------------------------------------------ VOLUME 139, sent August 21, 1998 Topics in this issue: 1. Re: Smiling Phases, volume 138 2. Re: Summer Listening 3. RE: Trafficology 4. Replies & Trafficology Part 3 5. Session Work - Oldfield / Faithfull / Jackson 6. Re: First Traffic album 7. Lennon tribute album 8. voting stuff 9. Festival Express Movie 10. First Annual Convention ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: Winwoodie@aol.com Date sent: Sun, 9 Aug 1998 01:37:06 EDT Subject: Re: Smiling Phases, volume 138 Just wanted to put my 2 cents in by replying to a couple of posts in SP #138. First to Dawn's call to put our Wood en heads together & come up with a name for ourselves. About a year & a half ago we touched on this in the SP chatroom. Right after that I started calling myself a Winwoodie. (Winwoody was already taken on AOL). I decided this was better than any Traffic related names since I like all SW's music including SDG, Traffic, Blind Faith, etc & solo stuff. It is also a play on words of the Muff Woody Jazz Band. I would sure like to see some incarnation of that band someday! This is offered as another possible name. Anyone can call themselves this if they want to (or anything else for that matter). "Here's a little song you can all join in with..." I would also like to agree with Mike that a release of the American version of the Mr. Fantasy CD is long over due. We "grew up" on that music in the order it was on the original American LP. A couple years ago I made myself & a friend a tape each with the songs back in the original order that we were used to. I used "Traffic Control" for the missing parts from the UK version. Although it is very nice to listen to again in that order it lacks the background music between the tracks which is part of the "magic" of the original American LP. Craig Loudon 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: LesterJake@aol.com Date sent: Sun, 9 Aug 1998 16:34:55 EDT Subject: Re: Summer Listening Regarding the Summer Listening post in Vol. 136, I have always been very partial to Steve's extraordinary vocal and keyboard work on Stomu Yamashta's Go, a 1976 jazz-fusion effort featuring Michael Shrive on drum kits and Klaus Schultze (sp?) on synth (Island 9387). Some of the album has a Eurojam feel to it, very spacey (the album cover shows a starry sky over a desert), but the rock/jazz songs are very powerful, particularly Crossing the Line and Man of Leo. Steve's contributions are central, and give the album a very progressive Traffic flavor. He also wrote one fine song (rare in that there is no co-lyricist), Winner/Loser. The band apparently toured, because about a year later a two- album live-from-Paris set was released (also on Island), with extended versions of the same song list, arguably even stronger than the original album. While it is a shame that (to my knowledge) Go has never been released on CD (although many other Stomu Yamashta LPs are), some numbers from Go can be found on various Winwood CD compilations. For Traffic and Winwood fans, the original albums are definitely worth seeking out. Les [You are right, neither album has ever been released on CD, although we've been hearing rumors for years that release is imminent. Both LPs were released in 1976. The only compilation CD that tracks from "Go" appear on, is The Finer Things, the 4-CD box set, which includes "Winner/Loser" from the studio album and "Crossing the Line" from the live album. --BG] 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: "Steven Tidwell"
Subject: RE: Trafficology Date sent: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 00:39:51 -0700 When "Welcome To The Canteen" came out Rolling Stone mag speculated about the name Traffic not being on the cover and what that meant. I think someone just goofed. True, Mason's status was in question. He was asked if he wanted to stay with the expanded version of the band and he said he'd love to but it wasn't his decision ("It's Steve's band," he said). BUT...whether leaving the name off the album was deliberate or not, the Traffic symbol WAS on the cover, and that was enough for me. Other things: I doubt the American version of Mr. Fantasy will EVER be released on CD and I too would love to see it. I loved the title for the trailing end of "Paper Sun" on the B side: "We're A Fade, You Missed This". And all those faint segues between tracks were all taken from the fade out of the title song from the "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" album. I think the only chance of seeing that on CD is if someone copies the LP to CD themselves (I know it's on my list). And just why: 1) Did the cover to "John Barleycorn" change from the yellow burlap to plain gray? (Without the inside picture?) 2) Did they change the running order of "Low Spark"? 