John Barleycorn Must Die [CASSETTE]
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This is how this album begins, with only Stevie Winwood in the studio, having already penned a couple of songs -"Every Mothers Son" and, only included in this remastered version, "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love"- and ready to record a solo album.
Anyway, that was the plan but was not what ended up happening. Instead, whatever the real reason was -several stories are told- soon enough Capaldi and Steve's brother, Chris Wood, joined him and this became Traffic third studio album.
Although Mason was gone -his contribution to Traffic's original sound and the two gems they recorded together can never be acknowledged enough- Winwood had enough music, feeling and ideas to carry the load and make "Barleycorn ..." a classic in its own right.
It can be said that although this is very much a Traffic album, it is more heavily dominated by Winwood's musical vision and playing than its predecessors.
There are two strong musical courses, running through Winwood's veins, coming naturally to a crossroads here, the ever-present Jazz/R&B that Winwood had been feeding off since the Spencer Davis Group's days, and his connection to the English Folk tradition.
Actually, when you think that it was recorded over thirty years ago, it is even a more astounding example of how "ahead-of -its-times" Traffic was and, even more conclusively, what a tremendous composer Winwood had already become at 22.
Traffic, as a whole, and this album in particular are, to this day, one of the beacons of popular music that has ever been recorded, even today.
Again, I love Barleycorn-era Traffic and I would recommend everyone to treasure their every album, including this edition, but I could not help myself not to mention this.
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Not many groups have the range across jazz rock and folk. Steve Winwood shows an underrated ability few can matchPublished 5 months ago by One of the 40,000
I should have read other reviews - an album that I always wanted and could not afford when it came out originally, I was very disappointed by it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by H E Pratt
Classic. Great album. Though I wish people who put the extra's on CDs would put them on a separate disc. I can't help but think they fill up the space because it's there. Don't! Read morePublished 13 months ago by lauren foster
I can't decide if this is their best or perhaps Mr Fantasy... certainly for me, it is one of the two and it could depend on the mood I'm in as the other has some nice psychedelic... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Spud
Released after Winwood, Capaldi & Wood had been - to use a phrase from the era which became proverbial - "getting it together at their cottage in the country", this is a 1970 LP... Read morePublished 23 months ago by KaleHawkwood