Volume 191, sent May 2, 2001:
1. Responses (Traffic credits & Memories of R&R)
2. RE: New Blind Faith CD
3. Re: Winwood/Blind Faith/R&R Hall of Fame
4. Smiling Phases
5. Sessions - Luther Grosvenor
6. Steve's birthday
7. SP Invades New York, Round 2
8. Birthday

Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 1:31 PM
Subject: Responses (Traffic credits & Memories of R&R)
From: Trafficologist (Ted G.) ftg3plus4@cs.com

1st response:
David Creelman - Traffic (1968) Album Musician Credits
< Does anyone have the complete musician credits(song by song) for this great album? >
David - If by some weird chance you haven't gotten these by the time you read this, email me and I'll get them to you. Things to note: (a) No credits for backing vocals; (b) Jim incorrectly credited with co-lead vocal on "Vagabond"; (c) notice how little of anything Dave does on the songs he didn't write -- the band is basically down to Steve/Jim/Chris on 2 songs (with Dave sort of "guesting" one 1) and Steve/Jim on 2 others.

2nd response:
Bobbie - Memories of rockanroll
< I got this; what do you all think?
In the final stropha of "Memories of a Rockanroll", in When the Eagle Flies, Jim Capaldi sing lead with Steve, I think. > Well, not quite. Jim doesn't get lead vocals on many Traffic albums, but every so often he at least gets a prominent backing vocal part. For example: Stranger To Himself, Roll Right Stones, Nowhere is Their Freedom, Every Night Every Day. "Memories" falls in this category; on the last verse Jim sings the high harmony to Steve's lead.

From: Jacobson, Les [LJACOBSO@Allstate.COM]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 2:08 PM
Subject: RE: New Blind Faith CD

I haven't bought the new Blind Faith CD, but from the customer reviews on Amazon.com it seems the 2-CD disk is being well-received, particularly the remix of the studio cuts. The second disk contains long jams that are variously described as meandering and boring. For those with the right computer equipment, you can listen to 30-second sound bites of each cut.

From: K.J. Parsons [mrblues@chorus.net]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: Winwood/Blind Faith/R&R Hall of Fame

Just noticed the post about Winwood being neglected from R&R Hall of Famedom.

Seems possible that now that we have the Blind Faith Deluxe Edition release among enthusiasts, and the likelihood that pop stars Clapton and Baker are due for a 2nd RRHoF plaque (have already gained godly status in Cleveland with Cream's induction in 1993), we may see something happen this year or next year. Just an outside chance. What do you all say for Blind Faith entering the hall of fame roster, 32 years after they split apart? Where do we make our votes count?? Certainly, Winwood deserves acclaim for his efforts, as do the other boys in BF.

Did you all catch the BFDE critique on NPR's "All Things Considered " last week? Check the NPR website to listen to that excellent short presentation!

K.J. Parsons
Madison, WI USA

From: Oswald Beynon [oswaldbeynon@aaemail.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 8:22 PM
Subject: Smiling Phases

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with no small amount of sadness that I read the apparent reverence in which you hold your Mr. Winwood. As the former headmaster of the Great Barr Comprehensive School, in which the lad was enrolled as a youth, I strove mightily to steer young Mr. Winwood along the correct path, to little avail. I believed then, and I still believe now, that his future as a classically trained musician would have been a much more worthy and respectable course than the road he ultimately chose. I could not imagine, upon our first meeting, that he would one day prefer to play music with electronic instruments, of all things. Instead of studying diligently to achieve the standard expected by our school, young Mr. Winwood instead preferred a life of decadence; performing ethnic American music (with little or no merit) with persons of questionable morals, in establishments where no moral or decent person would have let themselves be seen.

In fact, I blame America for the loss of one of our country's brightest hopes. Your degenerate jazz rhythms and immoral "rock and roll" music lured away an impressionable talent from what should have been his true and decent calling, classical music. Furthermore, I am appalled that such behaviour on his part has been supported by persons such as yourselves, almost to the point of lionizing his achievements, which are dubious, by our institution's standards. Surely, any reasonable person can see that from the point in time wherein Elvis Presley unleashed his particular brand of lewd and lascivious behaviour upon the unsuspecting public, up to the present, there has been a precipitous decline in the values and decency in the Americas, and subsequently throughout the civilized world? It saddens me beyond hope to see that our once fine student Stephen has joined the ranks of the musically defiled, and furthermore, that persons such as yourselves revel in your descent at his heels. Quite frankly, it is shocking, indeed.

