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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:21 PM
Anyone a fan of this incredible band? I saw them when they reunited in 1994 (Winwood and Capaldi). They opened for the Grateful Dead and also played a set at the Woodstock 94 concert.

My favorite Traffic albums are their debut, LOW SPARK OF THE HIGH HEELED BOYS and LAST EXIT.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:43 PM
Saw them I think in 73/74 at the Academy of Music in NYC, very trippy, spacey night of music...I think.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:47 PM
My favorite Traffic albums are their debut, LOW SPARK OF THE HIGH HEELED BOYS and LAST EXIT.

Bro...Low spark is not their debut, but their 3rd or 4th.
Mr fantasy was first.

[edit] Studio albums
Mr. Fantasy (first U.S. pressing issued with title Heaven Is In Your Mind) 1967 US #8
Traffic 1968 US #17
Last Exit (side 2 live at The Fillmore West) 1969 US #19
John Barleycorn Must Die 1970 US #5
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys 1971 US #7
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory 1973 US #6
When the Eagle Flies 1974 US #9
Far From Home (Winwood/Capaldi) 1994 US #33

[edit] Live albums
Welcome to the Canteen (live) 1971 US #26
On the Road (live on tour in Germany) 1973 US #29
Last Great Traffic Jam (live) 2005


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Saw them I think in 73/74 at the Academy of Music in NYC, very trippy, spacey night of music...I think.
One of my all time favorites. I was at this show too, and if you remember Dutch they had to rent all new equipment as theirs was stolen ealier. Chris Wood was totally wasted and could barely stand and play, but they managed to put on a great show.
Awesome , awesome band...and live too!

[Edited on 10/23/2007 by SkyPuppy]

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:48 PM
they came up to old orchard beach then.i dont think there was more than a 1000 people there.the subdudes opened up,very cool show.
 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:48 PM
Absoltely LOVE Traffic. Got to see Steve Winwood open for The Dead in 2003? Either Hartford or Boston, I forget. But Steve played Low Spark with The Dead - everyone went crazy......or slowly anyway, as everyone realized what tune they were playing. Magical. Speaking of spark......tons of weed was lit up during that tune!! Anyway, a great CD to get is "When The Eagle Flies". I believe this was an import.....maybe a bit hard to find. Then again, I got the CD probably 12 yrs. ago. It should be easy to find on line now. Excellent music.....especially "Dream Gerrard".
 





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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:54 PM
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they came up to old orchard beach then.i dont think there was more than a 1000 people there.the subdudes opened up,very cool show.
they were in my f'ing hood..and I missed it..?! I must have been out of town.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:57 PM
Great band, Great music

Just amazing what Steve Winwood has accomplished from such a early age to now and all this while not making any headlines like others!

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 09:12 PM
Love Traffic!! Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is not only one of my favorite albums, but one of my favorite songs. That album still gets regular spins on my turntable.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 10:07 PM
I love Traffic, definitely in my top 5. I'm surprised there isn't more love for the Dave Mason years - those first two albums are my favorites, though John Barleycorn is not slouch either.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 10:38 PM
funny this came up tonight,i just put the boxset "the finer things"on my ipod tonight.
 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 10:48 PM
One of my all-time fav. bands...their 2nd LP (self-titled) is in my top 5.....

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 10:56 PM
One of my all time favorite bands. They were awesome.

Back in the day I had almost every album they put out. They were part of a small group of bands that I was so into that I usually purchased the new record as soon as it came out even if I'd never heard it. (Allmans, Tucker, Clapton, Traffic, Neil Young)

My all time favorite was and still is Low Spark. They are all good though. I even loved "When the Eagle Flies" which many Traffic fans didnt care for.

And unlike many Traffic fans, I preferred the "post" Dave Mason group to the version with Dave.

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 11:28 PM
Tremendous group -- Winwood showed what an amazing musician he is on John Barleycorn, playing most of the instruments & doing all the vocals -- then they brought in more musicians for Low Spark, like Jim Gordon, Rick Gresch etc.
I like the era with Dave Mason as well -- cuts like Heaven is In Your Mind, Paper Sun, 40,000 Headmen etc
The stuff that Dave did after he left Traffic, like Alone Together, It's Like You Never Left, and especially Headkeeper, is as good (IMO) as Low Spark, John Barleycorn etc
If on the proverbial desert island with just JB & LSOHHB -- I'd be set

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 06:09 AM
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My favorite Traffic albums are their debut, LOW SPARK OF THE HIGH HEELED BOYS and LAST EXIT.

Bro...Low spark is not their debut, but their 3rd or 4th.
Mr fantasy was first.

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Yes I know that Low Spark is not their debut, but I didn't say that. I said I like:

1. Their debut album (the one with Paper SUn)
2. Low Spark
3. Last Exit.

Sorry to confuse you

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 06:24 AM
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My favorite Traffic albums are their debut, LOW SPARK OF THE HIGH HEELED BOYS and LAST EXIT.

Bro...Low spark is not their debut, but their 3rd or 4th.
Mr fantasy was first.

