Traffic: Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ, bass); Dave Mason (guitar, sitar, tamboura, shakkai, Mellotron, harmonica, bass, background vocals); Chris Wood (flute, saxophone, organ, percussion, background vocals); Rick Grech (bass); Jim Capaldi (drums, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Jim Gordon (drums); Reebop Kwaku Baah (percussion).
Producers: Jimmy Miller, Steve Winwood, Chris Blackwell.
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
Recorded at Olympic, Morgan, Island Studios, London, England and The Record Plant, New York, New York between 1967 & 1971. Includes liner notes by Dave Thompson.
This is part of Universal Records "20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection" series.
Personnel: Dave Mason (vocals, guitar, sitar, tamboura, harmonica, Mellotron, bass guitar); Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ, bass guitar, percussion); Chris Wood (vocals, flute, saxophone, organ, percussion); Jim Capaldi (vocals, drums, tambourine, percussion); Rick Grech (bass guitar); Jim Gordon (drums); Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Dave Thompson .
Recording information: Island Studios, London, England (04/1967-09/1971); Morgan Studios, London, England (04/1967-09/1971); Olympic Studios, London, England (04/1967-09/1971); Record Plant Studios, NY (04/1967-09/1971).
Traffic's installment of 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection rounds up ten of the group's biggest songs, concentrating heavily on their first two albums, with the first seven coming from Mr. Fantasy or Traffic, which isn't an entirely bad thing, because that's when the band concentrated on individual tunes more than long, extended jams. It's also when classics like "Paper Sun," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Feelin' Alright," "You Can All Join In," and "Pearly Queen" were recorded, and those are what propels this collection and makes it worthwhile as a sampler. The only tracks casual fans would wish are here are "Glad" (which really should be here) and "Freedom Rider," but if they want those that badly, they should spend the extra money and get the comprehensive 15-track collection Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic. Many may find they'd rather stick with this very fine mid-priced sampler. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine