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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
A perfect addition to the collection of the Traffic fan who has everything (or the novice who has none), this remastered anthology brings new sonic clarity to a set of tunes undoubtedly ingrained in the gray matter of devotees. While it's certainly possible to quibble with the song selection on this 11-track CD -- "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Feelin' Alright," and "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" are slam-dunks, but "Shanghai Noodle Factory" is among those that clang off the rim -- there's no denying the profound improvement brought on by the chopping and channeling that goes on in the new mix. The enhancement of the far ends of the spectrum -- the flute fillips on "40,000 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
A perfect addition to the collection of the Traffic fan who has everything (or the novice who has none), this remastered anthology brings new sonic clarity to a set of tunes undoubtedly ingrained in the gray matter of devotees. While it's certainly possible to quibble with the song selection on this 11-track CD -- "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Feelin' Alright," and "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" are slam-dunks, but "Shanghai Noodle Factory" is among those that clang off the rim -- there's no denying the profound improvement brought on by the chopping and channeling that goes on in the new mix. The enhancement of the far ends of the spectrum -- the flute fillips on "40,000 Headmen," for instance -- are subtle but palpable, as is the overall clarity of sound sometimes absent in the original late-'60s haziness of the original performances. As they say, God is in the details.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though the two-CD set Smiling Phases finally put a comprehensive Traffic compilation on the market in 1991, the only readily available single-disc collection had long been Best of Traffic, originally issued halfway through the band's career. Thus, Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic, a 77-minute sampler for the CD era, was long overdue. It combines the group's early singles hits like "Paper Sun" and "Hole in My Shoe" with lengthier album tracks like "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys." Looking over the song list, any Traffic fan will be able to reel off omissions. But easy as it is to note what's missing, it's not so easy to figure out how such songs could be shoehorned into a single-disc set that is already packed with great material. Except in its first year in England, Traffic was not a band that made hit singles, but it did make a plethora of strong recordings, many of which were lengthy by the standards of the time. Several of the absolute necessities on a collection of their best work run longer than five minutes each; "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" runs close to 12 minutes. Beyond those absolute musts are a bunch of other good songs, many more than could fit on one CD. Compilation producer Bill Levenson has made a reasonable choice among them to construct a well-balanced disc that shows off the band's many talents. Neophytes with a few extra dollars to spend are strongly urged to take the plunge and buy Smiling Phases, but as a one-CD collection of some of the highlights of Traffic's career, this album lives up to its title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2000
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454227223
  • Catalog Number: 542272
  • Sales rank: 7,893

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Traffic Primary Artist
Jim Capaldi Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Mason Guitar, Bass Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Tamboura, Mellotron, Shakkai, Tambura
Steve Winwood Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harpsichord, Vocals, Group Member
Rick Grech Bass Guitar, Group Member
Rebop Kwaku Baah Percussion, Group Member
Jim Gordon Drums
Jim W. Gordon Drums, Group Member
Chris Wood Organ, Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals, Electric Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Jim Capaldi Composer
Steve Winwood Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Rick Grech Composer
Jim Gordon Composer
Jimmy Miller Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Chris Blackwell Producer, Audio Production
Larry Fallon Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Traditional Composer
John McDermott Liner Notes
Chris Wood Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album in My Collection

    The 'Best Of' collection of one of the greatest, and most underrecognized, British bands of the sixties and seventies. While many bands (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc) flocked to London for fame and fortune, Traffic retreated to the countryside to find their muse and keep the music inspired and fresh. This is own of the best CD's I own.

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