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Direct Link To This Post Topic: Traffic vs. Argent
    Posted: February 07 2015 at 13:47
Two bluesy, proggy bands with keyboards virtuosos as frontmen. Which do you prefer?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 13:59
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Traffic a bluesy band?  Not that there is a damn thing wrong with that.. but never really saw Traffic as that. The bands similarity IMO stops at the frontman, keyboard centric nature of the groups. Traffic was a very diverse group musically.. and jazz was at the heart of Traffic.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 14:02
^Come to think of it, so was Argent! Shocked
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 14:08
Argent for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 14:28
Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

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Traffic a bluesy band?  Not that there is a damn thing wrong with that.. but never really saw Traffic as that. The bands similarity IMO stops at the frontman, keyboard centric nature of the groups. Traffic was a very diverse group musically.. and jazz was at the heart of Traffic.

I think you're mostly right, though it's undeniable that Winwood's style was also profoundly rooted in blues. Don't forget that we're talking about a guy who played with Muddy Waters and Howling' Wolf, among others. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 14:57
Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

Low Spark of Trollish Forum Members...

Traffic a bluesy band?  Not that there is a damn thing wrong with that.. but never really saw Traffic as that. The bands similarity IMO stops at the frontman, keyboard centric nature of the groups. Traffic was a very diverse group musically.. and jazz was at the heart of Traffic.


I think songs like Dear Mr. Fantasy, No Time To Live, You Can All Join In, Pearly Queen, Stranger To Himself and Every Mother's Son have blues as the basis. I think blues was as important for Traffic as folk, jazz and rock. They had a nice mixture of styles, but blues was certainly one of them.

On topic: haven't heard Argent yet so I cannot vote.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 15:07
Certainly not Traffic.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 15:15
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

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With apologies to Traffic, love 'em too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 15:46
Traffic..."John Barleycorn Must Die" is a masterpiece!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 15:46
Great pairing of bands.
Side B of Traffic's 'Last Exit' is bluesy. But yeah, Traffic were a melting-pot of styles. Love 'em.
Argent - perhaps Rod is a bit more flamboyant on the keys, love 'em as well.
I vote Traffic, if only for Low Spark alone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 16:13
Traffic for me.....I have always liked Argent but John Barleycorn tips the scales for Traffic imho.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 16:17
I like both, but I prefer Traffic.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 16:19
There are a lot of good things by Argent but I had to vote Traffic.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 16:22
Bit off-topic here, but anyone know what synth Winwood was indulging in on his early-80's hits ?? It kinda gets on my nerves, truth be known. Thought he'd have a better taste for sound........
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 16:44
Originally posted by Magic Mountain Magic Mountain wrote:

Traffic..."John Barleycorn Must Die" is a masterpiece!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 17:23
Traffic by a parsec or two.
...a vigorous circular motion hitherto unknown to the people of this area, but destined
to take the place of the mud shark in your mythology...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 18:29
Argent was the first band I ever saw in concert.  They opened for T. Rex.
 
Not that it's relevant, I just thought I'd throw it into the maelstrom of conversation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 20:41
Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:


Certainly not Traffic.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2015 at 21:00
Originally posted by Mista-Gordie Mista-Gordie wrote:

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

Low Spark of Trollish Forum Members...

Traffic a bluesy band?  Not that there is a damn thing wrong with that.. but never really saw Traffic as that. The bands similarity IMO stops at the frontman, keyboard centric nature of the groups. Traffic was a very diverse group musically.. and jazz was at the heart of Traffic.

I think you're mostly right, though it's undeniable that Winwood's style was also profoundly rooted in blues. Don't forget that we're talking about a guy who played with Muddy Waters and Howling' Wolf, among others. 
And Jimi Hendrix as well. Nice organ contributions on Electric Ladyland.
 
 
 
 


Edited by The Dark Elf - February 07 2015 at 21:00
...a vigorous circular motion hitherto unknown to the people of this area, but destined
to take the place of the mud shark in your mythology...
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