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John Barleycorn Must Die

Traffic

1970

John Barleycorn Must Die

Album Summary

John Barleycorn Must Die is the fourth studio album by English rock band Traffic, released in 1970 as Island ILPS 9116 in the United Kingdom, United Artists UAS 5504 in the United States, and as Polydor 2334 013 in Canada. It marked the band's comeback after a brief disbandment, and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200, making it their highest-charting album in the US, and has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. In addition, the single "Empty Pages" spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 74. The album was marginally less successful in the UK, reaching number 11 on the UK Albums Chart.

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Rating

3.16

Votes

4764

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Come on. How many more albums 70s lads from Birmingham with long hair and a love for overblown organ solos must we listen to before we get some albums by some other genre of musician up in this junket?

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Listening to this album makes me want to scour Craigslist for an organ, attempt to play it at a few jams, then abandon it a couple months later—much like my criminally-brief stint with the trombone. Digging the layers. Never considered how unifying of a force the humble flute can be. Jazz, rock, Middle English folklore. There's no genre those delicate winds can't touch. Occasionally getting some Steely Dan vibes, Traffic's definitely dipping their toes in the jazzy side of rock here. Steve Winwood has some pipes. Wasn't sure who John Barleycorn was or why he had to die so I did a little research. Turns out he's a character from an old English folktale, circa 15th(?) century. Much like Rasputin some centuries later, the song chronicles the many varied and brutal methods by which the townsfolk and the nobility kill and grind John Barleycorn up, only for him to return once more in the spring—the anthropomorphized body of the crops he farms. Though it's not by a giant penis that he provides pleasure but the alcohol fermented from his barleycorn carrion. The album certainly cycles through deaths and rebirths and is a fitting tribute to this folk hero of intoxication. The flute really ties the room together.

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A techincally competent and well-adjusted blend of post-psych jamming and blues with enough levity to keep the scourge of sincerity-via-roots-music at bay. In the context of this book, yet another one scoring high for inoffenive listenability and low for musical evisceration, spiritual edification, intellectual expansiveness or any other good form of "challenging".

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5

This album started out on a high note and went on to reach an even higher note. It’s like a weird combination of jazz and folk. Some songs are some great jazz fusion, while others sound straight off a Jethro Tull album. Thoroughly enjoyed. Favorite Track(s): “Glad,” “Freedom Rider,” and “John Barleycorn”

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SO glad I found this album! A few really great tracks that will be in my regular rotation more often. I can definitely see where a look on interesting bands in the 70's took some inspiration but at the same time the combination of the keys, flute, and saxophone make this something completely unique from anything else.

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5

Traffic is a perfect blend of piano, organ and R&B sound. This is a real defining album for future sounds.

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5

Jazz-Rock. didnt know my body needed this. holy shit that sax. AND THAT VOICE. Freedom rider is amazing. Very replay-able for background or vibing

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5

I didn’t expect this at all. Imagined it would be more like Fairport Convention, but actually a huge mix. Really enjoyed it.

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5

Epic! Sounds from my childhood that I never knew the source of. Groovy.

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somehow i have never seen this band mentioned anywhere before i will forget the whole album within the next 5 days but it was good

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4

Chill 70s rock

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4

I quite enjoyed a lot of this album, even if it was one of those were all the songs slightly blended together in my mind. Not always a bad thing however

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4

Good should listen again

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Not my favorite style of music but I enjoyed it

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Who names their band Traffic? Everyone hates Traffic. Maybe Traffic in 1970 existed in some existential academic journal as something that might happen if too many people got cars and tried to go someplace all at once, but today Traffic is real and it's miserable. Green Day, now there's a band who has a name that is nearly future proof. In another 10 years, people will think to themselves, "remember photosynthesis?" Or, "remember when there were these green things called trees and plants that grew food on them?" Ten years may be too far into the future, but you get my point, someday soon, we'll all be wishing there was more Green Day. My parents used to listen to Traffic while smoking a joint after dinner. But whatever, that's beside the point. These guys smell like a bunch of dirty hippies and the name of this album is weird. Isn't Barleycorn a euphemism for alcohol? Anyhow, I guess it's a good thing that they broke up, because the world can only handle one band that sound like Chicago. Though I do have a secret crush on Steve Winwood, and more specifically j his song 'Valerie,' this album didn't didn't make much of an impression on me and I was thankful it was only 34 mins.

