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Heaven Is In Your Mind/Mr. Fantasy (MONO)
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The thing to remember about Traffic is that they were a really young band. Steve Winwood was 19 when this first came out. You have to keep that in mind & keep pinching yourself when you hear the beyond mature vocals and playing this teenager is capable of. It is almost inconceivable.
Of the tracks, a few note-worthy:
Heaven is in your Mind. Jim Capaldi's only gift was that of a great hippie/guru lyricist and you can literally smell the incense burning on this one. The song is a great trans-decade Love-In tune, -- psychedelic, trance-like, rhythm heavy, completly not dated.
Coloured Rain is one of the most fantastic songs about painting I have ever heard (summoning up the Spirit of).
No face, No Name, No Number features simply un-earthly vocals from Winwood - one of the rare, rare rock musicians capable of reaching Nirvana. Check out his harpsichord playing which comes with fantastic, errie effect (every synth bands should check out this tune).
Dealer is very cool.
Damn, this cd even has Dear Mr. Fantasy on it! a song which with awsome accuracy will become Winwood's signature.
Buy this CD. I'm not sure I could even count the stars............
There are problems. The booklet is very skimpy (particularly when compared to the UK version) consisting of little more than the credits and the two covers for the album (which were the same save for the title). What is really mystifying is why Island didn't just release the UK version of Mr. Fantasy. That version includes all the original tracks plus 8 of the original mono mixes. The bonus tracks from Heaven is in your mind were added to Traffic (the band's second album).
Perhaps Bill Levenson (who supervised this reissue) felt that there would be more interest from fans in this with the bonus cuts vs. the mono mixes. It's hard to figure what logic dictates what gets released and doesn't. Anyhow, this fine reissue would probably do for most fans but I'd recommend the UK reissues from 1999 for dedicated fans. All three releases have additional bonus tracks (5 on Traffic and 6 on John Barleycorn Must Die).
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According to the sources that I checked,this was Traffic's fourth lp,originally released in 1968.'Heaven...' is most certainly a top notch piece of British psychedelia. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Mike Reed
This is one of the true Master Works of the Psychodelic Era. This album, along with Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, Axis: Bold As Love, Are You Experienced and a few others... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003
Psychedelic and sitar-drenched. This is the US equivalent of their UK debut album, "Mr. Fantasy", with the tracks resequenced and a pair of bonus tracks. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000 by R. Riis