Traffic The Definitive Collection
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- Released: March 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Island
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Paper Sun
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Hole In My Shoe
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Heaven Is In Your Mind
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Dear Mr. Fantasy
- $1.29 on iTunes5.You Can All Join In
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Feelin' Alright
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Pearly Queen
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Forty Thousand Headmen
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Shanghai Noodle Factory
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Glad
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Freedom Rider
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Empty Pages
- $1.29 on iTunes13.John Barleycorn
- $1.29 on iTunes14.Rock 'N' Roll Stew
- 15.The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
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Traffic: Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, bass, percussion); Dave Mason (vocals, guitar, sitar, tambura, shakkai, harmonica, bass); Chris Wood (vocals, flute, saxophone, organ, percussion); Jim Capaldi (vocals, drums, tambourine, percussion).
Additional personnel: Rick Grech (bass); Jim Gordon (drums); Reebop Kwaku Baah (percussion).
Producers: Jimmy Miller, Steve Winwood, Chris Blackwell.
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England between April 1967 and May 1970; The Record Plant, New York, New York from January-May 1968; Morgan Studios, London, England in November 1968; Island Studios, London, England between April 1970 and September 1971. Includes liner notes by John McDermott.
Digitally remastered by Tom Ruff (Universal Music Studios East, Edison, New Jersey).
This release was formerly titled: FEELIN' ALLRIGHT: THE VERY BEST OF TRAFFIC.
Personnel: Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ, bass guitar, percussion); Dave Mason (vocals, guitar, sitar, tambura, tamboura, Mellotron, bass guitar); Chris Wood (vocals, flute, saxophone, electric saxophone, organ, percussion); Jim Capaldi (vocals, drums, drum, tambourine, percussion); Rick Grech (bass guitar); Jim W. Gordon, Jim Gordon (drums); Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion).
Liner Note Author: John McDermott .
Recording information: Island Studios, London, England; Morgan Studios, London, England; Olympic Studios, London, England; Record Plant Studios, NY.
Photographers: Chuck Pulin; Michael Putland; Barrie Wentzell; Barry Wentzell.
Arranger: Steve Winwood.
This well thought-out anthology includes just about every notable Traffic track from their peak years of 1968 to 1971. What immediately impresses here is the range of the band and the variety of their influences. They veer from psychedelic pop (love that cheesy sitar on their debut hit, "Paper Sun"), to jazz-inflected R&B on the instrumental "Glad," via Celtic folk in the lovely, pastoral "John Barleycorn Must Die," and the psychedelic rock of San Francisco-style jams on "Mr. Fantasy."
The whole enterprise is held together by the glue of Jim Capaldi's vastly underrated drumming and by Stevie Winwood's justifiably celebrated keyboards and Ray Charles-inflected vocals. You can almost smell the incense and controlled substances that were present at the creation of most of this material, but, in a way, this only adds to the music's laid-back charm. Essential.
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