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John Barleycorn Must Die [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Traffic Audio CD
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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 (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B004G5VFOU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Glad (Remastered) 6:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Freedom Rider (Remastered) 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Empty Pages (Remastered) 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stranger To Himself (Remastered) 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John Barleycorn (Must Die) (Remastered) 6:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Every Mother's Son (Remastered) 7:050.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Stranger To Himself (Alternative Mix) 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. John Barleycorn (Must Die) (First Version) 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Every Mother's Son (Alternative Mix) 7:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Intro 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Medicated Goo (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970) 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Empty Pages (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970) 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 40,000 Headmen (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970) 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970) 5:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Every Mother's Son (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970) 7:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Glad / Freedom Rider (Live At Fillmore East, New York / 1970)14:29Album Only

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BBC Review

Traffic’s fifth album, released in 1970, could just as easily have been titled Where Were We?

Steve Winwood, the mellifluous keyboardist and gravel-throated singer of this ensemble forged in the fires of psychedelia, had veered off into supergroup Blind Faith and a solo career but found them both dead ends. John Barleycorn Must Die started out as a solo Winwood work before he decided that what he actually wanted was to be back with his old Traffic colleagues Chris Wood (woodwind) and Jim Capaldi (drums), though not Dave Mason.

Guitarist and songwriter Mason had a difficult relationship with the group that had already seen him depart and return before their previous split and his chart-friendly fare like Hole in my Shoe, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and Feelin’ Alright? were hardly going to fit in with the musical visions of a band about to unleash an LP containing just six tracks.

Opening an album with a near-seven-minute jazzy instrumental may sound about as listener-unfriendly as can be, but Glad is rather enjoyable. The percolating keyboards, smoky saxophone, fluttering flute and funky percussion set the tone for the record, as does the musicianship, whose impeccable quality doesn't prohibit grit.

In its length and swells and respites, Freedom Rider is more of the same, only with some soulful Winwood vocals. Empty Pages – relatively tight structure, relatively short playing time of under five minutes – is the closest thing to a pop track. Apart from the Winwood-written opener, John Barleycorn Must Die is the only cut that’s not a Winwood/Capaldi collaboration, being a centuries-old celebration of nature. It’s intriguing, even haunting in places, if overlong.

By the time we get to the closing seven-minute Every Mother's Son, though, we feel we’ve been here before and excellent musicianship is not quite enough to disguise the meandering and the marginal differentiation. It’s perhaps understandable that Mason was not part of the new Traffic, but the undeniable conclusion with which we are left is that his ability to write focused tunes and to know when the point has been made are the main things John Barleycorn Must Die lacks.

