Traffic albums “Mr Fantasy”, “Traffic”, and “John Barleycorn Must Die”, the latter marking its 50th anniversary, 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.
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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…
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. Yet that song and the Low Spark… album in general are considerably […]
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash In the Studio for the 50th anniversary of their debut!
By Spring 1968 Jimi Hendrix had returned triumphantly to the US from London after fifteen months, having electrified the rock world with two smash albums, the revolutionary debut Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold as Love. It was all being organized by veteran English musician Chas Chandler of The Animals who had given up pop […]
Back in 1972 while working at my first radio station in Ohio, I got a lesson in soul music from Timmy Thomas and the single “Why Can’t We Live Together?“, and apparently an ocean away Steve Winwood, ex-Spencer Davis Group wunderkind, Traffic cop, and Blind Faith refugee, was taking the same musical correspondence course. What […]
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 classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
Bryan Adams interview to explore his breakthrough album “Cuts Like a Knife” from January 1983
To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally, George Harrison’s Cloud Nine comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled “When Harri(son) Met Lynne”. By 1987, Jeff Lynne had ceased to make neo-Beatles-influenced music with Electric Light Orchestra, while Harrison simply had stopped making music, […]
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…