Traffic (English rock band)

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Traffic was an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1967. The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic rock group and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music. Their first three singles were "Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", and "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".

After disbanding in 1969, during which time Winwood joined Blind Faith, Traffic reunited in 1970 to release the critically acclaimed album John Barleycorn Must Die. The band's line-up varied from this point until they disbanded again in 1975. A partial reunion, with Winwood and Capaldi, took place in 1994.

Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Mr. Fantasy Traffic 11
1967 Reaping Traffic 1
1968 Traffic Traffic 10
1969 Last Exit Traffic 4
1970 John Barleycorn Must Die Traffic 5 15
1971 The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Traffic 5 12
1973 Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory Traffic 7
1974 When the Eagle Flies Traffic 5
1994 Far From Home Traffic 2
Traffic Control Traffic 1
Traffic Report Traffic 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Best of Traffic Traffic 4
1975 Heavy Traffic Traffic 1
1991 Smiling Phases Traffic 1
1994 Traffic Sound 68-69 Traffic 1
1998 Heaven Is in Your Mind: An Introduction to Traffic Traffic 1
2000 Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic Traffic 1
2001 The Collection Traffic 1
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Traffic Traffic 1
2005 Gold Traffic 1
2013 Icon Traffic 1
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Sessions Traffic 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Welcome to the Canteen Traffic 8
1971 1971-10-14: First Spark: Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, USA Traffic 2
1973 On the Road Traffic 3
1990 A Session Jimi Hendrix & Traffic 1
1992 Live in London 1970 Traffic 1
2005 The Last Great Traffic Jam Traffic 1
1970-06-26 to 1970-06-27: These Three Men: Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY, USA Traffic 1
1970-11-23: Anderson Theater, New York, NY, USA Traffic 1
1971-10-07: Arie Crown Auditorium, Chicago, IL, USA Traffic 1
1972-02-21: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, USA Traffic 1
1974-05-17: Rainbow Theatre, London, England, UK Traffic 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Paper Sun / Giving to You Traffic 1
1967 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Traffic 1
1967 Hole in My Shoe / Smiling Phases Traffic 1
1968 Medicated Goo / Shanghai Noodle Factory Traffic 1
1978 Hole in My Shoe Traffic 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Traffic 1

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