Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Traffic - On The Road (1973 uk, fine blend of jazz, psych prog rock, japan SHM remaster)

By April of 1973 the band had been touring for several months in support of the sequel to 'Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys', the 'Shoot Out At the Fantasy Factory' disc. This is a six  live set filled with jazz-rock performances from their European tour.

There is energy in here. Winwood gets in some long, impassioned guitar solos on the staid pop song "Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired"; the plodding rocker "Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory" has a sincerely bad attitude; and Capaldi's wild-eyed vocal on the sloppy "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" is welcome. Sparse praise for a record of this length. Produced by Winwood and Chris Blackwell. The band is Winwood, Capaldi, and Wood; Hood and Hawkins: and Barry Beckett, who ably recreates the keyboard parts that Winwood double-tracked on the studio albums. 
1. Glad / Freedom Rider (Steve Winwood)/(Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) - 20:55
2. Tragic Magic (Chris Wood) - 8:39
3. (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) - 10:31
4. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) - 6:51
5. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (Jim Capaldi) - 10:56
6. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) - 17:47

The Traffic
*Steve Winwood - Guitar, Lead Vocals, Piano
*Chris Wood - Flute, Saxophone
*Jim Capaldi - Percussion, Lead Vocals, Drums
*Rebop Kwaku Baah - Percussion
*Barry Beckett - Organ, Piano
*David Hood - Bass
*Roger Hawkins - Drums

1969  Traffic - Last Exit (SHM remaster)
1971  Traffic - Welcome To The Canteen (SHM remaster)
Related Acts
1965  The Spencer Davis Group - Their First LP (Japan bonus tracks release) 
1966  The Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album (Japan bonus tracks edition) 
1966  The Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 (Japan bonus tracks edition) 
1966-68  Deep Feeling - Pretty Colours  
1970  Dave Mason - Alone Together (Japan remaster) 
1971  Dave Mason And Cass Elliot (2008 remaster)
1972  Dave Mason - Headkeeper (Japan SHM-CD 2010 remaster) 
1972  Jim Capaldi - Oh How We Danced (2012 extra track edition) 
1973  Dave Mason - It's Like You Never Left  
1976-77  Dave Mason - Certified Live / Let It Flow (2011 double disc edition)  

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