Remember The Time: Brang Me A Higher Luv

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Steve Winwood's Back In The High Life again gets a lot of ridicule because well, people liked Steve Winwood when he was a grungy 70's experimental rocker or wailing like a seasoned soul man at 18 in the Spencer Davis Group back in the 60's. Screw, "Higher Love", the man was in Traffic and played guitar right alongside Eric Clapton for years, he's better than synthesized drum machine drenched pop, right? Even though I like me some Traffic ("The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" is that ish), I can appreciate the yuppied up Steve Winwood too, because it was a little less edgy and more laid-back. 

Currently I revisited High Life, on the strength of "Freedom Overspill" popping up on my workout playlist and well, you can't listen to High Life without listening to "Higher Love", try, but you can't. The blending of Steve Winwood's voice with Chaka Khan's background wails should've happened long before "Higher Love" and probably should've have continued onward. Even when listening to this song I have to question, why in heckle nobody thought of making them do a duet album or something?  The two sound awesome together. Like they do here during this live performance which features much more highlight on Miss Khan's vocals. Magic.

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