2-91405 Refugees of the Heart
Produced by Steve Winwood
Released on November 1990
UK CHART POSITION #26 . . . US CHART POSITION #27 . . .
GOLD RECORD (12/17/90)
Find it at GEMM
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J ust what I needed: ten framed photos of Steve Winwood. It’s as close as Refugees of the Heart comes to being a work of art. Despite criticism to the contrary, I don’t hear where this is any better or any worse than Roll With It. I’d tell you that Winwood sounds here like he’s on auto cruise, but he always sounds like he’s on auto cruise. You have the pristine arrangements, the warm and emotive mumbling, the sense that you’re hearing a hybrid of Peter Gabriel and Daryl Hall after too many wine coolers. The hit is “One And Only Man,” cowritten with Jim Capaldi and featuring an instrumental workout for Steve. It’s no more and no less ferocious than Eric Clapton’s crossover love songs, which is something of an achievement for Winwood. The remaining songs are ballads (“I Will Be Here”), adult pop songs (“You’ll Keep On Searching”) and slightly funky entries (“Another Deal Goes Down”). The closing “In The Light of Day,” featuring the sort of intoxicating keyboard pattern last seen in “San Jacinto,” brings home the vision of Winwood as a sort of Peter Gabriel lite. Since Winwood arrived in the same place musically as Gabriel at the same time (Back In The High Life and So were both released in 1986), it’s not a question of Winwood following anyone. This is what he does: write love songs that make good use of synthesizers and employ a minimal groove from time to time. Maybe the formula was growing tired. After a string of platinum and multiplatinum albums, Refugees merely went gold. For this reason, Refugees often gets lumped in with the inferior Talking Back To The Night despite being a better record. It’ll find a home with Winwood fans, hits or no hits, simply because soulful adult pop songs like these are at the heart of Winwood’s appeal.

2-91405 lyric sleeve 2-91405 back sleeve
2-91405 lyric sleeve 2-91405 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  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

    All songs written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings unless noted

CREDITS

STEVE WINWOOD -- vocals, keyboards, Hammond organ, mini moog solo, keyboard bass, guitar, additional percussion
LARRY BYROM -- guitar, slide guitar, vibes solo, additional drums, all keyboard & drum programming
BASHIRI JOHNSON -- percussion
MICHAEL RHODES -- bass
Eddie Bayers -- drums
Randall Bramblett -- saxophone, saxophone solo, tenor saxophone
Jim Capaldi -- drums, percussion
Anthony Crawford -- guitar
Michael Haynes -- trumpet
Jim Horn -- alto, baritone & tenor saxophone
Russ Kunkel -- drums
Mike Lawler -- additional keyboards
Harvey Thomson -- additional saxophone
Tom Lord Alge -- engineer, mixing
Mick Dolan -- additional engineer
John Clarke -- executive producer
Jeff Ayeroff, Melanie Nissen -- art direction
Mike Fink/x height -- design
Douglas Brothers -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1990 Virgin LP/CD/CS V/CDV 2650 lyric sleeve
US November 1990 Virgin LP/CD/CS 91405 lyric sleeve
GER 1990 Virgin LP/CD 86189  
JPN 1990 Virgin CD VJCP-2803  
MEX 1990 EMI/Virgin LP 4271181  

 

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