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Maybe you had to be there... but magic lives on.
on 24 April 2006
The second of Traffic's 'quirky cover' albums, created by the same line up that brought forth the legendary 'Low Spark of High Heeled Boys'. At the time if you had the first, you just had to buy the second.
OK, so it's not as good, and I think that has always been 'Shoot-Out's problem, it was created in the shadow of a classic, but on its own, out of context, as it were, it contains some good work.
The title track's music is a sharp, tight piece with a rhythm that will not leave your head; pity about the lyrics - all I'll say is vintage late 20th century weird (e.g.: 'Donald Duck began to shout..') - shame really.
'Roll Right Stones' is the album's equivalent of 'Low Spark of High Heeled Boys'. This is a slower, more reflective (some might say moody) work; much inspired by the first 'New Age' themes of the late 60s / early 70s.As with its forebear the excellence of the musicians and their inventiveness spares us any of the self-indulgence prevalent in the 'long' or 'epic' works of that era.
'Tragic Magic' is as tight as 'Shoot-Out' and although is a slower, more remorseless piece, being an instrumental suggests 'Shoot-Out' would have benefited from this approach.
'Evening Blue'& 'Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired' are melodic but bleak and maybe the Traffic vocalists were not up to the task (I recall Jim Capaldi being given the vocal credits for 'Uninspired'), whatever, in content they are both arresting & memorable songs.
So there you are a nearly, not quite, excellent album. Personally it has a lot of fond memories for me, I lost the vinyl somewhere between 1975 & 1982, but bless my dear wife; she bought me the CD for Christmas 2004.
Glad to have you back old friend.