Traffic - Live Set 1972

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  1. Killing Floor

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    Thanks to a dumb blog I like half the time called Dangerous Minds…
    Traffic full live set from 1972.
    I love Traffic ( the band, the other kind is soul stealing) and this is a fantastic way to spend an hour.
    Stop what you’re doing. Level up as Rebop Kwaku Baah’s rhythm kicks it off. shaggy from Scooby Doo sings lead.
    Just remarkable. Best hour I’ve spent lately.
    Set list:
    “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”
    “Light Up or Leave Me Alone”
    “John Barleycorn”
    “Rainmaker”
    “Glad”
    “Freedom Rider”
    “40,000 Headmen”
    “Dear Mr. Fantasy”

    Traffic were at this time: Steve Winwood, vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass; Jim Capaldi, percussion, vocals; Chris Wood, flute, saxophone; Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussion; Roger Hawkins, drums; David Hood,bass.

     
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    I love Traffic, in all its incarnations....but there are a few recordings of them playing in Paris and the Fillmore East, with the core trio.....Winwood, Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi. Jim always on drums, Chris on flute or sax, and Winwood on keys. (on either bass pedals or left hand bass) When Steve switched to guitar, Chris would cover keys. He wasn't nearly as good as Steve covering bass, so it was very "fundamental" and simple.
    I saw the line-up you post in Ft Worth, sometime in early seventies. ('74, maybe?) They were great, but obviously stoned to the gills.
    Added.....there's a very good book on Chris Wood and Traffic called Tragic Magic. I recommend it.
     
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    Another great in the pocket rhythm section….Hawkins n Hood
     
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    This was such a great band. Had a 2-LP edition of "On The Road" that I played a lot for a long time.
     
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    Incidentally, this must be from at least two different performances.....Chris Wood's jacket changes back and forth from blue cloth to black leather. ;)
     
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    Love this performance, especially with Steve Winwood rocking that Inverness Green non-reverse Gibson Firebird! Also Jim Capaldi is a matter tambourine artist.
     
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    In the Blind Faith Hyde Park Concert we get to see Steve's cool Firebird sitting on top of his organ (or piano) but never get to see/hear him play it!

    I love the snarly playing and tone on " Light Up of Leave Me Alone"

    Edit: just figured out how to play hook and rhythm of above song!
    ( earworm needed to be tended to...which means ' learn the tune!')

    There is a cool kind of B7/Bm chord in the song, that shape is also used in Blind Faith's " Presence of The Lord" ( just before solo, but an A), as well as the first chord in Neil Young's electric " Words" ( also, an A)- very cool chord!
     
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    Brings back memories, I saw them around the same time period at Georgetown in DC.
     
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    Big fan here. On the Road is an amazing recording. Not exactly sure what year i't from??
     
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    Great stuff, thanks!
     
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    The sax is so smooth in Spark. Wood is just right.
     
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    Cool, I' only saw the Dear Mr. Fantasy from this show didn't know the whole thing was there too.
     
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    I saw them around then, at the Nassau Coliseum. John Martyn opened, and then it was Free, opening for Traffic. Awesome show, tickets were $6.50, $7.50, and $8.50.
     
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    Traffic were a huge influence on me in the early days. I had seen the Spencer Davis Group a few times at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester before then (I was 16, and so was Steve Winwood!). So I was excited to hear of the Traffic project and they did not disappoint... I finally got to see them headlining a festival which also included Hawkwind and Black Sabbath if I recall correctly...
    That lineup included Dave Mason, and they were fantastic. One of the best performances I have seen and I count myself privileged to have been there.
     
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    I saw Traffic in Bristol in May 1974. I remember nothing about it except the support band called Sour Grapes - Richard and Linda Thompson and friends. I've enjoyed RT ever since.
     
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    I’m too young to have seen them in the ‘70s, but their reunion in ‘93 or whatever year was really good. Very worthwhile reunion. There are youtube clips from this tour that show how good they still were.
     
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    Steve Winwood has one of the best voices ever. It's insane how old his voice sounds when he was in his early 20s.
     
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