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Best of Traffic [Import]

Traffic Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The multi-year reissue campaign for Traffic, one of the most highly regarded rock groups of its era, concludes with the release of the original band's final three albums and a new "best of" package, each issued June 20, 2003 by Island/UME. This last installment includes Shootout At The Fantasy Factory (1973), On The Road (1973) and When The Eagle Flies (1974), each digitally ... Read more in Amazon's Traffic Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B00005FGWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rendered rather obsolete. 15 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
A decent compilation, at the time of its release in 1970. However, purchasers might be better-advised to consider the double cd retrospective "Smiling Phases". The entire content of "The Best Of Traffic" is featured therein, and a whole lot more besides. It does, therefore, represent much, much better value-for-money than this +/- forty-minute compilation. (Which covers only the early singles and the first three albums.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good compilation for casual Traffic fans 10 Nov 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Any album that starts with 'paper sun' and ends with 'dear mr. fantasy' and has 'hole in my shoe' in the middle deserves respect, and this is it.Traffic's fusion of psych/pop/jazz was unique and successful, later being continued by King Crimson and Caravan.This album covers tracks from their first two albums (the best of their career) and throws in their two most successful singles.If their were any critisisms it would be a)where is 'here we go round the mulberry bush', their third top ten single and b)it just isn't long enough (but it was originally issued on vinyl so we'll have to live with that).
Although this isn't the best compilation available it is good for those who just want a cheap, but not nasty, 'best of'.Well worth getting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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There are only a few outstanding rock singers. Steve Winwood is one of the very best of the best. His voice sounds so distinctive that nobody has ever been able to create that soulful, sensuous, strident sound.
This album was my introduction to Traffic many years ago and it still sounds interesting after 35 years. The band uses interesting tone colours which, while they are individual, cannot help but make you remember those weird psychedelic bands of the late 60s. I love Chris Wood's creative sax and flute. The sitar in Paper Sun is so effective. Hole in My Shoe is so over-the-top and pretentious that I love it!
There is plenty of variety in the album: no two songs sound the same. A few have been splendidly recorded by other artists, including Feeling All Right [Joe Cocker] and Smiling Phases [Blood, Sweat and Tears], but, wonderful as these are, you can't beat the original versions.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes 14 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes it is nice to just have a short sharp history of a band than box sets and outakes and this is about 30 minutes of there early output and it is great, what a fantastic first single paper sun was eh , and don't care what mr winwood says traffic without dave masons hole in my shoe wouldn't be traffic , anyway great buy .
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