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Traffic (album) by Traffic

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Traffic by Traffic (1968)
Overall rank: 4,211th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1968 (56th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (310th)
Award Best albums of all time (4,211th)

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Traffic bestography

Traffic is ranked 4th best out of 16 albums by Traffic on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Traffic is John Barleycorn Must Die which is ranked number 1732 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,305.

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I love these guys. Some really great songs on this one.
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From nitomano
Favoritas: Feelin' Alright?, Pearly Queen, You Can All Join In
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Dave Mason had returned to Traffic by the time of this, their self-titled second album(although he would quit again before the band hit the road). Again, the 'tug of war' between Mason and Steve Winwood is on evidence, still, this is probably their best LP. Mason's, feelin' alright, and, you can all join in, are excellent, and, Winwood and Jim Capaldi's, no time to live, and, pearly queen, are also fine. Traffic were an excellent band, but they never really found the common ground they needed to fulfill their potential.
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From Coconut
A fine record from a seminal 60's band.
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From gtroda
Probably their most consistent studio album. Feelin' Alright, Pearly Queen and 40,000 Headmen are standouts.
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From Rovers
Traffic was one of the greatest band to come out of Britain in the late 1960's. By the time the band recorded their second album, the original line-up was together again after of short period as a 3-piece band. Guitarist and songwriter Dave Mason had more or less walked in and out of the band. After the success of "Mr Fantasy" and the hit singles "Paper Sun" and "Hole in My Shoe", Mason left the others in early 1968, but he returned in May to join in on the recordings of the follow-up album simply called "Traffic"

Mason contributed several strong songs to the album, and his melodic and catchy songs give a great balance to the more soulful songwriting of Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi. In fact this album consist of mere strong tracks/recordings.

Mason's opener, the catchy "You Can All Join In" would no doubt have been another hit for the band, had it been released as a single in Britain. In fact it did reach the singles charts in some European countries. Mason's other songs are equally strong. "Don't Be Sad" is a fine quiet ballad in typical Traffic arrangement.

"Feelin'Alright" has become a classic that has been covered by numerous other artists; paradoxically many of these cover-version are done in soul-arrangements, making it sound almost like a Winwood song. "Vagabond Virgin" written with Capaldi is another melodic song, in an up-beat. almost acoustice arrangent. "Crying to be Heard" with its exploding chorus is another highlight on the album.

Most of Steve Winwood's material on the is also first-class. "Pearly Queen" and "Forty Thousand Headmen" are Traffic at their very best.

The three bonus-tracks that were originally released on on their third album "Last Exit" are all among my favorite Traffic songs.

The last to bonus tracks are taking from the soundtrack for the movie "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" - none of them particularly memorable; but still nice additions.
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