My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: Traffic was recorded during the first half of 1968 and released in October of the same year. The album has song written by two different dynamics in the band leading to a varied sound. Those written by Dave Mason are more pop oriented, while those written by Steve Winwood and the rest of the group are more experimental.
What I think: Coming into a Traffic record, I was expecting a prog-rock opus and was pleasantly surprised to get some fairly straight forward rock music. This is especially true on the first half of the album. “You Can All Join In” is a Kinks crossed with Eric Clapton type song that really grabbed my attention right of the bat. “Pearly Queen” continues with the Claptonesque vibe and I would describe it at the quintessential classic rock song. All of the elements for that genre and format are now cemented in that song circa 1968. The album continues in that vein with a couple more straightforward rock numbers including “Feelin’ Alright?” which would go on to be a huge hit for Joe Cocker. The second half of the album is a bit more experimental, but it never gets too crazy.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think this should be here, I really like the dichotomy between the straight forward rock and the beginnings of prog-rock.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (87/110)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%