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3 stars This third ''Traffic'' album opens on a fine psychedelic-folk song: ''Just For You''. This is very pleasant indeed and might announce a good work. I have a mixed bag feeling about the next track available. ''Shanghai Noodle Factory'' (what a title!) holds a splendid chorus, and even it is a total ''Procol Harum'' rip-off this bluesy-symphonic song is quite enjoyable overall. Heavy organ and fluting are superb as well.

Actually, the heavy-prog ''Something's..'' also offers some jolly good beat. A strong psyche feel again and so far so good for this album. I am not a deep fan of the band, but I can't see any worse here than in their previous albums. On the contrary, I would tend to like this one better.

Not that it holds musical jewels, but the vocals are well performed and the pair keys/flute works perfectly (''Withering Tree''). There is only one side of studio recordings which ends with the funky-bluesy ''Medicated Goo'' which is my least favourite.

The second part of the album is dedicated to two long live songs. As usual in live performances in those days, these extensive tracks do hold improvisation parts, but that's alright with me. Being a fan of Led Zep and Purple, I couldn't really complain about this fact.

What is remarkable though is the great organ play in ''Feelin' Good''. But everybody knows the man who sits behind?A great man indeed. The interplay organ/sax is quite impressive. In all, there is nothing wrong with this album: three stars even if the bluesy ''Blind Man'' is not my cup of tea.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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