Header

ON THE ROAD

Traffic

Eclectic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Traffic On The Road album cover
4.03 | 50 ratings | 11 reviews | 24% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy TRAFFIC Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Live, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Glad / Freedom Rider (20:49)
2. Tragic Magic (8:30)
3. (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired (10:20)
4. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (6:40)
5. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (10:30)
6. Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys (17:35)

Total Time: 74:24

Lyrics

Search TRAFFIC On The Road lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search TRAFFIC On The Road tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Barry Beckett / keyboards
- Jim Capaldi / vocals, percussion, drums
- Roger Hawkins / drums
- David Hood / bass
- Reebop Kwaku Baah / percussion
- Steve Winwood / vocals, guitar, piano
- Chris Wood / saxophone, flute

Releases information

LP Island Records Ltd. ISLD-2 (1973)
CD Island 7900282 (1988)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Fassbinder for the last updates
Edit this entry

TRAFFIC MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy TRAFFIC On The Road Music


Low Spark of High Heeled BoysLow Spark of High Heeled Boys
Extra tracks · Remastered
Island 2002
Audio CD$4.55
$3.94 (used)
Traffic (The Definitive Collection)Traffic (The Definitive Collection)
Remastered
Island 2000
Audio CD$5.98
$3.64 (used)
TrafficTraffic
Extra tracks · Remastered
Island 2001
Audio CD$4.48
$4.00 (used)
John Barleycorn Must DieJohn Barleycorn Must Die
Extra tracks · Remastered
Island 2001
Audio CD$3.56
$3.40 (used)
Shoot Out at the Fantasy FactoryShoot Out at the Fantasy Factory
Remastered
Island 2003
Audio CD$1.93
$1.93 (used)
When the Eagle FliesWhen the Eagle Flies
Remastered
Island 2003
Audio CD$3.66
$5.00 (used)
Heaven Is in Your MindHeaven Is in Your Mind
Extra tracks · Remastered
Island 2000
Audio CD$8.48
$10.98 (used)
The Best of Traffic: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium CollectionThe Best of Traffic: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Island 2003
Audio CD$1.77
$1.02 (used)
Mr FantasyMr Fantasy
Import · Remastered
Island UK 1999
Audio CD$5.36
$4.25 (used)
Traffic GoldTraffic Gold
Remastered
Island 2005
Audio CD$9.18
$9.90 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Traffic Best of Traffic 1969 LP US $20.00 Buy It Now 32m 10s
TRAFFIC-HOLE IN MY SHOE/PAPER SUN-RARE GERMAN PS 45rpm 7" 1970s-PSYCHEDELIC ROCK US $10.00 Buy It Now 52m 6s
Traffic-1974 magazine advert US $8.40 Buy It Now 59m 33s
BEARDFISH SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC PART 1 NEW SEALED RUSSIAN SOYUZ RECORDS CD OBI US $11.94 Buy It Now 1h 12m
BEARDFISH SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC PART 2 NEW SEALED RUSSIAN SOYUZ RECORDS CD OBI US $11.94 Buy It Now 1h 13m
Traffic - Best Of CD US $34.29 Buy It Now 1h 59m
