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Traffic were an English rock band.

Traffic started out with Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood after Winwood left The Spencer Davis Group. From their beginning, in 1967, they were quite popular in their native England, though success elsewhere was slower in coming. Their first three albums combined psychedelic rock and soul with elements of British folk music, giving them a unique, groundbreaking sound. Their most popular single was Dear Mr. Fantasy, from the album of the same name.

Traffic reached a much wider audience when, on the dissolution of Cream, two thirds of that band, one third being Eric Clapton, joined Steve Winwood (during a temporary Traffic disbanding) to form Blind Faith, which also included future Traffic member and sometime Family man, Ric Grech.

In 1970, after the disbanding of Blind Faith, Winwood set about recording a solo album. After Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi became involved, the decision was taken to release this album (eventually what would become John Barleycorn Must Die) under the Traffic name, despite the absence of Dave Mason.

Around 1971, Mason left for good (having been in and out of the band from the beginning), and the the band experienced a variety of personnel changes. The resulting band added some jazzy elements to their style, pioneering the jazz-rock genre, and the compositions tended to stretch out over longer lengths.


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  • pepganzo

    big band

    24 Mar 2:35pm Reply
  • electricchurch


    15 Mar 10:02am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    наиболее интересны, когда смешивают свою музыку с фолком, как на john barleycorn must die. в целом, группа family из сходных коллективов доставляет намного больше

    23 Feb 4:31pm Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    I felt in love with this band 4 years ago. And im still in love with their music. hahaha

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JuniorWaldorf

    Glad is so cool.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • manos87

    Great band. John Barleycorn Must Die is a wonderful album

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alabama_Joe

    More ACID, kurwa.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sofiapivatto

    so fuking good.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    underrated as %$#@^! haha

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • PattyPierce

    donkukis: Mr. Fantasy

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • donkukis

    ¿por que disco puedo partir?, alguna recomendación?

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • humorromance

    Indeed a Great Classic Rock Group!!!

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • radioacrata

    Chris Wood ha sido la gran referencia para todos los amantes del sonido de la flauta travesera en el rock progresivo. Fue uno de los intérpretes que marcó el camino de este instrumento en el mundo del rock, siendo tan influyente como Ian Anderson. Con el saxo tiene grandes improvisaciones.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • radioacrata

    Dave Mason es un genio de la composición. Tiene alguno de los mejores temas del rock. Y gran guitarrista. El solo en Dear Mr Fantasy es descomunal.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • radioacrata

    Winwood Is God

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • radioacrata

    Mis temas preferidos de Traffic: Sad and Deep as You/ Memories of a Rock'n'rolla/ Dream Gerrard/ Walking in the Wind/ Dear Mr Fantasy/ John Barleycorn Must Die/ Evening Blues/ Sometimes I Feel So Unispired ...

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PattyPierce

    COOL AS FUCK <3 (2)

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    Cool as fuck.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    Having relistened to The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys for the first time since I was about 15, I have realised that REALLY need to give them more attention.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
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