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3.0 out of 5 stars get it while you can, 30 May 2013
freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Traffic Live At the Hammersmith Odean 1970 (MP3 Download)
Interesting release. I'm not an expert on Traffic bootlegs so I can't comment on whether it really IS from Hammersmith Odeon in 1970 - it seems more likely to be the BBC concert from 30 April with introductions etc. edited out but I can't confirm this as although it's the same songs and running order I've not heard it from another source. The fact that the CD version seems to have been withdrawn suggests it may be of dubious provenance, reinforced by the fact that the version of Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys is unmistakeably an edited version of the one on On The Road and "Evening Blue" is actually the version of Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory from the same album (and of course these were recorded in 1973, not 1970).

However, the rest of it is pretty respectable, even if the location is wrong. If it's a bootleg, it's an extremely good (i.e. professional, multi-track, well mixed) recording, and the only downside is that it has plainly been dubbed from an LP copy with quite a few clicks and pops, though overall it sounds fine, if inevitably not as good as something properly mastered from the master tape would. So if you're looking for a good quality Traffic live recording of a pretty decent performance from c.1970, you've found it - and I should also point out that none of the tracks here are the same as the live versions on the deluxe John Barleycorn. I've docked it a point for the surface noise and the 2 tracks cheekily stolen from On The Road, the remaining 49 minutes is easily worth 4 stars.
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