Berner & Ampichino - Traffic 2 CD US $16.18 Buy It Now 2h 3m
DEAR MR FANTASY JIM CAPALDI TRIBUTE (2 CD) STEVE WINWOOD~TRAFFIC~JOE WALSH *NEW* US $13.45 Buy It Now 2h 9m
Traffic Sound - Yellow Sea Years: Peruvian psych-rock-soul 1968-71 VAMPI CD 061 US $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 14m
Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic Country CD - NEW US $13.97 Buy It Now 2h 19m
Traffic From Paradise, Rickie Lee Jones, Good US $4.15 Buy It Now 2h 24m
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory [Remaster] by Traffic (CD, Sep-1989, Island... US $2.58 Buy It Now 2h 48m
Steve Winwood Signed 4 Cd Box Set The Finer Things Traffic Blind Faith + Photo US $499.99 Buy It Now 3h 15m
HANS KOCH - HEAVY CAIRO TRAFFIC (750447317529) - NEW CD US $44.22 Buy It Now 3h 45m
Traffic - The Collection NEW CD US $5.91 Buy It Now 4h 10m
TRAFFIC The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys 1971 Island SW-9306 W/INNER VG+ VINYL US $3.99 Buy It Now 4h 33m
TRAFFIC - Never Get Lonely - 12" US $12.78 Buy It Now 4h 40m
VUE babies are for petting CD 5 track featuring look out for traffic, hey hey no US $8.40 Buy It Now 5h 7m
4TH. STREET TRAFFIC - 14/02TOGETHER WE STAND-AS LONG - MWCD126 US $7.11 Buy It Now 5h 18m
Best of Traffic (1969) UAS 5500 United Artists Records LP US $6.95 Buy It Now 5h 24m
TRAFFIC - SHOOTOUT AT THE FANTASY FACTORY [CD NEW] US $9.95 Buy It Now 5h 30m
BRAND NUBIAN one for all LP 16 track double (teg755031) us traffic 0 US $31.98 Buy It Now 5h 51m
Traffic - When the Eagle Flies CD US $3.99 [1 bids]
5h 58m
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic (CD, Jun-1990, Island (Label)) US $5.00 [0 bids]
US $10.00 Buy It Now
6h 4m
traffic 7" here we go round the mulberry bush 1967 1st press ISLAND WIP6025 VG++ US $12.11 Buy It Now 6h 45m
THE RUMOUR 'EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC' UK 7" SINGLE US $1.67 Buy It Now 6h 52m
THE RUMOUR 'EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC' UK 7" SINGLE ON GREEN VINYL #2 US $3.35 Buy It Now 6h 52m
THE RUMOUR 'EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC' UK 7" SINGLE ON GREEN VINYL US $3.35 Buy It Now 6h 52m
Ivory Coast , Audio CD, The Rush of Oncoming Traffic US $7.09 Buy It Now 6h 58m
TRAFFIC WELCOME TO THE CANTEEN VERY RARE CASSETTE ALBUM. FRANCE US $3.35 [0 bids]
7h 5m
HERBERT LEONARD LP POPCORN SOUL MOD traffic dylan hear US $34.99 [0 bids]
7h 5m
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK/ - TRAFFIC [ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK/CHARLES DUMONT] - NEW CD US $12.67 Buy It Now 7h 32m
COLUMBIA 31721 DAVE MASON TRAFFIC ITS LIKE YOU NEVER LEFT US $19.99 [0 bids]
7h 44m
Dave Mason - S/T (Sony CD/Made In Japan/SRCS 6181) ex-Traffic US $17.00 [0 bids]
7h 59m
TRAFFIC CONTROL 1988 PROMO ONLY 11 TRACK COMP CD STEVE WINWOOD DAVE MASON RARE US $9.95 Buy It Now 8h
STEREO MC'S Deep Down & Dirty 2001 Taiwan w/obi CD New Breeze-Running-Traffic US $9.99 [0 bids]
8h 21m
TRAFFIC - SMILING PHASES - NEW CD BOXSET US $10.73 Buy It Now 8h 29m
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die 2 CD Pop Set Album Music Brand New US $28.61 Buy It Now 8h 31m
TRAFFIC~STEVE WINWOOD~The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys LP STERLING LH ISLAND US $19.99 [0 bids]
8h 40m
Traffic w BOOKLET Traffic Self Titled 1968 Stereo LP US $4.50 Buy It Now 8h 44m
KBCO Live in Studio C Vol 15 Coldplay Tori Amos Steve Winwood Traffic REM Seald US $19.99 [0 bids]
8h 55m
HEAVY TRAFFIC STARRING (V) "JEALOUSY" / "COMING DOWN WITH LOVE" 1986 VG++ HEAR! US $5.00 Buy It Now 9h
Steve Winwood-Refugees Of The Heart Traffic Blind Faith US $1.99 [0 bids]
9h 6m
TRAFFIC Welcome To The Canteen Remastered CD NEW & SEALED US $11.37 Buy It Now 9h 8m
TRAFFIC, Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory, 33rpm vinyl LP, Rock US $3.50 [0 bids]
US $4.70 Buy It Now
9h 10m
TRAFFIC, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boy's, 12"vinyl LP, 33rpm, Rock US $3.50 [0 bids]
US $4.70 Buy It Now
9h 12m
RUMOUR-EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC/HARD ENOUGH TO SHOW STIFF BUY 45 RED VI UK NM/VG+ 45+PS US $7.98 Buy It Now 9h 26m
Traffic " Heavy Traffic " Greatest Hits NM- 1975 UA-LA421-G US $17.50 Buy It Now 9h 27m
Traffic - Welcome to the Canteen LP EX Winwood US $7.99 [0 bids]
9h 34m
Don Covay: Travelin; In Heavy Traffic / Once You Had It 45 - Soul US $5.40 Buy It Now 9h 36m
RICK GRECH The Last Five Years SEALED LP TRAFFIC Blind Faith FAMILY Airforce US $7.99 [0 bids]
9h 38m
TRAFFIC-HERE COMES A MAN-UK+U.S SINGLE VERSION-RARE PROMO DJ CD-STEVE WINWOOD-2T US $3.00 [0 bids]
US $3.99 Buy It Now
9h 47m
Traffic - Best of Traffic (UAS 5500) US $9.05 Buy It Now 9h 55m
COSMOPOLITAN TRAFFIC - AUTORYNO - TZA8181 US $22.80 Buy It Now 10h 4m
Eric & The Animals Burdon - Athens Traffic Live [CD New] US $14.76 Buy It Now 10h 10m
ROLL WITH IT BY STEVE WINWOOD (CD) Traffic, Blind Faith US $2.50 Buy It Now 10h 12m
AIR TRAFFIC - Fractured Life - RARE 11 Track CD Advance US $6.99 Buy It Now 10h 12m
TRAFFIC-THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS/ ISLAND/ 1971 EX US $5.99 [0 bids]
10h 17m
SPENCER DAVIS + TRAFFIC - Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush - '68 OST - SEALED US $20.00 Buy It Now 10h 19m
Traffic Lp Welcome To The Canteen Great Record Original Press US $3.99 [0 bids]
10h 20m
STEPHEN MALKMUS - MIRROR TRAFFIC NEW VINYL US $57.57 Buy It Now 10h 30m
CD-Traffic-Traffic Control PROMO SAMPLER~60's/70's Steve Winwood US $14.99 [0 bids]
10h 36m
TRAFFIC HOLE IN MY SHOE 7" E.P. P/S FACTORY SAMPLER I.E.P. 7 EXC US $13.45 Buy It Now 10h 40m
ZEBRA TRAFFIC COMPILATION - ZEBRA TRAFFIC COMPILATION (UK) NEW CD US $26.12 Buy It Now 10h 42m
TRAFFIC JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE VINYL LP PROMO US $0.99 [1 bids]
10h 49m
SAILOR - Traffic Jam - Excellent Condition 7" Single US $11.77 Buy It Now 10h 49m
STEVIE WINWOOD´S TRAFFIC EP MADE IN PORTUGAL 45 PS 7 *PAPER SUN / GIVING TO YOU* US $49.99 [0 bids]
10h 51m
Steve Winwood-Refugees Of The Heart Traffic Blind Faith US $4.00 [0 bids]
10h 55m
