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During Traffic's initial run, the band ventured into everything from psychedelia and folk rock to funky jazz fusion. This anthology makes all the key stops along Traffic's trail for a portrait of a group that never stopped evolving. Steve Winwood was still a teen at the time of Traffic's 1967 debut album. (He had just graduated from his "Little Stevie Winwood" phase as The Spencer Davis Group's boy wonder singer/keyboardist; he did his musical growing up in public.) It's a thrill to hear Winwood's vision coming of age alongside Chris Wood's warm, soulful sax and flute and Jim Capaldi's loose-limbed drumming. Traffic's early period was distinguished by paisley-patterned psychedelia ("Paper Sun," "Hole in My Shoe"), with Wood adding dashes of folk and jazz. Sung by the soon-to-depart Dave Mason, "Feelin' Alright?" shows that the band's R&B influences weren't confined to Winwood's time with Davis. And while Traffic could turn out greasy rockers like "Rock and Roll Stew, Pts. 1 & 2," the art-rock expansiveness of "Rainmaker" and "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" exemplifies this crew's questing spirit.

Customer Reviews

Pure Gold

Since the first time I have heard this band I have been amazed and at the edge of my seat. This album is recommended for any Traffic fan!

Traffic is life!

I have knew traffic since today and a already love it!
All the songs of this album are great.
Buy it!

Traffic Gold

This album has all of Traffic's hits and more. Definitely an album you want to add to your listening collection. Totally awesome. You'll love it.


Formed: 1967 in Midlands, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Though it ultimately must be considered an interim vehicle for singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Steve Winwood, Traffic was a successful group that followed its own individual course through the rock music scene of the late '60s and early '70s. Beginning in the psychedelic year of 1967 and influenced by the Beatles, the band turned out eclectic pop singles in its native Great Britain, though by the end of its first year of existence it had developed a pop/rock hybrid tied to its unusual instrumentation:...
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