Traffic (Traffic album)

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Studio album by Traffic
ReleasedOctober 1968
RecordedJanuary–May 1968
StudioOlympic Studios, London, Record Plant, NYC
GenreBlues rock, art rock, folk rock, jam rock
United Artists
ProducerJimmy Miller
Traffic chronology
Mr. Fantasy
Last Exit
Singles from Traffic
  1. "Feelin' Alright?"
    Released: September 1968

Traffic is the second studio album by the English rock band Traffic, released in 1968 on Island Records in the United Kingdom as ILP 981T (mono)/ILPS 9081T (stereo), and United Artists in the United States, as UAS 6676 (stereo). It peaked at number 9 in the UK albums chart[1] and at number 17 on the Billboard 200.[2] It was the last album recorded by the group before their initial breakup.

Background and content[edit]

In January 1968, after some initial success in Britain with their debut album Mr. Fantasy, Dave Mason had departed from the group. He produced the debut album by the group Family, containing in its ranks future Traffic bass player Ric Grech, while Traffic went on the road.[3] In May, the band had invited Mason back to begin recording the new album.

Mason ended up writing and singing half of the songs on the album (including his biggest hit "Feelin' Alright?"), but making scant contribution to the songs written by Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood. His flair for pop melody had always been at odds with the others' jazz ambitions, evidenced by the dichotomy seen for the songs on this album, and by October he was again out of the band.[4] He would return one more time for a tour and album in 1971 to run out the band's contract.

Traffic was reissued for compact disc in the UK on 11 January 2000, with five bonus tracks, two from the soundtrack to the United Artists film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and three from Last Exit. In the US, the remastered reissue of 27 February 2001 included mono single mixes of "You Can All Join In" and "Feelin' Alright?," and the stereo single mix of "Withering Tree." The original album was produced by Jimmy Miller. The remasters were assisted in their production by Jim Capaldi.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone(positive)[6]

AllMusic gave a positive retrospective review of the album, commenting that it achieved a strong balance between Dave Mason's simple and straightforward folk-rock songs and Steve Winwood's complex and often haunting rock jams.[5]

Track listing and personnel[edit]

Side one
1."You Can All Join In"Dave Mason3:34
2."Pearly Queen"Capaldi, Winwood4:20
3."Don't Be Sad"Mason3:24
4."Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring"Capaldi, Winwood, Wood[note 1]3:11
5."Feelin' Alright?"Mason4:16
Side two
6."Vagabond Virgin"Capaldi, Mason5:21
7."Forty Thousand Headmen"Capaldi, Winwood3:15
8."Cryin' to Be Heard"Mason5:14
9."No Time to Live"Capaldi, Winwood5:10
10."Means to an End"Capaldi, Winwood2:39
Total length:40:24
2000 reissue bonus tracks (UK only)
11."Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" (from the film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood 2:45
12."Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am" (from the film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)Capaldi, Winwood, Wood 2:36
13."Withering Tree" (from the album Last Exit)Capaldi, Winwood2:57
14."Medicated Goo" (from the album Last Exit)Winwood, Jimmy Miller 3:39
15."Shanghai Noodle Factory" (from the album Last Exit)Capaldi, Miller, Winwood, Wood, Larry Fallon 5:03
2001 reissue bonus tracks US (Island Records 314 542 852-2) and Japan (Universal-Island Records UICY-93642) only
11."You Can All Join In" (mono single mix)Mason3:45
12."Feelin' Alright?" (mono single mix)Mason4:03
13."Withering Tree" (stereo single mix)Capaldi, Winwood2:53

Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ The original LP issue credits the song to Winwood/Capaldi. However, both BMI records and later issues of the album list Chris Wood as co-writer.
  2. ^ The album credits list Wood as the drummer, but this is presumably a mistake, since no other source indicates that Chris Wood knew how to play drums. Most likely it is Jim Capaldi on drums and percussion.


  1. ^ Chart Stats
  2. ^ "Billboard 200 - Traffic". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Traffic, 1999 reissue Island Records IMCD 265 546498-2, liner notes p. 4.
  4. ^ Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden, editors. The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia of Rock. New York: Harmony Books, 1977, p. 234.
  5. ^ a b Traffic at AllMusic
  6. ^ Wenner, Jann (January 4, 1969). "Traffic". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.

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