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, new Wave, synthpop, soft rock
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]
The New York Times (favorable)[4]

Arc of a Diver is the second studio solo album by singer/multi-instrumentalist, Steve Winwood. All of the instruments featured on the album were 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.

The cover artwork for the album was by Tony Wright.

Recording[edit]

Recorded at Winwood's Netherturkdonic Studios, built at his farm in Gloucestershire,[5] he played all the instruments, wrote all the music, and produced and engineered it himself.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote of the album "Utterly unencumbered by the baggage of his long years in the music business, Winwood reinvents himself as a completely contemporary artist on this outstanding album, leading off with his best solo song, "While You See a Chance.""[7] Reviewing for The New York Times, critic Robert Palmer wrote of the album "Winwood's impressive playing and arranging and utterly distinctive vocals make several of his collaborations with Mr. Jennings, especially the brooding Night Train, almost as memorable."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings except where noted.

Side one
  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
Side two
  1. "Spanish Dancer"- 5:58
  2. "Night Train"- 7:51
  3. "Dust" (Winwood, Fleming) - 6:20
Additional tracks

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, Organ, Lead & Backing Vocals

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. ^ http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1385
  5. ^ 1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die. Hachette UK. 5 Dec 2011. p. 1315. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Palmer (21 January 1981). "Arc Of A Diver Review: New York Times : Steve Winwood". New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/arc-of-a-diver-mw0000192481
  8. ^ http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1385
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  10. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 23," (PHP). RPM. 16 May 1981. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
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  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Steve Winwood > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "allmusic ((( Arc of a Diver > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Album Search: Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. 26 December 1981. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1981" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1981 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1981". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "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
  25. ^ "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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