Volume 143, sent October 28, 1998, contains the following posts: 1. Re: Trafficology 2. RE: Opening Bands 3. Re: Opening Bands 4. Re: Opening Bands 5. Extra SW items up for grabs. 6. Re: 94 Traffic Openers 7. Re: Heaven Is In Your Mind 8. Winwood, Traffic merchandise 9: Re: Opening Bands 10. I'm A Man lyrics 11. Random comments 12. Coloured Rain in the US 13. Back in the High Life 14. Dream Set List 15. Reviews in Q Magazine -------------------------------------------- 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Scott Tribble"
Subject: Re: Trafficology Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 12:46:14 -0400 >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. I think they're shouting "Spark, Spark" to get the band to play "Low Spark" > Thing #2: On "Freedom Rider": "See children gathering in the street / > While hoping that" WHAT? Their hips are neat? The hooks have meat? "While hoping that the puzzle fits." Scott 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Peter Noss (petern)" Subject: RE: Opening Bands Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 09:56:06 -0700 In response to Q4, vol 142: Opening Act for Traffic 94 (in Los Angeles) was Sonia Dada - a great party band. Are there any plans ever for an official live release from the 94 tour? This was a great, great tour. Unfortunately, Traffic decided to reform the same year many other reunions made demands of people's wallets for far more unfair amounts of money, which cost Traffic. The Eagles and Barbra Streisand both turned concert ticket prices upside down in 1994, causing people to become more cautious about where their entertainment dollars go. I've seen the Woodstock 94 tape, but it would be great to have professional live recordings of John Barleycorn and So Uninspired from 94. Those two songs were true emotional highlights of the show. There is one pro-recording - a live, rehearsal version of 40K Headmen - awesome, awesome. Is there anything else out there? 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 12:00:13 -0500 From: SVK Subject: Re: Opening Bands >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)? It DOES matter. They used different opening acts in different parts of the country. Here in Nashville it was the Subdudes. --shannon email@example.com 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: "BobbieG." Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 10:14:23 -0700 Subject: Re: Opening Bands It was Sonia Dada in Phoenix - they were great. Bobbie 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 14:52:36 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (jay siekierski) Subject: Extra SW items up for grabs. Hi J7 here I recently moved back to S.F. Ca. and found some rare SW items (extras) I'm parting with. Radio show LP's & Songbooks, Posters & Sheet music. Mail me for info & $ if interested. Thxs The Sonics All Music Site. Published By Jay Siekierski http://home.earthlink.net/~thesonics 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: SayOnceMor@aol.com Date sent: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 21:27:19 EDT Subject: Re: 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)? If I remember correctly, when I saw Traffic at the Bonner Springs, KS show, Sonia Dada was opening...We got there late and did not see them, but I heard that they were pretty good. andrea 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 Subject: Re: Heaven Is In Your Mind. From: Paul Minkkinen Date sent: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 22:29:08 +0100 re 'Heaven Is In Your Mind"; Track listing: Pearly Queen, Heaven Is In Your Mind, Medicated Goo, 40000 Headmen, John Barleycorn, Empty pages, Feelin Alright ? Uninspired, Dear Mr. Fantasy (live -Canteen album version, light up, Low Spark, Dream Gerrard. No unreleased trcks but 12 page booklet and some rather fine photographs quite a few of which I have not seen before, the front cover is of the 3 piece line - up with a fresh faced young Stevie clutching an inflatable blue bunny, Chris looks about 14 years old and Jim looks moody in his cool suede jacket. Also a great picture including Dave Mason swanning about under the Eiffel Tower. Extensive sleevenotes are included in the booklet and it has to be said this is an imaginative compilation avoiding some of the all too obvious choices highlighting the more musical side of the band. Also my 2 favourites are on there LOW SPARK & Dream Gerrard. I got my name on the credits under special thanks which was bit of a buzz, a funny feeling getting your name on an album sleeve by your favourite band. Think I need to lay down in a darkened room. Paul 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 Date sent: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 02:50:48 -0500 From: Craig Richards Subject: Winwood, Traffic merchandise For those of you looking for Traffic and Steve Winwood merchandise, check out http://www.eBay.com the web's largest