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ON THE ROAD

Traffic

 

Eclectic Prog

4.10 | 77 ratings

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Rivertree
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4 stars Not uninspired at all ...

Much more Jazz Rock than Prog Folk this live album is also a classic of the Progressive Rock genre. It was recorded in April 1973 somewhere in Germany and I can remember I was amongst the crowd in Münster (don't really know if it was the same year). One of those concerts which I never might forget.

All the songs are written by the TRAFFIC band. Some are played much longer than the original studio version as it was usual during live performances at his time. And that's good! So the band is jamming a lot - often very relaxed. The presence of Steve Winwood is remarkable. First of all his soulful lead vocals are to point out. In addition to this he is also playing guitar and piano.

I can recommend the beginning with a small suite, a combination of two songs from 'John Barleycorn Must Die'. Glad is determined with great interaction by piano, organ (Barry Beckett) and saxophon (Chris Wood). Freedom Rider is nearly 5 minutes long with Winwood on the vocals for the first time. Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys is another higlight of this album which basically has a great groove produced by two drums and additional percussion by Reebop Kwaku Baah. The other songs are also on a high level. So this album is near to a masterpiece in my opinion.

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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