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A psych-pop gem
on 30 May 2001
While their later albums concentrated more on the folk/rock/jazz elements of their music, this grand first effort can be seen as Traffic's 'Sgt Pepper'. A masterpiece of atmosphere, songwriting and psychedelia (without succumbing to the excesses of bands such as Pink Floyd), every track strikes true. 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' and 'Dear Mr Fantasy' are expansive rock showcases for Steve Winwood's many talents, Dave Mason's 'House For Everyone' and 'Stupidly Simple' are Beatle-style toytown psych at its best (check out the inventive "music box" opening of the former) - not to mention Cockney Singalong 'Berkshire Poppies', featuring The Small Faces' Steve Marriott; soulful ballad 'No Face No Name No Number'; and cheery jazz instrumental 'Giving To You'.
Along with 'Sgt Pepper', 'Ogdens Nutgone Flake' and 'Village Green Preservation Society', this is one of the seminal albums of psychedelic England.