Saturday, October 24, 2009


Although JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE was originally intended as Steve Winwood's post-Blind Faith solo debut, Winwood and producer/label head Chris Blackwell first drafted Jim Capaldi to provide lyrics, and then Chris Wood dropped by to add his familiar reeds, and almost by accident, Traffic was reborn.

This was a different, and better, Traffic than the ill-fated quartet lineup with Dave Mason, which never entirely settled on an artistic direction. The sound of JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE, on the other hand, remained the template for the rest of the reunited band's career--long, organically developed songs with a subtle jazz-rock feel, powered by Capaldi's percussion and Winwood's organ. "John Barleycorn," a traditional English folk song about the process of brewing ale (not, as the liner notes mistakenly claim, a call for temperance), here becomes a pastoral reverie carried along by flute and acoustic guitar, and proves to be the record's highlight. However, the quality of the other songs, particularly the instrumental opener, "Glad," and the outstanding ballad "Empty Pages," is nearly as high.

Tracks :

1. "Glad (Winwood)" 6:59
2. "Freedom Rider" (Capaldi/Winwood) 5:30
3. "Empty Pages" (Capaldi/Winwood) 4:34
4. "I Just Want You to Know" (Capaldi/Winwood) 1:30
5. "Stranger to Himself" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:57
6. "John Barleycorn" (Traditional/Winwood) 6:27
7. "Every Mother's Son" (Capaldi/Winwood) 7:08
8. "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love" (Capaldi/Winwood) 3:33
9. "Backstage and Introduction (live)" (Capaldi/Winwood) 1:50
10. "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (live)" (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 6:56
11. "Glad (live)" (Winwood) 11:29

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1 comment:

  1. I agree, i think this is traffic's finest hour.

    Glad to see the printer came up trumps!


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