Alright, I think that is quite enough. If you will now direct your attention towards the heading of this email, you will see the date on which it was sent... the traditional day in which April Fool's jokes are played. Rest assured that this has all been an attempt to rile you all up a little bit. For those of you who have suffered the last few years through my other April Fool's pranks, yes, it's Dawn again, with humble apologies to the real Mr. Beynon and anyone who might actually know the man. I picked up the name in an interview with Steve, and thought that his role in having SW put out of the Great Barr Comprehesive School (which, in reality, was probably the best thing that ever happened to him, and ultimately, for US!) would be great fodder for a little joke on my SP pals. :-) Did I have you going, even for a little while? Heeheehee.

From: Stephen Smith [smith@dol.net]
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 8:36 PM
Subject: Sessions - Luther Grosvenor

Another "new" session has been uncovered, this time with Luther Grosvenor on his 1996 solo outing called Floodgates. Luther is, of course, the veteran guitarist of Spooky Tooth and Mott The Hopple. Steve sang backing vocals on one track of this album, "Fullness Of Time". The title is slated to be re-issued in May with several bonus tracks as The Floodgates Anthology, including Spooky and Mott material! Amazon UK lists a release date of May 21, which may or may not be the same for the US.

Traffic fans may know Mr. Grosvenor as part of Deep Feeling, which also featured Jim Capaldi on drums. The group apparently recorded in the 1960s, but little if any material has been released. Amazingly, the new re-issue will also include a Deep Feeling track called "Pretty Colours"! Steve goes back with Luther almost as far as Jim does. Steve played piano on a song from the Spooky Tooth album Spooky Two, back in 1969.

The Collaborations & Sessions area of the Smiling Phases site is updated for this title, under Known Sessions. I'll add the reissue when it's released.

Many thanks to Thore Henry Hansen and his sharp eyes for turning this one up! And a special thank you to Mr. Grosvenor for his help. Check out his official site: http://www.luthergrosvenor.com

Peace and love,

From: BobbieG [bobbieg@azstarnet.com]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 8:10 AM
Subject: Steve's birthday

Steve will be celebrating his 53rd birthday on May 12, and once more, I'd like to send him greetings from all the SPers!

If you're new to the group, this is the way it works -- email me with your personal birthday greeting to Steve. I will accumulate them in a folder over the next couple weeks, and a day or 2 after the birthday (traditionally, I've given people a good long time to get their greetings sent) I will print them out and send them to Steve, and I will also upload them to the web-site for everyone to read and enjoy. To get an idea of what to say, read last year's greetings at http://www.azstarnet.com/~bobbieg/birthday00.htm

I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone!


From: koki9@bellatlantic.net
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 9:56 PM
Subject: SP Invades New York, Round 2

As you long-time subscribers will remember, the first Winwood/Traffic fan gathering (that I know of), jokingly christened the "First Annual Smiling Phases Convention" was held in New York City the day after Thanksgiving, 1998. In 1999, more fans got together at the "SP Gathering" in Los Angeles, and in 2000, a few fans got together in London, unencumbered by any particular meeting title ;-). (Sometime in '99, I forget exactly when, there was also a sort of Convention #1 mini-reunion at a SW concert in Atlantic City, so needless to say, this seems to be a pretty social fan base!)

Well, although we never "officially" planned where the next meeting was going to be, Bobbie and I made (completely unrelated to SP) plans for her to come visit me late in March, and when it got close to her arrival time, we thought, hmmm, shouldn't we ask if the local SPers would like the opportunity to have an informal get-together?

So, I posted an open invitation here that anyone who wanted to come out and have dinner with us should email me, and we could all meet up. Since I attended the first two fan meetings, and came away not only unscathed but also very happy, I was hoping to see old friends and make new ones. Luckily, that is exactly what happened.

(In order to fully appreciate this story, you might want to refer back to the Special Convention Issue of SP on Bobbie's site, where we all talked about the first meeting.)

