January 8, 2013 – 4:29 am

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Chicago 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL; June 14, 1970. Good to very good audience recording.

Thanks to DocTinker who shared this at Dime in 2006; and to kolive for keeping the show alive.

Original notes:

Friends, this is an upgrade version of the previous torrent, pitched down -3% in Col Edit. For some reason, the previously uploaded torrent version runs too fast and since this is a great sounding show, I want to give everybody the opportunity to download this improved version!… Unfortunately this show is obviously incomplete, but I never came across a longer version.

Unknown (low) Gen. Reel > ASC 6004 Reel Deck-PDR-05 > EAC > Cool edit > Flac

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Track 01. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (7.0MB)
Track 02. Every Mother’s Son (10.0MB)
Track 03. Medicated Goo (4.6MB)
Track 04. John Barleycorn Must Die (9.3MB)
Track 05. Pearly Queen (6.2MB)
Track 06. Stranger To Himself (9.3MB)
Track 07. Empty Pages (9.4MB)
Track 08. Forty Thousand Headmen (7.3MB)
Track 09. Glad/Freedom Rider (14.0MB)
Track 10. Feeling Good (first two mins only) (1.7MB)
59 mins

Steve Winwood - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jim Capaldi - drums, vocals
Chris Wood - saxophone, flute, keyboards

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  1. 40 Responses to “TRAFFIC - CHICAGO 1970”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 8, 2013

  3. Thanks for this, Big O! Any Traffic is ALWAYS appreciated!

    By golgo hakase on Jan 8, 2013

  4. Wonderful sound for a 1970 Audience recording. Always great to get more Traffic. I do note that the Traffic Tour Archive lists the date for this show as June 19, 1970. But who really knows.

    By Mike Cummings on Jan 8, 2013

  5. it is the 19th. it was probably just a mis-read. a 4 can look like a 9. there is a site that lists all aragon ballroom performances as well. on the nite in question this is what happened -
    June 19, 1970 Traffic with Stevie Winwood / Bloomsbury People /Edmonds & Curley / Bob Rudnick
    the site that lists all shows at the venue is -

    By darth on Jan 9, 2013

  6. A four can look like a nine , yeah…okay maybe in darth land where everything is a little left of centre…

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 9, 2013

  7. THANK YOU!! This is a fun show to listen to. 4 and 9? I thought Jimi said if 6 was 9. Mom was right-rock music and dope did make me confused.

    By Eric on Jan 10, 2013

  8. im not talking about typed out. im talking about handwritten. if someone had written it on a tape label or cover sheet etc. its quite possible that a 4 and a 9 could be confused depending on who wrote it.
    jimi’s song was about tripping and things turning upside down. the world inverting and it was poetry. thats not what we’re talking about here. obviously.
    this was about a mis-read. a closed 4 that might curl under if someone wasnt careful could look like a 9. or the other way around. a 9 that doesnt curl under and doesnt quite close on top might look a little like a 4. since there is an error on this item here and the show was in fact on the 19th doesnt it make sense that my explanation is the most logical? whats the problem?

    By darth on Jan 10, 2013

  9. “whats the problem?” u.

    By barth on Jan 10, 2013

  10. I heard darth used to think that Moby Dick was an STD!!!!! LOL!!!!

    By MC on Jan 10, 2013

  11. Now if a six turned out to be nine…that’s fine but in darth land, any number can be construed as any other number…darth…you are hopeless..never wrong and a black spot on humility.

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 10, 2013

  12. Hi Darth

    your explanation is entirely plausible.

    All those idiots (if it is indeed more than one), are nothing more than ‘playground bullies’.

    These kind of people NEVER grow up!

    Whether they like what you say or not, they do have the choice not to read your comments. The fact that they do shows you really get up their collective nose(es).

    Keep up the good work (Big O & Mr Darth)!


    By Gregor on Jan 10, 2013

  13. Hi darth,love your new account name Gregor,

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 10, 2013

  14. wow greg.. thanks. its always nice to find out that theres someone out there i didnt know about who sees things from my side. that sure was very kind of u to write in.

    btw.. for traffic fans who want everything they can get in as high quality as possible.. the video of santa monica is from 1972 and is 65mins. there was also an fm brdcst of another santa monica show from 70 that became part of the superstar concert series in the 80s. the vhs from 72 has never been released on dvd officially and has no official audio counterpart. but there is a laserdisc of it.
    there is a dvd of the 94 tour which includes footage from woodstock 94 and some of the 10 shows they did with the dead etc. there is an audio counterpart to that as well. the dvd is 100 mins. superb stuff.
    of course the blind faith hyde park 69 show is now available on dvd. i believe its also on cd. before it was commercially available officially only 12 mins existed in collectors circles on video.
    that concert was the same event where mick taylor first appeared with the stones just 2 days after brian died in fact. brians last appearance with them was back in early december the previous year at the rnr circus. micks last live performance with them would be in oct 73. just some interesting tidbits of trivia.

