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Great Remaster of This 40 Year Old Classic
on January 16, 2012
I was in the tenth grade when I bought this LP at FW Woolworths for 4 bucks. It was unusual for a young boy in 1973 to be a Traffic fan, but they were my favorite band and this album changed my musical tastes forever. At first its kind of hard to get whats going on here, but the music is just addicting. I couldn't wait to get home from school so I could listen to it again. It's just a unique sound to this band and they perfected it on this collection. The bass of David Hood and the Drums of Roger Hawkins really add depth to the sound from the Low Spark album.
The title track is a rock and roll classic and the one most played off this LP. I think its the worst song on here and its a good song. "Roll Right Stones" is Traffic at their best with good horn work from Chris Wood and excellent playing from the rest of the band. Steve's vocals are top notch and to me this song isn't too long at all. It's hard to believe it is a 14 minute number. I never get tired of hearing it. "Everybody is going insane, the only thing that will sustain are the roll right stones." The keyboard and drum work at the end of this is a treat.
"Evening Blue" is my second favorite Traffic song and proves that Steve can sing the blues better than most white men. It sticks in my head for days after I hear it. "If I had a lover whose heart was true, I wouldn't be alone in this evening blue." Chris's sax brings tears to your eyes, this is a beautiful song. "Tragic Magic" is a Chris Wood jazz number, less melodic than "Glad" but more polished and an excellent try at classic jazz. Nice percussion work by Rebop and Roger.
"Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired" is my favorite Traffic song and though I prefer the version on the live "On The Road" album, this one is excellent too. This remaster is excellent and really brings out the sound of this wonderful album. I wish all remasters sounded this good and it really adds to the enjoyment of this classic song.
This is a 5 star CD all day long and at these prices a steal. I got mine 3 weeks ago and I'm sure glad I did. For less than 5 bucks with S$H and that's one dollar more than I paid for the original 4o years ago. It made that 16 year old boy happy and it still makes this 55 year old one happy. If you like Winwood or Traffic and haven't heard this one in a while, BUY IT.