Steve Winwood-Arc Of A Diver original Island release NO UPC Traffic Blind Faith US $4.00 [0 bids]
10h 55m
STEPHEN MARLEY-THE TRAFFIC JAM 3-VERSION U.S.PROMO DJ CD C27 # US $9.99 Buy It Now 10h 57m
TRAFFIC THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS LP FREE COMBINED U.S. SHIPPING US $2.99 [1 bids]
11h 13m
Best of Traffic UAS 5500 United Artists Records 1969 LP US $0.99 [0 bids]
11h 28m
TRAFFIC MFSL 24 KARAT GOLD S/T Shootout & Spark AUDIOPHILE RARE Sealed 3 CD Set US $429.99 Buy It Now 11h 34m
Traffic - On The Road lp Gatefold SMAS-9336 Stereo US $6.99 Buy It Now 11h 40m
TRAFFIC SELF TITLED VINYL LP US $0.99 [0 bids]
11h 43m
TRAFFIC JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE LP FREE COMBINED U.S. SHIPPING US $2.99 [1 bids]
11h 43m
John Barleycorn Must Die (Bonus Tracks) - Traffic US $7.30 Buy It Now 11h 46m
Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Bonus Tracks) - Traffic US $7.30 Buy It Now 11h 46m
Jimi Hendrix Crosstown Traffic Cd Single 4 Tracks Germany US $5.00 Buy It Now 12h 14m
Troubadours of British Folk Vol 2 RARE CD-Fairport Convention,Traffic,Roy Harper US $18.99 [0 bids]
US $24.69 Buy It Now
12h 20m
STEVIE WINWOOD - Winwood 1971 2LP G/F w/ BOOKLET Traffic Spencer Davis Group US $18.99 Buy It Now 12h 22m
Traffic: Island records 12" 1967 orig recordings EP. Import England 45 rpm US $7.00 [0 bids]
12h 43m
The Merging Traffic Promo 45 on Decca 732489 Bit By Bit / Deep In Kentucky US $5.00 [0 bids]
12h 44m
TRAFFIC - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys - 1971 - CD - 422-842 779-2 - BMG US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $3.99 Buy It Now
12h 51m
Traffic self-titled sealed Simply Vinyl gold label OOP RARE 1st run US $79.99 Buy It Now 12h 56m
DAVE MASON s/t LP OOP mid-70's AOR soft-rock Traffic Fleetwood Mac US $2.99 Buy It Now 13h 16m
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - TRAFFIC & WEATHER NEW CD US $18.47 Buy It Now 13h 20m
JIM CAPALDI poor boy blu JAPAN CD Traffic Steve Winwood US $25.49 [0 bids]
13h 25m
Traffic by Traffic- LIKE NEW (CD, Jun-1990, Island (Label)) US $7.99 Buy It Now 13h 32m
Mr. Fantasy by Traffic - LIKE NEW (CD, Jun-1990, Island (Label)) US $6.99 Buy It Now 13h 35m
DJ Too Tuff's Lost [PA] * by Tuff Crew (CD, Nov-2008, Traffic Entertainment... US $11.99 Buy It Now 13h 39m
TRAFFIC Mr. Fantasy UAS 6651Stereo 1968 Vinyl Lp N/Mint- US $26.38 Buy It Now 13h 43m
RUMOUR-EMOTINAL TRAFFIC/HARD ENOUGH TO SHOW STIFF BUY45 GREEN VINYL VG+/VG 45+PS US $5.98 Buy It Now 13h 50m
Traffic More Heavy Traffic LA 526 1975 Vinyl Lp EX+ US $7.98 Buy It Now 13h 56m
Traffic MR FANTASY Limited Edition Classic Album NEW SEALED VINYL LP US $16.99 [0 bids]
14h 3m
Traffic - On The Road ISLD-2 1973 release US $5.00 [0 bids]
14h 6m
Traffic, Mr Fantasy Audio CD US $8.99 Buy It Now 14h 11m
TRAFFIC John Barleycorn Must Die VINYL LP UA ~q US $7.95 Buy It Now 14h 16m
Don Covay Travelin' in Heavy Traffic LP EX/NM US $15.00 Buy It Now 14h 16m
TRAFFIC The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Limited Friday LP US $42.08 Buy It Now 14h 17m

More places to buy TRAFFIC music online Buy TRAFFIC & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for TRAFFIC DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

TRAFFIC On The Road ratings distribution


4.03
(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
24%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
53%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
20%
Collectors/fans only (2%)
2%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

TRAFFIC On The Road reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars (eighth in a serie of ten)

4,5 stars really. As from early 2005 , this album and Shootout are the only Traffic album awaiting a remastering. This is almost the same line-up than on Shootout but man, do they rock...... Full of lenghty interplay between a relatively tight band , this album got ineply critcized as lenghty and over-indulging jams - Absolute Rubbish. This is probably the finest live statement Traffic could have done. Most numbers have been expanded to allow more interplay but I never sensed a feeling of stretching out at all. There are no long drum solo or much other real solos (in the proper sense of the term solo) and every second sound justified to me. This was originally a double vinyl but managed to fit in a single cd so it is a great value not only in musical terms.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#33780) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, January 14, 2005

Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars In December 1971, Jim Capaldi recorded his first solo album, titled "Oh How We Danced", mainly in the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, in Alabama, U.S. (with other two songs recorded in London). He recruited for these recording sessions the musicians who owned the studios, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section: Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), Barry Beckett (piano, organ) and Jimmy Johnson (guitar). These musicians also recorded albums with many artists as session musicians (with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, etc.).Capaldi`s album was released in 1972. Also in late 1971, Jim Gordon (drums) and Ric Grech (bass) left Traffic. So, when Traffic wanted to record a new album in 1972, they invited Roger Hawkins and David Hood to be members of the band. They recorded the "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory" album. They went to tour for this album. They also filmed one of their concerts during 1972, which was released as a video called "Live in Santa Monica" (it was available on a VHS video some years ago). For the rest of the tour in 1972-73, Traffic added Barry Beckett to the line-up. This "On the Road" album was recorded by this line-up which now included Barry Beckett, in Germany, in 1973. (Jimmy Johnson is credited in this album as "Sound Mixer" during that tour). IMO, this is the best live album that Traffic recorded. This line- up is very good, better, IMO, than the 1971 line-up which recorded the "Welcome to the Canteen" and "The Low Spark of High- Heeled Boys" albums.The Muscle Shoals musicians are very good, sounding with a lot of experience to follow improvisations without problems. So, this album is really very good, and it shows that one of Traffic`s best qualities was their talent to improvise during structured compositions. In this album, Jim Capaldi is credited with playing percussion, vocals, and also playing the drums, but I can`t say when he is playing the drums. Roger Hawkins really shines on this album, playing very good. Barry Beckett is a very good pianist and organist. His participation in Traffic allowed Steve Winwood to play the guitar in some songs. Beckett plays the organ in other songs when Winwood plays the piano. The album starts with two songs from the "John Barleycorn Must Die" album: a long version of "Glad", with a lot of influence from jazz-rock music, and "Freedom Rider". "Tragic Magic" is an instrumental composition by Chris Wood. "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" is a very good live version, with Winwood on lead guitar. "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory" is the most "rocker" song in this album. "Light Up or Leave Me Alone" is a song composed and sung by Jim Capaldi, mostly a very good Pop song, during which he introduces the members of the band. "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" is a song which a duration of almost 18 minutes, with a lot of improvisation again (maybe Capaldi played drums in this song, with Hawkins too, but I`m not sure). This album has a very good recording and mixing. But I think that Steve Winwood sometimes sounds tired, maybe of being "on the road" for several months.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Guillermo (BETA) | Report this review (#33782) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, January 30, 2005

