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Traffic: Live at Santa Monica

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Rebop Kwakabooah, Roger Hawkins
  • Directors: Allan Muir
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pinnacle UK
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Traffic: Live at Santa Monica" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Wow, now HERE'S a find-Traffic live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1972, just after the release of their seminal Low Spark of High Heeled Boys album! Includes Low Spark of High Heeled Boys; Dear Mr. Fantasy; 40,000 Headmen; Light Up or Leave Me Alone , and more. Never before on DVD!

Customer Reviews

If you like the music of Traffic - get it while you can.
G. Hakala
For the DVD release, it would have been nice to have it for a good audio re-mix to go with the video.
Steve Winwood's playing and singing here as good as ever.
H. C. Goering

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Ryan on November 29, 2008
Format: DVD
I have to pinch myself to prove I'm not dreaming - I still can hardly believe such a recording exists. I've rated Traffic as one of my top bands since the mid Seventies - but living in a backwater in the middle of Africa I knew of nobody else who liked this band, so it continued as my little secret until the Internet age and I found out there were other people out there who had the same taste as me.

I own everything by Traffic (which unfortunately isn't much) but I've never read up anything on the band or done any research whatsoever (well, thinking nobody else liked the band) and had never even heard of this recording until I accidentally came across it listed on Amazon just a few weeks ago. How to get it became a bit of an issue as Amazon no longer mails packages to South Africa (where I now live) because the thieving bastards in this country's post office steal foreign packages.

I finally twigged to get it from UK and got to listen to one of my top bands in their prime. I have the Traffic Jam DVD, which is itself outstanding but in a completely different way to this no-frills performance. I like to see bands both in their prime, and preferably young looking, and this recording fits the bill on all counts. What I don't like is backup singers, a brass section and alternative guitarists and drummers, or MTV-style editing.

I tend to suffer from incurable over-expectation - I've been disappointed by so many live recordings, not necessarily because they're bad, but just hyped up in these reviews. Not so with this one. One couldn't ask for anything different.

I usually also have had enough of one band after an hour or so - and this was one of the few that I REALLY wished there was more to watch at the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Goering on November 21, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a GREAT concert! A must for anyone who loves Traffic or Steve Winwood. Traffic was the first original Jam BAND. This is the only professional shot video of Traffic with Steve & Chris & and Jim Capaldi. The later dvd Traffic Jam is great as well but doesn't have the great late Chris Wood.
This concert really sounds as good as they did on the studio records! They are jamming on every tune . I wish they would release more of this concert because they recorded much more than the 10 tunes here. Oh well. Maybe someday. All of us Traffic fans know that their isn't a lot of extra recordings out their. I know that Steve has talked about the studio and live out takes, but still today they haven't seen the light of day. Cris Woods wife say's she has found stuff that is REALLY great. Maybe someday we will get more. But that is even more reason why you should buy this concert! Traffic is and was the one of the very best bands ever. 1967- 1974.
Steve Winwood's playing and singing here as good as ever. To get to see Traffic with this line up is very special. The band is very tight. Who cares if Steve doesn't jump around or as someone here said his stage presences was not that great! All Steve ever cared about was playing killer music. He plays over 12 different instruments! His voice is like no one else. And yes today he still can wail and play as good as he did when he was 15 years old with The Spencer Davis Group!
40,000 Headman and Freedom Rider and many other of Traffic's great songs are on here. Winwood's guitar playing is under rated. . He sadly never got credit for how wonderful he could play the guitar. He just builds and builds, never a wasted note. Rebop is something else to see here. All the musicians here are playing their hearts out! Very hippie style 1960s clothes and a lot of fun the see and hear again and again.
I am the biggest fan of Winwood and his band Traffic and I know you will love this so buy it while you see a chance take it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on June 30, 2013
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I know, I know, almost every other reviewer loves this dvd and, while I did enjoy and appreciate it, it lacks on many levels. I apologize in advance for not writing what most will want to hear, but I call 'em like I see (and hear) 'em.

The Pros: For the time era, the camera angles are on the money, meaning that the shots are on who they're supposed to be on WHEN they're supposed to be on. When someone solos, the camera's right there focusing on that player, unlike most concert footage from that era (think Don Kirschner as an example of getting it all wrong). Bravo. In addition, useless audience shots are dismissed, which makes this a treasure for that alone (again, think Don K.).

Nearly every song from the magnificent 'John Barleycorn' album is played, which was a seminal LP of the 70's. 'Low Spark' is also included, another fave of mine. The only two additional tracks are '40 Thousand Headmen' and 'Dear Mr. Fantasy', staples from their formative Dave Mason-era days, when they were still a psych-rock act and hadn't yet embraced the laid back folk and jazzier realm represented here.

The Cons: Unfortunately, this is more like watching a rehearsal than a concert - the audience is never addressed, thanked, or spoken to - they're ignored completely. There's not even one "And for our next tune..." nada, zip, zilch.
It's one thing to see artists totally absorbed in what they're doing, but being completely dismissive of those who paid to see you play is another matter altogether. There's no connection whatsoever between audience and artists, and this makes certain moments uncomfortable.
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