that.


9th April 2017
For Steve Winwood's forthcoming US tour, Edwin Sanz joins as percussionist.

1st March 2017.

Dave Mason UK Tour.
Just heard that his gig tonight at St Albans has been cancelled due to Dave being unwell. This follows the cancellation also of his gig at Stevenage in Herts on 25 February cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

On sale on the 3rd March 2017 Shindig Magazine Issue 65 has a feature on TRAFFIC, the early years and an interview with Dave Mason. On sale at WH Smith in the UK and elsewhere, price £4.95.

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26th November 2016.
By way of a brief catch-up.


1. TRAFFIC 5 Classic Albums Collection. With a release date of 25th November 2016 (according to SPINCD or January 13 2017 according to Amazon) this is a collection of 5 CD's packaged into a box set and each album in a card version of the original cover. The classic albums included are Dear Mr.Fantasy, TRAFFIC, John Barleycorn, Low Spark and Shoot Out. Retail price from £9.99 upwards.
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2. CHRIS WOOD EVENING BLUE BOX SET. The release date has now been pushed back to 3rd February 2017 due to production delays (we've just been informed today 14 Dec 2016) for its long awaited arrival. We will hope to review it once we are able to obtain a copy. A confirmed track listing can be found at this link: http://hiddenmasters.net/evening-blue-chris-wood-final-tracklisting/
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3. DAVE MASON IN THE UK. Dave will be touring the UK from 23 February 2017 through to March 7 2017 at selected venues. Touring information can be found at this link: http://www.davemasonmusic.com/tour


19 September 2016.
The ever wonderful Miss Petula Clark (age 84) released her new Album 'From Now On' on 16 September 2016. On it she covers Steve's "While you see a chance". I remember an interview with her back in the 60's where she said that Traffic were one of her favourite bands. I might be wrong about this but I seem to remember that she performed Traffics "No Time To Live" on a TV show back then. Still sounding and looking good Petula. Wonderful.

8th July 2016.
2016 update
Here’s an update on recent things Steve related.
Steve is currently half way through a tour of the USA opening for Steely Dan. His band is unchanged from recent tours so he is still accompanied by Jose Neto, Paul Booth, Richard Bailey and Cafe da Silva. So far the set has remained unchanged throughout. When Steve toured Australia with Steely Dan he would often guest with them on vocals/ Hammond organ on Pretzel Logic, and Roadrunner. So far he has yet to guest with them, but we live in hope.

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Set List
I’m A Man
Pearly Queen
At Times We Do Forget
Can’t Find My Way Home
Them Changes (buddy Miles cover)
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
Higher Love
Dear Mr Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin’

Tour Update. Steve had to do without the services of master guitarist Jose Neto for the Tampa show on 30/6 due to Jose being unwell. The band played as a 4 piece and made a few changes to the set, bringing in Had To Cry Today and Glad and opened with 40000 Headmen. Jose is now back on track you’ll be pleased to hear. Cafe guested on percussion for Do It Again with ‘the Dan’ at the Holmdel show on 6/7.

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Earlier this year a reworked version of Higher Love was released through iTunes. Lilly Winwood on lead vocals was accompanied by her dad on piano and backing vocals.This stripped down version works really well, and in the USA the song was used on a Herschey’s chocolate T.V. commercial. It can be heard in its full length audio version at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsS4xlHKnpw

In the absence of new studio material from Steve, and no news of anything new in in the short term, I thought you might like news on releases by fellow musicians old and new. Paul Booth released the excellent Patchwork Project vol 1 album, which has been reviewed on this web-site. Last year Jose Neto released “Made in Sao Paul” and Randall Bramblett released the excellent Devil Music. Ex drummer Walfredo Reyes jr. is currently plying his trade with Chicago.

Crossroads revisited is a new CD release, featuring Eric Clapton and guests, taking highlights from the last 3 guitar festivals. Steve is featured on Presence Of The Lord and Dear Mr. Fantasy. This wonderful 3 CD set also includes B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and many others.

All the best.
Paul



9th February 2016. With the forthcoming release of the
Chris Wood - Evening Blue Book - Set being issued by Hidden Masters, HM's Neil Storey, following a chat with Paul, has kindly given us details of the Press Release which you can read by just clicking on the page highlighted link: Evening Blue Press First impressions from what Neil provided are that the cover artwork and contents within look very interesting and the press release also provides an interesting insight into what will be contained within. Hopefully at some point in the not too distant future we will be able to give our own review of this package.