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars It is hard to criticise this incredible live album negatively at all. For me one of the top five progressive live albums to come out of the 70's. Remember Yessongs, Second's Out and also Ricochet by TD , On The Road sits proudly up there with these gems and it was a double LP release. The musician's worked brilliantly together with Reebop Kwaku Baah back in the percussive fold. Here we have ' jamming' at it's absolute best." Glad / Freedom Rider" the opener is 20 minutes of mesmerizing sound. Being live the tracks have been lengthened to accomodate for the apty titled On The Road LP" Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" is another great track as is the live version of the much debated ( Sometimes I feel So) Uninspired" but for me the highpoint is the seventeen minutes of " Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys" As I said all the intrument playing is of exceptional quality but Chris Wood's sax and flute needs a special mention too. Not an album to ignore especially if you are fond of those great 70's live albums.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Chris S (BETA) | Report this review (#60834) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, December 19, 2005

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Rivertree (BETA) | Report this review (#81511) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, June 19, 2006

Review by Raff
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I can't deny Traffic is one of my favourite '70s bands, although their music has very little to share with the decade's trademark symphonic prog trend - blending as they did diverse influences such as psychedelia, folk, jazz, soul and rock'n'roll. This live album, recorded in 1973 with an extended lineup besides the core trio of Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, showcases the band's best output of the early Seventies, with songs taken from their seminal trio of albums, "John Barleycorn Must Die", "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" and "Shootout at the Fantasy Factory".

The album contains only six tracks, the longest - an extended medley of two of Traffic's undisputed masterpieces, the magnificent instrumental "Glad" and the passionate "Freedom Rider" - clocking in at over 20 minutes. As a matter of fact, all of the tracks here are chock-full of jamming and improvisation, though not for their own sake. The unmistakable exotic flavour brought by Reebop Kwaku Baa's percussion work blends most effectively with the double drums provided by Jim Capaldi and Roger Hawkins. The late, great Capaldi also provides lead vocals (introducing band members in the middle section) in the dynamic, upbeat "Light Up or Leave Me Alone". Traffic though, could boast of one of the best-ever vocalists in the history of rock, the sexy, white-soul pipes of the incomparable Steve Winwood, whose performance on the sublime "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" is by turns wistful and seductive. Winwood also plays a mean lead guitar on this album, particularly on the soulful "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired", leaving Hammond duties to the excellent Barry Beckett. The stunning sax and flute tour-de-forces of the sadly missed Chris Wood on "Glad" and self-penned "Tragic Magic" should also be mentioned among the undisputed highlights of the album.

This is a great live album, full of soul, passion and dazzling musical prowess, showing an extremely influential band (though far too often forgotten) at their peak. Highly recommended to all serious fans of real quality music.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Raff (BETA) | Report this review (#85010) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, July 28, 2006

Review by oliverstoned
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 4,5 stars

"On the road" recorded live in Germany is technically the most accomplished album from the band. All pieces are transcended thanks to long instrumental works with excellent jazzy developments and fantastic guitar solos. No weak piece, except the (short) moments featuring Winwood's poor singing. Good recording. Essential Traffic album, along with "The low spark".

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to oliverstoned (BETA) | Report this review (#125526) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This live set begins with the storming avalanche of "John Barleycorn" openers "Glad/Freedom Ryder", which will never stop till the end of the record. What a superb musical performance it must have been, watching them live in concert! The extended TRAFFIC line-up with phenomenal conga player Kwakuh Baah and additional drummer, bassist and organist is one of the best live acts I ever heard. Extended jams of compositions taken from their three celebrated and easily the best albums ("John Barleycorn Must Die", "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" and "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory") leads you to a wonderful world of improvisation, masterful solo parts (especially Winwood on rare electric guitar, Kwakuh on congas, Wood on wah-wah-ed saxophone) and wild and playful performance. While Capaldi's "Light Up or Leave Me Alone" is maybe not the best selection from the masterpiece album "Low Sparks...", its extended version here is bettered by Capaldi's lively presentation of individual band members. The title track of that album is nicely performed although I will always prefer the studio version due to its incredible fuzzed organ solo that is lacking in a live performance. If you like extended jam playing in a jazz-rock style, you should definitely get this album , because it's one of the best and unfortunetely one of the most shamelessly overlooked live albums in the "classic rock" history. ****1/2 stars for excellent live performance, masterful solos and Stevie Winwood's solo guitar.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Seyo (BETA) | Report this review (#125777) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2007

