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Great Live Album featuring Traffic's best line-up,
This review is from: Welcome To The Canteen (Remastered) (Audio CD)
I first bought this album in a thrift shop in 1973. The sound quality is not great, but this was the strongest line-up of Traffic. It was recorded in London in July 1971, and has the four original band members: Winwood, Mason, Wood and Capaldi; plus Jim Gordon, Rick Grech and Reebop.
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.