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3.97 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Inadvertent Introduction (0:53)
2. First Riddle (2:30)
3. Traffic II (4:25)
4. Third Riddle (2:13)
5. Lourdement Gai (1:06)
6. Traffic III / Traffic I (2:17)
7. Freeway / Shadow of a Tree on Sand (5:28)
8. Fragile Finale Traffic Continues II: Gusto (9:55)
9. Introduction: Limbo (1:55)
10. Adage A / At Your Earliest Hesitation (4:45)
11. Gyrate / Adage B (3:23)
12. Not If I See You First (1:17)
13. Any Other World (1:27)
14. A Good Top Tongue (0:16)
15. Nose at Nose (0:56)
16. Will Cast Some Light On (1:32)
17. Adage D / Neither Fire Nor Place (0:46)
18. Monkey Lens Dipthong String (3:33)
19. Howdywhoola (0:17)
20. No Convenient Time (3:30)
21. One Never Knows Do One? Adage Coda, Long Fade (11:34)

Total Time 70:04

Line-up / Musicians

- Fred Frith / guitar music director composer
- Franck Ollu / conductor for Traffic Continues
Soloists (9-21):
- Ikue Mori / drum machines
- Zeena Parkins / harp electric harp

Ensemble Modern:
- Uwe Dierksen / trombone
- Roland Diry / clarinet
- Thomas Fichter / double bass electric bass
- Heinz Huber / accordion on Traffic Continues II: Gusto
- Michael M. Kasper / cello
- Freya Kirby / violin
- Susan Knight / viola
- Hermann Kretzschmar / piano sampler
- Catherine Milliken / oboe bass oboe english horn
- Bruce Nockles / trumpet
- Rumi Ogawa-Helferich / percussion cymbalom
- Franck Ollu / horn
- Rainer Römer / percussion
- Noriko Shimada / bassoon contrabassoon
- Wolfgang Stryi / saxophone contrabass clarinet
- Hilary Sturt / violin
- Dietmar Wiesner / flute bass flute piccolo

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Winter & Winter

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FRED FRITH Traffic Continues ratings distribution

(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars This is Frith's first album on the Winter & Winter label. All of the CD's that Fred have produced on this label so far are in a hardback cover with an integral booklet. Is the music worthy of the package? Well, probably not for most. I must admit, I've been listening to it mostly as background music at work. With stuff like this you really can't crank it up and concentrate on work.

I really don't think it's even something you would want to be listening to in traffic. Maybe if you were taking public transportation and missed being in traffic, this would help you cope. Seriously, if you sit down and listen to it and concentrate on the music, it is a sort of impressionist musical representation of traffic in a city, more on a bigger level than a personal one. The music is classical/jazz/prog fusion, maybe in that order. According to the booklet, Traffic Continues is a hybrid composed and improvisational piece. TC II utilizes samples of the late Tom Cora (1953-1988) as the centerpiece of the piece.

Ensemblic (classical-like, symphonic, prog, noise why not?) Avant-Prog at it's best. It's got guitar, drum machines, electric harp, and a bunch of other instruments to boot.

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