Traffic albums “Mr Fantasy”, “Traffic”, and “John Barleycorn Must Die” included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves. Steve Winwood & the late Jim Capaldi joined me In the Studio.
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…get the Traffic jam flowing with the ultra-rare “No Spark” unplugged version of the Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys title song performed by Steve Winwood and the late Jim Capaldi in February 1994.
Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic’s most popular album, November 1971’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive Rock era..In my classic rock interview In the Studio prior to Jim Capaldi’s death in 2005 from cancer, it is clearly evident how much Steve Winwood and Capaldi loved woodwind player ChrisWood, and each other.
Twenty-five years ago it was my great honor to host the first new Traffic album in twenty years, Far from Home by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi…
The reunion for which intrepid rock fans had longed for forty years became reality when Eric Clapton joined Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden in February 2008…rewarded with muscular, time-tested versions of “Had to Cry Today”,”Presence of the Lord”, and “Can’t Find My Way Home” as well as some of the best of Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, and Clapton and Winwood solo catalogs! Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood guest here In the Studio.
To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this fiftieth anniversary classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash In the Studio for their 1969 debut!
Bryan Adams interview to explore his breakthrough album “Cuts Like a Knife” from January 1983
George Harrison’s “Cloud Nine” comeback album thirty-five years ago included “When We Was Fab”,”Devil’s Radio”, the #1 cover of “Got My Mind Set on You”, & the bluesy title song “Cloud Nine”. The late George Harrison is my guest from In the Studio archives.
“Higher Love”, the #1 seller and winner of both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” Grammys for 1986, isn’t about doing it in the top bunk. It’s about love on a spiritual plane, not an airplane. By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this classic rock interview about 1986’s “Back in the High Life” that a 1972 bout with peritonitis almost killed him…