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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 11:57 AM
I was not around during that era of time but the more I listen to them the more I love them.

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 12:08 PM
Talk about a band ahead of it's time. They could be playing today and it would sound completely fresh. Every time I listen to "On The Road" I think exactly that.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 12:43 PM
Yeah, great band, live and on disc. Caught them first time live at the 1971 [First] Glastonbury [Fayre] Festival in UK. Awesome performance particularly lengthy version of SDG's 'Gimme some lovin'. Dave Mason played with them that day.
Also saw the 'Eagle Flies' version with the wonderfully funky Rosko Gee on bass.
IMO Steve Winwood is the finest rock n roll writer/singer/musician to come out of UK. Star of Blind Faith and main impetus of his current jazz/Brazillian textured band - go and see them if you get a chance. [Roundhouse, London 18 October]

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 02:25 PM
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IMO Steve Winwood is the finest rock n roll writer/singer/musician to come out of UK. Star of Blind Faith and main impetus of his current jazz/Brazillian textured band - go and see them if you get a chance. [Roundhouse, London 18 October]


Steve Winwood: Thursday Oct 14th, the Netherlands (Utrecht).

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 04:39 PM
No but I've been to traffic court! Various tickets for alledged speeding. Got out of most of em.

I wish I got to see Traffic when they (meaning Winwood & Capaldi) toured in 1994 with the Grateful Dead. They also played a fine set at Woodstock 94.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 04:47 PM
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Talk about a band ahead of it's time. They could be playing today and it would sound completely fresh. Every time I listen to "On The Road" I think exactly that.


I totally agree , one of the great live albums ever , some fantastic jamming .

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 04:53 PM
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No but I've been to traffic court! Various tickets for alledged speeding. Got out of most of em.

I wish I got to see Traffic when they (meaning Winwood & Capaldi) toured in 1994 with the Grateful Dead. They also played a fine set at Woodstock 94.


I saw Traffic two nights in a row at Giants Stadium opening for the Grateful Dead on the 1994 tour and they were awesome. Jerry came out both nights for a couple of tunes with them!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:26 PM
Saw Traffic in fall 1974 at the omni in Atlanta. An idiot lit a string of firecrackers while Steve was playing piano. He didn't like it at all, and ended the show quickly. That was a long time ago.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:32 PM
A Midnight Show at the Academy of Music NYC circa 1972-73....talk about an experience....wow.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:50 PM
Hmmm not sure if this really counts... we were about 8 hippies in a small car heading to Stony Brook College L.I.N.Y. to see Traffic... I think it was around Sept or Oct maybe 72' and no one had a ticket.. that was OK because we were gonna GET in....
So... we get there and it is a rain storm beyond belief.... so , 4 of us went in... not me I was in car ( didn't want to get wet )... I wanted to see if they actually could do it... They did.... I heard Mr. Fantasy through the steal door... darn.... Steve Winwood ..rocks....

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 06:02 AM
Thanx for the replys.here is a video of traffic and jerry garcia from the 94 tour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYYjgYea51w

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 10:24 AM
I've always loved Traffic ... Dear Mr Fantasy always takes me back to my teen-age years (and it blows my mind to think that Steve Winwood was only a teenager his own self when this was released!!!). Traffic has shared a place on top of my favorite bands list since I first heard them (you know ... some come and go ... some come and stay ). Thanks for posting the clip from '94 ... I caught Traffic/Grateful Dead at Soldier's Field during this tour ... loved it!

[Edited on 9/6/2010 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 11:11 AM
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Hmmm not sure if this really counts... we were about 8 hippies in a small car heading to Stony Brook College L.I.N.Y. to see Traffic... I think it was around Sept or Oct maybe 72' and no one had a ticket.. that was OK because we were gonna GET in....
So... we get there and it is a rain storm beyond belief.... so , 4 of us went in... not me I was in car ( didn't want to get wet )... I wanted to see if they actually could do it... They did.... I heard Mr. Fantasy through the steal door... darn.... Steve Winwood ..rocks....