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It was just instrumental, nice chill music to put in the background but I didn't listen to the full album

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Wow. This made me want to have lamb chops for breakfast. I can't remember a thing about it.

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5

Excelente descoberta. Destaque para vocais e flautas. Músicas que mais gostei: Freedom Rider e John Barleycorn

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5

Really good, a mix of a lot of styles. My favorite might be the instrumental first track

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5

Good Vibes to start. I ended up leaving this on repeat all day. Great Record

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5

Fone: hd 599 Música predileta: Empty Pages Baixo sensacional, piano muito gostoso, vocal masculino super agradável, mas a cereja do bolo é a flauta

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5

Huge

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5

This I liked! Funky 70-s rock

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5

Some true jams on this album

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5

I still remember the first time I heard this when I was in high school. I've always thought it was great, and it opened the door to all of Traffic's great music.

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5

Batteries running low. A 20 year old water heater. My step-kids’ biological father. Yes, now I remember why I deleted so many tracks from this recording on my iPod. It’s not that 'John Barleycorn Must Die' is a bad LP. It just gets a little tedious. ‘Course, these were the days of extended jams. So, I’m willing to make allowance for that. And Steve Windwood is a mega talented instrumentalist, as well as a good vocalist, at least when he’s not slightly off-key, which is unfortunately often. (Flat or sharp, I can never quite tell.) Jim Capaldi is a great drummer, and Chris Wood gives them that nice jazzy sound with his sax and flute. I was 11 when this recording was released, but didn’t discover it until High School. The title track was the big seller in my day, that whole resurgent honoring of the ancient pagan ways among British musicians. (By the way, it’s interesting to note how many of Windwood’s musical colleagues were raised Anglican, but ultimately rejected Christianity in favor of practicing all of the eastern religious traditions, extraterrestrial veneration, and their own native paganism. Don’t blame this entirely on LSD, either. But this is another subject for another time.) But the title track is not really representative of Traffic’s usual sound. I remember thinking how unique the whole jazz/blues/rock vibe was that Traffic had going on. And it really ‘sparked’ on their next LP. This one, though, for me, is lacking a little flint. (Funny, too, how some LPs from that same period still seem to resonate with this listener- 'In The Court Of The Crimson King,' ie- while others no longer do.) It’s one of those grey, snowy days today in Colorado that typically puts me in the mood for something a little soulful, a little mellow. Theoretically, 'John Barleycorn' should do the job, but it seems to now be on the dole, at least for me. Maybe a nice glass of mead might help?

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5

There were three men came out of the West Their fortunes for to try And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn must die.

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5

Sweet tunes

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5

Amazing album set. Added to the regular rotation.

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5

I enjoyed this record, great combination of blues, with piano and guitar tracks. The songs were all excellent, as to be expected from this group. A very tight, nice album that was pleasant to hear.

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5

muy jazzer oaleatorio me gustó

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5

Freedom Rider just went boom it’s so good. I was not expecting such an outstanding intro from what I heard the song before. Honestly solid frickin album

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5

Thats just a fucking jam

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5

This album is IMMACULATE. God I friggin love Traffic, and not that beep beep honk honk stuff! I'm talkin' ROCKEMROLL!

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5

Savršen spoj proga, folk i jazz rocka.

