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By 1974 Traffic got jazzy. Their lineup was then composed of singer Steve Winwood on guitar and keyboards, drummer Jim Capaldi on keyboards and vocals, Rosko Gee on bass and Chris Wood playing saxophone and flute. “Something New” starts off with the rootsy boogie of a mellow pub-rocker before the band blows through the tops with confident improvisation along with Winwood taking a similar approach to a noticeably looser phrasing style. Chris Blackwell’s production gives When the Eagle Flies an overall warm tone without sacrificing any of the crisp fidelity, allowing for special moments to sound more pronounced — like Winwood’s Mellotron strings or Capaldi’s Moog on the sprawling “Dream Gerrard,” a semi-epic that jams along whimsically while Winwood muses on French poet Gérard de Nerval's theories about the symbiosis that thrives between reality and dreams. The slow and stony “Memories of a Rock ‘n Rolla” touches on the more endearing subject matter of reflecting on a life forged in the tumultuous fires and cooling lakes of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Apple charges 10 bucks for track 2

And it might just be worth it. All the songs are pretty good but Dream Gerrard is one of if not Traffic's best ever and that's saying something.

When the Eagle Flies

I bought this album originally in 8-Track format, listenting repeatedly for the first few years this format was supported. When I was transferred to Japan in 1976, active duty military, I upgraded my music system from the local electronics store, Pony's. At that time, I lost my 8-Track format and with it went this album. I searched for years, thinking at one point it was something only in my imagination. Finally, it's found and I've purchased it twice - once in WMA format and finally for Apple. This album is my esence; it's been with me for life. What a treasure.

Buy it at any cost.

I bought this album many years ago for $20.00 as a Japanese import, where here you can buy it for less than $10.00. You should do it at any cost. This might be their most complete album. For me the two songs that stand out are Dream Gerrard and Walking In The Wind. Steve Windwoods vocals are amazing and their playing is top-notch.


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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