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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2005

There have been several different versions of this CD. This latest version has remastered sound and two bonus tracks. You might want to get the "Import" version instead. It has two more tracks that were originally supposed to be on a live album.

The two bonus tracks here are studio leftovers. They are not very good songs and certainly not up to the par with the original album. Worse still, the horrible "I Just Want You To Know" is stuck in the middle of the original material, instead of tacked on to the end.

As a group, Traffic broke up after every album, and then reunited for the next one. John Barleycorn Must Die is different in that it originally started out as a Steve Winwood solo album. He even had two songs recorded, before bringing in Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi.

The sound on this album is very different than any other Traffic album. It is more accoustic sounding. It is very atmospheric, and muted, taking full advantage of Winwood's soulful vocals. (Adding in that bonus track in the middle really upset the atmosphere).

This is their fourth album and much better than the first three. Those have a dated, British sixties, psychodelic sound to them. But, there are still some great tracks on those albums.

The albums that follow, Low Spark and Shoot Out have a sound similar to John Barleycorn, only with a brighter and heavier rock sound.

Chris Wood died in the eighties and Capaldi died last year.
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