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Last Exit (Remastered) Original recording remastered, Live
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"Last Exit," their third full-length release, is actually a record-company creation. With Dave Mason gone and the band temporarily disbanded (while Winwood joined Eric Clapton in Blind Faith), Island Records cobbled this LP together from tracks that didn't make it onto Traffic's earlier albums, along with two extended live jams ("Feelin' Good" and "Blind Man" - neither of which was ever recorded in the studio). The result, while not as cohesive as Traffic's other releases, is nonetheless exceptionally strong.Read more ›
Dave is only partly present on this album. "Medicated Goo" and "Shanghai Noodle Factory" was recorded late 1968 without Mason. The 2 live tracks "Feeling Good" and "Blind Man" are also Winwood, Capaldi and Wood alone.
"Just For You" is more or less Mason solo. "Withering Tree" had already been released a B-side. The instrumental "Something`s Got a Hold on My Toe" is probably a studio outtake from the sessions for their second album.
As for the music; The new songs "Medicated Goo" and "Shanghai Noodle Factory" are great . "Withering Tree" and "Just For You" are classic Traffic. The live-tracks are interesting, but the sound is not so good as could be wished for. The instrumental "Something`s Got a Hold on My Toe" has probably just been included to add to the playing time.
I would have preferred some more singles-tracks like "Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", "Coloured Rain", "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" and "Am I What I was, or Am I What I Am". This would have made the album much better, and the album could have completed the first era of a great band.
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Marco UnderSong on "Last Exit" Traffic This album is half live and half studio ...and both are excellent ! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark Edward Williams
Two late singles of the first era of Traffic (pre-1970), a few studio throwaways, and two live performances from the Winwood/Wood-Capaldi tour (after Mason left for the final... Read morePublished 9 months ago by paul pirate
Bought the CD some months ago - it hasn't arrived. I had it on vinyl back in the day. The music is great if I ever get it.Published 9 months ago by Art for Art's Sake
I used to have this on vinyl and cassette. I have always loved it. My favorite is Something's got a hold of my toe. Just a really cool groove.Published 13 months ago by Lumpy Gravy
The absolute best version of Feeling Good you will ever hear. Blind Man also a great jazzy blues tune. Other songs are reminiscent of the pychedelic era. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lance A. Taylor
I have been a huge traffic fan since early '70s. This one oozes vintage Traffic. It's probably my least fave (Mr Fantasy #1) but Shanghai Noodle Factory & Medicated Goo are... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by D. Nelsen
This album is pretty good. It's not expensive and it's got one of my favorite traffic songs ever on it, medicated goo. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Johnny h
Hold on before anyone might misunderstand me on my review title: I like Last Exit for what it offers, even though Mason only appears on two cuts, not to mention the fact that... Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Thirty-Ought Six
The seller sent me the goods in excellent quality. The shipment of goods was completely new. The goods were delivered quickly and was not injured. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by otmar s.