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5

I think Traffic gets overlooked frequently when it comes to 70s blues rock. They draw much more influence from jazz than the typical popular groups of the time, and it really works for them. The opening track is just fantastic, such a great instrumental jam. After that, there are seamless transitions into the following songs, and the album does not slow down. The incorporation of the organ, guitar, bass, saxophone, piano and percussion are all done so well. This is Traffic's fourth installment as a group, and it may be their peak (Mr. Fantasy is excellent as well, especially for a debut album). No complaints here, this is an excellent album with exceptionally talented personnel and an ahead-of-the-curve sound, they were not afraid to experiment and I think it inspired a lot of bands through the years. Fave tracks: Glad, Freedom Rider, John Barleycorn

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5

Love this album, the organ sounds in it are some of the best to come out of the 60s. Beautiful recording.

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5

Less well known than later 70s bands, but these guys already invented many of the elements.

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5

Already own this album and listen to it regularly. A go to for some solid classic rock. Love it

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5

I haven’t listened to Traffic before that I recall, at least nothing off this album. I really loved the organ, flute and sax heavy songs! Felt very groovy like I was driving out of a 70s movie.

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5

There's something about Traffic that just makes all my chakras line up or something. They just feel good to me. I like their tunes, their instrumentation, and the yearning quality of Winwood's voice. Good good good.

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5

Expected to see Mr Fantasy instead of JB Must Die, and hadn't listened to the latter album for a long time - turned out to be great (5 star songs except the first one).

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4

Very jazzy, love the instrumental opening track

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4

Underrated tunes on this album

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4

muito, muito bom! Vários sons em harmonia, lindeza

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Nicht gut für einen Workout geeignet. Die Orgel gibt dem ganzen einen besonderen Flair, auch wenn ich es dadurch nicht jederzeit ertragen würde. Gefällt mir aber sehr gut! Viele stimmige bodenständige Soloeinlagen und ein stimmige Stimme. John Barleycorn hat es mir angetan. Zuerst dachte ich es sei ein Outlaw-Western-Ding, aber dann waren immer mehr Leute involviert, Reincarnation und einige der „Bestrafungen“, die ich verstanden hatte, waren sehr brutal. Was ist da los? Nachdem ich die Lyrics gelesen habe, geht es höchstwahrscheinlich um Alkohol, vielleicht der Wunsch nach Abstinenz? Lustige Reise!

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4

Really enjoyed it. Nice and relaxing album

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4

this was decent, bopped it all day

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4

Really nice album, enjoyed this a lot

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Favorites: John Barleycorn (Must Die), I Just Want You to Know Glad: Effectively conveys the mood it describes, quite jazzy, a bit too long - 0.25 Freedom Rider: Flutes, piano, and sax all make for an interesting jazzy composition - 0.75 Empty Pages: CCR meets soul - 1 I Just Want to Know: really good, wish it was longer - 1 Stranger to Himself: Eagles “desperado” meets soul, guitar kills it - 1 John Barleycorn: very folk rock - 1 Every Mother’s Son: Good, but too long - 0.25 Sittin Here Thinkin’ of My Love: Love the bass guitar in this song - 0.75 Total: 6/8

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4

Pretty good album by this good band!

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4

Fun! Great 60s/70s vibes here too. I can imagine this being the soundtrack to a movie set in NYC in the 70s.

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4

Not a bad album.

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No comments

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4

Pretty dope

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4

Funky.

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4

Always loved this record. Got a lot of elements of what I love from rock from this era.

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4

Oh yeah, I can listen to this. This jazz flute-ing, guitar riffing, hippy rock is my jam.

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ok

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4

Toques de jazz y de folk. Muy buen disco aunque cuesta entrar

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4

lekkere muziek. Waar om vaker naar te luisteren

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Love Traffic and this is my favorite.

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4

meh. not bad, but is been too long. i dont really remember it.

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4

Short but good. Nice find

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4

Nice mix of rock and folk, pretty short album, but Empty Pages and John Barleycorn are good songs.

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4

Pretty solid folk rock sound. I like Steve Winwood.

