1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

794. John Barleycorn Must Die – Traffic

 Original Album Tracks 1-6

Brief Background: Recorded from during the beginning of 1970 and released in July of the same year, John Barleycorn Must Die was initially to be Steve Winwood’s first solo album.

What I think: When I think of genre mixing or genre bending music and albums I usually think of releases from the 1990’s on, but this album is certainly that. It makes for an interesting mix, because I enjoy some of these genres and others I don’t. When they are mixed throughout the same song it can be great or frustrating. I really hear a lot of rock, soul, folk, jazz fusion, and prog-rock here. I really enjoy it all except for the jazz fusion, which is primarily highlighted by the use of a flute.

I would say I like portions of every song here, with the exception of the title track. My favorites are  “Empty Pages”, “Stranger to Himself” and the exceptional Give-It-All-They-Got jam at the end of “Freedom Riders”.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I like it just enough to give it a pass. You can see Winwood’s pop side come out a bit and highlight his later solo albums.

Rating (Out of 5): 3

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (163/208)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%


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