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I hadn't listened to Traffic in years - although they were one of my favorite bands in High school - I've recently thought they were a bit hippyish... But then today I played an old mix tape with "No Time to Live" on it - and I wonder why I don't listen to Traffic at all any more. .. I mean, It would make sense if I listened to them less than before, but I shouldn't have cut them out altogether.

Search/Classic - Live versions of "Low Spark" (great Chris Woods solo) and "Uninspired", First two records, "When the Eagle Flies" - if only for its hugely depressing lyrics.

Bonus question: Rebop Kwaku Baah - good idea or bongo boredom?

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 4 November 2002 18:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: John Barleycorn Must Die and Traffic

Destroy: The live albums. They get a bit too funky for their own good on Last Exit...

Also worth noting: If it weren't for his successful yet lackluster solo career, might Steve Winwood be one of the biggest "unknown legends" of rock? I mean his work with the Spencer Davis Group and Blind Faith is spectacular. What a great voice.

Yancey (ystrickler), Monday, 4 November 2002 18:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The entirety of the LOW SPARK album is untouchably great.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 4 November 2002 18:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Do you understand about Lewis' Alice?
We fit all our lives into regular patterns.
All that we really know is that we're really living.

Joe (Joe), Tuesday, 5 November 2002 01:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've been collecting versions of "Feelin' Alright" over the years. Its a great tune and some fine covers.

Any more to my list: Weller, Maceo Parker, Trinidad Oil Company, Fifth Dimension, Rare Earth.

tigerclawskank, Tuesday, 5 November 2002 12:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Three Dog Night (on Live at the Forum), Grand Funk, Joe Cocker, Badfinger, 5th Dimension, Plus there were quite a few versions by Dave Mason himself..

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 5 November 2002 12:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

fuckin rule

listening to my beautiful 1st press 'Last Exit'

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 29 July 2007 06:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gotta add a big-S Search for "Paper Sun."

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 29 July 2007 08:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

The entirety of the LOW SPARK album is untouchably great.

Alex is on - Low Spark is near perfect - "Hidden Treasure" is one of my all-time faves.

christoff, Monday, 30 July 2007 19:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Dream Gerrard is XD

autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 05:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Light up or leave me alone

Stormy Davis, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 06:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnPQSBB6BoY

autogucci cru (deej), Sunday, 21 June 2009 01:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've got the vhs of that concert; it's pretty sweet! chris wood is the shit

guammls (QE II), Sunday, 21 June 2009 05:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

i got bombarded by traffic by my dad growing up.. a lot of it glazes over me but i've always love low spark lp and the first two albums + early singles a great deal. i think steve winwood's first solo album might be better than any traffic album (maybe dave mason's alone together as well?)

guammls (QE II), Sunday, 21 June 2009 05:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJCCzT7syrc

guammls (QE II), Sunday, 21 June 2009 05:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

major dud.

Jesus Christ, Chiropractor at Law (res), Sunday, 21 June 2009 06:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

major one of the most classic and faultless bands of all time through first 4 albs (heck, throw 'Last Exit' in too)

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 21 June 2009 06:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

heard "the low spark..." on a random radio station testing out a friend's hifi in berlin on nye of all places, had never heard of these guys before but got my friend to shazam it...and it worked. amazing tune! is the album of the same name the place to start?

I see what this is (Local Garda), Saturday, 9 January 2010 00:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

"low spark" the album isn't a bad place to start, but the album "shoot out at the fantasy factory" has more "low spark"(the song)-ish moments. all of their albums are pretty good-great, imo

oh (skeletor), Saturday, 9 January 2010 01:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Never listened to these guys before, except for hearing "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and an edited version of "Low Spark" on the radio as a kid. Checking out the 2CD Gold compilation on Spotify right now, and it's pretty clear I've been missing out.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 14:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, these guys are great.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 2 October 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

What's the deal with like 12 different versions of their first album?

Lee626, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Dream Gerrard is XD

― autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 06:51 (4 years ago) Bookmark

^^

r|t|c, Sunday, 6 October 2013 09:46 (three years ago) Permalink

I got back into listening to them a couple of months back and bought the Low Spark cd around the same time. Think they're pretty great. There are a few live sets on torrent sites at the moment. Got one from Copenhagen in '68 last week.

THere's a Sunbeam reissue of an lp where they were backing Gordon jackson
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thinking-Back-Gordon-Jackson/dp/B000BZDGGY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381054256&sr=8-2&keywords=gordon+jackson

too though I'm not sure you'd recognise them as Traffic. Haven't listened to the cd in a while but that may be mored own to lack of order in my cd collection than anything else.

Was just looking for them from the Midsummer Rock Cincinatti Pop Festival but can't find them on youtube's search engine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-KbGbGIopM
is them from Glastonbury Fayre in '71

&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzcojNK9EnI
is them in '68 on Pete & Dud's Goodbye Again

Stevolende, Sunday, 6 October 2013 10:20 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Talk Talk: mid-late 80s :: Traffic: late 60s-early70s. winwood even plays organ on half of "colour of spring"! seriously, though, traffic started out doing timely deep psychedelic pop and moved on to expansive jammy pasutresl; talk talk moved from synth pop to rootsy miles/ECM meditations

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:56 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

From the 'In Praise of... The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic' thread:

keyboard-slash-lathe sounding thing

Yeah, I love that. Seems to me there's a bit of that circa Spirit of Eden/Laughing Stock Talk Talk, no?

― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, November 2, 2003 11:31 PM (12 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Monday, 30 May 2016 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Isn't it some kind of plug-in effect/treatment on the Hammond? You can hear a normal organ part at beginning that quickly gives way to the fuzzed out bit we all know and love, as if Winwood realized he forgot something and flipped a switch.

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been collecting versions of "Feelin' Alright" over the years. Its a great tune and some fine covers.

Any more to my list: Weller, Maceo Parker, Trinidad Oil Company, Fifth Dimension, Rare Earth.

― tigerclawskank, Tuesday, November 5, 2002 12:02 PM (13 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Isn't there a version finishing off Hustler's convention the Lightning Rod lp? I think it may come outof the last listed track but think it's there. Been a while since I listened to it as an lp though.

Stevolende, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

When the Eagle Flies is such an underrated album. 'Dream Gerrard' is hypnotizing.

Austin, Saturday, 2 July 2016 04:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Love the mellotron strings on that one

brimstead, Saturday, 2 July 2016 05:26 (one year ago) Permalink

"Walking In The Wind" is so good, too. Sounds like a warm-up for Winwood's s/t + Arc Of The Diver.

brimstead, Saturday, 2 July 2016 05:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I need to revisit Eagle, I haven't listened to it in years

Taking dumps on a person's car is something children do (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 3 July 2016 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

guiding yogis into heaven
and heave is in your mind

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 7 August 2017 18:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*heaven

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 7 August 2017 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'll try moongazer, because with you i'm stronger

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 7 August 2017 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Chris Wood box set from last year has a ton of good stuff in it. Smoother, more 70s-sounding than Traffic but lots of dope extended jams.

brimstead, Monday, 7 August 2017 18:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lean streaky music, spawned on the streets

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 7 August 2017 19:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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