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In the presence of greatness volume 3

Simon Mayo | 09:21 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Let's face it, every Tom Dick and Harry has a greatest hits collection. Or maybe every Beaky, Mick and Titch. You certainly don't need a collection. One or maybe two smallish hits and you're in. So the arrival of most compilations should be treated with caution. Not this one however. Today we welcome one of the greats to Drivetime as Steve Winwood is our guest. His new 'The Very Best of..' is a treat and as I write this I'm listening to the extended 4 disc version: Traffic, Spencer Davies, Blind Faith and his solo work is all here.

Finding out stuff you never knew is one of life's constant excitements and I must confess to not having heard some of these Traffic songs until now. I loved "Hole In My Shoe" and had the single with a picture cover, a gift from my parents as I remember. If they had really understood psychedelic rock they might have bought Esther and Abi Ofarim instead. Now I learn that Steve never really liked the song (that's "Hole..." not anything by the Ofarims)hence it doesn't appear here. Anyway, it's Steve Winwood after 6.

Also today to mark the arrival of Spain at the World Cup, let's play loads of Spanish stuff. Tapas, castanets, matadors and sangria-you know how it works.

Enjoy Wednesday and see you at 5.05

email:simonmayo@bbc.co.uk

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