--Sean Egan

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic Trio At Their Creative Best 3 Mar 2011
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This album found the Traffic trio of Winwood, Capaldi and Wood at their creative best and represents a peak in their musicianship as three players whose chemistry really found it's collective muse here post their initial disbandment. For me, not only is this one of the best albums of it's era but it's one of the best of any era.The re-mastering on the first disc of the original John Barleycorn album re-release does a great job of seperating the instruments and the clarity of Chris Wood's flute and sax and Steve Winwood's guitar, piano and organ work really does provide a new dimension for the stand out tracks within this fine album. It has always been a really innovative piece of work with Glad merging mellifluously into Freedom Rider as the opening two tracks but some of the bass muddiness on the original release has been overcome here particularly on Empty Pages and Every Mother's Son.Steve Winwood's virtuoso organ playing on the latter has never sounded better than it does here in a travel song that takes you on a real musical journey with lyrics that match the quality of musicianship "The back door to the universe, That old moon dust..." "Stranger to Himself" features excellent lead guitar work by SW which sounds better than ever. As for the title track itself, these three guys could be playing in your living room the sound is that good and it's a great version of the traditional English folk song with outstanding acoustic guitar and vocals from Steve and Jim Capaldi with flute work by Chris Wood that is quite exquisite.The Berkshire Downs and Cotswolds countryside permeates through the music as a tangible influence upon the sound created between the three players. Read more ›
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Traffic Gem 28 Jun 2004
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Times had changed by 1970 ... Dave Mason was off to a full solo career, Chris Wood had joined Ginger Baker's Airforce, and Capaldi was not so sure what he wanted to do, but had not yet decided to quit the drums and be a singer.
This is how this album begins, with only Stevie Winwood in the studio, having already penned a couple of songs -"Every Mothers Son" and, only included in this remastered version, "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love"- and ready to record a solo album.
Anyway, that was the plan but was not what ended up happening. Instead, whatever the real reason was -several stories are told- soon enough Capaldi and Steve's brother, Chris Wood, joined him and this became Traffic third studio album.
Although Mason was gone -his contribution to Traffic's original sound and the two gems they recorded together can never be acknowledged enough- Winwood had enough music, feeling and ideas to carry the load and make "Barleycorn ..." a classic in its own right.
It can be said that although this is very much a Traffic album, it is more heavily dominated by Winwood's musical vision and playing than its predecessors.
There are two strong musical courses, running through Winwood's veins, coming naturally to a crossroads here, the ever-present Jazz/R&B that Winwood had been feeding off since the Spencer Davis Group's days, and his connection to the English Folk tradition.
Actually, when you think that it was recorded over thirty years ago, it is even a more astounding example of how "ahead-of -its-times" Traffic was and, even more conclusively, what a tremendous composer Winwood had already become at 22.
Traffic, as a whole, and this album in particular are, to this day, one of the beacons of popular music that has ever been recorded, even today.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the perfect deluxe treatment. 2 April 2011
By redrx7
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I got the original vinyl of this a couple of years ago and its good to hear that this Deluxe CD Edition tries hard to keep close to the warmth,rhythm and space of the original analogue sound, allowing the songs to breath and groove without any hint of digital compression.
So why only 4 stars then?
Well the problem is the second disc.
The various alternate takes are well worth a listen but at the expense of the full track listing from one of the 2 Fillmore East shows? I think not.
These shows are easily available and have superb sound quality -see Wolfgang's Vault to listen- and are always more interesting to fans than a slightly different take on familiar songs.Indeed,the improvisations and jams during Traffic live shows were surely one of the defining features of the band.
But yet again, unearthing rehearsals or alternate takes is the preferred option for the record company types who must source a lot of these so called "extras" e.g
the complete waste of space that the recent Rainbow and Queen re-issues represent.
This is much, much better than those but would have been perfect with a complete Fillmore Set!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 18 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Well anyone who loves this album obviously won`t be disappointed. What makes this DeLuxe Edition the business is that we have the LP on one disc & all of the extra tracks on disc 2. So you can listen to the album or the extras. Manufacturers take note. This is the way to make a DeLuxe Edition. Oh you won`t be disappointed by the extra tracks either.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but... 16 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I would hate myself if I would sound as someone who has the intention to let down this most excellent edition of so dear album to all of us. My comments regard the second disc i.e.. Fillmore East concert. The tape was in circulation among collectors for ages so a lot of Traffic fans knew it very well, including myself, and it was hard to imagine the reasons to exclude five tracks from the concert tape: Pearly Queen, Heaven Is In Your Mind, John Barleycorn, Means To An End and Dear Mr. Fantasy, all great performances. The whole concert lasts around 70 minutes, so it would fit the second disc, while the outtakes could fill the first disc that lasts mere 35 minutes. Something else bothers me even more: two live tracks were "shorten" about one minute each, in both cases some solos were cut short which is really a shame because I could not find the reason for that.
Again, I love Barleycorn-era Traffic and I would recommend everyone to treasure their every album, including this edition, but I could not help myself not to mention this.
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Released after Winwood, Capaldi & Wood had been - to use a phrase from the era which became proverbial - "getting it together at their cottage in the country", this is a 1970 LP... Read more
Published 4 days ago by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent comeback album
Traffic, a British rock band who recorded with varying line-ups between 1967 and 1974, reformed as a 3-piece outfit for 'John Barleycorn Must Die' - their 3rd studio outing -... Read more
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Published 15 days ago by doc
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly their finest album - especially the title track -...
possibly their finest album - especially the title track - highlighting the range of their musical influences - highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Spenno
1.0 out of 5 stars ... song for alot of money the rest was purrrrrrrrrrrre crap
well were do i start the whole album would of been torcher if i was deaf absolotly rubesh i would throgh it in the bin but the song jhon barlecorn is superb so will say iv bought... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. D. Hyde
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
Took a punt on this after hearing the title track 'John Barleycorn Must Die'. I love this very folky track and, without having done my homework, assumed the rest of the album would... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary G
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
The only debate on this on is whether this or 'Low Spark' is the best Traffic album. Steve Winwood at his finest.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Clifton Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy old git
How is this a deluxe edition. Another case of the record companies squeezing our lemons until our pips squeak. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Geoffrey Parkes
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Essential Album
I remember listening to this album in a record shop in Edinburgh in 1970 and not being convinced enough to buy it. Time has changed my opinion. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by Colin Inverarity
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE
I saw them debut this at Mothers in Erdington. This remains my most played album of all time. And to put that in context, I love The Beatles. RIP Chris and Jim.
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by SIMON
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