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 Date sent: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 08:11:41 -0400 From: Ted G Subject: Replies & Trafficology Part 3 Replies: to Dawn ("Solidarity") - I'd like to suggest that we call ourselves "Smiling Phasers" (or "Phasers" for short). to Katstrofik (Last Exit cover) - Thanks, I'm not looking for a copy; I just wanted to be sure I wasn't losing my mind/memory. Do you know if the different cover was earlier, later or what? to BigStar303 (US Mr. Fantasy) - (Speaking of losing my mind/memory...) You're right about my remembering the (black) record label. Come to think of it, I can't remember the back cover. I've only seen one copy of the US Mr F, and that was 12 years ago. Oh well. Thanks for setting me straight. (I'm sure I'm but one of many who would say: Feel free to 'pitch' one of your many LP copies at me!) TRAFFICOLOGY (Part 3): SHOOT OUT AT THE FANTASY FACTORY The only US release of SOATFF to have the full version of 'Roll Right Stones' is the original Island 'sunray' label LP pressing (see Note below). To my knowledge, all other US copies of this album (CD included) have 'R.R.S.' faded out two minutes early, in spite of their invariably listing it as the full '13:44'. (I'd like to know who's responsible for THAT.) Apparently some non-US CDs have the full version, though. Indicator: If it doesn't have that strange creaky sound (possibly a percussion instrument?) near the end, it's not the full version. NOTE: The "sunray" pressing (with complete RRS) gives the song times on the label as 6:01 / 13:40 / 5:00 / 4:07 / 10:01 -- more stopwatch malfunction -- instead of 6:04 / 13:44 / 5:16 / 6:40 / 7:31. The cover has the catalog # at the bottom of the spine, while later LP covers (which have smaller lettering on the spine) have it at the top. Time signature at end of title track is best described as '17/4' (not 9/8 as guessed in SP 2). Time signature of chorus of 'Roll Right Stones' is 11/4. Possible (though unlikely) mishearing of SOATFF lyrics: 'National Guard came all around / They couldn't find Disney'. ON THE ROAD OTR was originally released in two formats, 1 LP & 2 LP, both with the same sleeve design. 2 LP (& current CD) version: Glad / Freedom Rider / Tragic Magic / Uninspired / Shoot Out / Light Up / Low Spark. 1 LP version: Low Spark / Shoot Out / Uninspired / Light Up. 'Low Spark' was edited from 17:35 to 15:10, with the missing 2:25 cut from the break between verses 1 & 2. 1 LP copies have an inner sleeve with humorous 'road sign' designs; I don't know if any 2 LP copies have this. The 1 LP version was reviewed by Rolling Stone when OTR was new -- the 2 LP version might not have become available until later. For some reason, 'Low Spark' is faded out several seconds early on later copies of OTR. The song is not faded out on the (edited) 1 LP version or the earlier pressings of the 2 LP version. WHEN THE EAGLE FLIES Rosko Gee is seen in the WTEF cover drawing & in 2 photos in the Smiling Phases collection, but to my knowledge his name has never appeared on a US Traffic album. 'Did ya ever notice?' No. 3: Jim's lyrics to the title track are in a fairly tight AABCCB rhyme scheme, but Steve's tune totally disregards their structure & even knocks out a few words ('And you get caught (in the) aftermath'). In my opinion, this song represents the strangest treatment that a composer ever gave a set of lyrics. (But he still sings them with feeling!) HEAVY TRAFFIC / MORE HEAVY TRAFFIC These, along with Best Of Traffic, add up to 3 compilations of material from only 4 original LPs (plus 1 Canteen track). What's the point? There must have been some contractual nonsense happening with UA even after the Canteen thing. (Anybody have any insight on this?) SMILING PHASES The insert shows the covers of all 9 original Traffic albums, but the John Barleycorn cover is in the wrong place (after Canteen instead of before it). (It's also not the original cover, for what that's worth.) The liner notes (Traffic history) say 'Rebop' died 'a few years later' than Chris. (Reebop died the year before Chris.) FAR FROM HOME This is the only Traffic album (to my knowledge) to feature guest musicians (most notably Mr. Spillane). That's all, folks! Ted 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: Stephen Smith Subject: Session Work - Oldfield / Faithfull / Jackson Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 16:02:35 -0400 The last new session in my backlog is courtesy of yet another tip from Jan Inge Sommerseth. Steve played organ on Mike Oldfield's "Guilty", originally released as a 12" single in 1979. The information I found about this record from other sources was confusing (and wrong as it turned out!), so I waited to find the single for the full story. The single included short and long studio versions of the song, and Steve is credited on the sleeve. The long version has not been re-issued elsewhere. The short version was also on a 7" single and several compilations, some currently available as imports. Oldfield also released a live version of the song, originally on the Exposed album, but Steve wasn't involved with that album. Another 12" single I came across recently is Marianne Faithfull's "Broken English". The song was released on two 12" singles in a longer version than on the album, and hasn't been re-issued since. The B-side of one is the previously unreleased "Sister Morphine", also produced by Mark Miller Mundy and Steve may have been involved in that song as well. These will be posted to the Sessions page shortly, along with new information about the Gordon Jackson record. Stay tuned for updates on the soundtrack for That'll Be The Day and the legendary Anglos single! Steve 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 02:01:40 -0400 From: Paul Rosano Subject: Re: First Traffic album Hi folks, Indeed the "Mr. Fantasy" album was released on CD with the American track sequencing in of all places, England! Quel ironic. It still may be available directly from the Island Records site. I haven't checked there for a while but they