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Good

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4

A refreshingly brilliant album, wonderful songwriting and musicianship and Steve Winwood’s vocals are just lovely. Will revisit this and explore more of their catalog

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"John Barleycorn Must Die" is the fourth studio album by Traffic -- released in 1970. It is described as progressive/folk/jazz rock. There are 6 songs on this album, 2 of which are about 4 minutes long, and the rest around 6 or 7 minutes, which I believe means each track will tell a story. And who is John Barleycorn? He is "a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky," derived from an English folk song. Intriguing... This album opens with "Glad," a jazzy, pianoy, upbeat instrumental song. Lots of saxophone, organ, and piano going on here. This track is the only instrumental on the album, a great primer for this LP. Track number 2, "Freedom Rider," opens with more piano and saxophone, leading to Steve Winwood's smooth, high-tenor vocals, as he sings about cool things like lightning and motorcycles. Ride on, baby! The third track, "Empty Pages," features more piano and organ work, with a popping bass guitar and jazzy percussion. Winwood goes on about the woes of writer's block: "Staring at empty pages Centered 'round the same old plot Staring at empty pages Flowing along in the ages" A true joy (/s) of any writer's life! "Stranger to Himself" is track number 4, and is the shortest on the album at 4 minutes and 2 seconds. This track is poppy and has a really fun guitar/piano solo (duo?). Perhaps I'm projecting a bit onto this song, but the lyrics really strike a chord with and I feel compelled to lay the entire (short) set of words here: [Verse 1] Struggling with confusion, disillusionment too Can turn a man into a shadow, crying out from pain [Chorus] Through his nightmare vision, he sees nothing, only well Blind with the beggar's mind, he's but a stranger He's but a stranger to himself [Verse 2] Suspended from a rope inside a bucket down a hole His hands are torn and bloodied from the scratching at his soul I really dig it. Track 5, the titular "John Barleycorn (Must Die)" features a soothing acoustic guitar paired with Winwood's voice as he sings us the tale of 3 men who make an agreement that John Barleycorn must die. This is a cover song and it's quite fun. There is some great flute and tambourine work going on here. "Every Mother's Son" is the closing track on this album, and at 7 minutes and 5 seconds, it's the longest. More piano and organ work build this song up, with an electric guitar vibing with Winwood's vocals: "I'm a traveling soul and every mother's son Although I'm getting tired I've got to travel on Can you please help, my god? Can you please help, my god? Can you please help, my god? I think it's only fair" ...Did I write this? This album was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoy the little stories Traffic tells within their folklore, and the instrumentation is very easy-listening. Their lyrics are familiar and relatable, and Winwood's Ray Charles-inspired vocals are truly enjoyable. Nice work! Favorite track: Stranger to Himself Honorable mention: Every Mother's Son

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4

Nicely progresses from jazzy smooth jam session to rock/jazz fusion with organ looming to acoustic folk storytelling. Empty Pages, glad, every mother’s son.

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Good

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4

Pretty good bluesy rock album. Gets better towards the end.

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4

I liked this album quite a lot. I had heard of Traffic but I’m not sure I’d ever actually listened closely to any of their music. My favorite parts were the jazz improv parts of “Glad” and “Freedom Rider”, and honestly after “Glad” I was disappointed to hear Steve Winwood’s voice, which to me personally is the weakest part of the whole thing. If I could do half stars this would be 3.5 but since I can’t I’m rounding up to 4 in this case. Would listen to more jazz-rock in the future.

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4

Good rock and roll. I like this band.

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4

Short and sweet

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4

Nice length of album, some songs a bit repetitive but overall a fun listen

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4

some chill guitar vibes no?

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4

-first song started off really strong and original -became sort of regular 70's rock -still very good

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4

7/10

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4/5 Nice album, good sound

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4

My dad had been telling me to listen to this band for YEARS. Kinda like a rootsy prog rock band. Pretty cool!

