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Format: CD
Sku: 219509380
UPC: 600753324110
UPC 14: 00600753324110
Release Date: 3/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Glad ~ Traffic
2. Freedom Rider ~ Traffic
3. Empty Pages ~ Traffic
4. Stranger to Himself ~ Traffic
5. John Barleycorn Must Die ~ Traffic
6. Every Mother's Son ~ Traffic
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Stranger to Himself [Alternate Mix] - (alternate take) ~ Traffic
2. John Barleycorn Must Die [First Version] ~ Traffic
3. Every Mother's Son [Alternate Mix] - (alternate take) ~ Traffic
4. Back Stage and Introduction - (live) ~ Traffic
5. Medicated Goo - (live) ~ Traffic
6. Empty Pages - (live) ~ Traffic
7. Forty Thousand Headmen - (live) ~ Traffic
8. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring? - (live) ~ Traffic
9. Every Mother's Son - (live) ~ Traffic
10. Glad/Freedom Rider - (live) ~ Traffic

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Steve Winwood (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, bass guitar, percussion); Jim Capaldi (vocals, drums, tambourine, percussion); Chris Wood (flute, saxophone, electric saxophone, organ, percussion).
Muze PNote Recording information: Island Studios (11/18/1970-11/19/1970); Olympic Studios, London (11/18/1970-11/19/1970); The Fillmore East (11/18/1970-11/19/1970).
Muze PNote Photographer: Richard Polak.
Muze PNote Although JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE was originally intended as Steve Winwood's post-Blind Faith solo debut, Winwood and producer/label head Chris Blackwell first drafted Jim Capaldi to provide lyrics, and then Chris Wood dropped by to add his familiar reeds, and almost by accident, Traffic was reborn.
Muze PNote This was a different, and better, Traffic than the ill-fated quartet lineup with Dave Mason, which never entirely settled on an artistic direction. The sound of JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE, on the other hand, remained the template for the rest of the reunited band's career--long, organically developed songs with a subtle jazz-rock feel, powered by Capaldi's percussion and Winwood's organ. "John Barleycorn," a traditional English folk song about the process of brewing ale (not, as the liner notes mistakenly claim, a call for temperance), here becomes a pastoral reverie carried along by flute and acoustic guitar, and proves to be the record's highlight. However, the quality of the other songs, particularly the instrumental opener, "Glad," and the outstanding ballad "Empty Pages," is nearly as high.

Producer: Chris Blackwell; Joe Black; Steve Winwood

Engineer: Andrew Johns; Brian Humphries

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Muze Music Compilations Muscle Shoals (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Steve Winwood-Millennium Collection

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/28/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5332411
Music Label Name Label : Island (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00600753324110

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (9/3/70, p.42)
- "...The best cut on the album is probably the title tune....Wood's flute is again exceptional, delicate and ornate, and Steve sings the song just right, with an admirable sense of restraint and simplicity..."

Q (2/00, p.104)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...a stew of jazz, folk and prog....seeing the band lapsing into a little too much jam-based indulgence..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(1/00, p.106)
- "...shows that Traffic were capable of thoughtful, inventive and occasionally very beautiful music."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] tracks such as 'Glad' and 'Freedom Rider' featuring extended jamming sections within robust song structures, while 'Every Mother's Son captures Winwood at his most soulful."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a trio record with an economical sound canvas....A much more sophisticated affair, pointing more towards jazz and improvisation than folkish simplicity."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Traffic
Product attributeLabel:   Island Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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