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on 7 March 2010
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.
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on 31 December 2010
Originally a Stevie Winwood solo album entitled Mad Shadows but became a Traffic CD. I bought this as a present as I already owned the Vinyl and have a CD copy of my own. It is a wonderful fusion of rock, folk and jazz, with the soul quality of Winwood's voice. The title track is an old folk song about the attempts of the population to give up alcohol in the fifteenth century. It's like a mellow King Crimson, full of wonderful melodies and in typical Prog rock fashion, extended tracks, giving complete song collages instead of straightforward pops song of verse, chorus, verse and fade out.
I can't recommend this CDJohn Barleycorn Must Die highly enough but it comes with a warning, you will probably wish to search out the other Traffic CD's avaiable, but that's no bad thing.
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on 5 June 2011
Good to hear this again. Some regard it as Traffic's best but, personally I prefer the rawness of Mr Fantasy and the much overlooked second album. Not overly impressed with the second, bonus CD but it is there to make people like me buy it again.
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on 31 July 2016
For me every mothers son is the best track.
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on 25 March 2011
I understand that Traffic had disbanded in the late 1960s, however Steve Winwood had got them back together for John Barleycorn Must Die which was released in 1970.
This is a much more jazz like experiance than I had expected, although the title track is folk music at it's best,similar to Fairport Convention.
So not everyone's cup of tea, if in doubt you could try before you buy!
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on 25 July 2014
possibly their finest album - especially the title track - highlighting the range of their musical influences - highly recommended.
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on 6 May 2016
Is alla ok...
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VINE VOICEon 28 August 2009
Well Steve Winwood reaches the 1970s.
There's some jazzy bits.
There's some folky tracks as well and, while there's no denying the talents of those involved, this has not aged all that well.
Maybe you had to have been around at the time to fully appreciate it. Steve Winwood's voice is always great to listen to but some of the sax playing tends to cloy.
I think the whole jazz rock sound on it is curiously old fashioned.
It's not bad really, I just found it hard to love in a lot of ways.
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on 30 November 2015
5 stars
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on 17 August 2014
very pleased with this
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