Steve's first solo album
Dark Star-The Other One | The Bus To Never Ever Land | 05/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was Steve's first after leaving Traffic, released in June 1977, and no one knew what to expect. However, when it was first released the thing that everybody noticed was that Jim Capaldi co wrote and played on the album along with Reebop and co produced by Chris Blackwell(all of Traffic fame). So it was more than a little surprising to find nothing sounding like Traffic. Hold On goes nowhere and Time Is Running Out is way to disco. However, what Steve Winwood album doesn't have something good to offer? On this one it's Midland Maniac and Let Me Make Something In Your Life but the rest doesn't really go anywhere."
Jeff Haldeman | Advance, NC | 01/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This very early Steve Winwood project/ session record is a "Must have Classic". Several reasons: Stevie Winwood's approach to this album is Unique in character. It is Clearly Reflective of Stevie's Roots & Soul which are Purely "Rhythm & Blues" with Rock, Soul, Latin, Jazz & Mystic influences sprinkled in, so that Listening to This album in particular, & most of Winwood's musical Contributions are akin to being mesmerized into a Kaleidoscope of Sound that Speaks to your Soul. One cannot genuinely listen to this album, and not be Indelibly Etched for Life. It is the haunting melodies (which you hear long after the album), the Distinctive Winwood Voice that Echoes a Cry of Passion which lures you as flames of a crackling fire draws and keeps your attention, until the embers finally fade away, and you want More, so you listen to it again, and again. One Superb album of un-equalled talent."