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4

Pleasant country/folk jams. (7/10) Favorite Tracks : Freedom Rider

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4

Nice but not more

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4

This album has a whole lot of genre-bending, which is even more impressive when you consider that it only has 6 tracks. Each song stakes out a slightly different corner in the jazz-blues-prog rock-English folk tapestry that is Traffic. Good stuff. Best track: Every Mother's Son

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4

Funky!

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😎

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There are some albums that, like Electric Ladyland or Remain in Light, if someone tried to tell they were lame, I'd say \"Sorry, bro, you're just wrong. Get the wax out of your ears.\" John Barleycorn Must Die is not one of those. JBMD is a little hard for me to review dispassionately because it was one of my favorite albums when I was ten years old. I still like it, but I'm willing to admit to its shortcomings. Conceptually, I think it's fantastic. Gone is the psychedelia of the first two albums and in it's place is a sophisticated mixture of R&B, pop, rock, jazz, folk, and even a little avant guarde. You'd think that would be a mess, but the group manages to combine these genres seamlessly. That's largely due to excellent songwriting and canny arrangements. And that's where the group successfully hides its most glaring weakness--these musicians are not technically that great, which is a problem when you're trying to incorporate jazz or avant guarde, both of which require a high level of skill to be successful. They get around that with tightly written sections with minimal free playing, just enough to get the feeling of jazz and avant guarde. As an older listener, I can tell when they're faking it, and I'm both amused and tolerant. Others might be less generous about the vamping and weak solos. But to me, the most important thing is that they got the feel right. That's better than a great jazz player trying to play rock or R&B and getting the feel wrong, for example Joe Farrell and his album Upon This Rock.

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Weiß gar nicht, wie ich das hier einordnen soll. Big Band Soul Folk?! Aber unterschätze sie nicht, denn wenn der Gang mal rausgenommen, offenbart sich eine hypnotische, ja jazzig-fieberträumende Schönheit. In diesem Zusammenhang werde ich auch immer wieder ungläubig die totale Run Time checken, denn 34 Minuten dehnen sich, krümmen sich zu etwas längerem, aber zur Abwechslung mal im positiven Sinne. Als hätten die Songs und Instrumental Tracks eine Tiefe, die eine 5 Minuten Einheit locker bläht, ausstaffiert, ausfüllt. Schöne Entdeckung eines Kleinods, das vom Genre wohl gar nicht ganz meins ist. 3.7

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4.5

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4

Not a bad track on the album. Great musicianship vocals and lyrics.

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4

This was close to getting the 0 to 5 star treatment.

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4

Really enjoyable electric rock, spanning multiple styles from folk to blues with a hint of psychedelic in there. The weakest track is probably the title one, as I don't think they nail folk properly, but the rest more than makes up for it.

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You know how sometimes you forget about artists and albums. How much you enjoy them or it? Case in point Traffic and their wonderful album; John Barleycorn Must Die. Was anyone else quite sounding like Traffic in the 70s, with their jazzy vibe ? Sax sometimes taking the part of guitar like on album opener, Glad. And of course the title track is just gorgeous - what a beautiful melody. I love this album and I'm happy the 1001 albums led me back to give it alisten...(I actually listened twice). 4 stars

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not exactly a high point for winwood or traffic so it's another weird addition to this book. this album was winwood trying to figure out what to do after blind faith broke up so he went off to write a solo album that somehow turned into a traffic album minus their guitarist. most of the better tracks on the album just seem like the byproduct of a bunch of weed and acid and just having a great time jamming, and i'm here for that. then there's the weird dabbling with american folk rock that doesn't really click. weird album made weirdly but a real good jam

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4

Just started to get into it and then it ended.

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Could've been a 5 if it stuck to jazz

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4

Great rock album with different sounds. Felt like listening to a jam session

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Classic

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No idea what to expect going into this one, but I quite enjoyed it. Some cool old-school rock, sometimes nearing psychedelia. Plenty of unexpected instruments and styles, especially the title track. Really loved that old folksy dirge. One of the better left-field British rock albums that this list has put in front of us. RIP to John Barleycorn but I'm different. Favorite tracks: John Barleycorn Must Die, Freedom Rider, Empty Pages. Album art: Very simple drawing, but I don't really mind it. It adds to the folk aesthetic, though I wish that aesthetic were a bit more consistent in the music. 4/5

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this was a very fun album. Traffic is clearly very skilled muscailly. The tone of some of the songs on the album was very much like the Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin for me which I have a huge soft spot for.

