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FAR FROM HOME

Traffic

 

Eclectic Prog

3.07 | 53 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars One of the few ´reunion´ albums that really works. Released 20 years after Traffic´s last studio effort, When The Eagles Fly (1974), Far From Home is more than anything else a homage to their former colleague and founder member Chris Wood, who had passed away a few years before. The funny thing is that Wood´s sax and flute playing is not totally absent from this record, since the group used some musical sampling on much of the songs. So, you can actually hear some of his characteristically flute playing on the second track, for example. A nice and fitting touch, indeed.

Original members Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi play all the instruments and sing all voices, except for Mark Dolan who plays rhythm guitar on one track and Davy Spillane who adds some pipes on a couple of others. But the one thing that is obvious is that the Winwood-Capaldi magic still works after all those years. There is something special about their partnership that none of them could fully fulfilled on their respective solo careers.

The album itself is close to a masterpiece and I´m really sorry they did not make a follow up. Capaldi´s drumming has improved a lot through the years and his work here is quite impressive, while Winwood proves again he is the musical genius we all know and love. His musical ability and creativity is absolute amazing. AND THE GUY CAN SING!

Highlights are This Train Won´t Stop (great Capaldi lyrics, with a powerful Winwood interpretation to match), Here Comes The Man, the long title track, the poignant This Holy Ground and Nowhere Is Their Freedom. With only a couple of weaker tracks, this is really a tour de force that, unfortunately, did not the exposure or recognition it deserved at the time. Still, it honors the name and history of the band. And is both men best work in the 90´s.

If you´re a fan either of Traffic or Winwood´s solo career, you can´t miss this one. Highly recommended

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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