------------------------------------------ Volume 142, sent October 15, 1998: 1. Re: Losing his Virginity 2. Live Traffic LPs & Replies to S.Smith 3. Re: Losing his Virginity! 4. 94 Traffic openers 5. Keyboard Magazine, Novembuary 1998 6. Empty Pages CD review 7. Re: Losing his Virginity 8. New Traffic Compilation 9. Blues Brothers 2000 DVD 10. Capaldi on Bonzos tribute 11. Here we go 12. First Annual Convention ------------------------------------------------- 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Mary Katsikas"
Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 11:59:35 EST Subject: Re: Losing his Virginity I was glad to see that SW has parted ways with Virgin. I agree that they weren't promoting his great music enough. I really look forward to some more wonderful music from him and maybe, with a latin beat this time around. After reading Dawn's mail, she should be SW's producer and promoter. Mary 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 13:30:38 -0400 From: Ted G Subject: Live Traffic LPs & Replies to S.Smith Random notes from the Trafficologist... (1) I just have a couple more things to say about "On The Road": Thing #1: I've asked a couple former residents of Germany what that "Swans, swans, more swans" might mean, and they didn't know. My official guess: The audience is not speaking German and may be unsuccessfully trying to say something in English. Thing #2: On "Freedom Rider": "See children gathering in the street / While hoping that" WHAT? Their hips are neat? The hooks have meat? (2) Replies to Stephen Smith (who replied to Trafficology part 3): What color labels does your 2-LP OTR have (with faded Low Spark & the cool road sign sleeves)? Mine (with non-faded LS & plain sleeves) is an Island black label (late '70s? - I got it used). Regarding non-US CDs of SHOOT OUT with the full Roll Right Stones: I saw a reference in an earlier SP to a non-US CD with a "longer" RRS. Unfortunately I have been unable to relocate that particular SP edition. (3) Since I've asked everyone about OTR, how does everyone feel about WELCOME TO THE CANTEEN now?? A few thoughts of my own: a. Steve's memory of the lyrics to "Goo" is terrible but it somehow makes the song all the more fun. b. "Headmen" sounds like the band was required to play it for 6 minutes before they could stop. (Does anyone know what Steve is saying near the end?) c. "Gimme" just doesn't sound the same without the backing vocals that were on the original. (At least "Shouldn't" has backing vocals). Dave's guitar goof-up in the 2nd half is embarrassing enough, but then UA had to put it on a single and a compilation to boot! d. Best tracks IMHO: Shouldn't, Medicated, Mr. Fantasy. Bye... Ted [The backing vocals that we're accustomed to in the US were only included on the US releases, am I right? The version on the compilation CD "Eight Gigs a Week" is the British release, with no "hey!"s. I think. -- BLG] 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: "Eddie" Subject: Re: Losing his Virginity! Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:26:38 +0100 Yeah, well to be honest it didn't surprise me. I never felt that they really pushed Steve, at least in this country. I'm not sure about the USA and rest of the world. In my opinion also and I stress this is just my opinion, I didn't think Steve did himself any favours with the J7 tour. I thought that he had downsized himself in a way. He seemed too big an artist to be playing smaller venues. In doing that he was out of the public eye in a way except to devoted fans. I mean after all it wasn't that long ago that he did 5 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London! Junction 7 was a great album; it deserved a much bigger push than it got. The gigs were great too. There's no doubt in my opinion about that. But I'm also surprised that he supposedly might concentrate on production . OK, fine, but could that mean also to not record or perform again? Man what a waste that would be! He has so much talent and so much more music to offer I think, don't you? How many artists of his generation can you think of who've actually improved with the passing years both as a musician, songwriter and performer? Combine the two yes, but don't deny us the pleasure of the talent. I truly hope that he continues to perform and record. I hope that a record co. comes to him (I'm sure there must have been overtures) and are prepared to back him as he deserves. It's always been one of the saddest things to me that his home country (England) has never really truly appreciated or recognised the depth of his ability. He is without doubt the best musical talent of his generation that we've ever produced. Steve. If