'John Barleycorn' Still Lives
In spite of my many collecting vices and obsessions, I have been resistant to vinyl. But there are always exceptions.
So I came away from an Oxfam shop yesterday with Traffic's 'John Barleycorn Must Die' - released an astonishing half-a-century ago in 1970. If you don't know the title track, here it is:
Of the six tracks on the album, four have become rock classics - not a bad hit rate!
And the freshness of much of the music of that era - it is more than just nostalgia! In 1970, did anyone listen to music from 1920? There is something exceptional about the music of the late 60s and early 70s, and it's more than simply the time that I first started buying albums.
By the way, in case you are wondering, I do still have a turntable - and I have give my new album a spin. Cool!
'Dear Mr Fantasy'
Just back from the Steve Winwood concert at the Roundhouse, 'Mr Fantasy' still ringing in my ears.
When I first saw him, I was still at school. Sneaking in to the first concert of the 'Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys' tour at the Leeds University Students' Union. I didn't know much about Traffic - but the concert convinced me that I needed to.
Seven years ago I caught up with Stevie again at a concert at Ann Arbor outside Detroit. The energy, and the musicianship, still there.
Tonight at the Roundhouse, with 'Empty Pages'. 'High Heeled Boys'. 'Light up or Leave |Me Alone' and ' Gimme Some Loving', he still had it. In spades.
But when you've done something three times in a lifetime, where do you go next?
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