We met again at the Heartland Brewery in Union Square, as that was really a terrific venue the first time around, and frankly, we thought about this too late in the game to really look for a new location. With the usual Saturday night traffic on the Henry Hudson, we were running a couple of minutes behind to get there on time, and I'm wondering if the color has come back into Bobbie's knuckles yet? Well, she didn't have any broken bones this time, so all things considered, I felt like we were ahead of the game, my Mario Andretti imitation notwithstanding. (Nah, she's a damned good sport, and very forgiving of eccentricity. :-)

I dropped Bobbie (conventions #1 and #2) off in Union Square about 5 minutes late, while I went off in search of parking (preferably not in a fire zone this time!!). Steve Smith (convention #1) was already there with his friend Susan (very patient and sweet, we met in AC), and by the time I'd gotten back (felt like years had elapsed), Raul (the requisite "new guy") was there too, and we were just waiting for John C. (convention #1) who said he'd be late. There was the remote possibility of one other guy, who never made it there. (And he'd better have a good excuse, too! You know who you are! J/K.) Unfortunately, I found out after we got home that yet another person had emailed me for the location, but it was after we'd already left the house, so he missed out by minutes! Damn!

So, for those who made it, over dinner and drinks we talked about our lives and our jobs (interestingly enough, nearly everyone there had at one time or another worked in broadcasting, as a webmaster, or as a visual or performing artist, or some combination of the above. Weird!). We also talked music and concerts, of course, (it turns out that Raul, our animated and very friendly new pal, and I had unknowingly both attended at least four of the same concerts), and speculated a little about what might be ahead for Winwood. (Aside to SW- we *beg* you, please play more guitar!)

After much eat/chat/drink/basketball scores/drink, we realized that we should relinquish the table. We settled up, said goodbye to John C., (a sweetheart of a guy with a wicked sense of humor) as he had plans for later that night, and the rest of us pondered where to go next. Of course, we first had to make our pilgrimage across the street to the Virgin record store, remarking on Steve S's battle cry and charge towards the store some years ago. (Steve, you crack me up!)

I am proud to report that we did not attempt to vandalize the Virgin emblem on the store's floor this time. Three reasons: It was plenty scuffed up as it was, we didn't have nearly as much to drink this time as at the first covention, and Dawn S. wasn't there to lead the charge. (DAWN S., where are you, girlfriend?)

Okay, after buying CDs, including the Blind Faith compilations (finally!), we wandered the Village in search of somewhere else to hang out and talk, which seems to be the pattern for these events, lol. We followed Raul to this club called Fez, which although pretty cool, unfortunately turned out to be ENTIRELY TOO LOUD. What? What!? (Isn't this the same mistake we made the first time, too? Note to self: Avoid the first loud bar we come across. We never seem to learn this lesson!) Okay, off to find somewhere else…We happened by the theatre where the Blue Man Group performs, you've seen them on the Pentium commercials, and then we wandered into a festive little place, but found that we would have to order food to sit at the tables (no more food, heavens no!), and the place was too crowded with crazy drunken dancing Spaniards with careless cigarettes to really enjoy a conversation, so we traveled on through the desert for forty days… oops, wrong story.

We finally landed in this strange barbeque-and-gigantic-frozen-drinks factory of a bar, and drank the mango and strawberry concoctions advertised on the huge banners there, until we had major brain-freeze and were good and tired! I vaguely remember we were laughing at some asinine thing I said, but I'm probably just as glad that I don't remember what it was, nor would I probably like it repeated here! You all must take this with you to your graves, okay? ;-) Suffice to say that eventually the alcohol and the time caught up with us, and it was time to call it a night.

So, it was a good time, but a bittersweet one in some ways. Great to see Bobbie, Steve, Susan and John again, and great to meet Raul, but sad to miss out on the company of the truly wonderful people I met and miss from the other conventions. And sadly, Steve and Genia once again demonstrated their impeccable judgment by not joining us, lol. Ah well, a successful time, and one that I hope we fans will continue repeating.

Until next time,

From: koki9@bellatlantic.net
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 8:10 PM
Subject: Birthday
"Rolling Stone" magazine lists the upcoming birthdays of musicians, and unhappily, there is an obvious omission this issue! Ahem, someone we know belongs between the listings for Bono and Stevie Wonder. The nerve of them!

We must make up for this - don't forget to send Bobbie your Birthday greeting for Steve! 53 this year, so show your love!


End of Smiling Phases, volume 191