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On The Road
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2011
This album is a must for any music lover let alone admirers of Steve Winwood & Co. The playing and recordings are superb with the Traffic nucleus of Winwood, Capaldi and Wood being augmented by the mighty Muscle Shoals rhythm section and Reebop.
This is one of the best bands ever formed at the top of their game. Steve Winwood has never been better before or since and that's saying something. His guitar work is fantastic as are his keyboards and vocals. Chris Wood's sax is sparse, searching and uniquely wonderful. The drumming as someone mentioned before in another review is sublime especially on "Low Spark".
A thing of beauty and a joy forever, beg, steal or borrow it now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2013
UNEQUALLED, KNOCK-OUT LIVE ALBUM!
A "TIMELINE" REVIEW...
PLAY 1...Jazz and R'nB - what?? It doesn't sound like Traffic, I expected pop, like "Hole In My Shoe", etc.
PLAY 2...No I don't get it. The tracks are too long... I don't know what's it's all about. (Have I been done?).
PLAY 3...I'll play it again - you never know. Hey! I like "Low Spark" and "Glad/Freedom Rider"! (I get those two anyway!)
PLAY 4...Yes, "Low Spark" and "Glad/Freedom Rider" are excellent. Wait! ...tracks 4 and 5 are al-right now! I get it!
PLAY 5...Yep! Cool album, I love it all! It's terrific, what incredible musicianship, what an incredible achievement live!
PLAY 6...And for the next 40 yrs...visionary...genius...perceptive...worthwhile...appreciated...I never tire of it! (etc, etc).

WARNING! IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL LISTENS TO FULLY APPRECIATE THIS MORE MEANINGFUL, BETTER ALBUM! (*Get 2003 remaster).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
As live albums go this is one of the best. I've got most of Traffic's other studio albums on vinyl (and CD) and listen to them regularly (especially John Barleycorn). I'd never heard this one before so I bought it a couple of months ago (Oct 08) and alongwith Hawkwind's "In Search of Space", this is one of only two albums on my desktop as a shortcut.

It's on my desktop, it's in my car and I wish I'd known about it years ago.

If you have any doubt as to whether to buy this or not - go for it. For the sake of a few quid, this could easily become one of your favourite albums.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2006
I bought this album in 1973 after reading a rave review in the Times. It's still an album I play regularly. For fans of music today, 18 minute tracks probably seem a little self indulgent. However, this and Birds of Fire by the Mahavishnu Orchestra got me into jazz.

The band is excellent, as well as Traffic it features Barry Becket (keyboards), David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) who were in demand session musicians at the time. They were part of the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section whpo could be heard on dozens of hit singles, including tracks by Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Cat Stevens, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson.

I love the musicianship and songwriting. I played my favourite track "Sometimes I Feel so Uninspired" to my music teacher in 1974 and I think he was impressed - to me it still sounds remarkable. This is a great album.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2009
if you like this band, do yourself a favour, buy this live recording.
the sound quality is very well recorded, all the gigs are performed exceptionally with very long instrumental sections.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2012
Don't buy this cd thinking its part of the Traffic remaster program. its the old terrible island masters version the sound is truly terrible. If you want the very good remaster go to amazon US. I don't even think they have bothered to release the remasterd version in the UK.
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Listening to On The Road was like reacquainting with an old friend. Some weaknesses, flaws, but overall a blast from the past. I just wish Traffic had stepped up a bit more. At times they seemed so laid back and poorly rehearsed. They were a great band but somehat overlooked except by a few. And as for Dave Mason, what did he do wrong? His songs may have been too commercial for Winwood but he made his contribution early on and seems to get no recognition, let alone inclusion such as at the celebration for Jim Capaldi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
Brilliant
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
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2010
Is that really the late great Joe Zawinul grooving over this record? Respect.

When I was fab Traffic weren't the height of fashion and I remember this as a scruffy double album covered in Rizlas and not very good. On the sleeve notes of the re-mastered "John Barleycorn", "On the Road" is described as "disappointing". Oh woe is me, the only disappointment is that I haven't owned this marvellous record for nearly is it really forty years my God !!

Songs - the best from the "Low Spark/Shoot Out" + Glad/Freedom Rider, the recording quality superb and the playing out of this world really - an incredible groove for Stevie and Chris Woods to fly over.

Five Stars.
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on 27 February 2015
A brilliant live recording of Traffic at their most Jazzy (for want of a description!) I've got this on Vinyl, Cassette, CD and was being lazy I got it on download! Always been one of my favourite discs - I went through 3 cassettes in my ancient car player. The whole group was on top form when they recorded this.
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