Arc of a Diver

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Arc of a Diver
Studio album by Steve Winwood
Released 31 December 1980[1][2]
Recorded 1980 at Netherturkdonic Studios, Gloucestershire, England
Genre Rock, Blue-eyed soul
Length 40:02
Label Island
Producer Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood chronology
Steve Winwood
(1977)
Arc of a Diver
(1980)
Talking Back to the Night
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Arc of a Diver is the second solo album by singer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. The album was performed entirely by Winwood.

Featuring his first solo hit, "While You See a Chance" (which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States), this was Winwood's true breakthrough album as a solo artist. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart, establishing him as a commercially viable act.

Engineered and Mixed by Steve Winwood at Netherturkdonic Studios, England.

Cover art by Tony Wright.

Recording[edit]

Recorded at Winwood's Netherturkdonic Studios, built at his farm in Gloucestershire,[4] he played all the instruments, wrote all the music, and produced and engineered it himself.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Steve Winwood & Will Jennings except where noted.
  1. "While You See a Chance" - 5:12
  2. "Arc of a Diver" (Winwood, Vivian Stanshall) - 5:28
  3. "Second-Hand Woman" (Winwood, George Fleming) - 3:41
  4. "Slowdown Sundown"- 5:27
  5. "Spanish Dancer"- 5:58
  6. "Night Train"- 7:51
  7. "Dust" (Winwood, Fleming) - 6:20

2012 Deluxe reissue Disc Two track listing[edit]

Disc One The Remastered Album (originally released in December 1980)

  • All Songs Written By Steve Winwood & Will Jennings except where noted.
  1. "While You See a Chance" - 5:12
  2. "Arc of a Diver" (Winwood, Vivian Stanshall) - 5:28
  3. "Second-Hand Woman" (Winwood, George Fleming) - 3:41
  4. "Slowdown Sundown"- 5:27
  5. "Spanish Dancer"- 5:58
  6. "Night Train"- 7:51
  7. "Dust" (Winwood, Fleming) - 6:20

Disc Two

  1. "Arc of a Diver" (Winwood, Vivian Stanshall)- 4:16 - Edited US Single Version
  2. "Night Train"- 6:44 - Instrumental Version
  3. "Spanish Dancer"- 6:13 - 2010 Version
  4. "Arc of a Diver: The Steve Winwood Story"- 56:33 - Originally aired on BBC Radio 2

Production[edit]

  • Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Steve Winwood
  • Additional Engineering By John "Nobby" Clarke
  • Tracks 2 & 3 published by Fantasy Songs Ltd.-Warner Brothers Music
  • Track 7 published by Fantasy Songs Ltd.
  • All other tracks published by Fantasy Songs Ltd./Rondor Music-London-Ltd.

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Winwood: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Lead & Backing Vocal

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Face Value by Phil Collins
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
16 May – 6 June 1981
Succeeded by
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chronicles liner notes
  2. ^ Steve Winwood facebook message
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ 1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die. Hachette UK. 5 Dec 2011. p. 1315. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Robert Palmer (21 January 1981). "Arc Of A Diver Review: New York Times : Steve Winwood". New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 23," (PHP). RPM. 16 May 1981. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
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  9. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP). Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP). Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Steve Winwood > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Arc of a Diver > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Album Search: Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. 26 December 1981. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1980 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1981". billboard.biz. 31 December 1981. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 October 2013.  Enter Arc of a Diver in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 October 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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