About Time (Steve Winwood album)

About Time is the eighth solo studio album by Steve Winwood, released in 2003. It was his first album since 1997 and it featured a return to a musical style more in line with his earlier work with Traffic. That basic style is emphasized in the three piece set of the band: Hammond Organ, guitar and drums/percussion, joined on various tracks by saxophone, flute and additional percussion characteristic of the Traffic sound.

Critical reception

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "Winwood's voice is now a little rough (which comes as a surprise), it nevertheless fits the scaled-down, relaxed atmosphere. And if individual songs aren't necessarily memorable, they don't necessarily need to be -- the feel is the thing here, and while it isn't first-rate Steve Winwood, it does feel like a welcome update from an old friend, which, after several years of waiting and several uneven records, is enough."

Track listing

Disc one #"Different Light" (Winwood) - 6:35 #"Cigano (For the Gypsies)" (Winwood, Jose Neto) - 6:20 #"Take It to the Final Hour" (Winwood, Anthony Crawford) - 5:36 #"Why Can't We Live Together" (Timmy Thomas) - 6:39 #"Domingo Morning" (Winwood, Neto) - 5:06 #"Now That You're Alive" (S. Winwood, Eugenia Winwood) - 5:29 #"Bully" (S. Winwood, E. Winwood) - 5:40 #"Phoenix Rising" (Winwood, William Topley) - 7:26 #"Horizon" (S. Winwood, E. Winwood) - 4:31 #"Walking On" (Winwood, Crawford) - 4:54 #"Silvia (Who Is She?)" (Winwood, Neto) - 11:25

Disc two #"Dear Mr. Fantasy" (Live) - 8:17 #"Why Can't We Live Together" (Live) - 6:31 #"Voodoo Chile" - 14:49


  • Steve Winwood – vocals, Hammond B3 organ
  • José Pires de Almeida Neto – guitar
  • Walfredo Reyes, Jr. – drums, additional percussion (2, 4)
  • Karl Vanden Bossche – congas (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Richard Bailey – timbales (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Karl Denson – saxophone (1, 6), flute (8, 10)


  • Produced by Steve Winwood
  • Associate Producer – Johnson Somerset
  • Engineered by George Shilling, assisted by James Towler.
  • Mixed by James Towler
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wincraft Studios
  • Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis Mastering (London, UK).
  • Bonus Tracks mastered by Bunt Stafford-Clark at Townhouse Studios (London, UK).
  • Artwork by Michael Rios
  • Photography by Gordon Jackson
  • CD Booklet – Andy Dutlinger and Mark Berger/Madison House Design
  • Artist Management – Mick Newton at Atomic (London, UK); Madison House Inc. (Boulder, CO).
  • Business Management – Brighton Jeffrey James (London, UK) and Charles Sussman (Nashville, TN).