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Traffic (Remastered) Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Bonus tracks include I Am What I Was or Am I What I Am and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush from the film of the same name, and the non-LP cuts Withering Tree; Medicated Goo , and Shanghai Noodle Factory .

Considering that Traffic couldn't seem to stay intact for more than a few months at a time, the band's work seems even more remarkable. Recorded in the summer of 1968 and released later that fall, Traffic, the band's sophomore release, stands as the outfit's high-water mark and one of the great rock albums of its time. Clearly, Dave Mason and Steve Winwood had completely different visions for the band, both musically and socially. In fact, Mason had already left the band at the year's beginning, only to return a few short months later. Mason liked to work alone and favored rooted folk-tinged material; Winwood saw the band as a communal affair and leaned toward progressive jazz-influenced music. Of course, the synthesis of these two approaches is what makes Traffic such a terrific album. There's not a weak moment across these 10 songs (augmented on this reissue with three mono single mixes). By fusing bits of country and folk, wisps of psychedelia, and elements of jazz and soul, the album managed to both presage and summarize the ambitious developments of rock music during its most creative era. --Marc Greilsamer

1. You Can All Join In
2. Pearly Queen
3. Don't Be Sad
4. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
5. Feelin' Alright
6. Vagabond Virgin
7. Forty Thousand Headmen
8. Cryin' to be Heard
9. No Time To Live
10. Means To An End
11. You Can All Join In - (mono single mix, bonus track)
12. Feelin' Alright - (mono single mix, bonus track)
13. Withering Tree - (stereo single mix, bonus track)

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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000059T1H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the finest albums the original quartet produced their second self titled album captures the musical diversity that Traffic was capable of creating. When the trio fo Winwood-Capaldi-Woods began recording their second album Dave Mason decided to join them in the studio. The resulting tracks were so strong that the members decided to allow Mason to rejoin. Mason provides some of the second album's highlights with his single Feelin' Alright a magical 3 minute portrait of the band's best qualities.
That isn't to slight Winwood. He also (in collaboration with Capaldi and Wood)wrote some of his finest material for their second album. The band sounds more cohesive (if that's possible) than on either Mr. Fantasy (the first UK album) or Heaven Is In Your Mind (the reconfigured Mr. Fantasy and their first US album).
The inclusion of bonus tracks is always welcome but the UK version of this album was a bit odd. While it's understandable that Island would want to include as much single and b side material as possible the inclusion of the band's first single on their second album was a bit jarring to say the least. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush doesn't fit in with the band's second album.
Supervising producer Bill Levenson has reconfigured the UK release to more accurately reflect the band's sound at this time. The sound quality is outstanding. Levenson's reissue doesn't sound quite as overprocessed as the UK release. The liner notes are informative without overdoing it. Although it isn't mentioned if this is a 24 bit remaster on the cover art the sound quality rivals that of the Uk release but still retains the organic sound of the original vinyl and source tapes.
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37 of 39 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.
Their sophomore album, "Traffic," perfected the band's sound, and stands as one of the best albums in British rock. Psychedelic influences were still evident, but gone was the silly "Sgt. Pepper"-style trippiness of "Mr. Fantasy." Instead, Winwood and Capaldi perfected their jazzy take on psychedelic-soul, while Dave Mason turned in by far his best contributions with the group.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G B on August 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
John Barleycorn Must Die is a great album and I have a soft spot for Traffic's debut, but as far as I'm concerned they peaked on their self-titled second album. It strips away much of the psychedelia of Heaven Is in Your Mind, leaving a tasty mix of blues-rock, R&B, folk, little bits of classical, and even country -- all focused into short, tight songs. Between five great Dave Mason originals and five classics penned by the rest of the band, there isn't a dud present. Especially noteworthy are the dreamy "40,000 Headmen" (nice flute playing by Chris Wood), the classic rock staple "Feelin' Alright", and Dave Mason's cheery "You Can All Join In", and the meaty blues-rock of "Pearly Queen". If you like late 60s British rock, this album is absolutely essential.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By andrew ward on May 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
How much fun is this!
This CD serves as a great time piece of an era gone by, that's not meant to be bad or good, just an observation. The way the recording production is handled and the mix, it's impossible to find this sound today without going back. I get so much joy from so many recordings between 1967 and 1975 that I am somehow tied to that era and this CD does not disappoint. The craftsmanship and playing is so relaxed and natural, the effortless style and vocal harmonies mixed with Winwoods beautiful organ work creates an infectious summertime cool breeze feeling. The mood is mellow throughout (with a upbeat groove) but not in a pretentious attempt at creating something "cool" it is simply what happens when great musicians create music with joy and skill.
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