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listen  1. Paper Sun (Stereo Album Version) 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hole In My Shoe 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Smiling Phases (Stereo Album Version) 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. No Face, No Name, No Number (Stereo Album Version) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Stereo Album Version) 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Can All Join In (Album Version) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Feelin' Alright? (Album Version) 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pearly Queen (Album Version) 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. (Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) 40.000 Headman 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Vagabond Virgin 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Shanghai Noodle Factory (Album Version) 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. John Barleycorn (Must Die) 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys (Album Version)11:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rock 'N' Roll Stew (Album Version) 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001DTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Traffic had two distinct eras: 1967-69 (with Dave Mason) and 1970-74 (with Winwood in the spotlight). This 20-track set is split evenly between 'em, from their pop-psych beginnings to their most ambitious epics; includes the hits Paper Sun; Empty Pages , and Rock & Roll Stew plus Dear Mr. Fantasy; Feelin' Alright; Glad; John Barleycorn , and more!

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This compilation contains their best songs and is highly recommended.
Rohit R
There are very few bands that not only leave their mark upon the music world, but who helped to shape it into what it was today.
Russell Diederich
The rest of us can sit back and enjoy the musical results of their tumultuous existence.
David Kinney

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on September 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While I, as a Traffic die hard, could arguably have come up with a better 'personal best' selection for a 2 CD compilation I find little to split hairs with on this more than generous offering. Disc one samples the band during their most eclectic phase. These guys were England's answer to The Band/Moby Grape/ Springfield etc. , in that everybody could write, sing and play with a jazzman's tightness and a soulman's looseness. It's a hard trick to pull off, but Traffic did it song after song. Dave Mason's pop offerings were a perfect balance to Steve Winwood's and Jim Capaldi's more experimental jazz/blues/soul output. I'm not gonna hit that slash symbol anymore, I promise, because this band, in all of it's many incarnations, was just too multi-faceted to ever pin down. This set of CDs does the best job of nailing them as any I've heard, so it's a must own.Let's talk highlights then. From their first album I gotta go with "Paper Sun","No Face,No Name and No Number". Of course "Dear Mr. Fantasy" is on the CD but that's a gimmee. Traffic's eponomously titled 2nd LP is well represented here with "40,000 Headmen", "Pearly Queen", and Dave Mason's oft covered but never topped "Feelin' Alright". When Mason and Winwood were in synch they were pretty tough to match. Here is where I would plug in a few more of my personal Traffic faves like "Crying To Be Heard" but hmm.. I said I wouldn't quibble didn't I? Traffic's story became pretty convaluted after that second album what with Mason quitting and rejoining and quitting again, along with numerous member additions and subtractions over the years, so the 2nd CD is not as strong as the first.Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Unless you're a die-hard Traffic junkie dead set on possessing every track the band ever produced, it's a bit of a challenge figuring out how to put together the best Traffic collection at the most reasonable cost. The existance of this superb compilation makes the task even more challenging. 'Smiling Phases' is perhaps tilted toward the front-end of the band's collective works, but the second disc is a tour-de-force in itself. The compilation does back off from the several fine live albums the band has produced, so ownership of 'Live At the Canteen', 'On the Road', and perhaps even 'Last Exit' may be considered necessary to supplement these discs regardless of the direction your collection takes you.

Traffic may be one of the more difficult band's to put together an anthology around, simply because much of their work was album oriented. In fact, Traffic never garnered even a single Top 40 single in the US, and although they scored 3 Top 10 hits in their UK homeland, all of those songs were released in 1967 ('Paper Sun' at #5, 'Hole In My Shoe' at #2, and 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, a #8 hit). That doesn't mean the band didn't produce some fine and familiar compositions. Disc one is full of excellent tracks such as the title track, 'Heaven Is In Your Mind', 'Dear Mr. Fantasy', the oft-covered Dave Mason composition 'Feelin' Alright', and 'Pearly Queen'. There are some surprises as well, such as the country-flavored 'You Can All Join In', and the catchy 'Vagabond Virgin', another Mason track. Three of the band's early albums are well represented here, with their debut 'Mr. Fantasy' contributing four tracks, their self-titled second album five, and 'Last Exit' the final three tracks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on March 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are very few bands that not only leave their mark upon the music world, but who helped to shape it into what it was today. Traffic was one of those bands, and have since been elected to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame for their contribution. The original brain-child of Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. Others wood come and go, but the magic of Winwood and Capaldi continued for most of the iterations of Traffic. The on again off again career of this band last for about eight years producing nine albums, (before Capaldi and Winwood would reunite in the early 90's), which provide the material for the twenty-six tracks of this compilation.
Traffic took a variety of styles to create their sound, borrowing from Jazz, Blues, and the psychedelic movement of the late sixties. Each of the members had multi-instrument talent, but their greatest skill was writing the lyrics for their songs. Even if you never have heard of Traffic, you have heard their music. Such great songs appear on this album like, "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Feelin' Alright," "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys," and "Paper Sun." Traffic's very best stuff is on this compilation.
"Smiling Phases" is the perfect album to get the greatest hits of Traffic's career. If you are a fan of Winwood's or Capaldi's career, or the sound from the late sixties such as Clapton, The Who and Hendrix, this is a must for your collection. Here you can hear how Traffic shaped the future of music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Traffic was a good band who always made fairly uneven albums; with the exception of "Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys," there was never one of their albums that just sounded terrific from start to finish. If there was ever a band that could be well served by a well-crafted "best-of," Traffic was it, and this collection is it, too. The pickings showcase the qualities that made Traffic special when they were on: Steve Winwood's soulful voice and fantastic playing on a wide array of instruments; Jim Capaldi's equally good voice and rock-steady drumming; and the sadly-deceased Chris Wood blowing both hot and gentle on flute and sax. The songs themselves are the cream of Traffic's ouvre, good examples all of Traffic's evolution as a band over their 8 or so years. If you own nothing of theirs, get this and "Low Spark" and you'll have two worthy additions to your collection!
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