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4

really liked this, had no idea what to expect, thought it was a jazz record at the start!

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Un disco de 34 minutos y seis canciones, que mezcla el rock con elementos del soul, e incluso del jazz, confeccionado por una banda británica. John Barleycorn Must Die empieza fuerte ("Glad" es mi favorita del disco), con un tremendo groove y con vocals distorsionados. Por esta canción pensé que el álbum iba a ser algo diferente a lo que en realidad es, pese a que igualmente es muy disfrutable. A pesar de las buenas canciones que contiene el disco, cuesta encontrar algo refrescante en las letras o en la música de Traffic, ya que en ocasiones puede sonar a un refrito de Marvin Gaye. Buenos órganos, buenos pianos, buenas flautitas, buenos jams, pero no mucha originalidad . Si pudiera dar una nota exacta sería 3.5, asi que le pondre un 4.

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This album has quite a lot going for it, but also has a couple of point in which it could be a lot better. It's pretty nice classic prog rock with jazz and folk elements. For that I'd like to give it a 3.5 but will round it up because I did quite enjoy it. But the vocals could definitely be a lot better and don't do the instrumentation justice. Also, the mixing is pretty weak. All of the instruments would benefit from a fuller sound, especially the guitars. If those two issues were resolved this could be a 5-star album.

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4

a nice mix of jazz and rock 4/5

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Sounds like dozing in the barn on a late Summer day. 3.5

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4

I have this album on vinyl... had no idea it was Steve Winwood!

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4

Приятные вкрапления фолка

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Love this

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4

A weird combination of genres, seems like it goes between pop, folk and prog rock numerous times throughout the album. Yet none of the switches in sound are jarring. I get a ELO and Jethro Tull vibe mostly. "Freedom Rider" and "John Barleycorn (Must Die)" my favourite songs on the album.

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4

This album is really underrated, I hadn't heard of it before! The performances are sooo smooth and infectious, they're amazing!

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This album would be a great listen on a summer day chillin’ in the yard with friends around grilling burgers and such.

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4

È un album strano, ineffabile. Però mi piace!

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4

really great stuff.

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Oh this is interesting stuff. Stevie Winwood does English folk with funk, blues, jazz, not blended all together but bit by bit. Freedom Fighter is a great track. I'm sure the album comes under 'let's pretend this influenced me' by modern pretentious musicians. Good listen though.

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A classy if brief album, bursting with classy jams from that slightly mystical time when British acts were inspired by folk music of the past but pushing into prog rock of the future. Maybe the pure folk stylings aren’t quite as enjoyable as the energy of the opening tracks Glad and Freedom Rider but an impressive record overall. Nod along.

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4

I love prog rock, a true amalgamation of all different types of music, this is a straight jazz rock classic and I don't care what anyone says!

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“Psychedelic rock” albums don’t usually do it for me but man, I thought this was a good album. The use of so many different instruments (I heard harpsichord and some brass!) along with cool harmonies, I genuinely enjoyed this.

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4

Pretty good - clearly enjoy a jam jazz rock folk album or two. One track added to the roster

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4

A jazz folk rock explosion that I found rather enjoyable

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4

gott stuff

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4

I like these guys. A couple of these songs were gems, a couple weren't. The rest was a good listen.

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4

Really cool, really eclectic. Funky instrumentals, psychedelic, folk, jazz, blues. Not sure if it works cohesively but every song was great on its own.

