|Studio album by Traffic|
Olympic Studios, London
|Length||33:54 (UK album)|
|Singles from Mr. Fantasy|
Mr. Fantasy is the debut album by English rock band Traffic. It was released in December 1967. The recording included group members Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason; however, Mason left the band before the album was released. The album reached the number 16 position in the UK albums chart, and number 88 in the American Billboard 200 chart.
The album was recorded at Olympic Studios with American record producer Jimmy Miller and recording engineer Phill Brown. When Brown was asked his favourite memory of engineering, he responded: "Recording Dear Mr Fantasy, one o'clock in the morning, November 1967."
The UK release was one of the earliest albums on the Island Records label. This edition had a color gatefold cover and included 10 songs, but left out hit songs from early Traffic singles. The sitar, an instrument widely associated with this era of Traffic due to its use on the singles "Paper Sun" and "Hole in My Shoe", is used on only one track on the UK album, "Utterly Simple".
US album version
The first US version was released in early 1968 by United Artists Records and re-titled Heaven Is in Your Mind. It featured a different non-gatefold cover showing three members of the group without Mason. For this edition, a short looping snippet of the single "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" was added between most of the songs. The US LP was re-sequenced and also added three other singles ("Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", and "Smiling Phases") but deleted two Mason songs ("Hope I Never Find Me There" and "Utterly Simple".) The final track on the US album, "We're A Fade, You Missed This", is actually the ending of the full length "Paper Sun".
The title of the US album was quickly changed back to Mr. Fantasy, but the new cover and track list remained until United Artists went out of business and Island reissued the UK stereo version in the United States in 1980. This edition was also released as Mr. Fantasy in Australia and New Zealand by Festival Records. The first Canadian edition was based on the US album, but dropped two songs. This was released in a unique cover with the title Reaping but replaced by the UK stereo album in 1970.
Different mixes and recordings
Both UK and US albums were released in significantly different stereo and mono mixes. This led to four distinct variations of the album. All of these have been re-issued on CD. The 1999 UK re-issue features the UK version in stereo and the US album in mono. In 2000 the US stereo version was re-issued on CD with its original title Heaven Is in Your Mind plus stereo bonus tracks. The same year the UK mono version was also released in the US as Mr Fantasy with mono bonus tracks.
The song "Giving to You", was released in 3 different versions. The first was a mono B-side mix with lyrics in the introduction sung by Winwood. This also appeared on the US mono LP. The mono and stereo UK albums had a revised version without singing in the introduction, which was released on the US stereo album. The soundtrack album for Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush also contains a different recording of "Utterly Simple" than the one used on this album.
"Coloured Rain" was recorded as "Colored Rain" by Eric Burdon & The New Animals featuring a guitar solo by Andy Summers. It was also recorded by The Hassles, Al Kooper and Slade. "Smiling Phases" was recorded by Blood, Sweat & Tears on their self-titled second album released in 1968.
Rolling Stone gave the US release an overwhelmingly positive review, calling it "an album which, although it needs one unity that time will provide, is one of the best from any contemporary group". They especially praised Steve Winwood's vocals ("probably the major blues voice of his generation") and Jim Capaldi's lyrics. They held that "the strongest points of this album are where the elements of Traffic's 'comprehensible far-out' and Winwood's great R&B style are combined", but deemed Mason's contributions to be good enough in their own right. The review is noted for containing several major errors, including claiming that Chris Wood was Traffic's bassist and that Dave Mason did the lead vocal on "Paper Sun".
Allmusic's retrospective review was positive, calling Traffic's music "eclectic, combining their background in British pop with a taste for the comic and dance hall styles of Sgt. Pepper, Indian music, and blues-rock jamming". In 1999 it was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Original UK album
|Original UK album|
|1.||"Heaven Is in Your Mind"||Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood||Winwood and Capaldi||4:16|
|2.||"Berkshire Poppies"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:55|
|3.||"House for Everyone"||Dave Mason||Mason||2:05|
|4.||"No Face, No Name, No Number"||Capaldi, Winwood||Winwood||3:35|
|5.||"Dear Mr. Fantasy"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||5:44|
|6.||"Dealer"||Capaldi, Winwood||Capaldi and Winwood||3:34|
|8.||"Coloured Rain"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:43|
|9.||"Hope I Never Find Me There"||Mason||Mason||2:12|
|10.||"Giving to You" (album version)||Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood||None||4:20|
|Mono bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release|
|11.||"Paper Sun"||Capaldi, Winwood||Winwood||4:15|
|12.||"Giving to You" (mono single version)||Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||4:12|
|13.||"Hole in My Shoe"||Mason||Mason||2:54|
|14.||"Smiling Phases"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:43|
|15.||"Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"||Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood||Group (solo parts on chorus and bridge by Winwood)||2:18|
Original US album (Heaven Is in Your Mind / Mr. Fantasy)
|Original US album|
|1.||"Paper Sun"||Capaldi, Winwood||Winwood||3:26|
|2.||"Dealer"||Capaldi, Winwood||Capaldi and Winwood||3:13|
|3.||"Coloured Rain"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:46|
|4.||"Hole in My Shoe"||Mason||Mason||3:04|
|5.||"No Face, No Name, and No Number"||Capaldi, Winwood||WInwood||3:38|
|6.||"Heaven Is in Your Mind"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood and Capaldi||4:22|
|7.||"House for Everyone"||Mason||Mason||2:05|
|8.||"Berkshire Poppies"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:59|
|9.||"Giving to You" (stereo album version; mono album has the mono single mix)||Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood||None||4:18|
|10.||"Smiling Phases"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:44|
|11.||"Dear Mr. Fantasy"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||5:33|
|12.||"We're a Fade, You Missed This"||Capaldi, Winwood||Winwood||0:53|
|Stereo bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release|
|14.||"Hope I Never Find Me There"||Mason||Mason||2:09|
|15.||"Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"||Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood||Group (solo parts on chorus and bridge by Winwood)||2:35|
|16.||"Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am"||Capaldi, Winwood, Wood||Winwood||2:32|
- Jim Capaldi – drums, percussion, vocals
- Dave Mason – guitar, mellotron, sitar, tambura, shakkai, harmonica, percussion, bass guitar (on "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Dealer"), vocals
- Steve Winwood – organ, guitar, bass guitar, piano, harpsichord, percussion, vocals, arrangements
- Chris Wood – flute, saxophone, organ, percussion, vocals, sleeve design
- Jimmy Miller – producer, maracas on "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
- Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones - backing vocals and percussion on "Berkshire Poppies"
- Chart Stats
- Traffic in the USA Charts, Allmusic. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- McGee, Alan (9 April 2008). Wherefore Art Thou Mark Hollis?, Guardian.co.uk.
- Andy Summers, One Train Later, Thomas Dunne Books, 2006. ISBN 0-312-35914-4.
- Blood, Sweat & Tears (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)#Track listing Track Listing of Blood, Sweat & Tears (album) Retrieved 5 January 2014
- Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Mr. Fantasy – Traffic | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Traffic: Heaven Is In Your Mind : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 27 April 1968. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Traffic: Heaven Is In Your Mind : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. 27 April 1968. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.