John Barleycorn Must Die

Artist: Traffic
Label: United Artists Records
Catalog#: UAS 5504
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-07
A1 Glad 6:30

Drums, Percussion - Jim Capaldi
Organ, Piano, Percussion - Steve Winwood
Saxophone, Flute, Saxophone [Electric], Percussion - Chris Wood

A2 Freedom Rider 6:02

Drums, Percussion - Jim Capaldi
Organ, Piano, Vocals, Percussion - Steve Winwood
Saxophone, Flute, Saxophone [Electric], Percussion - Chris Wood

A3 Empty Pages 4:45

Drums, Percussion - Jim Capaldi
Organ - Chris Wood
Organ, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals - Steve Winwood

B1 Stranger To Himself 4:05

Vocals - Jim Capaldi
Vocals, Instruments [All] - Steve Winwood

B2 John Barleycorn 6:20

Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals - Steve Winwood
Flute, Percussion - Chris Wood
Tambourine, Vocals - Jim Capaldi

B3 Every Mother's Son 7:05

Drums - Jim Capaldi
Instruments [All Other Instruments], Vocals - Steve Winwood


Engineer - Andy Johns
Engineer - Brian Humphries
Producer - Chris Blackwell
Producer - Guy Stevens
Producer - Steve Winwood


Gatefold cover.
Recorded at Island Studios & Olympic Studios, London.
1st pressings have Tan labels, 2nd editions have Sunburst color labels.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
United Artists released Last Exit following Steve Winwood's departure to Blind Faith. A collection of live tracks and singles, it rose to No. 19 in the US. However Blind Faith barely got started before it ended; and Winwood's next move, tentatively titled Mad Shadows, was originally conceived as a solo record. With the addition of Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, the album quickly became a Traffic release, and stands as one of the band's finest recordings. Having abandoned any trace of psychedelia from their previous work, Traffic stretch out into instrumental improvisation without ever noodling around. The band tears down the first side of the record with "Glad/Freedom Rider;" the former is a driving instrumental that cops its central groove from Soft Machine's "We Did It Again." Winwood's ability to merge his influences (and handle both keyboard and guitar duties) is impeccable, and certainly cemented his ever-growing reputation as an artist. Both "Empty Pages" and "Stranger to Himself" present a mature Winwood and foreshadow his massive solo success a decade later. "Every Mother's Son" sounds like a Blind Faith leftover, yet it breaks down into some of Winwood's finest organ playing. But the highlight of John Barleycorn Must Die is the sublime acoustic arrangement of its title track, based on a traditional folk song. The album was a bona fide success, reaching No. 5 in the UK and No. 11 in the US.
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