So is that how you got your "screen name"?

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 11:30 AM
I think I was probably at this one or one around this time

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/traffic/concerts/fillmore-east-november-18-19 70.html

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 01:24 PM
Traffic is in my top five for favorite bands. Love their sound. Very unique. Sounds fresh today. Wish I could have seen them live. Gregg Allman when asked by MTV who is one of the best bands of all time. His response was Traffic. Its too bad that Dave Mason and Steve Winwood could not co-exist. I feel Traffic could have accomplished so much more. Do check out the Dvd, Traffic Live at Santa Monica 1972. Great sound. I hope they release it as a CD. It would also be cool to hear some live music from the band's archive. Hopefully it exists. Here are a couple videos from that DVD:

Dear Mr. Fantasy (Winwood smokes on guitar, Rebop is in a zone)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_nwbTeIN4Y


40,000 Headmen ( Chris Wood sweet flute)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73VXUZMOJdQ

Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlbgqmxXNY

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 01:33 PM
Here is some info on the Traffic DVD Live at Santa Monica.

Track Listing:

1. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
2. Light Up or Leave Me Alone
3. John Barleycorn
4. Rainmaker
5. Glad
6. Freedom Rider
7. Forty Thousand Headmen
8. Dear Mr. Fantasy

Traffic left behind precious few concert videos in any form, so this show, from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, is an intrinsically valuable document of the band, even though it does feature a later lineup: Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, Rebop Kwakubaah, Roger Hawkins, and David Hood. Chronologically, the show comes roughly a year later than the Welcome to the Canteen album. At 65 minutes running time, they include "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," "John Barleycorn," "Rainmaker," "Glad," "Freedom Rider," "Forty Thousand Headmen," and "Dear Mr. Fantasy," all of which are worthwhile although also curiously lacking in the urgency that one would hope for in a concert performance. There are some many wonderful shots of the band members from varied angles and all kinds of different lighting, even within the same song, courtesy of video producer Taylor Hackford (White Nights, Against All Odds) but, in fact, this wasn't the ideal version of the group to capture on stage: Winwood had suffered a serious illness the year before, the group was always in a state of flux as far as its line-up was concerned, and they were entering the period of decline that would coincide with the recording of Shootout at the Fantasy Factory. The musicianship is there, found intact in the thick electric guitar textures of "Light Up or Leave Me," Winwood's acoustic guitar performance on "John Barleycorn," and Wood's spotlighted flute and sax work on "Rainmaker." But one also gets the sense that a lot of excitement was disappearing for the players, apart from Rebop Kwaku Baah, in what Winwood later described as a grind of touring and recording. It's not a bad video, and well worth tracking down as a document of the group; the sound is very good (especially for the period in which it was recorded), and it would make a good DVD, but one wishes a full-length video of a show from perhaps a year, or two, or three earlier could have found its way into existence. Originally available through RCA Columbia, but packaged by Pacific Arts, this long out of print video was apparently owned by Island Records, and may have reverted to them, which means that it is now somewhere in MCA's vast holdings of the Polygram Records conglomerate (which bought Island); finding a used copy or getting someone to dub off the laser disc might be easier than waiting for it to be rediscovered by its current owners. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

[Edited on 9/6/2010 by KPRESTN712]

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 04:44 PM
I remember seeing a four-man lineup of Traffic (w/Ric Grech) in a college gym venue in 1970. The band was very late to the show, but once Winwood sat down at the keyboard and began to sing, time seemed to stop and I think most people present forget where they were. Afterwards, they no doubt couldn't forget why they came---I know I couldn't.
 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 04:51 PM
Traffic is top of the list of band's i wish I'd of had the chance to see..

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 06:49 PM
Yes. Saw them in 1971 I think with Capaldi Wood and Winwood. I really enjoyed this band and their music is still fresh and vibrant.

 

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