John Barleycorn Must Die Remastered
Extra Tracks, Reissued, Remastered
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After his short-lived Blind Faith project, Steve Winwood re-formed Traffic with Wood and Capaldi and released this 1970 classic. But what's really special about this reissue are the unreleased tracks: the songs I Just Want You to Know and Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love , and Glad and Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring recorded live at the Fillmore East in November 1970!
Traffic's third studio album is also its third best, ranking below the band's superb second record (1968's Traffic) and its psychedelic debut (1968's Mr. Fantasy). The depth of those albums came from having two superior songwriters, Steve Winwood and Dave Mason; by John Barleycorn, Winwood was leading a trio that included Chris Wood on horns and Jim Capaldi on drums. Winwood now supplied guitar as well as keyboards, and songs such as "Glad" and "Freedom Rider" reflected the trio's fondness for instrumental jams. But the 1970 album is remembered most for the title tune, a traditional folk song blessed with one of the finest vocals of Winwood's long career. --John Milward
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This remaster sounds OK, though it is noticeably louder than the first issue. But the real reason I bought it (and the reason to own it) is the added live show on CD 2. This is essentially an unreleased Traffic concert album according to the liner notes, and it's from an era where the band was not well represented by live tracks. The track list encompasses several of my favorite Traffic compositions, including "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring", "Every Mother's Son", "40,000 Headmen", and an excellent performance of the rarely heard "Glad/Freedom Rider". The band was obviously having a good time, and their enthusiasm shows in the way they draw out the songs to slightly extended lengths.
Regardless of the added studio tracks, the live show is worth the cost of the CD by itself. This is a must-have for every true Traffic fan.
Winwood did chose to include three alternate mixes for songs included on the original album "Strange To Himself" (an alternate mix), "John Barleycorn Must Die" (the first mix)and "Every Mother's Son" (an alternate mix). Three live tracks here were on the British edition of "JBMD" (which suffered from the overuse of noise reduction)--the introduction, "Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings" while it appears as if "Glad" is a different performance of the song (and it is a longer medley with "Freedom Rider") perhaps from a different night of the same run the band did at the Fillmore. Rich Grech had joined at this point making the band a quartet and helping to fill out their sound as he plays bass and guitar as needed.
While I appreciate that Winwood didn't like the two songs included as bonus tracks on the previous edition, since they were previously released it would have made sense to include them with this edition making it the ultimate reissue of the album. Completists might want to hold on to the previous U.S. single disc reissue from a couple of years back as a result.
There are also additional live performances from the same show NOT included here and I'm a bit disappointed that the alternate mixes, two tracks from the previous edition weren't included on the first disc with a 10 or 15 second gap much as they used to do with bonus tracks AND included more live material on the second disc.
The sound quality is pretty good if a bit brighter than the previous CD release remastered by Jeff Willens. The booklet included has a good, solid history of the band and there are some nice pictures included that I hadn't seen before.
Over all this is a fine reissue just not the ultimate two disc edition many fans (this one included)were waiting for but the inclusion of the live tracks and the alternate mixes are welcome.