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Traffic (Remastered)

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Download links and information about Traffic (Remastered) by Traffic. This album was released in 1968 and it belongs to Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 57:40 minutes.

Artist: Traffic
Release date: 1968
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 15
Duration: 57:40
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. You Can All Join In 3:38
2. Pearly Queen 4:21
3. Don't Be Sad 3:21
4. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring 3:14
5. Feelin' Alright? 4:17
6. Vagabond Virgin 5:23
7. (Roamin' Thro' the Gloamin' With) 40.000 Headman 3:14
8. Cryin' to Be Heard 5:32
9. No Time to Live 5:02
10. Means to an End 2:36
11. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (Stereo Version) 2:45
12. Am I What Was or Am I What I Am 2:37
13. Withering Tree 2:56
14. Medicated Goo 3:39
15. Shanghai Noodle Factory 5:05

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After dispensing with his services in December 1967, the remaining members of Traffic reinstated Dave Mason in the group in the spring of 1968 as they struggled to write enough material for their impending second album. The result was a disc evenly divided between Mason's catchy folk-rock compositions and Steve Winwood's compelling rock jams. Mason's material was the most appealing both initially and eventually: the lead-off track, a jaunty effort called "You Can All Join In," became a European hit, and "Feelin' Alright?" turned out to be the only real standard to emerge from the album after it started earning cover versions from Joe Cocker and others in the 1970s. Winwood's efforts, with their haunting keyboard-based melodies augmented by Chris Wood's reed work and Jim Capaldi's exotic rhythms, work better as musical efforts than lyrical ones. Primary lyricist Capaldi's words tend to be impressionistic reveries or vague psychological reflections; the most satisfying is the shaggy-dog story "Forty Thousand Headmen," which doesn't really make any sense as anything other than a dream. But the lyrics to Winwood/Capaldi compositions take a back seat to the playing and Winwood's soulful voice. As Mason's simpler, more direct performances alternate with the more complex Winwood tunes, the album is well-balanced. It's too bad that the musicians were not able to maintain that balance in person; for the second time in two albums, Mason found himself dismissed from the group just as an LP to which he'd made a major contribution hit the stores. Only a few months after that, the band itself split up, but not before scoring their second consecutive Top Ten ranking in the U.K.; the album also reached the Top 20 in the U.S., breaking the temporarily defunct group stateside.