4th February 2016.
Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic's Chris Wood a book written by Dan Ropek can be obtained now from Amazon and other good booksellers no doubt.
View this Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1910773190/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item

22nd September 2015.
Paul Booth releases his latest album on 25th September 2015. Entitled Patchwork Project Vol.1 Paul Minkkinen reviews the album for Coloured Rain which you can read by clicking on the highlighted link.

Paul Booth will also be showcasing the new material at the official album launch on October 16th 2015 at Kings Place,near Kings Cross Station in London, details here:  
www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/music/paul-booths-patchwork-project-album-launch-feat-jacqui-dankworth#.Vf6kAygmPg


28th June 2015. NICK CAPALDI. Interestingly, a great nephew of Jim Capaldi and a singer songwriter too. This 2009 article gives some background on him
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/4527283.Dorchester_musician_Nick_Capaldi_signs_record_deal/ and his website has more info and features some of his music: http://nickcapaldi.com There's a youtube video of a very nice song called 'In my shoes" that's worth a listen from 2011 and the video interestingly pictures him pulling out a couple of vinyl albums in a record store being Jims 'Oh how we danced' and a Dave Mason album too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edWuK1ePI2I A chip of the old block you might say? Thanks to Andy M for the spot.

20th May 2015. An amazing picture archive of Traffic taken by Brian Cooke who was the "in house" photographer for Island Records for a time during the 70's can be viewed here:
http://trafficpicturearchive.co.uk With a heads up to Baz for spotting.

And here are a bunch of images that I noticed of photographs taken by or licensed to Getty Images of Steve Winwood over the years
http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/galleries/events/147347387

5th May 2015. On Tuesday 12th May 2015 BBC Radio 4 Extra at 11.00pm will broadcast
BIG SHOT: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CANYONS OF VIV STANSHALL'S MIND. This programme first aired in 2001 and hosted by Stephen Fry is a tribute to Viv with contributions from artists and friends associated with Viv such as Steve Winwood. Should be interesting!

2nd May 2015. An interesting recent interview, hinting at something to come in the future?
http://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2015/05/01/steve-winwood-rocks-the-fox

18th February 2015.
Van Morrison's new album 'Duets: Reworking The Catalogue' featuring the track "Fire In The Belly", a collaboration with Steve Winwood and Van Morrison (Official), will be released March 24th on RCA Records.

21st July 2014. Removed The SDG Video Wall page. The videos were withdrawn. Removed one video from The Steve Winwood Video Wall. Again the video was withdrawn.

8th April 2014. A link courtesy of Steve Milner to a web site containing some professionally taken photographs by Brian Cooke of Traffic circa 1970, 1971 and 1973.
http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-GB&family=editorial&assetType=image&p=Brian+Cooke+Traffic


16th September 2013. The latest edition of RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE contains a 5 page article written by Alan Clayson on the making of Arc of A Diver. Clayson wrote an autobiography on Steve Winwood back in 1988 entitled Back in the High Life. I heard a rumour that this book is going to be reissued with updates at some point. Perhaps this article will be part of the reissue. I've not read the article, just had a quick glance, but I noticed that Clayson credits Steve Winwood and Ross Mitchell at the end of the article.

31st July 2013.
Just in case you weren't previously aware, Chris Wood played Flute on a recording entitled "A Game Called LIfe" for former Derek & The Dominos keyboard player & vocalist Bobby Whitlock's self titled first solo album. The album recorded in 1972, just before Derek & the Dominos intended sessions for the follow up to the Layla album-which were aborted during early sessions, met with very little success for Bobby. Which was a shame because the album featured some stellar musicians like George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner etc., Earlier this year a collection entitled "Where There's a Will, There's a Way - The ABC-Dunhill Recordings" was released which featured the recordings for his first solo album (as mentioned above) and his second album "Raw Velvet". This link provides more information on who played on which tracks:
http://www.discogs.com/Bobby-Whitlock-Where-Theres-A-Will-Theres-A-Way-The-ABC-Dunhill-Recordings/release/4692040
You can listen to a segment of the track on iTunes and buy it also there should you wish.

