Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Traffic - 1967-1968 Live Compilation - Paper Rain

1967-1968 live compilation
"Paper Rain"
1967-09-12, Stockholm Sweden performance plus other recordings from 1967-1968

Liberated Colosseum bootleg remastered by Pink Robert
Soundboard recording, very good quality (at least for this period)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's a classic band that I have been meaning to feature at some point, but just haven't gotten around to it. Traffic, a unique band that started as a somewhat psychedelic rock group that kept experimenting into various forms of blues, folk, and jazz improvisation, becoming a force in the progressive rock movement. Formed in Birmingham, UK, 1967, shortly after keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group, Winwood was joined by guitarist Dave Mason, drummer Jim Capaldi, and woodwinds player Chris Wood. Their first album, Mr. Fantasy (1967), did well in the UK, but was largely ignored elsewhere. Although Mason left the band shortly after the first album, he would return in 1968 for long enough to contribute on half the songs on their 2nd album, Traffic (1968), and then returned briefly again in 1971. In 1968, with the loss of Mason, Traffic toured as a trio, and were moving toward a more folk/blues groove, followed by the release of Last Exit (1969), a part live, part studio album. But then the band was dissolved in early 1969 when Winwood abruptly left to form supergroup Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech, which famously didn't last long, and Winwood was back recording with Capaldi and Wood before the end of the year. Originally intended to be a Winwood solo album, the resulting sessions became Traffic's fourth album, and most successful to date, John Barleycorn Must Die (1970). The group expanded in 1970-71, bringing in Blind Faith bandmate Grech, drummer Jim Gordon, and the last brief return of Dave Mason, resulting in the freewheeling live album, Welcome to the Canteen (1971). Presented here are some early live recordings by the band. The Stockholm show was one of their earliest, after only releasing a couple singles, even before their first album. The 1968 shows were without Mason.
1. Giving To You
2. Smiling Phases
3. Coloured Rain
4. Hole In My Shoe
5. Feelin' Good
6. Paper Sun
7. Dear Mr. Fantasy
8. Coloured Rain
9. Feelin' Alright
10. You Can All Join In
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy
12. No Face, No Name, No Number
13. Hope They Never Find Me Here
14. Just For You
15. Little Woman

Tracks 1-7: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 12, 1967
Tracks 8 & 12: Fillmore West, San Francisco, March 14, 1968
Tracks 9-11: Grona Lund, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 5, 1968
Track 13: Basing Street Studios, 1967
Tracks 14-15: Dave Mason solo single, 1968

Steve Winwood - organ, guitar, vocals
Dave Mason - guitar, vocals
Jim Capaldi - drums, vocals
Chris Wood - sax, flute

FLAC - Traffic_1967-68_Paper Rain_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Traffic_1967-68_Paper Rain_mp3.rar

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