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Traffic jam (Note to self: must try harder!)

Just two years after Welcome to the canteen, Traffic released "On the road", another live album. The time gap between the albums may be relatively short, but in the interim the band had released two studio albums which represented a major shift in their direction. Both The low spark of high healed boys and the then current album Shootout at the fantasy factory saw the band moving away from their pop and folk influences, while leaning much more towards jazz and fusion.

While those jazz/fusion influences were kept in check on the studio albums, here they are allowed to come to the fore, stifling all else. My heading above may seem somewhat corny (OK it is corny), but it describes what we have here perfectly. Many therefore feel that this album was disappointing, and failed to represent the band well enough. I tend to go along with that opinion. I cannot help but be reminded when listening to On the road of the hope you like our new direction part of the film This is Spinal Tap. Here though, there is really no excuse, as the line up is still focused on the Winwood/Wood/Capaldi trio. The rest of the seven man stage show is essentially that which recorded Shootout at the Fantasy factory.

On paper, the track listing is promising, including as it does "The low spark of high healed boys", "Freedom rider", etc. The versions here are however significantly extended and rather unstructured, with lengthy improvisations. The opening medley of Glad and Freedom rider (these two tracks ran together on the John Barleycorn album, and were always performed live as a single piece) for example becomes a 21 minute monster, while the title track from Low spark of high healed boys runs to some 18 minutes.

Normally, such extensions are to be applauded, but here the objective appears to be to drag the songs out without any real imagination. Chris Wood tends to dominate things far more on this album than he does on any other. While he was undoubtedly a talented musician, his relaxed jazz style simply serves to render lacklustre, songs which we have grown to love in their original form. His directionless noodling on Low spark. for example completely destroys the song for me.

The three tracks at the core of the album, do actually have more of a rock orientation. Ironically, it is (Sometimes I feel so) Uninspired which is the most inspired performance here. In this case, the band actually make good use of the 10½ minutes afforded to the song to develop it into a fine guitar driven rock number. The title track from Shootout at the fantasy factory is also relatively lacking in indulgence, but Capaldi's Light up or leave me alone becomes a real trudge, the band introductions simply prolonging the suffering.

In all, not Traffic's finest hour by any means. If you are new to the band, please do not judge them by this decidedly sub-par offering, they have created much better than this.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Easy Livin (BETA) | Report this review (#167745) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, April 17, 2008

Latest members reviews

4 stars Traffic is the one band I should name if men asked me which progressive (related) band sounded better on a live recording then on their studio records. The main reason is that these guys really knew how to jam. Don't expect Jimi Hendrix alike freak outs, but subtle tunes which were creatively bu ... (read more)

Report this review (#897286) | Posted by the philosopher | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Traffic is in good form here. This double album and the live setting give the band room to breathe, and they make good use of it. My only negative about this album is the song selection: "Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired" has never been at the top of my list of favorite Traffic tracks, and I would g ... (read more)

Report this review (#129587) | Posted by rsmoore | Saturday, July 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is an absolute must for fans of the later period traffic. The band is snug tight and slopply loose at the same time....the jazzy jams are hypnotic and spacy in parts and razor sharp at others. Chris Wood really steals the show....his woodwind woooshes with Winwood's work on seve ... (read more)

Report this review (#105339) | Posted by | Wednesday, January 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of TRAFFIC "On The Road"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.48 seconds