on-line auction. I've found concert posters, programs, t-shirts, rare recordings, gold cds, bootlegs and many other hard-to-find items.. Lately things have been selling at give-away prices or they are not getting sold because no one has bid on them. You have to beome a registered buyer, which entails filling out an on-line form with your name, address, phone number, etc. The easiest way to find the Winwood and Traffic items is to use their search function. Have fun shopping! Craig in Kansas City 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: Mark Subject: Re: Opening Bands Date sent: Tue, 20 Oct 98 22:09:53 PDT I don't know about Minneapolis, but in Pensacola it was Sonia Dada. Markmc 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 Date sent: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 12:29:57 -0400 From: Trafficologist (Ted G) Subject: I'm A Man lyrics You know that lengthy cover of "I'm A Man" that was a big hit for Chicago circa 1970? Well, apparently, Chicago never knew what the song's correct lyrics were and always just sang what they thought they heard. Check out the words as given in http://www.chirecords.com/titles/chic-01.htm. (This is not exactly what Chicago sings, but it's close -- on the 3rd verse, for example, I think they actually say "If I drop down on my knees it's just to keep up off my nose".) Then compare them to the correct lyrics as given in http://www.stevewinwood.com/bottom/lyrics/i'm_a_man.html. Oh, well... 11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11 Date sent: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 11:13:13 +1000 From: PETER NUTTALL Subject: Random comments Hi there everybody, haven’t had much time these last few months to contribute, ‘though I have been reading the posts. A few random thoughts on recent postings. Shoot Out: I bought my album copy the day it was released in 1973, I timed RRS at approximately 11:40 but, if you turn the volume full on it might get to the 11:47 mentioned on the CD (mine is the gold CD) and to me it seems to end at the same point. Interestingly, the album is ILPS 9924 (UK release). As for a longer version, that’s news to me. OTR: Also bought day of release 1973, double album, road signs et al, the label colour is grey featuring the Traffic logo next to a traffic light in a street scene with London taxi and double-decker bus but, mine has the full version of Low Spark with crescendo finale. The album is ISLD.2 in large bold letters but, each record is also numbered, ISLD 3.1 with further identification Mat 3.1 A/Mat 3.1 B and ISLD 3.2 further Mat 3.2 A/Mat 3.2 B, do any of these numbers match up with the single album release? The words on Freedom Rider seem to be “See children gathering in the street/While hoping that they’ll lose something”. I agree that the recording suffers from technical limitations but on the whole was an improvement on WTTC. I caught this tour in Manchester, only this concert was marred by Chris’ almost zero contribution, drunk or drugged, he spent most of the time sitting on the edge of the stage, occasionally arguing with members of the audience, however, Steve played Tragic Magic on guitar which helped to make up for that. Uninspired was the highlight for me, and this is also my favourite track on the album (this was one of my top 5 Traffic songs). WTTC: I really like this album, and I think it reinforces the idea that Dave Mason’s songs benefited greatly from Steve’s presence. The organ on SHTMTYG lifts the number way above the version on Alone Together, not to mention the short but effective vocal contribution. The word at the time was that Traffic would get some bad publicity if they refused to do the gig, it was, after all, a Benefit Concert. To newer or younger Steve fans some of this stuff may seem a bit long or rambling, one has to take into consideration the culture at the time, psychedelia and pot, a lot of people, musicians and fans alike, played or listened to music in an altered state of mind. Traffic’s music of this period seemed to ‘float”, unlike the more direct music of the first albums up to and including JBMD. This of course is just my opinion but, there are definite differences in the musical content and line ups of Traffic. Low Spark: My favourite version of this song was performed at the Reading Festival, August 1974, Steve: electric piano, Chris: flute, Rosko: bass, Jim: drums. This was so different from any I’d heard before, less cluttered with more room for expression. Virgin: Does it matter? I don’t think he’s produced his best music while working for them, I’m not saying I don’t like the albums, I do, very much. Far From Home is the best thing since BITHL and I’m sure will prove to be one of THE great Traffic albums, the title song, Here Comes A Man, State Of Grace, Holy Ground, all fantastic numbers. The big let down for me was J7, I rarely play it (my wife does regularly, when I’m not home), I think they went for the wrong market (as I