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JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE

Traffic

 

Eclectic Prog

3.88 | 212 ratings

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kingbud
5 stars I came with JBMD from way back, I probably wore out 2 vinyl copies along the way. This record is, to me, simply a masterwork, the very definition of "hanging together", and very grownup from what was not a very grownup period. I guess I don't have a good definition of progressive rock, this record to me is completely unlike anything I have ever heard that was labeled prog rock. My points: First, the CD remaster which I possess does not have the live tracks listed above, only the two prev unreleased studio cuts. Steve, Steve, Steve, why did you include these two tracks in the reissue? Does it hurt much, shooting yourself in the foot like that? The Smiling Phases CD set likewise contained at least a couple of real bowsers, especially among the earlier material. Why this self-destructive narcissism? Somebody needs an editor. My other observation is about the title cut, which is very nice, quaint, period, wonderfully sung. But why was it included, why the artist's fascination with the subject? Anybody who's ever had a bone splintering third eye screaming headache hangover can easily cop to the the irony in the title. Who should be most in favor of prohibition than the blighted sufferers, the walking wounded... ? MUST YOU SHOUT??!?!
kingbud | 5/5 |

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