Traffic - Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory CD (album) cover




Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 118 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
5 stars (seventh in a serie of ten)

Another real gem and absolute masterpiece but not doing unanimity as Low Sparks. And this is very understandable because it feels a little too much like its predecessor (the cut- out cube cover) although there are many differences ( a little like Crimson ITCOTCK and ITWOP) between the two.

First Mason is again gone (for the last time, I think) , the bassist is different (Grech from family and Blind Faith fame is replaced by unknown Hood) as well as Kwaaku is replaced by second drummer. Why I like this album better is that there are no throw-away rocker such as LSOHHB's closer and no obvious rocker (R'nR Stew) and this makes for a more even album with less abrupt changes. If side one is full of happy-times melodies , hitting a high point through the long but great Roll Right Stone, side 2 is of a softer more melancholic tone as well described by the titles , but Tragic Magic is simply awesome, And Uninspired is anything but that: you can feel that Winwood was effectively feeling that way but as he sang the first line , the rest probably followed quite easy, so as a spoof he kept the intro. Wood is playing much more sax than flute on this one and this is also a change and sometimes he sounds like a whole brass section.

Unfairly criticized by the people who did not really listen to it but I kid you not - a must.

Sean Trane | 5/5 |


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