1. Mr. Fantasy (first U.S. pressing issued with title Heaven Is In Your Mind) – 1967
2. Traffic – 1968
3. Last Exit (side 2 live at The Fillmore West) – 1969
4. John Barleycorn Must Die – 1970
5. Welcome to the Canteen (live) – 1971
6. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – 1971
7. Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory – 1973
8. On The Road (live on tour in Germany) – 1973
9. When the Eagle Flies – 1974
Traffic – Heaven Is In Your Mind (Mr.Fantasy) – Re-mastered with bonus tracks, Island Records, 2000
1. Paper Sun
3. Coloured Rain
4. Hole In My Shoe
5. No Face, No Name , No Number
6. Heaven Is In Your Mind
7. House For Everyone
8. Berkshire Poppies
9. Giving To You
10. Smiling Phases
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy
12. We're A Fade, You Missed This
13. Utterly Simple (bonus track – originally on the UK release)
14. Hope I Never Find Me There (bonus track – originally on the UK release)
15. Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush (bonus track - from Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush – motion picture soundtrack)
16. Am I What I Was Or Am I What I Am (bonus track - from Here We Go 'Round The
Mulberry Bush – motion picture soundtrack)
Mr. Fantasy (not to be confused with "Dear Mr. Fantasy", a song on this album and subsequent single) is the debut album by British rock band Traffic. It was released in 1967. For the recording, group members included Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason, however Mason left the band before the release of this album.
Considered by far the strangest and most "art rock" style album that Traffic released, Mr. Fantasy didn't gain much more than a cult following for Traffic at the time. Critics seemed to like the album, though, and most said it was clear that Steve Winwood and Traffic were good at putting together semi-mainstream psychedelic rock, except this album was not quite mainstream enough. By their next release, the eponymous Traffic, the band was said to have worked through that.
The jazz rock style that Traffic would come to be known for was definitely already there, according to most.
This album features even more horns, flutes, and less rock-style instruments than most of Traffic's future releases. Many say its psychedelic style gives the listener the impression of smoking marijuana and getting high, something Traffic was called upon after this about, but never as much as on Mr. Fantasy, which includes titles such as "Berkshire Poppies" and "Dealer". The Mason tracks were clearly influenced by the overseeing style of the album put on by Winwood, which is why many said that this was the smoothest album Traffic ever released, with all the parts working together. Not surprisingly, even the first single to be released, "Heaven Is In Your Mind" was very wacky, and nothing close to the rock and roll type music Traffic would come to release later on.
Certain parts of the album, especially "Heaven Is In Your Mind" are said to be more resembling of later albums like John Barleycorn Must Die than any in between. Wood's instrumentals seem to be perfect in this album.
"Dear Mr. Fantasy", a Capaldi/Winwood/Wood track would be the next single off the album. Forgetting about singles' order, the top track on this album for most will always be "Dear Mr. Fantasy", which is probably the most mainstream and "normal" of all the song
Traffic – Traffic (2nd Album) – Re-mastered with bonus tracks, Island Records, 2001
1. You Can All Join In
2. Pearly Queen
3. Don't Be Sad
4. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
5. Feelin' Alright
6. Vagabond Virgin
7. Forty Thousand Headmen
8. Cryin' to be Heard
9. No Time To Live
10. Means To An End
11. You Can All Join In (bonus track - mono single mix)
12. Feelin' Alright (bonus track - mono single mix)
13. Withering Tree - (stereo single mix, bonus track)
After their debut album, Mr. Fantasy, Traffic planned a more mainstream album, possibly with fewer drug references and psychedelic influences. Before they began recording, they decided to reinstate Dave Mason as the band's bassist. Chris Wood's flute playing on the album was compared to that of Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, who is often thought of as the most famous rock flautist of all time.
Following the release of Traffic, the band embarked upon a tour of the United States but shortly thereafter fired bassist Mason. At the conclusion of the tour, at the beginning of 1969, Winwood announced the breakup of Traffic . Winwood joined supergroup Blind Faith while the remaining members of Traffic (including Mason) worked on a project called Wooden Frog which never recorded an album. In 1970, Winwood reunited with Capaldi and Wood to release John Barleycorn Must Die
Traffic – Last Exit – Re-mastered, Island Records, 2001
1. Just For You
2. Shanghai Noodle Factory
3. Something's Got A Hold Of My Toe
4. Withering Tree
5. Medicated Goo
6. Feelin' Good (Live At The Fillmore West)
7. Blind Man (Live At The Fillmore West)
Last Exit, released in May 1969, was the third album by the British rock band Traffic. It was a collection of odds and ends put together by Island Records after the initial breakup of the band. As implied by the cover photos
"Medicated Goo" & "Shanghai Noodle Factory" were the A- and B- sides, respectively, of a December 1968 single. Mason does not appear on these tracks.
