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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 19, 2002
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I have always found Dave Mason's involvement with Traffic to be curious. It reminds me of George Harrison with the Beatles: a talented, yet non-collaborative songwriter. This album is right in line with the two previous Traffic studio albums on which he appears, featuring his token two or three song offerings; songs that are distinctly different from the rest of the tracks. In this case, he features two lovely tunes from his debut solo album. It is a shame he does not appear on more Traffic albums, because his guitar-playing and vocals are a perfect fit with Winwood's music. He obviously had aspirations that were too big for simply being a member of a band, and I am sure he and Steve fought for creative control of the group. That being said, the product here is a nice "goodbye" to the Traffic of old and a big "hello!" to the new and platinum-selling group, right on the brink of releasing their radio-friendly classic, "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys". Again, the group is amazingly tight, playful, and played a catchy jam version of "Gimme Some Lovin" that will make you wish you saw it in concert, and "Medicated Goo" is a brilliant song that will make you turn up the volume in your car.
HOWEVER, this disc does have its flaws. First of all, it made me yearn for more material.Read more ›
Two of the more intriguing tracks on this disc are the Dave Mason compositions, 'Sad and Deep As You' and 'Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave'. Both are stellar works fresh from Mason's 1970 solo debut album, 'Alone Together'. It's marvelous to hear Mason perform these songs so near to their inception, and with such a fine line-up of backing musicians. The tempo is slow, but the emotion is high on each. Chris Wood's flute on 'Sad and Deep As You' is beautifully understated, while Mason's guitar work on 'Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave' is stunning. Reebop and Jim Capaldi's percussion on both songs provide yet another nuanced layer to appreciate.
There are three heavy rock numbers on the disc, each possessing its own unique flavour. The opener, 'Medicated Goo' is rather fun and funky with sharp, driving guitar riffs. The two longest tracks on the disc made up the entire second side of the original vinyl version of this release. 'Dear Mr.Read more ›
I saw Traffic play live in '74 and they were disappointing, borderline awful; they seemed tired and bored. On this set they play with considerable energy and the band is tight.
Winwood is in excellent form, however the presence of Dave Mason seems to make a difference. In my view Traffic was better with Mason in the band. His guitar playing is excellent and he provides an interesting contrast to Winwood's organ. Jim Gordon demonstrates what a great drummer he was. Capaldi and Reebop provide perussion, and Wood some embellishments here and there.
Mason brought with him two very good songs from his recent solo album Alone Together. Also included are Medicated Goo, 40,000 Headmen, Dear Mr Fantasy and Gimme Some Lovin'. Island must have more songs from this concert in the vault, it would be good to hear them.
I have not had this album for the last 9 years and bought it last month from Amazon.Ca .. must have heard it a hundred times in my previous life and all the memories came rushing back .. didn't forget a chord, not one beat .. had every nuance saved in my brain ..
One of the most creative and enjoyable live sessions .. just wish it was longer than 45 minutes ..
Compared among last exit and on the road .. the other two traffic live albums, my preference would be for this one based on sheer artistic quality ..
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Excellent remastered copy! It took me back to the day I attended Fairfield Hall in 1971, brilliant !Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Terrible remastered recording by Island Records. One of the most terrible remastered sound I've ever heard in all of my life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gabriela Nemer Ribeiro
From its release this was always considered, wrongly, a lesser album. If you are a Traffic fan,this is essential-If you are new to the band, this is a jumping off album and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ahigherauthority
Great songs but not the best live recording. Not sure the remastering improved the original LP. It's special to me because I was at the concert when it was recorded.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer