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John Barleycorn Must Die [Deluxe Edition]

TrafficAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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The multi-year reissue campaign for Traffic, one of the most highly regarded rock groups of its era, concludes with the release of the original band's final three albums and a new "best of" package, each issued June 20, 2003 by Island/UME. This last installment includes Shootout At The Fantasy Factory (1973), On The Road (1973) and When The Eagle Flies (1974), each digitally ... Read more in Amazon's Traffic Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B004G5VFOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1970 album from the British rockers. The album has been restored to its 1970 original 6 track running order and a second disc has been added. Compiled by Steve Winwood, the second disc contains alternate mixes of 'Stranger To Himself', 'Every Mother's Son' and the first ever version of 'John Barleycom Must Die'. Additionally. seven previously unreleased songs from the band's legendary 1970 show at the Fillmore East in New York have also been added.

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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Two discs-34,58 minutes each approximately. Why they didn't fill the discs with more music is a bit disappointing. The digitally remastered sound is clean, but still has that slightly muffled feel to it-in part because the bass is oftentimes played by Winwood using the bass pedals on the keyboard. But you can now hear instrumentation and vocals that, on previous editions, weren't as clearly heard before. An example is the title track-Capaldi's background vocals can now be heard in unison with Winwood. The live tracks are taken from the original 16 track master tapes. The discs are manufactured in Germany. The discs are snapped in inside a quad-fold cardboard holder, which has some nice photographs. The 22 page booklet tells the TRAFFIC story in some detail, beginning with the formation of the group. There's quite a few great period color and b&w photographs, many not previously seen. Also included are period ads, which help flesh out the group's history.

This album was originally intended to be a Steve Winwood solo album, with Winwood playing the various instruments, and handling the vocals. But, as sometimes happens, it morphed into a TRAFFIC album. In 1970 Winwood still in his early twenties, was about to record a solo album to fulfill a contractual obligation. Finding things not really working out like he intended, Winwood (vocals/guitars/keyboards/bass) called on his friend and ( and TRAFFIC bandmate) Jim Capaldi (drums/vocals) for help. He then decided to bring in (TRAFFIC member) Chris Wood (saxes/flute/organ/percussion/vocals) to help flesh out the compositions-and TRAFFIC was reborn.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Classic July 24, 2002
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Traffic had one of the most original (and interesting) sounds in British rock, and not only because of their eclectic musical influences, which embraced psychedelia, folk, jazz, soul, R&B, and even classical. Their unique sound was also the result of their unusual instrumentation. While the group went through a number of personnel changes, its constant core members were Steve Winwood (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Chris Wood (sax, flute, and organ), and Jim Capaldi (drums & percussion). With no regular bass player, Winwood often filled in with the bass pedals on his organ. And, while there is no lack of guitars on most Traffic recordings, the guitar is not emphasized or particularly important to the group's sound. Dave Mason came and went in their early years and, on other recordings, Steve Winwood would switch to guitar, with Chris Wood taking over organ duties. In short, Traffic was anything but your typical guitar-bass-drums rock outfit. And, with "white Ray Charles" prodigy Winwood at the helm, and with their willingness to experiment with virtually any sound or musical style, they cut some of the most distinctive and important records in British rock.
"John Barleycorn Must Die" is the only recording by just the Traffic "core" trio, and it is also one of their strongest. With Dave Mason only a memory, and the Blind Faith experiment with Eric Clapton over, Steve Winwood returned to the studio to record his first solo album, originally titled "Mad Shadows." Needing a little musical support, he soon enlisted Capaldi and Wood, and Traffic was reborn with "John Barleycorn." However, the radio-friendly 3-minute song structures were abandoned, as Winwood & Co. stretched out into extended jazz-rock compositions.
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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Traffic Gem June 27, 2004
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Times had changed by 1970 ... Dave Mason was off to a full solo career, Chris Wood had joined Ginger Baker's Airforce, and Capaldi was not so sure what he wanted to do, but had not yet decided to quit the drums and be a singer.
This is how this album begins, with only Stevie Winwood in the studio, having already penned a couple of songs -"Every Mothers Son" and, only included in this remastered version, "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love"- and ready to record a solo album.
Anyway, that was the plan but was not what ended up happening. Instead, whatever the real reason was -several stories are told- soon enough Capaldi and Steve's brother, Chris Wood, joined him and this became Traffic third studio album.
Although Mason was gone -his contribution to Traffic's original sound and the two gems they recorded together can never be acknowledged enough- Winwood had enough music, feeling and ideas to carry the load and make "Barleycorn ..." a classic in its own right.
It can be said that although this is very much a Traffic album, it is more heavily dominated by Winwood's musical vision and playing than its predecessors.
There are two strong musical courses, running through Winwood's veins, coming naturally to a crossroads here, the ever-present Jazz/R&B that Winwood had been feeding off since the Spencer Davis Group's days, and his connection to the English Folk tradition.
Actually, when you think that it was recorded over thirty years ago, it is even a more astounding example of how "ahead-of -its-times" Traffic was and, even more conclusively, what a tremendous composer Winwood had already become at 22.
Traffic, as a whole, and this album in particular are, to this day, one of the beacons of popular music that has ever been recorded, even today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic
I don't think there is a Traffic fan on earth who doesn't have this album and for good reason. This is another classic.
Published 9 days ago by aimee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't Arrived Yet, But...
This is a truly classic album by a great group. I'm "upgrading" to CD. I've had this as both a record album and as a cassette. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R Dee Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Traffic - My favorite one
I use to have this on cassette when I was a teenager....Glad I finally got this on cd! Great album Start to Finish!
Published 1 month ago by Dion A. Detora
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is a classic and has become my favorite album. The bonus material is a awesome, especially the alternate recording of "John Barleycorn Must Die"
Published 2 months ago by Daniel English
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars for Traffic
Another CD that brought me back to my youth as a teenager. Every song brought me back to that time and place where I first heard it. I love it.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ALBUM
I grew up in the mid 60's and Traffic was always one of groups I liked. I'm Fifty Four and still a Rock and Roller.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Title track
The title track makes this worthwhile if you're a Steve Winwood fan. Volume levels seemed a bit low compared to other CDs.
Published 4 months ago by Walgor
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, But Still Very Good
There are definitely better Traffic albums, but this is still an excellent one. There are some weak spots, but the album is all-in-all very strong. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
5.0 out of 5 stars John Barleycorn Must Die deluxe edition
this is a great cd.if you like traffic you will like this cd.the deluxe edition with extra tracks is worth the price.
Published 5 months ago by ron
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete edition
The "single" remastered version added 2 new songs to the original album [I just want you to know and Sittin' here thinking of my love]. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Luis Logrono
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Track Listing:Press Release:
Is THIS version of JBMD remixed or is it just a previous remix with some outtakes and the live stuff thrown in - not clear! And I agree - why not just put the 6 original JMBD tracks and some live stuff on one disk? I am very fond of JBMD but just last week bought the Island vinyl 180g reissue and... Read More
Feb 13, 2011 by G |  See all 4 posts
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