"Something's Got A Hold Of My Toe" is an instrumental and appears to be an outtake not originally intended for release. It is unclear why producer Jimmy Miller (a lyricist elsewhere on the album) gets a co-writing credit on this.
"Withering Tree" was previously released as the B-side to "Feelin' Alright?" (September 1968). It was most likely recorded while Mason was in the band but he may not actually appear on it.
The two Fillmore West live tracks that make up the second half do not feature Mason.
Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die – Re-mastered with bonus tracks, Island Records, 2001
2. Freedom Rider
3. Empty Pages
4. I Just Want You To Know (bonus track - previously unreleased)
5. Stranger To Himself
6. John Barleycorn
7. Every Mothers Son
8. Sittin' Here Thinkin' Of My Love (bonus track - previously unreleased)
John Barleycorn Must Die is a 1970 album by British rock band Traffic. As most of their albums did, it featured many different genres of music including art rock, jazz rock, and many psychedelic influences.
The album was initially intended by Steve Winwood to be a solo album, but when Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi joined him, it became Traffic once more. The album was originally dubbed "Mad Shadows".
After recording the album early in 1970, it was released with Island Records and United Artists in July of 1970. It became the first Traffic album to reach gold status, running 35 minutes, 6 seconds, on the original copy.
Many said it featured some of Steve Winwood's best musical writing, with the instrumental "Glad" being a favorite of many, running 6 minutes and 59 seconds.
The first 2 bonus tracks appear to be demos left over from when Winwood was still planning to make this a solo album. The live bonus tracks comprise what was to have been side 1 of a lost 1970 Traffic live album. Side 2 remains lost. These feature the transitional lineup of Winwood, Capaldi, Wood and Rick Grech.
Traffic – Welcome To The Canteen – Re-mastered, Island Records, 2002
1. Medicated Goo
2. Sad And Deep As You
3. 40,000 Headmen
4. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy
6. Gimme Some Lovin'
Welcome to the Canteen is an album by the British rock band Traffic. It was recorded live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Oz Benefit Concert, London, July 1971 and released in September of that year. It was recorded during Dave Mason's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances.
Traffic – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – Re-mastered with bonus tracks, Island Records, 2002
1. Hidden Treasure
2. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys
3. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
4. Rock & Roll Stew
5. Many A Mile To Freedom
7. Rock & Roll Stew (Single Version)
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is a 1971 rock album by Traffic. As with other Traffic albums, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys featured many different forms and offshoots of rock including jazz rock, progressive rock, as well as classic rock and roll. The album features the full version of the hit "Rock & Roll Stew" and the FM hit, "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys."
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys was remastered and reissued with one bonus track on March 19, 2002.
Note: This consists of the 2 sides of the "Rock & Roll Stew" single combined into one track. Part 1 was an edit (with shortened instrumental break) of the album version. Part 2 was a jam that extended past the album version's fadeout.
Traffic – Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory – Re-mastered, Island Records, 2003
1. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory
2. Roll Right Stones
3. Evening Blue
4. Tragic Magic
5. (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, released in 1973, was the fifth studio album by the British rock band Traffic. It followed their 1971 hit The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and contained only five songs. Shoot Out, while achieving poorer reviews than its predecessor, did reach number six on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, one space higher than Low Spark had peaked in 1972. The album was remastered in 2003.
Note: Releases (both LP and CD) after the first LP pressing truncated "Roll Right Stones" to 11:46 and "Uninspired" to 7:19. The remastered CD, released in 2003, restores the full-length versions.
Traffic – On The Road (Live On Tour in Germany) – Re-mastered, Island Records, 2003
1. Glad./Freedom Rider
2. Tragic Magic
3. (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired
4. Shoot Out At Fantasy Factory
5. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
6. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
On The Road, released in 1973, was a live album (2 LPs, reissued on 1 CD) by the British rock band Traffic. It featured the then-current Traffic lineup of Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, "Reebop" Kwaku Baah, David Hood and Roger Hawkins plus extra keyboardist (for live performances) Barry Beckett. The initial U.S. release of ON THE ROAD was as a single LP consisting of: The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (edited to 15:10), Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory, (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired & Light Up Or Leave Me Alone.