A YouTube video of Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt performing Crossroads at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland on 18th July can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u49BfYQMxB4


12th July 2013.
Shout! – Gov’t Mule’s first studio album in four years – will feature 11 tracks recorded by the band in Los Angeles and Stamford, CT plus a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule’s new songs. Special guests  Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood appear on Disc 2 of Shout! The double album – which marks Gov’t Mule’s Blue Note Records debut – will be released on September 24. Shout! is available for pre-order now at www.mule.net and Amazon.com.

26th June 2013. Word in from Dan Ropek about a forthcoming Chris Wood project which he has an involvement in. Read all about it here:
http://www.hiddenmasters.net/chris-wood/

19th April 2013. Winwood to tour/play with The Allman Brothers Band? Read on:
http://www.jambands.com/news/2013/04/16/the-allman-brothers-band-will-play-spac-with-steve-winwood

17th April 2013. Dates have been added for Steve's European Tour on 9th July in Belgium and 18th July Finland. Details on
www.stevewinwood.com/events

28th March 2013. Billed as "Stevie Winwood", Steve will be playing Glastonbury 2013 in the Acoustic Tent sometime between 28th through to 30 June. Steve has also been added to the bill for The North Sea Jazz festival and is due to play on Saturday July 13th and

22nd March 2013. Spin CD's are showing the release of a double live CD and a DVD as separate items entitled Back in The High Life - Live. Featuring a Steve Winwood concert from 1997. Due for release 25th March 2013. Check it out on Spin at
http://www.spincds.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=steve+winwood+back+in+the+high+life&order=release_date&dir=desc Thanks to StevieJ.
P.S. We think this might be a reissue of something that has been available before now on the "Grey Market".


11th March 2013. A couple of nice "soundbites" on Soundcloud well worth a listen. Firstly an edit of Steve's "Talking Back to the Night" at
https://soundcloud.com/northern-rascal/steve-winwood-talking-back-to and a great "Mash up" of TRAFFIC and Led Zeppelin for https://soundcloud.com/soundhog/soundhog-john-barleycorn-must. Both pretty good in our opinion. If you haven't heard them before, enjoy!

5th March 2013. The legendary
Muscle Shoals Studios gets its own Movie which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival near the end of January 2013 to much acclaim. Stars aplenty feature to sing their praises including Steve Winwood, who worked closely with those legendary Muscle Shoals musicians who joined TRAFFIC in the early 70's for the "Shoot Out at The Fantasy Factory" and "On The Road" albums plus touring. More details at http://muscleshoalsmovie.com

1st March 2013. Steve Winwood will be playing concerts in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Denmark commencing July 2nd through to July 16th 2013.
More details on
http://www.stevewinwood.com/events

19th February 2013. Steve Winwood will be undertaking a 6 date UK tour commencing 17th June 2013 through to 30th June 2013. Pre sale tickets go on sale 20th February 2013 at 09.00am through:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/xctlw4 and on general sale on 22nd February 2013 at 09.00am through http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/steve-winwood-tickets. Further details at: http://www.stevewinwood.com

11th February 2013. The tour with Rod Stewart mentioned below has been postponed at Rod Stewart's request and rescheduled for October 2013.

Steve Winwood features on the new Eric Clapton album due for release March 12th 2013 entitled "Old Sock". Steve plays Hammond on a track entitled "Still got the Blues", which unless we are mistaken is a song by the late, great guitarist Gary Moore. Further details can be read at
http://whereseric.com/eric-clapton-news

Steve Winwood appeared with Eric Clapton and other friends at a New Years Eve show in Woking, Surrey. They played a number of Soul, R&B and Blues standards and Steve featured on Gimme Some Lovin', Can't find my way home and Dear Mr. Fantasy. A clip from the show can be viewed at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjbRwFVInPI

Steve Winwood will be the opening act on a short North American tour with Rod Stewart. The tour commences on April 10th and finishes on May 1st. Tour itinerary can be viewed at
http://www.stevewinwood.com/events

1st March 2013. Our official launch day for this new site. Carrying on in the spirit of The Queens Diamond Jubilee year, Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour De France and the London Olympics, flag waving and bunting was in abundance and the crowds cheered "Hip Hip Hooray" heartily at their joy of knowing that we are back!