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Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die CD (album) cover




Eclectic Prog

3.90 | 309 ratings

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5 stars Traffic's finest hour and one of my all-time favourite albums, "John Barleycorn Must Die" blends folk, blues, jazz and prog influences to create a magnificent whole - a record I listen to time and again without ever getting tired of it. It contains at least three masterpiece - the title-track (covered by other bands and singers, but never in such a magnificent way), the opening instrumental "Glad" (also featuring in a live version on the remastered edition of the CD) and the wonderful "Freedom Rider", showcasing Steve Winwood superb vocal talents. Wood's sax and flute play a very relevant role in this record, together with Winwood's brilliant organ playing. However, drummer Jim Capaldi's no slouch either, providing a solid backbeat to all the tracks, as well as playing tambourine and other percussion on the acoustic title-track - a traditional folk song about the origins of beer. Highly recommended to all lovers of classic, timeless rock music!
Raff | 5/5 |


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