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TRAFFIC TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER VINYL BOX SET, THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1967-1974, ON MAY 17

 

 

04 April 2019 (Toronto, ON) - This May, Island Records/Ume/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, celebrates Traffic’s influential legacy with a stunning limited-edition Island Records studio collection. The Studio Albums 1967-1974 will be released on May 17 and boasts all six studio albums recorded for Island Records. The LPs have been remastered from the original tapes and presented in their original and highly collectable ‘first’ Island pressing form (gatefold sleeves, pink eye labels, etc). The set also includes a related and super rare facsimile promo poster for each album.

 

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Traffic came to prominence in the late 1960s with a distinctive sound, which quickly earned them U.K. Top Ten hits in the shape of “Paper Sun” and “Hole In My Shoe” before releasing their first album, Mr. Fantasy in December 1967. Formed earlier that year, Traffic comprised of vocalist/organist Steve Winwood (still only 18 years old at the time); drummer/singer Jim Capaldi; singer/guitarist Dave Mason and reed player Chris Wood. Alongside contemporaries like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic set about shifting the boundaries of rock music, experimenting with sound and incorporating elements of blues, soul and jazz to create their own unique oeuvre. A key part of their story is their retreat to a communal stone cottage in Berkshire, where they took inspiration from their natural surroundings and worked without distraction, writing and rehearsing the material for the first two albums, Mr. Fantasy and Traffic (1968).

 

Always revolving around the three core members, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, Traffic had as few as three and as many as seven members between the years 1967 to 1974 but despite all the personnel changes and shifts, they remained a force to be reckoned with until deciding to split in 1974, having given their final performance on August 31st and releasing their last album, When the Eagle Flies.

 

Mr Fantasy LP

Side A

  1. Heaven Is In Your Mind
  2. Berkshire Poppies
  3. House For Everyone
  4. No Face, No Name, No Number
  5. Dear Mr. Fantasy

Side B

  1. Dealer
  2. Utterly Simple
  3. Coloured Rain
  4. Hope I Never Find Me There
  5. Giving To You

 

Traffic LP

Side A

  1. You Can All Join In
  2. Pearly Queen
  3. Don't Be Sad
  4. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
  5. Feelin' Alright?

Side B

  1. Vagabond Virgin
  2. Forty Thousand Headmen
  3. Cryin' To Be Heard
  4. No Time To Live
  5. Means To An End

 

John Barleycorn Must Die LP

Side A

  1. Glad
  2. Freedom Rider
  3. Empty Pages

Side B

  1. Stranger To Himself
  2. John Barleycorn
  3. Every Mother's Son

 

Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory LP

Side A

  1. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory
  2. Roll Right Stones

Side B

  1. Evening Blue
  2. Tragic Magic
  3. (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired

 

The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys LP

Side A

  1. Hidden Treasure
  2. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
  3. Rock 'n' Roll Stew

Side B

  1. Many A Mile To Freedom
  2. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
  3. Rainmaker

 

When The Eagle Flies LP

Side A

  1. Something New
  2. Dream Gerrard
  3. Graveyard People

Side B

  1. Walking In The Wind
  2. Memories Of A Rock N' Rolla
  3. Love
  4. When The Eagle Flies