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Back in the High Life Import


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FKA
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

1. Higher Love
2. Take It As It Comes
3. Freedom Overspill
4. Back In The High Life Again
5. The Finer Things
6. Wake Me Up On Judgement Day
7. Split Decision
8. My Love's Leavin'


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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is by far Steve Winwoods top selling CD as a solo artist. It contained several top 10 singles (you know it's funny back in the 80's you could have a top ten chart with Whitney Huston, Machael Jackson, Van Halen, Judas priest and say Yes all in the charts. Even thow I am not a huge fan of most 80's music I have to admit it was much cooler to have charts like that as teenager in comparison to today's list of company made Pop stars). This album is high energy, Winwood is in top voice and with songs like "Back In The Highlife..." and "Freedom overspill" which would stand out on most records but in this case the record is so solid they are just some other tracks.
Steve also brought back some of his blue eyed soul from his Spencer Davis days (which he would take further with his next record (Roll With It).
Overall great CD !!
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By A Customer on March 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
Back In The High Life has to be one of the best songs I have ever heard and I have been following folk and rock and roll since the 50's.
Its just too bad he hasn't kept with this style of song more often.
To me it sounds like Phil Collins, Cat Stevens and John Denver in a song by 0ne Artist Steve Winwood.
Great song but this style should have been done more often.
Listening to some of his other songs, you can't notice the same style.
He doesn't seem to capitalize on the true and great talent that he has.
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Format: Audio CD
Steve Winwood was indeed enjoying the high life after the release of this album in 1986. Back in the High Life is one of the best albums of that musically rich decade, providing Winwood with four huge hit singles. Winwood almost became too popular as a result of these songs; the radio played Higher Love, The Finer Things, Freedom Overspill, and Back in the High Life Again so often that even I eventually began to grow tired of them. As a result, I can say that I enjoy this album even more today than I did at the time of its initial release. Winwood's distinctive, laid-back music never goes out of style, and it soothes the soul while touching the heart with some quite emotional, really meaningful lyrics. I'm afraid I can't really describe the music; all I can say is that it combines drums, guitars, and horns in a way that is all its own.
While the album is remembered primarily for commercial successes such as Higher Love (featuring memorable backup vocals by Chaka Kahn) and Back in the High Life Again (featuring harmony vocals by James Taylor), it features eight songs of incredible quality. I might note that each track exceeds five minutes in length, so this album is not as short as it may appear. Take It As It Comes had real hit potential in my opinion. Wake Me Up on Judgment Day doesn't seem that memorable yet plays itself over and over in your mind after you hear it. Split Decision features some great guitar riffs, proving that Winwood can get down and rock a little when he wants to. The final track, My Love's Leavin', may well be the best song on the album, communicating both loss and hope in a way few artists can equal. You would be hard pressed to find a more impressive album from top to bottom than Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't be a poseur. Steve Winwood rocks in a non-rocking way, and that's cool.
every track on this album is perfect for just chillin out to, and the title track has got to be one of the best things to come out of the 80s easy rock, period. It flows nicely, very nicely.
Plus, the insert is hilarious. It has Steve with some woman and every scene show Winwood getting plastered in a scene reminiscent of an old Bruce Willis "Seagram's" ad. So slick, yet so chintzy.
But it's a plus.
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Format: Audio CD
After only mixed results on three solo albums which he tried to record and produce on his own, Steve Winwood turned to the production talents of Russ Titleman and a number of guest musicians for "Back in the High Life." The result: two Grammys, a #1 single and #1 album, a "comeback" album in every sense of the term, and one of the best recordings of the 1980s. Having used synthesizers as an artistic crutch on his previous solo efforts, Winwood uses them here as merely one ingredient in a masterful '80s pop-rock mix. "Higher Love," "Freedom Overspill," "Back in the High Life Again," and "The Finer Things" were massive hits at the time, and still hold up well today. "Back in the High Life" was - and still is - a triumph.
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By "gibraud" on July 5 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album that has many good songs on it. Every single song is worth listening to on this album. This album features the Number 1 hit for 1 week Higher Love. This album is a prelude to more hits that ould come such as "Valerie" and "Roll With It". This album spent many weeks in the top ten and sold 3 Million copies which was well deserved. Higher Love still gets much airplay which is good because it is a quality song. Good Album and Highly Recomended.
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Format: Audio CD
MY FAVOTITE CUT IS "FINER THINGS". I LIKE ALL THE REST OF THE SONGS ALSO. STEVE WINWOOD DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. THE SONG "FINER THINGS" WAS USED AS THE THEME SONG IN THE HBO MOVIE "DATE WITH AN ANGEL". I RECOMEND THIS CD AND THE MOVIE BOTH IF YOU LIKE THE SONG FINER THINGS AS MUCH AS I DO.
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