Steve Winwood

While You See a Chance

Composed by Steve Winwood / Will Jennings

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A perfect song to restart Steve Winwood's career at the dawn of the 1980s, "While You See a Chance" is one of the most positive statements to come out of a very confusing era. Co-written with Texas-born lyricist Will Jennings (who had written several songs for Kool & the Gang), it's a parable of strength of spirit, virtue, and duty. Musically, Winwood encapsulates all of this in a beautiful, syncopated melody with some very drastic chord changes that he somehow makes work. The feeling of survival that engulfs the track is undeniable and gave Winwood and much-needed shot in the arm creatively, as well as a huge international hit. The lead song on Winwood's Arc of a Diver album, it's also on the Winwood box, The Finer Things.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Arc of a Diver 1980 Island 5:13
Chronicles 1987 Island / Universal-Island Records 5:12
Classic Rock Box: WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Box 1992
Various Artists
PolyGram 5:10
Drift Away, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Sounds Direct
Hits Der 80's, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
BMG International 5:12
The Finer Things 1995 Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal / Universal Music 5:17
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1981 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:15
Every Song Tells a Story 1995
Various Artists
Shock Media 5:05
Sounds of the Eighties: The Early '80s, Take Two 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:09
The Number Ones: Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 5:12
Now: 1981 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 5:07
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
De Leukste Hits Uit de Radio 2 Top 2000: Van Het Millennium 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Singers And Songwriters: 1980-1983 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Ultimate Collection 2005 Universal Distribution / Universal International
Classic Soft Rock: Into the Night 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:08
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:08
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:46
Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood 2010 Island / Universal 5:15
Icon 2011 Island 5:13
Latest & Greatest Singer Songwriters 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 5:12
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