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Mr Fantasy Import, Original recording remastered

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24 bit remastered reissue of the 1967 debut by this legendary British psych/ prog rock group that featured Steve Winwood, Dave Mason & Jim Capaldi as members. As a bonus, it includes all 12 tracks from the original U.S. mono album, 'Paper Sun', 'Dealer', 'Coloured Rain', 'Hole in My Shoe', 'No Face, No Name, No Number', 'Heaven Is in Your Mind', 'House for Everyone', 'Berkshire Poppies', 'Giving to You', 'Smiling Phases', 'Dear Mr. Fantasy' and 'We're a Fade You Missed This'. 22 tracks total. Also features the original cover art. 1999 release.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island UK
  • ASIN: B00002MHRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on May 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The British version of this CD is called "Mr Fantasy" - it has a superior CD sleeve to the US version, but a lot of it is in badly mixed mono and sounds very flat. The same album is available in the US version under the title "Heaven is In Your Mind" - it is all in stereo, and sequenced much better - makes a BIG difference - and is far superior to the U.K. version. Both versions are great - whichever one you end up with, you're gonna love if you like psychedelic music! Because this album is a psych CLASSIC! I have both versions and I ALWAYS listen to the US version ("Heaven is In Your Mind") because it sounds better and makes more sense the way it is sequenced. I had never even heard of the album until 1 year ago. I investigated this year, and I am SURE GLAD I did!!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on March 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Led by the immensely talented Steve Winwood & Dave Mason, the magnificent rock band Traffic said hello to the world with their 1967 debut album, "Mr. Fantasy," a delicious psychedelic supper of flower-power pop/rock (the weird cover photo pretty much says it all about the feel of this album). The organ is prominent throughout, the sitar makes an appearance on a few songs, and there's also a few spoken passages as well. In other words, this is a totally far out record, man! Many Traffic classics populate this disc: the 60's pop of "Heaven Is In Your Mind," the gorgeous ballad "No Face, No Name, No Number," the Traffic signature rockers "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Dealer," and "Colored Rain," and the groovy instrumental "Giving To You." The drunken ragtime piano number "Berkshire Poppies" is a real hoot, as are the psychedelic pop of "House For Everyone" (complete with wind-up clock intro) and the trippy "Utterly Simple." Also, this new re-issue of "Mr. Fantasy" includes six bonus tracks of songs the band originally released purely as non-album singles, including more Traffic favorites like "Paper Sun" and "Hole In My Shoe." Steve Winwood's voice, guitar & keyboards are outstanding, Dave Mason's voice & guitar are equally strong, Chris Wood plays a mean flute & saxophone, and Jim Capaldi's drumming is superb. Traffic remain one of rock's greatest groups, and they couldn't have had a better intro than "Mr. Fantasy." Great stuff!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
"Mr. Fantasy" was their full-length debut, and (as it was 1967) their most psychedelic release. (Linda Eastman-McCartney once recounted the story of visiting the group at their Berkshire cottage and playing the Beatles' new "Sgt. Pepper" LP for them to hear, upon which Winwood & Co. were reportedly dismayed that the Beatles had already used many of their ideas for "Mr. Fantasy.") While the album has many similarities with "Sgt. Pepper" (vaudville brass, '60s silliness, not to mention drug influences), it is by no means an imitator of the Beatles' masterpiece. "Mr. Fantasy" is darker ("Dealer" and "No Face...
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike on August 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't care about "the artist's intent" in this instance...the UK version of this album is vastly inferior to the U.S. release. I pined for years and years to get the U.S. "Mr. Fantasy" on CD, and my wait was finally rewarded a few years back with the reissue entitled "Heaven Is in Your Mind" (which was the original title of the U.S. release of this album...I've actually seen a copy so-titled on LP, though "Mr. Fantasy" was the more common release).

Never mind that this one has "Paper Sun" as a bonus track...the U.S. version leads off with it and has a much more sensible sequence overall, and the reissue puts the duff tracks from the UK version (e.g. "Utterly Simple") at the end where they can be avoided.

The only virtue this release would have would be the mono mixes, which are probably quite different from the stereo ones as was so often the case in those days.

This has always been one of my favorite albums of all time, but as Stevie says in "Smiling Phases," "Do yourself a favor"...get the U.S. one!
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