11-01050 Winning
Produced by Keith Olson
in association with Devadip Carlos Santana
Released on April 1981
US CHART POSITION #17 (charted April 11, 1981 for 18 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
11-01050 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

W ritten by Russ Ballard (of Argent), this is exactly the sort of song that continued Eric Clapton’s winning ways with the charts. Despite guitar solos found on the fore and aft, “Winning” is that odd animal: a good song from Santana but not a good Santana song. In fact, between the vocals and the synthesizers, this was slipping back toward the Supertramp divider in the big bin of popular music. I don’t own the stock single, but I’ll presume that “Brightest Star” is the same as the elpee version from Zebop! Incidentally, despite showing different track times, the single version of “Winning” is identical to the elpee version of “Winning” (the elpee incorrectly gives the time as 4:11).

TRACK LISTING

  1. WINNING    (Russ Ballard)    3:29
  2. BRIGHTEST STAR

    12-inch promo track listing
  3. WINNING
  4. E PAPA RE

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1981 Columbia 7" 11-01050  
US 1981 Columbia 7PRO 11-01050 feat. A on both sides
US 1981 Columbia 12PRO AS 937 see 12" track listing
UK 1981 CBS 7" A1139  

 

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