Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jim Capaldi -- "That's Love"

(Not available on iTunes)

(Debuted April 30, 1983, Peaked #28, 13 Weeks on the Chart)

For those who remember Jim Capaldi as the drummer of the 1960s/70s group Traffic, the sound of "That's Love" may come as a surprise. That said, it's worth pointing out that his former bandmate Steve Winwood had been exploring and developing his synthesizer style at the same time, and he's adding his own mark on the backing track.

In fact, the song features a rather simple arrangement. Besides the synthesizer, there's a drum track and electric guitar. While a synthesizer and drum track have contributed to some rather awful music over the years, in the hands of Capaldi and Winwood it's a low-key affair, done in the early years before enough would-be musicians sequenced the hell out of everything. The backing vocal is supplied by Winwood's wife Nicole.

Jim Capaldi died of stomach caner in 2005.

The YouTube video below is interesting to watch. A couple, including Eric Bogosian (before Talk Radio) go through a wide spectrum of emotions. I'm guessing that's Steve Winwood in the video along with Capaldi in a waterfront scene, and Capaldi shows up again at the very end.

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