When I sat down In the Studio in Autumn 1990 with Steve Winwood to talk about his then new release Refugees of the Heart , he had already established himself with the breakthrough album  Arc of a Diver  ten years prior, then midway in between released Back in the High Life, one of the biggest albums commercially as well as critically, and Roll With It,  in the Eighties.

In this in-depth classic rock interview to mark the dual album anniversaries of Arc… and Refugees… , the shy quiet-spoken Steve Winwood covers a lot of musical as well as personal ground: eschewing the music business altogether through the mid-Seventies after a misdiagnosed illness at the end of the Traffic days almost killed him; his 1977 under-appreciated solo debut, Steve Winwood ,  with “Hold On” and “Time is Running Out“; 1980’s hit “While You See a Chance” and the title song “Arc of a Diver“; Winwood’s long successful collaboration with Texas songwriter Will Jennings; and reconnecting with Traffic mate the late Jim Capaldi to write “One and Only Man“, a Top 20 hit from Refugees of the Heart  thirty years ago. –Redbeard