you read this, please continue to grace us with your gifts. Eddie 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 17:41:46 -0500 From: Steven Robert Seim Subject: 94 Traffic openers Just out of curiosity--does anyone know who the opening act was for the 1994 Far From Home tour (if it makes a difference, I saw them at the Minneapolis show)? Steve Seim 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: Operanut@aol.com Date sent: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 21:54:03 EDT Subject: Keyboard Magazine, Novembuary 1998 Dear Fellow Steve-anatics: Just got the November issue of KEYBOARD magazine, for those of us who are piano/synth/cheesy Hammond etc. players. They dig up old classic vinyls in all genres and put up a little feature called "KEY TRACKS". This month, lo and behold is John Barleycorn!! I quote: "This 1970 album was essentially supposed to be a solo album for Steve Winwood, but with longtime drummer and percussionist Jim capaldi onboard, as well as the late Chris Wood on flute, sax, percussion, and organ, the album retained enough elements to warrant being called a Traffic record. There is an abundance of distinctive licks on this disc - listen to the piano riff that defines "Glad," and its modulating electric piano groove of "Empty Pages," with its Hammond-laced choruses. Winwood vacillates between Hammond B-3 and acoustic piano as a player, but is also quite adept at other instruments, hence the "all instruments" credit on "Stranger to Himself". It's his innate sense of melody that prevails, whether it be the electric guitar lines after the chorus of "Every Mother's Son" or the piano solo in "Empty Pages" --even on a song like "John Barleycorn," which features a beautiful acoustic guitar picking arrangement and accompanying flute runs by Chris Wood (truly one of the great, unsung heroes of modern music; his work on this and other Traffic records is unsurpassed). "Knowing how to cover both rhythm and lead gives Winwood balance and foundation, and makes his playing adaptable. The ambiance(sic) he creates with the spacey piano and organ solo in "Glad" makes the song breathe and gives it life. I often wonder which he recorded first. Liten to how the organ dominates "Freedom Rider," and how to piano all but disappears, save for its signature lick, and the outro (sic -- outre'?) jamming. Note there is no bass credit - perhaps Steve's left hand working overtime? And don't forget, Steve is singing lead and writing all the lyrics as well as arranging and composing the songs, along with Jim Capaldi. Truly a jack-of-all-trades at his creative peak!! "Also recommended: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Welcome to the Canteen. -- Robbie Gennett" Sharon's comments now: His "creative peak"?? Lemme see, this was 1970 and he was born in '48, so he's been goin downhill since the age of 22??? I should go shoot myself if that is the case!! This person may have been under a rock cooling his crust for a while, or maybe this person is just a bit young to remember the original vinyl and the airplay? I don't know. I am not gonna comment on the original history of Traffic -- I leave that up to you that are better read on the Traffic segment of Steve's career. If you have comments, these folks maintain a website at: www.keyboardmag.com so go abuse the First Amendment there. Another hysterical note: Everybody's favorite Tulsa Trash, Hanson, played Houston on Sunday night. The reviewer in the Houston Carbuncle noted that they opened with "Gimme Some Lovin' " and pointed out that Steve was probably 16 when this was a hit, and nobody called it bubblegum rock back then!! LOL!! My 12-year-old hates Hanson and I think they are pretty good! They remind me of Chuck Berry. Keep on shining, everybody, Sharon [Sometimes people use the word "outro" to mean the opposite of "intro"; in other words, a coda. Maybe that's what Gennett meant? --BLG] 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: "Eddie" Subject: Empty Pages CD review Date sent: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 03:46:12 +0100 Issued by Oil Well Records, Made in Italy. Not a commercially available recording. The sleeve states "Live in London, UK June 5 1973". But itís not as you will see. Cover pic depicts Steve in "goatie" beard, taken from When the Eagle Flies promotional photographs. Track Listing. John Barleycorn Must Die. Despite the CD sleeve cover, this track may or may not have been recorded in London. Then again it might be from the German gig(s), which constitute the Traffic on the Road album. Could even be the 1970 trio line up, who knows! Whatever, this track is almost as good a live version that youíll find but with one slightly enduring feature. Steve and Jim getting the words mixed up towards the end of the song, with a slight snigger in there too! Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory. This is the exact same cut from the Traffic on the Road album. Nuff said! Glad/Freedom Rider live. Again unknown as to where recorded. Sounds like the 3 piece line up though, or maybe augmented by Ric Grech, but it definitely ainít the 73 line up, thatís clear. Anyway, itís not that bad. Steve up to par on organ on Glad. Freedom Rider, not bad. Chris Wood in excellent form on Flute and Sax. The sound recording of Steveís vocal distorts his voice slightly, but not enough to fail to enjoy. Every Mothers Son. Trio line up once again. Got a feeling that this and Glad/Freedom Rider are from BBC 1970 Radio recordings, might be wrong though. But itís not bad. Chris Wood on Electric Piano. Jimís drumming as steady as ever. Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys. This is the exact same cut from the Traffic on the Road live album. Need I say more? Pearly Queen. BBC radio recording, 1968 line up I think, but might be 1970. Nice version this. Good guitar work by Steve. Empty Pages. BBC Radio recording 1970. Good version this. Nice Electric Piano solo. Not bad. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring. BBC Radio recording. Good to hear this in a live format. Itís always been one of my favorite Traffic songs, although others will Iím sure disagree with me! Nice funky organ solo by Steve. Chris on form on Sax. Funky is definitely I think the word for this one. Medicated Goo. BBC radio recording 1970. Not bad but it doesnít really come across that well performed as a three piece, but worth hearing. What else can I say about this CD? Well, donít be mislead by the sleeve stating that itís recorded live in London in í73 because clearly it isnít! If you donít already have the BBC recordings in your possession then itís worth getting just for them. Taking 2 tracks that are already commercially available is a bit out of order, but there you go. Other than that the CD is not too bad but donít pay over the odds for it. Eddie 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: LesterJake@aol.com Date sent: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 15:05:32 EDT Subject: Re: Losing his Virginity I enjoyed Dawn's ruminations about Steve's strengths and weaknesses as they relate to a new label. From almost the very start (I first saw him in 1969 in Blind Faith) I felt Steve had the talent and capability to produce the best "classic" rock music of his generation, i.e. music of strength, complexity and beauty that would be appreciated forever. Certain works come close--the eponymous second album and parts of Last Exit, Barleycorn, High Life, Far From Home--but somehow I've always felt that Steve still had the great studio album within him, that he hadn't pushed himself, or been pushed by producers, enough to yield the great masterpiece (it seems to me) he is capable of. Undoubtedly he is one of the most gifted performers of his generation, and I have been fortunate to see him live perhaps two dozens times in as many years, in many musical permutations: Blind Faith; Traffic as a trio, as a quartet, as a sextet and still bigger bands, fronting for the Dead; and solo, from his first U.S. re-appearance in 1987 in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the wonderful J7 club dates last year. But unfortunately Steve limits himself to playing the same 10 or 15 songs (plus whatever is current) year in and year out, when there are so many great but more obscure numbers in his catalogue (thinking of Night Train or Here Comes a Man) his fans would love to hear. So I'd like to see Steve find a label that would permit him to more or less retire from performing, as great a loss as that would be, to concentrate on writing and recording new music. He would need to find a writer, or (perhaps better yet) turn to sacred and classic texts, to supply the lyrics to sing. In theory, he could produce an album of new material at least every other year. That would mean five albums a decade--for (hopefully) many decades to come. Think of the musical riches that might flow! One can only hope. Les 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: "Eddie" Subject: New Traffic Compilation Date sent: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 01:21:45 +0100 I found this on the Island records web site. No other details that that. Oct 12th Albums: Free - Walk In My Shadow - An Introduction to... John Martyn - Serendipity - An Introduction to ... Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind - An Introduction to... Eddie 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: Winwoodie@aol.com Date sent: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 00:30:43 EDT Subject: Blues Brothers 2000 DVD The laser disc and DVD of "The Blues Brothers 2000" have a bit more SW. Both discs have "The Making Of..." which has a couple more short interview lines. In one short segment Steve talks about it being different performing in front of the camera but not being much more difficult. In another he says the music is the main thing that keeps him going. There are also a couple more shots of him at the keyboard. Then after the short there is the movie trailer & a couple of still production frames in which our hero appears. It's not alot of material but it's a bit more for those of us fans who just can't get enough. Craig Loudon 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: Stephen Smith Subject: Capaldi on Bonzos tribute Date sent: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 16:50:14 -0400 From the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band site: "Jim Yoakum is currently working out the logistics for a Bonzo tribute/reunion album, set for a Christmas release: IT WAS A GREAT PARTY UNTIL SOMEBODY FOUND A HAMMER (the title comes from an unreleased Bonzo track). Yoakum has been talking to some great people about the project, such as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Wreckless Eric, The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Negativeland, Ken Nordine, John Cale. Gene Pitney, Eric Idle, and others. I was lucky enough to hear a demo of the "Doin' The Bonzo Dog" by George Harrison and Jim Capaldi, and it's one of the best post-Beatle songs to come along." Also, for those interested, I've completed another major enhancement to the Session Work pages: discographies for all titles, track listings for Jim Capaldi and a few others, full mention of involvement by Traffic and Blind Faith members and certain others, and additional info for Jimmy Page (in Unreleased Sessions). Steve 11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11 Date sent: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 16:38:06 -0400 (EDT) From: Berkin Altinok Subject: Here we go Well, as far as i can remember, i call my self a winwoodian, so that should be a proper name for us IMHO. Yes, it happened, Tito, Arturo and Steve were in Istanbul. But guess what I was not there, because i had several plans with my friends, they knew about my winwood madness, but i had promised them, so it was really hard, but heard it was a great concert, the organizers of the Istanbul Jazz festival said that it was the best concert of the summer, I think that was flattering. I think one of the channels in Turkey will air it soon, Although i am in Boston, i will have it taped of course. by the way speaking of Tito and Boston and my school Northeastern ,, Tito and his 12 men band will be at the school, in May sometime, i will let everyone know about it. Another thing, interesting, last year one of the golf tournaments on TV in MA was broadcasted on with a familiar tune, an instrumental "Running on", How about that,, "ohhh ,, he misses the birdie,, well you better keep those wheel's go round..." One final note for right now, did anybody mention about the thing Spencer pulled back in 67.. Q magazine of this month has more on this,, but check this out... So, winwood leaves ,, SDG, and Spencer tries to replace him, and tries a lot of guys, and comes up with Eddie Hardin, thinks he will be fine, good guy,, but do you know who he misses,,this is really historic, it could have changed the Winwood history for big time, (maybe) Ok, so i think i remember the guy's name correctly, Red Dwight, i think i might have been wrong, but something close to that.. wow,, oh yea,, well Spencer passed on him, but he later changes his name, to yeahhh,, Elton John.. Anyways,, I hope to see some people at thanx giving,, In New York, Common people let's meet.. Berkin, finally back. 12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12 Date sent: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 16:45 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: First Annual Convention There are currently 10 SPers on my list of attendees to the convention! We will definitely hold it in Manhattan on Friday, November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving, for those of us who live in the States). Steve Smith and Dawn are researching bars and pubs - it's a tough job but someone has to do it - and will report back to us soon. Please let me know if you even *think* you can come, and I'll put you on the list for updates on plans. That's 6 weeks from tomorrow, folks! Putting on my dancing shoes, Bobbie