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Still impressive after 40 years!,
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This review is from: John Barleycorn Must Die (Bonus Tracks) (Rmst) (Audio CD)
Traffic's "John Barleycorn must die" is one of those legendary and pivotal music albums. Made in 1970 - in July this year it will celebrate its 40th birthday! - it is the perfect fusion of rock, jazz and folk music. I still have my old vinyl copy, but recently got a digitally remastered cd version of 2001 with two previously unreleased tracks.
I hadn't heard "John Barleycorn Must Die" for many years and I was amazed at how crisp the music still sounds. This is music of all time. The highlights for me are Glad, Freedom Rider and John Barleycorn. As far as modern renditions of ancient folk songs go John Barleycorn (together with Sandy Denny's Banks of the Nile) is among the very best.
Sadly only Steve Winwood still plays on. Chris Wood died tragically young in 1983 at the age of 39 and Jim Capaldi died in 2005, also too young, at the age of 61. We are left with the beautiful result of their joint creative energies.