used to sell it direct. I bought one from an American importer, the name of which I can't remember, but it is in one of the archived mailing lists. I agree completely, the American version of the album is far superior, with little snippets of "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" in between tracks, unfortunately that's not on the CD. What is on the CD though is a completely intact version of "Paper Sun," not a chopped up two-part version of the song and the fade. Also, this CD, which was released around '93 was done in some special 3D effect mastering, I forget what they called it. At any rate, it sounds quite good. For some reason, in the late '70s or early '80s when Island re-released the album, they chose to release it with the English cover, good choice, and English tracks, bad choice. That thinking probably mirrored other companies, for instance, English versions of the Beatles albums started becoming much more available around that time. It sounds like a marketing decision. Too bad, Mobile Fidelity got it wrong, but they may not have had a choice, or maybe they decided to do it as the album was originally intended, which, in fact, is what the English version is. All the best, Paul 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: "BobbieG." Date sent: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 13:20:36 -0700 Subject: Lennon tribute album From Channel V Undercover Music News: John Lennon tribute album on the way Yoko Ono has been compiling a tribute album to her late husband John Lennon. The album has been a long time in the making (so far nearly four years) and finding the right artists to sing the right songs has been the biggest stumbling block. So far, confirmed for the release are Everclear (Instant Karma), Paula Cole (Working Class Hero), Sinead O'Connor (Mind Games) and David Bowie (Mother). Steve Winwood, Ben Folds 5 and Robbie Robertson are also expected to take part in the project and Capitol is trying to entice the three remaining Beatles to also perform a track each. A release date is yet to be confirmed. Bobbie 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: Winwoodie@aol.com Date sent: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 01:41:29 EDT Subject: voting stuff VOTE FOR STEVE No Steve is not running for office but you can vote for his music on the Internet. One place called Rocknworld lets you vote for your favorite 5 albums of all time. They are taking votes through December then will post the final list in January. Vote for the Winwood albums of your choice but vote! Their web address is http://www.rocknworld.com/top100.shtml Bobbie already has a link to their site. Other sites you can vote for music are http://www.softdisk.com/comp/hits/ also http://www.dotmusic.com/premier/vote/vote4.html and there are probably more than these so if you run into them let us know. Craig Loudon [I had trouble every time I tried to use the last one in your list, so I didn't add that to the website. --BG] 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: "speakershop" Subject: Festival Express Movie Date sent: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 19:50:18 -0400 I want to thank you for the tape trader page. I was able to locate a copy of the 1974 Rainbow theatre shows, finally. I've been enjoying them immensely! What a great band, there was still plenty of life left, with no signs of a loss of spirit. The fascination is the end was so near. Perhaps the Eagle flew later in the tour. Anyway it's a dream come true for me to hear this version of the group, performing this material. The tape is a first generation soundboard. I recently came across a reference to a film that was made of the 1970 festival express concert tour. The groups included Traffic as well as Joplin, Grateful Dead, etc etc. Do you have any knowledge of this rockumentary? It was according to legend " one hell of a three day party". BTW perhaps the relative failure of J7 may be a blessing in disguise. If steve gets back to playing with musicians because he digs them, rather than marketing considerations I'm all for it. I've always felt jazz & world music would offer him so many more ways to express his prodigious talents.(But what the heck do I know?) GUY 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: "BobbieG." Date sent: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 13:31:59 -0700 Subject: First Annual Convention I am planning a trip to New York City to visit Dawn, a frequent contributor to this mailing list and to "Chronicles" (Craig's snail-mail newsletter), in November. We discovered that Eddie, another contributor to both, will be there with his wife at the same time. Then I got email from Berkin, who you may remember posted pretty frequently until he got busy with school and travelling. With 4 of us already congregating, it occurred to Dawn and myself to announce this as: The First Annual Smiling Phases Convention How about it? If you can be in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend email me, and we'll let you know where to meet us! We'll pick a nice bar or club. If this works out, we'll do it again next year, maybe alternating coasts (heads up, Craig! I may want you to organize one in Los Angeles in 1999); or maybe having one in August of 2000 in the UK, when several of us are already planning on going. Put on your dancing shoes and join us! Bobbie ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 139