Smiling Phases

Smiling Phases

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by Traffic
     
 
During their tumultuous existence between 1967 and 1974, Traffic had two distinct phases separated by a year (January 1969 to February 1970) during which the band was temporarily dissolved. In its first phase, Traffic was heavily influenced by the pop psychedelia of its time, but were also developing a distinctive blues-rock jam style. When

Overview

During their tumultuous existence between 1967 and 1974, Traffic had two distinct phases separated by a year (January 1969 to February 1970) during which the band was temporarily dissolved. In its first phase, Traffic was heavily influenced by the pop psychedelia of its time, but were also developing a distinctive blues-rock jam style. When Steve Winwood reconvened the group in 1970 without Dave Mason, he was ready to take the spotlight more forcefully, and Traffic evolved into a band that played long, largely instrumental songs. In constructing a two-CD retrospective of Traffic, compiler Kevin Patrick has taken the obvious step of devoting disc one to the early phase of Traffic and disc two to the later one. He faces different challenges in selecting tracks for each disc. The first CD is necessarily diverse; the early singles must be included, and so must some of Dave Mason's material, though his songs tend to sound more like solo tracks. The challenge for disc two is simply that the songs from 1970-1974 tend to be so long, and it's difficult to decide which ones to include. Patrick has met both of these challenges admirably. Though both discs are a bit short by CD standards, running a little over an hour each, there are few significant tracks that are missing. On disc two, Patrick has striven to be fair to the later Traffic albums, even though they are not as good as their predecessors from this phase, but he strikes a reasonable balance. Until 1991, Traffic had had no more than a few single-disc compilations, the most readily available being The Best of Traffic, which contained nothing from the group's later period. So, Smiling Phases was a welcome addition to the catalog, with solid selection and sequencing.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1991
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0731451055324
catalogNumber:
510553
Rank:
51284

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Paper Sun
  2. Hole in My Shoe
  3. Smiling Phases
  4. Heaven Is in Your Mind
  5. Coloured Rain
  6. No Face, No Name, No Number
  7. Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
  8. Dear Mr. Fantasy
  9. You Cann All Join In
  10. Feelin' Alright
  11. Pearly Queen
  12. (Roamin' Thru the Gloamin' With) 40,000 Headmen
  13. Vagabond Virgin
  14. Shanghai Noodle Factory
  15. Withering Tree
  16. Medicated Goo

Disc 2

  1. Glad
  2. Freedom Rider
  3. Empty Pages
  4. John Barleycorn
  5. Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
  6. Light up or Leave Me Alone
  7. Rock and Roll Stew
  8. Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory
  9. Walking in the Wind
  10. When the Eagle Flies

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Traffic   Primary Artist
Jim Capaldi   Drums
Dave Mason   Bass,Guitar,Sitar,Tambourine,Shakkai
Steve Winwood   Hammond Organ
Rick Grech   Hammond Organ
Chris Wood   Flute,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jim Capaldi   Composer
Dave Mason   Composer
Steve Winwood   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rick Grech   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Composer,Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Larry Fallon   Composer
Tom Tavee   Photo Montage
Traditional   Composer
Chris Wood   Composer

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