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Traffic [VINYL]

Traffic Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (29 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00004WOKF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is an example of how NOT to remaster a classic album. While it was remastered from the original mastertapes using 24 bit sampling, Sonic Solutions No Noise was applied liberally making this album sound like you're listening to it with towels thrown over your speakers. Traffic's second terrific album featured the original four piece line up in top form with Dave Mason contributing what would later be a huge hit for Joe Cocker "Feelin' Alright".

Pick up the American import instead. Bill Levenson and his able crew used the original mastertapes and elected NOT to overuse Sonic Solutions No Noise (which is probably the worst thing that has happened to music. It's great for cleaning up scratchy 78RPM records but not a modern recording). The American edition features the mono single mix of the singles for the album as well as the stereo single mix for "Withering Tree". The rest of the bonus tracks here (with the exception of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am" which can be found on the U.S. "Heaven Is In Your Mind" & "Mr Fantasy" again both preferred to the UK versions)can be found on the album "Last Exit" which gathered the band's singles and combined them with a couple of covers recorded live in concert.

There are some terrific bonus tracks included all from singles or the soundtrack from "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" (a film I've never seen). All certainly add value to the package but the sound is so mushy and soft buried as it is within the No Noise (which sucks the life out of recordings by eliminating tape hiss but, in the process, eliminating the sound of the room, the dynamics, etc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best 27 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm reviewing the album rather than the sound, something which I can't say spoiled this reissue for me anyway. With four great musicians and two great songwriters at the height of their power, Traffic could hardly go wrong. Dave Mason continued to provide the more commercial material, such as the maypole folk of 'You Can All Join In' while Steve Winwood, in tandem with Jim Capaldi, was reputedly the more progressive partner. In truth, all of the songs are quite accessible. Winwood's songs tend to have more character, especially the quizzical 'Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring?' and the impassioned 'Cryin' To Be Heard'. Chris Wood's playing on 'No Time To Live' also makes for a wonderfully spooky recording. The album would be worth buying without the bonus material, though this is quite generous. The soundtrack hit, 'Mulberry Bush' is one of those instant songs that drives you round the bend when you've heard it a few times, but you can always skip that.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-psychedelic artistic gem 31 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
After the 'acid' whimsey of Traffic's debut album, Mr Fantasy, Traffic, the second offering, begins to offer insight into the dysfunctional artistic powerhouse that was Traffic. The young Winwood, playing guitar, piano and Hammond, plus providing the principal vocals, rails and rallies against the entire dark ages of music. Mason, Wood, Windwood, plus Capaldi define the role of the late 60s 'musician as artistic 'avatar'. Listen to Cryin' to be Heard and No Time to Live, plus 40,000 Headmen. Musical peaks, generated by sublime egos that can only degenerate into fracture and bitterness. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guten tag! 13 Feb 2013
By Adolf
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am alvays finding myself tapping zer feet and humming loudly to zis vairy interesting band von der Englisher Midlandz.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green light, go buy it 27 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Good variety of musical styles here and bonus tracks to boot (including the excellent "Medicated Goo"). If like me you love Blues, Soul of the Atlantic and Stax varieties, Hendrix and mid to late period Beatles, you aren't going to go wrong here, those are the kind of feels that you get for your money. Sound quality is fantastic on this reissue and the liner notes are really informative on the history of the band. As good as anything ever released by Cream or Clapton and much better than the Blind Faith album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryin' to be heard 16 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Whatever the benefits of the USA mastered version (I'll now have to secure a copy!), this is probably my favourite Traffic album. Energy, creativity and musicianship abound despite the artistic tensions within the band (Mason vs the rest?)which resulted in some tracks being recorded as a trio without any overall detriment (e.g. the dark saga of 40,000 Headmen). Classic and contrasting songs abound from Mason's "You can all join in" hoe down and "Feelin' alright", to the later Traffic staples of "Who knows what tomorrow may bring" (gentle funk), "Pearly Queen" and the aforementioned "40,000 Headmen". Traffic's music entered new haunting and passionate realms with the segued "Cryin' to be heard" and "Cryin' to be heard" - a far cry from some of the psychedaelic whimsy of their first album. Winwood and Mason's vocal contributions are outstanding. Capaldi's drumming is absolutely rock solid and Chris Wood's sax and flute playing were never more coherent and convincing. To top it all is that amazing Hammond organ playing of a still young Steve Winwood, supported by excellent piano and guitar interludes. The bonus tracks represent different lines ups, with and without Dave Mason. The coming of age film "Mulberry Bush" actually featured the Spencer Davis Group (without SW of course), and Medicated Goo and Shanghai Noodle Factory were two sides of the final Traffic single of this period which sadly made no real impression on the charts. Outstanding music which stills sounds good to me even in this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one way traffic
It's hard to believe , in this age of Simon Cowell produced karaoke , but we once had a thriving cultural underground in this country . Read more
Published 1 month ago by david handy ( a mackem )
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds
Great sounds of 1968. After wearing out my LP it was good to re-visit what is still a great album.
Published 2 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars It was always a good album.
Traffic were my favourite group in the Sixties and Seventies....this album still makes me feel better than 99% of music today!
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Law
4.0 out of 5 stars Traffic memories
I hadn't heard Traffic for a long time. thought the music still sounded good introducing French friends to this periord.
Published 10 months ago by Ian robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
There was a time when record companies gave bands time to create and do their thing. This was such a time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. J. du Cille
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic
Loved their music when 1st out
Have all their LP's
Now buying their CD's
Highly recommended to any 60's / 70's blue fan
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Traffic
A trip from the 60's - flower power and psychedelia - ah those were the days. And Stevie Winwood's great voice and virtuoso playing of almost everything. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Mr. Terry Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty debut
Really nice opening album from the talented Traffic, with evidence of all of the their bluesy, folksy, mind-expanding style already in presence. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2009 by A. Korycki
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome re-addition to my collection
I had this album years ago when it first came out but had almost forgotten about it. Found an old cassette of it recently so added it to my Christmas list and am certainly glad I... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by GeoffH13
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