The audience voices after "Tragic Magic" that (on first listen) may appear to be saying "Swans, swans" are in fact saying "Sparks, sparks, low sparks".
Traffic – When The Eagle Flies – Re-mastered, Island Records, 2003
1. Something New
2. Dream Gerrard
3. Graveyard People
4. Walking In The Wind
5. Memories Of A Rock N' Rolla
7. When The Eagle Flies
[color=blue]When the Eagle Flies was the final album released by the British rock band Traffic in 1974. The album featured Jim Capaldi on drums, keyboards and vocals; Rosko Gee on bass guitar; Steve Winwood on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; and Chris Wood on flute and saxophone. When the Eagle Flies was the band's fourth consecutive studio album to reach the American Top Ten and have gold album status. Traffic toured to support the release, but at the conclusion of the tour Traffic disbanded in 1975.
LP and pre-remaster CD issues of this album did not list the band member's names, so Rosko Gee's name did not appear on a Traffic album prior to 1991's Smiling Phases compilation.
The front cover's drawing of the four band members was based on a photograph of a prior, transitional lineup that also included Rebop Kwaku Baah. This lineup did not record any released material, but it appears in the photograph on the back cover of Smiling Phases.
Traffic was a rock band, from Birmingham, England formed in the late 1960s and led by Steve Winwood, with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, after Winwood had left the Spencer Davis Group. Winwood became friends with his future bandmates in the latter days of the Davis group (which also hailed from Birmingham) and Capaldi, Wood and Mason are reputed to have performed (uncredited) on at least two Spencer Davis Group singles, "I'm A Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin".
The four musicians often jammed together at a club called The Elbow Room in Aston, Birmingham. With Mason and Capaldi eager to form a new group, Winwood agreed to join the partnership along with Chris Wood and so the four members retreated to a secluded cottage in Aston Tirrold, Berkshire to rehearse.
Traffic's debut single was 1967's "Paper Sun", a UK hit. "Hole in My Shoe", the second single, was an even bigger hit, and set the stage for a rivalry between Winwood and Mason, the group's principal songwriters. Their debut album was Mr. Fantasy which, like the singles, was a hit in the UK but not in the U.S. or elsewhere.
Problems with Mason led to his departure from the group shortly before the release of Mr. Fantasy. Mason was content to avoid collaboration, a direct contrast with the lyricist/songwriter partnership of Capaldi and Winwood. During the time without Mason, Winwood had to play bass pedals in addition to playing keyboard and singing when the group performed live. The group also had difficulty maintaining a well-rounded repertoire of songs without Mason's strong songwriting ability. Mason rejoined the band for their second album, Traffic, released in 1968.
The band began touring the U.S. in late 1968, which led to the following year's release of Traffic's next album Last Exit, with one side recorded live. During the tour, Mason was fired and Winwood announced the band's breakup. Winwood formed Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech which lasted only a year. The remaining members of Traffic began a project with Mick Weaver called Wooden Frog which never recorded an album. After the split of Blind Faith in 1969, Winwood began working on a solo recording which eventually turned into another Traffic album (without Mason), John Barleycorn Must Die, their most successful album yet.
Traffic went on to expand its lineup in 1971 adding Rick Grech on bass, drummer Jim Gordon of Derek and the Dominos, and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah. The live album Welcome to the Canteen was released in September. It did not bear the "Traffic" name on the cover, but instead was credited to the band's individual members including Dave Mason, returning for his third and final spell with the band. Mason played two songs from his recent solo album, Alone Together, and the album ended with a cover of the Spencer Davis Group song, "Gimme' Some Lovin'".
Following the departure of Mason, Traffic released The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, an American hit that did not chart in the UK. Once again, personnel problems wracked the band as Capaldi began a solo career and Grech and Gordon left the band. Following Winwood's recovery from a long case of peritonitis, Traffic's sixth studio album Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory was another hit, recorded in 1973 with drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood taking Gordon and Grech's former spots.
When the Eagle Flies (1974) included bassist Rosko Gee. After this Traffic disbanded. Capaldi and Winwood reunited as Traffic in 1994, when they released Far From Home. (Wood had died in 1983.)
After reuniting, Capaldi and Winwood toured widely but were unable to regain their former stature.
Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004.