    By darth on Jan 10, 2013

  15. a four or a nine, i am getting this one!


    By I-) on Jan 10, 2013

  16. “theres someone out there i didnt know about who sees things from my side.”

    thats called an imaginary friend. fairly common with children.

    By barth on Jan 10, 2013

  17. Darth you have got to be the biggest douche bag ever. do everyone a favor, leave now.

    By douche bag darth on Jan 11, 2013

  18. Guys, it’s gotten beyond ridiculous.

    I’m not taking any sides, I haven’t followed any of the back and forths. Don’t know and don’t care.

    But if you must continue, take it outside.
    Have a drink.
    Better yet, have a bottle.
    Have two.
    Go watch Les Miserables and take heart about relentless, obsessive, pointless pursuit.

    There’s nothing new to be said, so just put it to bed.


    By lowendbill on Jan 11, 2013

  19. I’ve got to say how amazed, & also how disgusted I am, by these people who have used my genuine comment as yet another barb against this Darth fella, here on Big O.

    What the hell is the matter with you people?

    You seem to have nothing better to do than victimise this guy. Why?

    If you don’t like his comments/trivia: Don’t Bloody Read It! nothing complicated in that is there?

    However, I am a REAL person who has no connection whatsoever to Darth (he may or may not, have an imaginary friend, as is his right, but it’s not me!), yet you have the nerve to announce that I’m he, under a different name! Grow Up!

    How cheap & vacuous you are. Instead of ignoring any comments that he makes (which so offends your intelligence), all you do is make cruel, childish, vindictive comments at his expense.

    I’ve been visiting this site on & off for a few years now, enjoying the shows that were generously offered & enjoying some of the comments (even Darth’s), but this was the first time I felt compelled to write due to this bullying behaviour.

    It’s not Mr D who’s ruining this site. You fools are!


    By Gregor on Jan 11, 2013

  20. Gregor, (If indeed you’re not darth using an alias) if you came here on a regular basis, you would realize why darth is treated the way he is by an expanding number of people. Try as I might, it’s impossible to ignore his constant regurgitation of trivial information which interests no one other than himself. The vast majority of his endless blathering, and even the brief drivel, rarely draws a response, probably because we DON’T read it.

    He has never been “victimized” by anyone here. He’s a self-absorbed, egotistical sociopath. Need proof? Just read the comments here:

    By Dingus on Jan 11, 2013

  21. I actually thought darth was being bullied, too, until I left a comment some time ago politely pointing out that he was mistaken about something in one of his lengthy comments–not calling him a liar or stupid, just suggesting he might have gotten a minor point wrong–only to get a very rude reply that insisted that I was only proving him right. Since then, seeing him go ballistic on anyone who’s disagreed with him on anything, not to mention bragging about not helping an admired artist fallen on hard times and making remarks about dead soldiers worthy of the Westboro Baptist Church, I realized I actually got off easy. Yes, some of the attacks on darth are excessive and childish, but they’re not exactly picking on an innocent. (Oh, and in case anybody’s wondering “Innocent Bystander” isn’t my usual handle. I just don’t want to open myself up to attacks. I presume people are hiding behind various handles rhyming with “barth” for the same reasons–and no, I’m not one of them, either).

    By Innocent Bystander on Jan 11, 2013

  22. (well let’s see, eh? ;))
    that site w/the aragon dates is far from complete fyi - there’s a ton (well, 10-12 at least, prob more) of shows that i was at that aren’t listed at all.

    By rocdoc on Jan 11, 2013

  23. I thought I was making an innocuous joke over a trivial typo-4? 9? Not a big deal- and I was surprised that it got any response at all. I guess dope and rock music made me even more confused than I thought.

    I’m a real poster and an occasional Big O visitor. I read some older posts and got the gist of the trolling stuff. Trolls suck. Don’t feed them.

    Got my own world to live through
    And I ain’t gonna copy you.

    By Eric on Jan 11, 2013

  24. ive explained it repeatedly. he wasnt on hard times when he asked me for the tapes!! and its not my responsibility to send him anything just because he asked. and what about my hard times? did u miss the part where i said i wasnt in a position to send him anything at my cost? again i said if he was willing to pay the costs of the materials and shipping i would have been willing to send him the tapes. why do u insist on ignoring this part? again this was years before he was on his own hard times. make sure u ignore this again. i didnt brag about it. i mentioned it in my posting. interesting how u put your own spin on things like that in the same way u say that u suggested that i got a minor point wrong. that never happened. u didnt suggest anything. thats why u are hiding on an alternate name. u act like a friend to me on one name and jump on the attack bandwagon on another. nothing is lower than that. youre a coward and a liar. i dont know too many things lower.
    that line u typed ‘making remarks about dead soldiers worthy of the Westboro Baptist Church’ is ridiculous. i never did any such thing. i didnt talk about any dead soldiers. i dont know who the westboro baptist church is and i have no clue what the hell u are talking about. either u got the wrong person or u misunderstood something i did say.
    btw.. several of the names even when they dont rhyme with my name are the same person. he just wants to make it appear like there are several of him out there. at least more than there are.

    rocdoc - or its possible that the shows u saw were on dates that u forgot. u know.. theyre there but on different dates than when u remember them being.