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4

Enjoyable album, good music, would listen again

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This is how you do prog rock. Lots of Jazz influence, and it's very well incorporated into the sound. The songs are long, allowing for extended instrumental sessions and really letting the players prowess shine. I am always a fan of a good Hammond in a rock album and the flute solo on Freedom Rider is everything. I never felt anything to drag on, and indeed found myself wishing for more by the end. I give this a very strong 4.5, didn't quite tip into perfection, but will be very happy to listen to this again and again. Fav Tracks: Freedom Rider, Stranger to Himself, Every Mother's Son

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This feels like a live album. So jam oriented. I'm a huge fan of the writing, it's really amazing. Very jazzy. Good shit.

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4

I was expecting folk but I got funky 60s/70s real r&b with a hint of prog. Excellent piano/keys from Stevie Winwood. Very good grooving rhythms. A great surprise.

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Good. I liked it. 4\5

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First things first, isn't the title just brilliant. Went in wondering if this would be folk or metal, so imagine my surprise when I got jazz-funk. It then goes to a whole bunch of different places (including folk). While I didn't fall in love with any tracks, the album as a whole was a pleasant experience. Was it because I was playing with cats while listening to it, or is it just rather good? I don't know.

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4

Really enjoyed it despite the horrible sax tone ;)

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Liked this. Less pastoral and more groovy than expected. That's what you get with Steve Winwood at the helm, I guess!

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4

Now this is a JAM

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4

Great bass playing. Love the Organ. The intro track was a bit of a Jerk-off. Not sure why they would stick that upfront.

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4

Wasn’t in the mood for whatever this was but could appreciate the diverse instrumentals. Will give it another listen later

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4

This album was a lot of fun, I wish it was longer

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4

one of the albums that makes u happy when u hear it but then u hear the sad lyrics overcoated by the sweet sounding music. loved the tracks stranger to himself, john barleycorn, glad, empty pages.

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4

Title track is the best track. Went in with a bit of trepidation thinking it might be a bit generic late 60s early 70s rock (there is a chunk of that in the book), but this one has some love put into it.

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4

Love the jazz influences throughout the album, I especially love the first two songs

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I saw the year, the cover and read "english rock band" and thought "oh no". You know what? I actually enjoyed this. Very musical and listenable. Jazzy, folk influences. Good discovery.

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Rock

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Not familiar with this album at all, but the first track grabbed my attention immediately and I was excited to here what the rest sounded like. I liked it, but some of the later tracks paled in comparison to the others for me.

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This was way more awesome than I expected it to be. It's got that Jethro Tull/Kansas kind of prog feel with a lot of piano parts, and the songs do not follow that radio rock "verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus outro" formula, and instead meander and weave, different instruments and volumes and layering that really explores the sonic space.

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J'ai bien aimé, surtout la partie avec les bongo là. Et j'ai tellement aimé j'ai écouté d'autres chansons et au final je crois je préfère les autres albums, un peu moins calmes.

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Jazz flute and saxophone solos and STILL it's a solid 4 for me. I'm even sure who I am anymore. All I can say is that everything else is just so solid that the flute and saxophone can be overlooked for the most part. In fact, if "Freedom Rider" just didn't exist, this would be a 5-star album. Every song is its own unique vibe which is interesting in part because the album is only 6 tracks long. Much more and the novelty would wear thin. But, for 34 minutes, I can hang with the changes.

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4

Sweet album. Nice to hear it all at once

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4

Giving Jethro a run for their money with all that flute.

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4

Pretty standard but unremarkable classic rock feel

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4

Mix of rock, blues and even country? Nice and short listen.

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4

Really enjoyed this so I’m going to be generous and give 4*

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4

Chillig

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4

Good stuff. Trippy.

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4

bit confused by how many versions of the same songs are on here, but this is full of bangers

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3

Loved the acoustics, great singing, some songs dragged out too long imo

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3

It’s good but my music tastes have moved on.

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3

Chill rock music. Ik zou eerder 3.5 geven eigenlijk.

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3

Really not my thing at all, but the songs feel really well put together and would make great 70's heist / detective show music.

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3

Personally don't enjoy progressive rock or Steve Winwood.

