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Formed: 1967 (47 years ago)


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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 remastered from the original analog master tapes, plus The Best Of Traffic edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, the most successful single artist series in music history.

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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 remastered from the original analog master tapes, plus The Best Of Traffic edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, the most successful single artist series in music history.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory found singers/multi-instrumentalists Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood joined by an American rhythm section of Roger Hawkins (drums) and David Hood (bass) plus African percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah. Recorded in Jamaica, the U.S. gold Top 10 album melded R&B, pop and jazz in a stylistic gumbo featuring the hypnotic title track, plaintive 14-minute epic "Roll Right Stones," ballad "Evening Blue," bluesy instrumental "Tragic Magic" and pensive "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired."

Concerts recorded in Germany on the 1973 tour, with keyboard master Barry Beckett added, became the Top 30 On The Road. The original two-LP set offered a Traffic far from the pop psychedelia of its early years or the blues-based rock of Winwood's tenure in Blind Faith. This was Traffic as a jazz band, with extended workouts of "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired," a medley of "Glad" and "Freedom Fighter," the title songs from The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys and Shootout At The Fantasy Factory, the instrumental opus "Tragic Magic" and a be-bopping "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone."

When The Eagle Flies was Traffic's swan song--and a Top 10-charting gold masterpiece for Winwood, Capaldi, Wood and Jamaican-born bassist Rosko Gee. The ambitious mini-suite "Dream Gerrard," evocative "Graveyard People," "Walking In The Wind," "Memories Of A Rock 'N Rolla," groovy "Love" and soulful title track were a fitting finale to a brilliant journey.

Ten highlights from the beginning of that voyage are heard on The Best Of Traffic. Featured are "Paper Sun," "Heaven Is In Your Mind" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy" from the 1968 U.S. debut album Mr. Fantasy, which included singer-guitarist Dave Mason. Culled from 1968's Traffic are "You Can All Join In," "Pearly Queen," "40,000 Headmen" and Mason's "Feelin' Alright," among rock's greatest standards. Without Mason, 1969's Last Exit yielded the intriguing "Shanghai Noodle Factory." 1970's John Barleycorn Must Die, with "Empty Pages," was a pastoral, folk-inspired set. The band's next studio effort, 1971's The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, contributed the title track, featured here in its glorious 11-minute entirety.

Close to three decades after the band broke up, the music of Traffic remains a high-water mark in rock history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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 remastered from the original analog master tapes, plus The Best Of Traffic edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, the most successful single artist series in music history.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory found singers/multi-instrumentalists Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood joined by an American rhythm section of Roger Hawkins (drums) and David Hood (bass) plus African percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah. Recorded in Jamaica, the U.S. gold Top 10 album melded R&B, pop and jazz in a stylistic gumbo featuring the hypnotic title track, plaintive 14-minute epic "Roll Right Stones," ballad "Evening Blue," bluesy instrumental "Tragic Magic" and pensive "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired."

Concerts recorded in Germany on the 1973 tour, with keyboard master Barry Beckett added, became the Top 30 On The Road. The original two-LP set offered a Traffic far from the pop psychedelia of its early years or the blues-based rock of Winwood's tenure in Blind Faith. This was Traffic as a jazz band, with extended workouts of "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired," a medley of "Glad" and "Freedom Fighter," the title songs from The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys and Shootout At The Fantasy Factory, the instrumental opus "Tragic Magic" and a be-bopping "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone."

When The Eagle Flies was Traffic's swan song--and a Top 10-charting gold masterpiece for Winwood, Capaldi, Wood and Jamaican-born bassist Rosko Gee. The ambitious mini-suite "Dream Gerrard," evocative "Graveyard People," "Walking In The Wind," "Memories Of A Rock 'N Rolla," groovy "Love" and soulful title track were a fitting finale to a brilliant journey.

Ten highlights from the beginning of that voyage are heard on The Best Of Traffic. Featured are "Paper Sun," "Heaven Is In Your Mind" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy" from the 1968 U.S. debut album Mr. Fantasy, which included singer-guitarist Dave Mason. Culled from 1968's Traffic are "You Can All Join In," "Pearly Queen," "40,000 Headmen" and Mason's "Feelin' Alright," among rock's greatest standards. Without Mason, 1969's Last Exit yielded the intriguing "Shanghai Noodle Factory." 1970's John Barleycorn Must Die, with "Empty Pages," was a pastoral, folk-inspired set. The band's next studio effort, 1971's The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, contributed the title track, featured here in its glorious 11-minute entirety.

Close to three decades after the band broke up, the music of Traffic remains a high-water mark in rock history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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 remastered from the original analog master tapes, plus The Best Of Traffic edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, the most successful single artist series in music history.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory found singers/multi-instrumentalists Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood joined by an American rhythm section of Roger Hawkins (drums) and David Hood (bass) plus African percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah. Recorded in Jamaica, the U.S. gold Top 10 album melded R&B, pop and jazz in a stylistic gumbo featuring the hypnotic title track, plaintive 14-minute epic "Roll Right Stones," ballad "Evening Blue," bluesy instrumental "Tragic Magic" and pensive "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired."

Concerts recorded in Germany on the 1973 tour, with keyboard master Barry Beckett added, became the Top 30 On The Road. The original two-LP set offered a Traffic far from the pop psychedelia of its early years or the blues-based rock of Winwood's tenure in Blind Faith. This was Traffic as a jazz band, with extended workouts of "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired," a medley of "Glad" and "Freedom Fighter," the title songs from The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys and Shootout At The Fantasy Factory, the instrumental opus "Tragic Magic" and a be-bopping "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone."

When The Eagle Flies was Traffic's swan song--and a Top 10-charting gold masterpiece for Winwood, Capaldi, Wood and Jamaican-born bassist Rosko Gee. The ambitious mini-suite "Dream Gerrard," evocative "Graveyard People," "Walking In The Wind," "Memories Of A Rock 'N Rolla," groovy "Love" and soulful title track were a fitting finale to a brilliant journey.

Ten highlights from the beginning of that voyage are heard on The Best Of Traffic. Featured are "Paper Sun," "Heaven Is In Your Mind" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy" from the 1968 U.S. debut album Mr. Fantasy, which included singer-guitarist Dave Mason. Culled from 1968's Traffic are "You Can All Join In," "Pearly Queen," "40,000 Headmen" and Mason's "Feelin' Alright," among rock's greatest standards. Without Mason, 1969's Last Exit yielded the intriguing "Shanghai Noodle Factory." 1970's John Barleycorn Must Die, with "Empty Pages," was a pastoral, folk-inspired set. The band's next studio effort, 1971's The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, contributed the title track, featured here in its glorious 11-minute entirety.

Close to three decades after the band broke up, the music of Traffic remains a high-water mark in rock history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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