Traffic: Terrific or Twaddle?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Wildest cat from montana, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    I was watching one of those guys on YouTube who rank various artists ' albums from least favourite to most favourite.
    He has dozens of videos and the one I watched last night was about Traffic.
    I'm on the fence about them for the most part.
    Some of their songs I enjoy very much , others I consider , in the words of John Lennon , Traffic twaddle.
    I've heard 'em all and by far the best one for me is ' Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.'. That title track is fantastic and the rest of the album is great too.
    The album I like least is ' Dear Mister Fantasy ' Amazing title song but most of the rest of it is dull and dithering.
    Traffic is a band I'd argue best served by a solid compilation. One I have is ' Smiling Phases' which hits pretty much all the high points and omits the twaddle.
    E.Baba, Mr.Sean, angelo73 and 7 others like this.
  2. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    dee, Jimmy B., Mr.Sean and 10 others like this.
  3. notesofachord

    notesofachord Only the Stones Remain

  4. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

  5. rancher

    rancher Unmade Bed

    not a huge Traffic fan, but Winwood's electric piano solo on Empty Pages always gets me
  6. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Terrific. Stop by “Traffic on the Road” ....
  7. Carrman

    Carrman Forum Resident

    "Oh, I hate Traffic! The band and the phenomenon!"

    - Homer Simpson
  8. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    I love the sound of the band and some of the material but I always felt like they were a bit too reserved. I'm always waiting for them to cut loose and burn. But they never do.
  9. Love 'em.
  10. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

    Daddyland, CA
    They came into their own with John Barleycorn. I like every song on that. Then upped the game with Low Spark. It's too bad they couldn't keep it up. Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired is very clearly uninspired.
  11. Doggiedogma

    Doggiedogma Forum Resident

    The bees knees!
  12. Maseman66

    Maseman66 Forum Resident

    Westchester, NY
  13. Trainspotting

    Trainspotting Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    Mr Fantasy, twaddle? For shame! It's a solid LP, considered a classic for a long time (along with the second album). Now the faves seem to be John Barleycorn or Low Spark.
    rebellovw, DaveJ, Folknik and 21 others like this.
  14. troggy

    troggy Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

    Benton, Illinois
    Yeah, I can't imagine finding myself listening to them beyond the first two albums. Those aren't big favorites but at least they're interesting.
    Man at C&A likes this.
  15. MikeM

    MikeM Senior Member

    Youngstown, Ohio
    Wow, I completely disagree with this.

    Mr. Fantasy
    (in its US configuration, not the weaker UK one) is my favorite Traffic album and one of my favorite albums from that period in rock history. Rather like the recently discussed The Notorious Byrd Brothers, it's an album you have to take as a whole and let kind of wash over you.

    Yeah, a couple of songs such as "Hole in My Shoe" are a little dated, but overall I think the album is well-written, well-played and certainly well-sung.
  16. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    Personally, I've always loved them--the musicianship, the songwriting, the whole vibe of their material. I find something to enjoy on all of their albums. Their early stuff is obviously more geared towards psychedelia and some of the material from the first album in particular hasn't aged that well, but they hit their stride as they went along, shifting over more to progressive jamming with John Barleycorn and Low Spark. I also enjoy their original swansong, When The Eagle Flies, an underrated gem. Somehow I always find their stuff to be soothing after a stressful day, like musical comfort food for me.
    jeffd7030, Vic_1957, jay.dee and 14 others like this.
  17. Best are Mr Fantasy , Self Titled and John Barleycorn imho.

    High Heel and after are good but more meandering somewhat smooth jazzy jamming stuff. Gods but least interring songwriting.
    bhazen, scotti and NumberEight like this.
  18. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Twadle. My fave band. They did no wrong. Now Lennon eh 50 50 on his stuff. That boring last billy joel thing and very disappointing cover album. Traffic have no bad records.
  19. Winwood's vocals on Freedom Rider and Shanghai Noodle Factory give me chills every time.

    There's a video on YouTube of Winwood, aged 17 or so, singing Georgia On My Mind. If you close your eyes, you'd swear you were listening to Ray Charles.
  20. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    87.5% terrific, 12.5% twaddle.
    Sneaky Pete, Davmoco, zebop and 11 others like this.
  21. vudicus

    vudicus Analog Dog

  22. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    Light up or leave me alone
    rednoise, Vic_1957, jay.dee and 9 others like this.
  23. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    This.........but with Mr. Fantasy being the US version.
    Mazzy, Michael Macrone and troggy like this.
  24. PhoffiFozz

    PhoffiFozz Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, 60173
    Overall, I think they're great.
  25. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Terrific up to Low Spark, then decent.
    I think albums 1-3 are the best.

Share This Page