On the Road (Traffic album)

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On the Road
Live album by Traffic
Released October 1973
Recorded April 1973, Germany
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 74:24 Reissue
Label Island
Producer Chris Blackwell
Traffic chronology
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory
(1973)
On the Road
(1973)
When the Eagle Flies
(1974)

On The Road is a live album (2 LPs, reissued on 1 CD) by English rock band Traffic, released in 1973. Recorded live in Germany, it features the Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory lineup plus extra keyboardist (for live performances) Barry Beckett.

The initial U.S. release of On the Road was as a single LP consisting of: "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" (edited to 15:10), "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory," "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" & "Light Up or Leave Me Alone."

The album reached number 40 in the UK[1] and number 29 in the USA.[2]

Reception[edit]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic praised the playing of Roger Hawkins, David Hood, and Barry Beckett, but condemned the album for both stretching the songs out for too long and failing to improve on the lackluster studio versions of the three songs from Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Glad" / "Freedom Rider" (Steve Winwood)/(Winwood, Jim Capaldi) – 20:35
  2. "Tragic Magic" (Chris Wood) – 8:39
  3. "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 10:31

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 6:51
  2. "Light Up or Leave Me Alone" (Capaldi) – 10:56
  3. "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 17:47

U.S. LP track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 15:10
  2. "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 6:47

Side two[edit]

  1. "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" (Winwood, Capaldi) – 10:20
  2. "Light Up or Leave Me Alone" (Capaldi) – 10:45

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • Chris Blackwell – producer
  • Brian Humphries – engineer
  • Jimmy Johnson – mixing
  • Jeff Willens – mastering
  • Ann Borthwick – cover art
  • Brian Cooke – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1973 UK Albums Chart 40[1]
Billboard Pop Albums 29[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Traffic in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Traffic in the USA Charts, Allmusic. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ On the Road (Traffic album) at AllMusic