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After spending the majority of his late-teen years being mistaken -- in the realm of audio -- for Ray Charles, the Spencer Davis Group's "little" Stevie Winwood found himself at the helm of one of the most promising and volatile bands of the late '60/early '70s, Traffic. The initial core foursome of Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, and Chris Wood successfully went from psychedelic art rockers to blues-rock "jamathoners" without losing any momentum, cranking out both concise, pop-oriented radio singles ("Paper Sun," "Dear Mr. Fantasy") and rambling epics ("Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys," "John Barleycorn") with equal amounts of elegance and swagger. Despite numerous lineup changes, side projects, and endless clashes between Winwood and Mason, the group lasted well into the '70s, a good chunk of which appears here on the double-disc, liner-note-heavy Gold. While previous Island collections like Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic and 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection dutifully cover the radio essentials, Gold provides both newbies and longtime fans with a fully stocked buffet of fan favorites and album highlights.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498312070
catalogNumber: 000501102
Rank: 42800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Traffic   Primary Artist
Jim Capaldi   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Dave Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Tamboura,Mellotron,Shakkai
Steve Winwood   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron
Rick Grech   Bass,Violin
Rebop Kwaku Baah   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Jim Gordon   Drums
Rosko Gee   Bass
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Chris Wood   Organ,Flute,Percussion,Electric Piano,Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Capaldi   Composer
Steve Winwood   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rick Grech   Composer
Vivian Stanshall   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Brian Humphries   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
Muff Winwood   Composer
Spencer Davis   Composer
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
Kelly Martinez   Licensing
Traditional   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Martin "Nobby" Clarke   Engineer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes,Essay
Chris Wood   Composer

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Gold 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I have to correct the AMG reviewer. Dave Mason only was a Traffic member for the first two albums and guested on the live Welcome to the Canteen. Traffic was a trailblazing band. Disc 1 gathers 19 of the best songs of their 1967-70 period and is a 4 1/2 star effort. At best the lyrics were a bit woozy but the music was a unique stew of influences. Disc 2 charts their decline. Although Mason and the rest of the band were at odds, Steve Winwood seemed to need someone to balance his tendency to stretch out. Eight of the 11 numbers on the CD are longer than 6 minutes and two are over 11. The Low Spark material still has some flashes of fire but the rest of the songs meander and drift. Only Jim Capaldi's Rock and Roll Stew shows much similarity to the Mason days. I would give the disc about 2 1/2 stars. This is probably all the Traffic you need. The compilers have packed both CDs to their maximum time limit.