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Mr. Fantasy

Traffic

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Since Traffic's debut album, Mr. Fantasy, has been issued in different configurations over the years, a history of those differences is in order. In 1967, the British record industry considered albums and singles separate entities; thus, Mr. Fantasy did not contain the group's three previous Top Ten U.K. hits. Just as the album was being released in the U.K., Traffic split from Dave Mason. The album was changed drastically for U.S. release, both because American custom was that singles ought to appear on albums, and because the group sought to diminish Mason's presence; on the first pressing only, the title was changed to Heaven Is in Your Mind. In 2000, Island reissued Mr. Fantasy in its mono mix with the U.K. song list and five mono singles sides as bonus tracks; it also released Heaven Is in Your Mind, the American lineup in stereo with four bonus tracks. Naturally, the mono sound is punchier and more compressed, but it isn't ideal for the album, because Traffic was fashioned as an unusual rock band. Steve Winwood's primary instrument was organ, though he also played guitar; Chris Wood was a reed player, spending most of his time on flute; Mason played guitar, but he was also known to pick up the sitar, among other instruments. As such a mixture suggests, the band's musical approach was eclectic, combining their background in British pop with a taste for the comic and dance hall styles of Sgt. Pepper, Indian music, and blues-rock jamming. Songs in the last category have proven the most distinctive and long-lasting, but Mason's more pop-oriented contributions remain winning, as do more light-hearted efforts. Interest in the mono mix is likely to be restricted to longtime fans; anyone wishing to hear Traffic's first album for the first time is directed to Heaven Is in Your Mind.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Heaven Is In Your Mind
00:04:18

Dave Mason, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Bass Guitar, Piano, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Saxophone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Berkshire Poppies (Album Version)
00:02:58

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
House For Everyone (Album Version)
00:02:05

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
No Face, No Name, No Number (Album Version)
00:03:34

Dave Mason, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Author, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Winwood, Composer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Flute, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Dear Mr. Fantasy (Album Version)
00:05:41

Dave Mason, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Percussion, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Guitar, Harmonica, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, Organ, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer, Maracas, AssociatedPerformer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Dealer (Album Version)
00:03:12

Dave Mason, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Flute, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: PolydorIslandGroup - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Utterly Simple (Stereo Version)
00:03:19

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Coloured Rain (Album Version)
00:02:44

Dave Mason, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Bass Guitar, Organ, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Flute, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Hope I Never Find Me There (Stereo Version)
00:02:08

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Giving To You (Album Version / Stereo)
00:04:15

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Paper Sun (Single Version / Mono)
00:03:33

Dave Mason, Guitar, Sitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Bass Guitar, Organ, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, Flute, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

12
Dealer (Mono Version)
00:03:34

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Coloured Rain (Mono Version)
00:02:49

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Hole In My Shoe (Mono Version)
00:03:01

Dave Mason, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JIM CAPALDI, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Wood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

15
No Face, No Name, No Number (Mono Version)
00:03:35

JIM CAPALDI, Author - Steve Winwood, Composer - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

16
Heaven Is In Your Mind (Mono Version)
00:04:15

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

17
House For Everyone (Mono Version)
00:02:05

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

18
Berkshire Poppies (Mono Version)
00:02:55

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

19
Giving To You (Album Version / Mono)
00:04:14

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

20
Smiling Phases (Mono Version)
00:02:43

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

21
Dear Mr. Fantasy (Mono Version)
00:05:34

Dave Mason, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

22
We're A Fade You Missed This (Mono Version)
00:00:53

Dave Mason, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Wood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Since Traffic's debut album, Mr. Fantasy, has been issued in different configurations over the years, a history of those differences is in order. In 1967, the British record industry considered albums and singles separate entities; thus, Mr. Fantasy did not contain the group's three previous Top Ten U.K. hits. Just as the album was being released in the U.K., Traffic split from Dave Mason. The album was changed drastically for U.S. release, both because American custom was that singles ought to appear on albums, and because the group sought to diminish Mason's presence; on the first pressing only, the title was changed to Heaven Is in Your Mind. In 2000, Island reissued Mr. Fantasy in its mono mix with the U.K. song list and five mono singles sides as bonus tracks; it also released Heaven Is in Your Mind, the American lineup in stereo with four bonus tracks. Naturally, the mono sound is punchier and more compressed, but it isn't ideal for the album, because Traffic was fashioned as an unusual rock band. Steve Winwood's primary instrument was organ, though he also played guitar; Chris Wood was a reed player, spending most of his time on flute; Mason played guitar, but he was also known to pick up the sitar, among other instruments. As such a mixture suggests, the band's musical approach was eclectic, combining their background in British pop with a taste for the comic and dance hall styles of Sgt. Pepper, Indian music, and blues-rock jamming. Songs in the last category have proven the most distinctive and long-lasting, but Mason's more pop-oriented contributions remain winning, as do more light-hearted efforts. Interest in the mono mix is likely to be restricted to longtime fans; anyone wishing to hear Traffic's first album for the first time is directed to Heaven Is in Your Mind.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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