6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
You will be "Glad" to have this classic Traffic album,
By A Customer
This review is from: John Barleycorn Must Die (Audio CD)
The original 1970 disc "John Barleycorn Must Die" is one of those albums that marks the end of Sixties music for me and I have always thought of "Glad" as the song that really allowed Traffic to justify their name and really jam. I truly cannot think of a better instrumental number from this period (the end of "Layla" does not count). Having a live version of this song as a bonus track on this reissue CD really hammers that point home, especially listening to Chris Wood on Electric Sax. The most amazing thing about this album is that while you have the opening track "Glad," perhaps the best example of jazz influence in rock and roll, you also have the mournful folk ballade "John Barleycorn," with the voices of Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi entwined over and around an acoustic guitar. You would swear these songs had to come from different albums. This time around the band takes the time to explore their songs, with four of the songs lasting longer than six minutes; in 1970 this was really considered pushing the envelope. The other thing that strikes me about Traffic is that they really knew how to start a song, especially on "Glad," "Stranger to Himself," and "John Barleycorn." The pair of bonus tracks ("I Just Want You to Know" and "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love") are both live tracks from an unreleased live album recorded at the Filmore East in 1970. They are just gravy, because this was already a five star album which went gold and made it to the Top 1O in the United States.