Refugees of the Heart

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Refugees of the Heart
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Studio album by
Released6 November 1990
RecordedWinter 1989–Summer 1990
VenueGloucestershire, England, UK Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
StudioNetherturkdonic Studios and Emerald Sound
GenreRock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop
ProducerSteve Winwood
Steve Winwood chronology
Roll with It
Refugees of the Heart
Junction Seven
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly(C-)[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(dud)[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]

Refugees of the Heart is the sixth solo studio album by Steve Winwood, released in 1990. The album contained the hit single, "One and Only Man", which topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and saw the return of former Traffic bandmate Jim Capaldi to Winwood's songwriting team. By coincidence, a Traffic reunion followed in 1994. Because of that collaboration, Winwood would not record another solo album until late 1997. Also "I Will Be Here" and "Another Deal Goes Down" were released as singles. Winwood stated about the closing track, “In The Light Of Day”: 'When Will and I wrote the song (..) it was our idea of what Nelson Mandela's dream was, while he was in prison. It was really just a fantasy of ours, but that’s what we based the song on.'

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "You'll Keep on Searching" – 6:19
  2. "Every Day (Oh Lord)" – 5:49
  3. "One and Only Man" – (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) 5:00
  4. "I Will Be Here" – 5:58
  5. "Another Deal Goes Down" – 4:57
  6. "Running On" – 4:18
  7. "Come Out and Dance" – 5:33
  8. "In the Light of Day" – 9:44

Non-album tracks[edit]

  • Always (instrumental)
  • In the Light of Day (instrumental version)
"Always" was the b-side to "One and Only Man", while the instrumental version of "In the Light of Day" was the b-side to "I Will Be Here". The instrumental version, an edit of the album version's backing track, runs for about 6 minutes and contains some improvisational work at the end which is not on the album version.
In 1990, cassette singles were popular, and both of this album's singles were released in cassette single format. There were also CD singles with these b-sides.
Winwood rarely produced non-album songs.


  • Produced by Steve Winwood
  • Executive Producer and Management – John Clarke
  • Engineered and Mixed by Tom Lord-Alge
  • Assistant Engineer – Brian Harding (Nashville)
  • Additional Engineering – Mick Dolan
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction by Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff and Melanie Nissen
  • Design – Mike Fink
  • Photography – Andrew and Stuart Douglas



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone



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