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Traffic

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After dispensing with his services in December 1967, the remaining members of Traffic reinstated Dave Mason in the group in the spring of 1968 as they struggled to write enough material for their impending second album. The result was a disc evenly divided between Mason's catchy folk-rock compositions and Steve Winwood's compelling rock jams. Mason's material was the most appealing both initially and eventually: the lead-off track, a jaunty effort called "You Can All Join In," became a European hit, and "Feelin' Alright?" turned out to be the only real standard to emerge from the album after it started earning cover versions from Joe Cocker and others in the 1970s. Winwood's efforts, with their haunting keyboard-based melodies augmented by Chris Wood's reed work and Jim Capaldi's exotic rhythms, work better as musical efforts than lyrical ones. Primary lyricist Capaldi's words tend to be impressionistic reveries or vague psychological reflections; the most satisfying is the shaggy-dog story "Forty Thousand Headmen," which doesn't really make any sense as anything other than a dream. But the lyrics to Winwood/Capaldi compositions take a back seat to the playing and Winwood's soulful voice. As Mason's simpler, more direct performances alternate with the more complex Winwood tunes, the album is well-balanced. It's too bad that the musicians were not able to maintain that balance in person; for the second time in two albums, Mason found himself dismissed from the group just as an LP to which he'd made a major contribution hit the stores. Only a few months after that, the band itself split up, but not before scoring their second consecutive Top Ten ranking in the U.K.; the album also reached the Top 20 in the U.S., breaking the temporarily defunct group stateside.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
You Can All Join In
00:03:38

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

2
Pearly Queen
00:04:21

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

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

3
Don't Be Sad
00:03:22

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

4
Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
00:03:13

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

5
Feelin' Alright?
00:04:17

Dave Mason, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Winwood, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Wood, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd

6
Vagabond Virgin
00:05:23

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

7
(Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) 40.000 Headman
00:03:14

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

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Cryin' To Be Heard
00:05:32

Dave Mason, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

9
No Time To Live
00:05:02

Dave Mason, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Means To An End
00:02:36

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Miller, Producer - Traffic, MainArtist

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

11
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (Stereo Version)
00:02:45

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

12
Am I What Was Or Am I What I Am
00:02:37

JIM CAPALDI, ComposerLyricist - Muff Winwood, 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

13
Withering Tree
00:02:56

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

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Medicated Goo
00:03:40

JIM CAPALDI, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Winwood, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Wood, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Miller, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Traffic, MainArtist - Glyn Jones, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Shanghai Noodle Factory
00:05:02

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

℗ 1968 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

After dispensing with his services in December 1967, the remaining members of Traffic reinstated Dave Mason in the group in the spring of 1968 as they struggled to write enough material for their impending second album. The result was a disc evenly divided between Mason's catchy folk-rock compositions and Steve Winwood's compelling rock jams. Mason's material was the most appealing both initially and eventually: the lead-off track, a jaunty effort called "You Can All Join In," became a European hit, and "Feelin' Alright?" turned out to be the only real standard to emerge from the album after it started earning cover versions from Joe Cocker and others in the 1970s. Winwood's efforts, with their haunting keyboard-based melodies augmented by Chris Wood's reed work and Jim Capaldi's exotic rhythms, work better as musical efforts than lyrical ones. Primary lyricist Capaldi's words tend to be impressionistic reveries or vague psychological reflections; the most satisfying is the shaggy-dog story "Forty Thousand Headmen," which doesn't really make any sense as anything other than a dream. But the lyrics to Winwood/Capaldi compositions take a back seat to the playing and Winwood's soulful voice. As Mason's simpler, more direct performances alternate with the more complex Winwood tunes, the album is well-balanced. It's too bad that the musicians were not able to maintain that balance in person; for the second time in two albums, Mason found himself dismissed from the group just as an LP to which he'd made a major contribution hit the stores. Only a few months after that, the band itself split up, but not before scoring their second consecutive Top Ten ranking in the U.K.; the album also reached the Top 20 in the U.S., breaking the temporarily defunct group stateside.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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