    By darth on Jan 11, 2013

  25. ” i didnt talk about any dead soldiers.”

    yes u did, its right here:

    By barth on Jan 11, 2013

  26. no, not dates, but omissions altogether.

    the first aragon show i ever went to, ted nugent/amboy dukes w/mike pinera and cactus (’feedback battle!’ ca 74) wasn’t on there.

    a j geils/UFO dbl bill - i was running a 104 fever and went. (aah there’s a 1975 j geils with no support listed - could be that)

    ok, then a mahogany rush, queen and kansas triple bill. the ‘queen II’ tour i’m guessing.

    because then queen came back and headlined their sheer heart attack there - can’t recall the support.

    a late 70s joe walsh headlining show there is missing.

    a mountain show that i saw ca ‘twin peaks’ 2nd-billed with a guy i saw as just a local folkie, bill quateman - amazing show!
    he had one of elton john’s guitarists, caleb quaye and they won over a MOUNTAIN crowd.
    not on that list.

    now i’m trying to cross-reference w/ this one:

    maybe it was the drugs being so involved in that day, as the reason why there can still be such gaps…these lists are very cool to see tho.

    By rocdoc on Jan 12, 2013

  27. ” i didnt talk about any dead soldiers.”

    yes u did, its right here:
    this is worth repeating as mr congeniality really stuck his foot in his yap here with ALL of America`s heroes .

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 13, 2013

  28. repeat it all u like. it isnt true. i stand by everything i said. make sure u dont slip when u jump on that bandwagon.

    By darth on Jan 13, 2013

  29. ” it isnt true.”

    u also said u wouldnt respond to us…

    By barth on Jan 13, 2013

  30. repeat it all u like. it isnt true.

    so you are saying that you didn`t write these posts from you slamming soldiers?
    that`s rich, you don`t even know what you have done. better start the ginko jojoba soon , your memory is slowly fading fast .

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 13, 2013

  31. as is his decency and credibility.

    By barth on Jan 13, 2013

  32. twist things all u like. it wont make it any more true. i stand by everything i said. but nothing u are saying is accurate. what are u doing? whats wrong with u? u may not agree with me on things. on anything for that matter. that is your right. i have the same right not to agree with u. what u dont have the right to do is harass me for it. u need to get over it. youre not accomplishing anything. its been over a year that u have been doing what u are doing. what have u done with all this bullying? have i disappeared? have i stopped posting? u have chased a few ppl away. u have ruined the site for some. congratulations. u have offered nothing worthwhile here. youre boring people. seriously.. stop it. grow up. get a life. find another hobby. move on.

    By darth on Jan 15, 2013

  33. “u act like a friend to me on one name and jump on the attack bandwagon on another.”

    darth, what is the name he uses here when hes your friend?

    By barth on Jan 15, 2013

  34. i dont see why a link to a site full of boots will shut anyone up. but then im sure that made sense to u. lol.

    i dont get this. u bitch if i respond and then u complain if i dont. i guess ill go back to not. dave - youre right. thank u again. very kind of u. i appreciate the kind words. more than u know. sometimes it does take a little nudging.

    By darth on Jan 15, 2013

  35. “sorry”. Wow! I never thought I’d see the day when darth would apologize! I’m sincerely happy to see that he took some time to reflect on the remarks he made here two months ago. He must have a good therapist, it looks like he’s on the right track.

    Oh wait… I just finished reading his entire comment and…. he’s apologizing for posting yet another bad link? That’s it?? He still hasn’t apologized for his horrible, insensitive remarks about both living and dead soldiers!? And he’s DENYING he made those remarks?? Even though they’re printed very clearly right here: ?!

    Wow… and here I was hoping he finally grew a backbone, and was taking responsibilty for his behavior. Never mind.

    By Dingus on Jan 15, 2013

  36. For Fuck sake if all you wee fannybaws dont shut the fuck up The Big Mans gonnie come roon tae big o and start stapling heids awright. Bunch a wee pantypubes. Wheres ma hammer , canny get a fucking sleep for aw that nip nip nip am oan the fucking nightshift.

    By The Big Man on Jan 18, 2013

  37. You mean like this?

    By the little man on Jan 18, 2013

  38. tuff guy in a skirt.
    careful you don`t get hit by a falling caber.

    By haggis is for girls on Jan 18, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 19, 2013

  40. Hey Sarge- “Giving To You” is on the Mr. Fantasy album too, but I’ve read that it’s a different version from the B-side. This site can probably help with the set lists.

    By Mark E. on Jan 19, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 19, 2013

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