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Yes I know that Low Spark is not their debut, but I didn't say that. I said I like:

1. Their debut album (the one with Paper SUn)
2. Low Spark
3. Last Exit.

Sorry to confuse you

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It's cool...I got confused by the way you typed it. The name of their debut album is Mr Fantasy..lol, you keep calling it their debut album. Guess that would be a good name for a record if you cant think of one

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 07:37 AM
It's all good, my friend! By the way, their debut album Mr Fantasy had different verions, of course the USA pressing was different than the UK one:

Original UK album
"Heaven Is in Your Mind" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 4:16
"Berkshire Poppies" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:55
"House for Everyone" (Mason) 2:05
"No Face, No Name, No Number" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:35
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 5:44
"Dealer" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:34
"Utterly Simple" (Mason) 3:16
"Coloured Rain" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:43
"Hope I Never Find Me There" (Mason) 2:12
"Giving to You" (Capaldi/Mason/Winwood/Wood) 4:20
Mono bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release
"Paper Sun" (Capaldi/Winwood) 4:15
"Giving to You" (Capaldi/Mason/Winwood/Wood) 4:12
"Hole in My Shoe" (Mason) 2:54
"Smiling Phases" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:43
"Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" (Capaldi/Mason/Winwood/Wood) 2:18

Original US album
"Paper Sun" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:26
"Dealer" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:13
"Coloured Rain" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:46
"Hole in My Shoe" (Mason) 3:04
"No Face, No Name, No Number" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:38
"Heaven Is in Your Mind" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 4:22
"House for Everyone" (Mason) 2:05
"Berkshire Poppies" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:59
"Giving to You" (Capaldi/Mason/Winwood/Wood) 4:18
"Smiling Phases" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:44
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 5:33
"We're a Fade, You Missed This" (Capaldi/Winwood) :53
Stereo bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release (Heaven Is In Your Mind)
"Utterly Simple" (Mason) 3:17
"Hope I Never Find Me There" (Mason) 2:09
"Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" (Capaldi/Mason/Winwood/Wood) 2:35
"Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 2:32

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 09:34 AM
One of THE best bands ever. Remember The Fillmore having a prop at one of their shows - a traffic light (where Bill Graham came up with that....probably from around the corner).
I saw them back in the day (indeed, TRIPPY!!!!) and their reunion with Winwood and Capaldi over ten years ago - at Jones Beach - a Fall night, front row, first balcony, cuddled in a blanket listening to some of the best music ever.
Too bad Dave Mason never considered joining up. I did hear that Chris Wood died some years back. Capaldi is now deceased too, is he not?
Loved Winwood from the beginning as a 15 year old with a 50 year old black man's voice with Specer David, to Traffic, to Blind Faith, to his individual works. One of the all time greatest artists, IMHO.
Will never forget the conga line he had going at the Pier in NYC to a song that won't come to this old mind just this second!

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 10:37 AM
I saw them twice, 20 years apart.

First time was in 1974 at the Long Beach (CA) Arena during their When The Eagle Flies tour. They were great! Roscoe Gee on bass along with Jim Capaldi held down the rhythm while Steve Winwood bounced back & forth between organ, piano & guitar and besides sax & flute, Chris Wood would move over to keys when Winwood would grab a Strat. I remember their version of "Glad/Freedom Rider" that night was nearly a half-hour with way cool jamming during the "Glad" portion. Lindesfarne was the opening act, they were really good, too...sort of had a Jethro Tull kind of feel to their material. Their mandolin player was the guy who did the mandolin track on Rod Stewart's "Maggie May".

Then I got FREE tickets (as in no cost, not the band with Paul Rodgers & Paul Kossoff) to see their 1994 reunion show at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. Again, a killer show, ex-Sea Level'er Randall Bramblett on horns & keys in the late Chris Wood's spot. They actually played a more comprehensive show than the '74 show; playing things from their first three albums, opening with Pearly Queen & Medicated Goo before delving into their early '70s material.

At both shows, they did energizing versions of "Gimme Some Lovin'" to end their sets. (with the '94 show sounding closer to the Spencer Davis Group's original; whereas the '74 version sounding closer to the Welcome To The Canteen version)

The '94 show was opened by Sonia Dada...great band. Immediately went out & bought their first (then only) album. I managed to see them again in 2001 when they opened for Bruce Hornsby. Still just as good.

 
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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 11:56 AM
I have always loved Traffic. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is one of my all time favorite albums. Shootout at the Fantasy Factory, John Barleycorn Must Die, On The Road, Smiling Phases, Traffic are all in my collection as well. Saw them back in the early 70's then saw them when they opened for the Grateful Dead in 1994. Have also seen Dave Mason and Steve Winwood separately. If You get a chance to see these guys - GO!!! Saw Steve on a free stage at Summerfest a couple of years ago and he still has it going on!

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 04:53 PM
Heaven is in your mind.......

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 07:17 PM
Traffic was a great band. Never got to see them, but I sure listen them.

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 11:35 PM
Both these are among two of their best (Heaven Is in Your Mind, & Light Up or Leave Me Alone)

The late great Jim Capaldi was a great singer in his own right -- of course he sang LUOLMA -- also the one that is most often my favorite from Low Spark, Rock n Roll Stew -- I mean the passion he brings to that song -- he is so all over it -- incredible stuff, on an album that as a whole is a thing of brilliant beauty -- Hidden Treasure -- Rainmaker, especially the mindbending coda -- Winwood's killer guitar solo on Many A Mile To Freedom -- good heavens.

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  posted on 10/24/2007 at 12:23 AM
Saw them twice in 1970. One time coincided with the release of John Barleycorn. Was hearing most of the songs for the first time. Just in awe at the variety and how well they played.

Winwood is still pretty amazing. Great vocalist and musician who also has, at times, written some amazing stuff. Nice to see him doing some of the Blind Faith stuff with Clapton at Crossroads 2.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2007 at 12:30 AM
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  posted on 10/24/2007 at 06:14 PM
Traffic was a great band!

 

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