Arc Of A Diver/Riptide
This is the last On The Turntable program for 2020 … Though 2020 has had its challenges, it has been a good year On The Turntable. And 2021 shows incredible promise, so many fantastic 50 year celebrations will take place in 2021 … we will 2020 with the 40th anniversary airing of Steve Winwood’s critically acclaimed “Arc Of A Diver” and finish the program with Robert Palmer’s “Riptide”.
Arc Of A Diver
Arc of a Diver is the second solo studio album by Steve Winwood, released in 1980. Winwood played all of the instruments on the album. Featuring his first solo hit, “While You See a Chance” peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. This turned out to be Winwood’s breakthrough album as a solo artist; the album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200. It took nearly 20 years for Winwood to establish himself as a viable solo act.
Establishing himself as a solo artist is an understatement … Winwood plays every instrument , wrote every lyric and produced and engineered the album himself … Diver is listed in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ … Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers Arc Of A Diver the 103rd best album of 1980 and the 877th of the decade … Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranked Diver #43 on is its top 100 list of 1980.
Notable Tracks – “When You See A Chance” “Night Train” “Spanish Dancer”
Riptide is the eighth studio album by the late Robert Palmer … The album was recorded over a period of three months in 1985, at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. The album was released in November 1985, hot off the heels of his ‘The Power Station’ success … The album produced two top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Palmer a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Addicted to Love”.
Riptid was a major commercial success … the album has been certified double platinum … it peaked at #8 on The Billboard 200 … Palmer collaborated with two of the members from The Power Station for this LP and it also features Chaka Kahn and other studio musicians … Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers Riptide to be the 214th best album of 1985 .. though I do not agree with that ranking … there are a half dozen albums in their top twenty that I find inferior to Riptide … the album produced five singles, two in the top five.
Notable Tracks – “Addicted To Love” “Riptide” “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”
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