Traffic Welcome To The Canteen 1971

Welcome To The Canteen is a live album by Traffic. It was recorded at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Oz Benefit Concert, London in July 1971 and released several months later.

The band had released the John Barleycorn Must Die studio album the previous year and a few months later recorded The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.

In fact, originally it wasn’t recognised as a Traffic album… just the names of the musicians as you can see from the album cover.

Traffic Welcome To The Canteen

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Songs On Traffic Welcome To The Canteen

  1. Medicated Goo – 3:35 (Last Exit)
  2. Sad And Deep As You – 3:48 (on the Dave Mason album Alone Together)
  3. (Roamin’ Thro’ The Gloamin’ With) 40.000 Headman – 6:21 (from the album called Traffic)
  4. Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave – 5:38 (Alone Together)
  5. Dear Mr. Fantasy – 10:56 (Mr Fantasy)
  6. Gimme Some Lovin’ – 9:02 (a cover of the classic from Stevie Winwood’s previous band, the Spencer Davis Group)

It’s a bit of a strange set list because it has nothing from their last album, John Barleycorn Must Die. Two songs from Dave Mason’s classic solo album Alone Together and he plays four more on his solo live album Dave Mason Certified Live.

The people who played at these concerts were:

Steve Winwood – vocals, organ, electric piano, guitar
Dave Mason- vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Chris Wood – sax, flute, electric piano, organ
Ric Grech – bass
Jim Capaldi – tambourine, percussion, backing vocals
Rebop Kwaku Baah – congas, timbales, bongos
Jim Gordon – drums

it’s only on the last two songs – Dear Mr. Fantasy and Gimme Some Lovin’ that the band really cut loose.

Remastering has lifted the sound as much as some might hope but I still think it’s respectable for a recording that’s over 40 years old.

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