said in an earlier post) no promotion or marketing was ever going to work. I might take a lot of flak for that comment, so be it, I still consider myself to be his biggest fan, and I hope he will go on to better things. Does anyone know the difference (apart from the price) of the Japanese import (in the US) of JBMD? I’ve been hanging out for a gold CD of this. Also, does anyone know where I can get hold of the Blind Faith gold CD. Footnote: Heaven forbid that he gives up performing, after all, he didn’t make it to this part of the world during the J7 tour, and I haven’t seen him perform since the Reading gig. I live in hope!!! Peter 12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12 From: Winwoodie@aol.com Date sent: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 03:54:51 EST Subject: Coloured Rain in the US 'm taking on the task of sending out 'Coloured Rain' to North America. This will result in a price reduction for subscribers here in the USA. Postage from Norway is very expensive. Sending it from the US will allow for a reduction in costs by 1/3. So 3 issues will be sent for $10 instead of $15. I am proud to be associated with such an informative & long running fanzine about SW & Traffic. If you are not currently subscribing to 'Coloured Rain' now would be a good time to do so since a new issue is due very soon. If you live in No. America & want to subscribe please send $10 by check or money order (please do not send cash through the mail) to Craig Loudon, 14417 Chase St. # 166, Panorama City, CA 91402. If you live in the UK please contact Paul at: Minkkinen@btinternet.com If you live anywhere else in the world please contact Jan at: email@example.com Craig Loudon 13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13 From: Paul Frenette Subject: Back in the High Life Date sent: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 12:23:15 -0700 Listening the other nite to SW playing "The Finer Things" , man, that song always sends a shiver down my spine EVERY time I play it. I still think Back in the High Life was his ultimate works and J7 probably at the bottom. I hope his next is more back to his roots. I think J7 was a good album from the point of view of trying out many different styles of music, but for this listener, the music from his mid term is still his best, timeless, not copied by anyone else. There was a sense of need and wanting in that album, not repeated since. Savor the throne but don't mind the stool! Paul Frenette 14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14 Date sent: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 16:16:48 -0500 From: Bob Craig Subject: Dream Set List Hi folks, Like many of you here, along with being a big Winwood fan, Clapton run parallel to SW regarding how I follow the artist and the music. I also subscribe to the EC mailing list on the net (if interested in the address, let me know privately and I'll send it along.) A recent conversation there turned to "dream shows", including set lists and musicians. Personally, I wish he would let SW have more of his dream, but that's for another day. I thought you would enjoy this one from that list.................. Subject: Dream Set List from Joe 1) Layla - Electric 2) Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad 3) Tales Of Brave Ulysses 4) White Room 5) Presence Of The Lord 6) Born Under A Bad Sign 7) Badge 8) Politician 9) Let It Rain 10) Have You Ever Loved A Woman 11) Five Long Years 12) I'm Tore Down 13) Got To Get Better In A Little While 14) Bell Bottom Blues - with alot of aggressive guitar 15) Bottle Of Red Wine - with alot of guitar 16) Sweet Home Chicago - Clapton and Winwood guitar duel 17) Crossroads - blistering fast version 18) Sunshine Of Your Love - no drum solo with extended, no-letup guitar solo 19) Further On Up The Road - no drum solo, nice shuffle rhythm with no slowdown in tempo. Just tearin it up. 20) Ain't Nobody's Business - just like FTC tour Would love the band to be the following: Eric Clapton - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals Jack Bruce - Bass, Harmonica, Supporting Vocals Steve Winwood - 2nd Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Supporting Vocals Ginger Baker - Drums Greg Philliganes - Piano Tessa Niles - Backup Vocals Katie Kissoon - Backup Vocals Steve Gadd - 2nd Drums If wishes could come true !!!!!!!! 15*15*15*15*15*15*15*15*15*15 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Reviews in Q Magazine Date sent: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 11:45:44 +0100 The British magazine Q has some reviews of Steve's albums in their 17,000 review database. Go to http://www.qonline.co.uk/ and search by artist. Then you will get the reviews. love Soren [When I received Soren's post, I searched that site and linked directly to the reviews from the SP site. Please see http://www.azstarnet.com/~bobbieg/album-rev.htm --BG] -------------------------------------------- End of volume 143