is the second solo studio album by Arc of a Diver singer/ multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood, released in 1980. Winwood played all of the instruments on the album.
Featuring his first solo hit, "
While You See a Chance" (which peaked at number 7 on the in the Billboard Hot 100 United States), this was Winwood's breakthrough album as a solo artist. It peaked at number 3 on the album chart, establishing him as a commercially viable act. Billboard 200
The cover artwork for the album is by
Tony Wright. He took inspiration from by Jazz Henri Matisse, notably VIII: Icarus.
Recording [ edit ]
The album was recorded at Winwood's Netherturkdonic Studios, built at his farm in Gloucestershire;
he played all the instruments, wrote all the music, and produced and engineered it himself.  
Critical reception [ edit ]
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."" Reviewing for  , 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 The New York Times Night Train, almost as memorable." 
The album was also included in the book
. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written by Steve Winwood &
Will Jennings except where noted.
While You See a Chance" – 5:12 "Arc of a Diver" (Winwood,
Vivian Stanshall) – 5:28 "Second-Hand Woman" (Winwood, George Fleming) – 3:41
"Slowdown Sundown" – 5:27
"Spanish Dancer" – 5:58
"Night Train" – 7:51
"Dust" (Winwood, Fleming) – 6:20
2012 Deluxe reissue Disc Two
"Arc of a Diver" – edited US single version (Winwood, Stanshall) – 4:16
"Night Train" – instrumental version – 6:44
"Spanish Dancer" – 2010 version – 6:13
"Arc of a Diver: The Steve Winwood Story" – Originally aired on BBC Radio 2 – 56:33
Personnel [ edit ]
Steve Winwood – acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, bass, drums, percussion, drum machines, pianos, synthesizers, organ, lead & backing vocals, production, engineering, mixing John "Nobby" Clarke - additional engineering
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