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3.39 | 56 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

US version of 1967 original "Mr. Fantasy" UK album:
1. Paper Sun (3:26) *
2. Dealer (3:13)
3. Coloured Rain (2:46)
4. Hole in My Shoe (3:04) *
5. No Face, No Name, No Number (3:38)
6. Heaven Is in Your Mind (4:22)
7. House for Everyone (2:05)
8. Berkshire Poppies (2:59)
9. Giving to You (4:18)
10. Smiling Phases (2:44) *
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy (5:33)
12. We're a Fade, You Missed This (0:53) *

Total time 33:07

Bonus tracks on 2000 Island CD:
13. Utterly Simple (3:17) ($)
14. Hope I Never Find Me There (2:09) ($)
15. Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush (15:45) (#)
16. Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am (16:45) (#)

* Tracks not included on "Mr. Fantasy", which has 2 tracks ($) not included here.
(#) Previously released on "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" Soundtrack

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Winwood / lead vocals (1-3,5,6,8,10-12,16), organ, piano, harpsichord, guitar, bass, percussion, arrangements
- Dave Mason / guitar, tamboura, shakkai (??), Mellotron, bass (2,11), harmonica, percussion, lead vocals (4,7,13,14)
- Chris Wood / flute, saxophone, organ, percussion, backing vocals
- Jim Capaldi / drums, percussion, lead vocals (2,6)

- Jimmy Miller / maracas (11), producer
- Steve Marriott / backing vocals & percussion (8)
- Ronnie Lane / backing vocals & percussion (8)
- Ian McLagan / backing vocals & percussion (8)
- Kenney Jones / backing vocals & percussion (8)

Releases information

LP United Artists Records ‎- UAS 6651 (1968, US)

CD Island Records ‎- 314 542 824-2 (2000, US) W/ 4 bonus tracks

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TRAFFIC Heaven Is In Your Mind ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (52%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Dave who?

By the time "Mr. Fantasy" was released in the UK in late 1967, Dave Mason had already left the band (for the first time). In was some time later that a US release for the album was to come about. The band therefore decided to reflect their current situation as a trio, erasing Mason from the album credits.

For its US release, the album was initially re-titled "Heaven is in your mind", and two of Mason's three songs were removed. This conveniently made way for the inclusion of three songs which had already been hit singles for Traffic in the UK. One of these, "Hole in my shoe", was in fact a Mason composition. The whimsical nature of the song lead to the rest of the band recording it under protest, but Mason enjoyed a told you so moment when it became a huge hit.

The differences between the UK and US versions were not however purely the result of political intrigue. There was a tendency in the UK for singles not to appear on album around this time, while US record buyers were less prone to acquiring singles and therefore expected to hear such songs on a band's albums.

The rearrangement and substitution of the songs for this version is significant in terms of the balance and atmosphere of the album. Whereas the UK release had a generally serious, proto-prog feel (although for obvious reasons that term would not have been used at the time), the US album has a much lighter, psychedelic pop atmosphere. This is not simply down to the inclusion of "Hole in my shoe". The other singles, "Paper sun" and "Smiling phases", also had a pop feel to them. When this is combined with the occasional lighter moments on the original album such as "Berkshire poppies", this becomes a much more accessible album overall.

For me, while this is a highly enjoyable listen, the pioneering spirit which prevails on the UK "Mr. Fantasy" is slightly diluted here. That said, tracks such as "Heaven is in your mind" and "Giving it to you" are still very much an integral part of this release.

At the end of the day, you pays your money and you takes your choice. Both versions are currently available together on a single CD on the Island remasters version of "Mr Fantasy".

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Heaven is in Your Mind is the US version of the debut full-length studio album by UK progressive rock act Trafficīs. The UK version is titled Mr. Fantasy. The tracklists on the two versions differ a lot from each other. Heaven is in Your Mind include three tracks that donīt appear on Mr. Fantasy and the the rest of the tracks have a different order from the UK version too. Personally I prefer the tracklist on the UK version but Heaven is in Your Mind is enjoyable too. The mono version which is the one I have heard doesnīt have a sound that I enjoy much though and thatīs my main reason for taking one star off my rating. 3 stars are deserved but I recommend getting the UK stereo version which is an excellent release.

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4 stars This is the U.S. release of Traffic's first album, MR. FANTASY. The Track listing is the same, with a different order and several track changes. Heaven... adds Traffic's first two singles ("Paper Sun" and "Hole in my Shoe") as well as the hit "Smiling Phases" but drops "Utterly Simple" and ... (read more)

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