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For all their success, Traffic was never a singles band. Most of their songs were between seven and fifteen minutes, and their extended instrumental jams were as important as the songwriting, if not more. However, Traffic is one of the bands by whom you can track the evolution of rock music, from the mid ‘60s to the early ‘70s, and that chronology is captured perfectly on Feelin’ Alright: The Very Best of Traffic. Over the course of these 15 songs you can witness the gang grow from one of London’s trippiest outfits (“Paper Sun,” “Hole In My Shoe”) to a band of rustic groovers (“You Can All Join In,” “Feelin’ Alright”). Then, later, from one of the era’s premier jazz-rock ensembles (“Glad”) to one of the original jam bands (“The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”). Few bands from the Woodstock era were as musically ambitious as Traffic, and it’s to their credit that some of their most uncompromising songs (“Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “John Barleycorn,” “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”) remain their most beloved and listenable tracks.

Customer Reviews

So good!

Every song on here is distinctive and amazing. I recently purchased this album b/c my dad was bemoaning the infrequent radio airplay of Traffic, telling me about how great a band it was (I'm 15). I went to the iTunes page and played the samples of a few songs, all of which I liked, so I decided to buy this best of album. After listening to it about three times, I realized that I love every single song. That is not an exaggeration. This album is incredible and addictive--it's probably my favorite album. I can listen to it over and over and not get bored with it. You need to buy this album, and if you like other classic rock, you will undoubtedly like this.

still current

I first heard Traffic in the early 70's, listening to John Barleycorn Must Die and trying to follow along on my saxaphone. I then realized I really couldn't play the saxaphone. Now, some 30 years later, Traffic is amazingly refreshing. Fantastic musicianship, fun to listen to. But, I'm still trying to figure out what "Low Spark of High heeled Boys" means.

Feelin' Alright

I haven't listened to my Traffic albums for untold years, simply because they are on vinyl and my old turntable hasn't been connected to the sound system for years. But, BANG!, as soon as I plugged in to this album all the words and tunes were back in my head. As a previous review stated, it was like being back in my fraternity room at college in 1970. If you have forgotten just how good Traffic is, or even more so, if you've never listened to Traffic, this album is for you!


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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