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3

Fine. Not bad for a jam band.

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I can see why people like this album, but it feels really dated to me. 3/5

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3

Not bad, but also not mindblowing. Liked Freedom Rider.

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3

This was good. It was good, I liked it but I just didn't like it enough.

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3

Fave Song: Stranger to Himself

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3

like steely dan, but cornier and doesnt hit as hard

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3

Great opening track, then loses steam.

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3

Nice different album. Different then a lot of other 70's albums. I liked it.

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3

A strange mix of folk, rock, and jazz. Not bsf but not my thing.

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3

Quite enjoyable, but not that memorable

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3

started of really strong - first track best track - last half was not so great. progressively more folk = ew if this is “classic rock” idk if I like it ...

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3

Fairly enjoyable.

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3

No se que decir... solo que estuvo agradable, disfrutable.

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3

Está de 3.000001 Hay veces que decimos que la mayor virtud de un disco es ser corto, de este no es la mayor porque sí está bueno pero estar corto le ayuda.

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3

Was just fine

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3

I've never heard of it, it's inoffensive, didn't blow me away

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3

Empty pages and barleycorn are really good. Though the psychedelic jazz and flute shenanigans are a bit too thick at times.

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3

Awesome random horn/flute parts. Definitely a bit of a castle-folk vibe with the acoustic numbers, but super rocking and jammy in the best moments

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3

The first two jams are great. Rest of the album is alright. 6/10

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I feel this album started off really good. Freedom Rider was particularly bluesy and jazzy, and I was getting into it and funking out. But then it finished rather week and the final two songs left little impression one.

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Buena propuesta. Diferenton

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3

Not bad!

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Pretty good

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the intros were so long that I thought this was going to be an instrumental album at first...and actually found myself disappointed it wasn't? Interesting musical flourishes (i loved the flute) and a wonderful interpretation of old british folk music aren't enough to make this album anything more than a nice three.

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3

Jazzy

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It’s fine

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not bad

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3

Not my favorite Traffic album. Flute forward. Poor man's Jethro Tull album.

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This was Cream lite, and I much prefer heavy Cream. Wasn't surprised to learn later that Steve Winwood joined up with Clapton to form Blind Faith. He definitely was already biting his style. Solid 60's style jam rock but nothing outstanding.

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3/5

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"His hands are torn and bloodied from the scratching at his soul" (Stranger to himself) Me lo termino de escuchar porque es un disco cortito, pero la verdad es que no estoy conectando nada con él!

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Good

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very 70s sound (duh)- not bad

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Very close to being a very good album for me but misses the mark. Needs a bit more something somewhere in the music. Also only 34 minutes? It needs more to get more stars

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and I thought all these tunes were Steve Winwood solo. Good 70s rock.

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Hark! Is that an Angel? No. It's this terrific little album from 1970. John Barleycorn must die, but what a way to go out! Rest in peace, Corndog. X

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This must've been around the time when all the British classic rockers decided to move to the countryside, grow beards, and wear double denim. Listen to folk, listen to jazz, steal George Harrison's wife, etc. It's a pretty unimpeachable album front to back. First song sets the scene and glides seamlessly into the second. Each track gets to jam and breathe. It's got all the right ingredients on paper - I can't put my finger on why I didn't feel it. Winwood is all over the keys, all the time, so perhaps I'm missing the guitar? Percussion is strong. Best guess it's probably the sax and flute - pretty tame, especially the sax. I'd imagine this helped open the door to jazz rock, but the jazz doesn't rock on this one (cc: Chicago). B-

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Prog-folk? Best Tracks: Empty Pages, Stranger To Himself, Every Mother's Son

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Good stuff

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Eh

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Reminds me of Jethro Tull but less musically creative. Pleasant easy listening

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I enjoyed it, John Barleycorn was my favourite

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I didn't realize Traffic was a jam band until now... in retrospect of course a band named Traffic jams. All in all pretty groovy.

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