November 12, 2010 – 4:01 am

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John Barleycorn [Oh Boy 1-9030, 1CD]

Live in London 1973. Very good soundboard?

This disc, originally released by the “Oh Boy” label, was recorded live in London in 1973 while the group was touring behind its “Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory” album. Founders Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi are joined by bassist Roger Hawkins, percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah and keyboardist Barry Beckett. - Philip Cohen

At, someone commented that “The quality is good. It sounds like it was taped from vinyl, although very clean vinyl.” Also, there is a version of this disc that contains only the first seven tracks. This is the longer version.

While Steve Winwood has currently found another wind in his sails, there are many fans who feel that Winwood really hit his groove in those early years when he was with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith.

As they say, here’s one for the road.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps).

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Track 01. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (9.9MB)
Track 02. No Time To Live (9.0MB)
Track 03. Every Mother’s Son (10.8MB)
Track 04. Medicated Goo (4.3MB)
Track 05. John Barleycorn (8.1MB)
Track 06. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (10.5MB)*
Track 07. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (17.0MB)*
Track 08. Pearly Queen (7.9MB)
Track 09. Empty Pages (9.8MB)
Track 10. Glad (11.5MB)
Track 11. Freedom Rider (8.3MB)

*See Philip Cohen’s comments on Tracks 6 and 7 below.

Steve Winwood - guitar, organ, piano, vocals
Jim Capaldi - drums, percussion vocals
Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion
Roger Hawkins - bass
Chris Wood - flute, sax, vocals
Barry Beckett - organ

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  2. Roger Hawkins is a drummer, among the greatest. At 16 he played on those amazing late-60’s Atlantic Aretha Franklin records. Jim Capaldi had no qualms about relinquishing the drum seat to him.

    He was the drummer for Muscle Shoals Sound, and was hired with Barry Beckett, also from MSS, because they were simply the best players of their time. Supposedly their fee was the equivalent of 20 sessions a week at MSS studio. Not alot now, but very good back then.

    By KDoggy on Nov 12, 2010

  3. Please more Traffic albums from 1973-74 era!
    Thanks :)

    By Rochacrimson on Nov 12, 2010

  4. im always the bad guy-i bring the bad news when people dont want it. this is a very common boot and has been mislabeled for many yrs. its not london 73. there is information available online for this item and ill post it here for those who wish to know it.
    all the following is not my words but it applies as best as i can tell. enjoy it or not.
    John Barleycorn Must Die. Despite the CD sleeve cover, this track may or may not have been recorded in London. Then again it might be from the German gig(s), which constitute the Traffic on the Road album. Could even be the 1970 trio line up, who knows! Whatever, this track is almost as good a live version that you’ll find but with one slightly enduring feature. Steve and Jim getting the words mixed up towards the end of the song, with a slight snigger in there too!
    Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory. This is the exact same cut from the Traffic on the Road album. Nuff said!
    Glad/Freedom Rider live. Again unknown as to where recorded. Sounds like the 3 piece line up though, or maybe augmented by Ric Grech, but it definitely ain’t the 73 line up, that’s clear. Anyway, it’s not that bad. Steve up to par on organ on Glad. Freedom Rider, not bad. Chris Wood in excellent form on Flute and Sax. The sound recording of Steve’s vocal distorts his voice slightly, but not enough to fail to enjoy.
    Every Mothers Son. Trio line up once again. Got a feeling that this and Glad/Freedom Rider are from BBC 1970 Radio recordings, might be wrong though. But it’s not bad. Chris Wood on Electric Piano. Jim’s drumming as steady as ever.
    Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys. This is the exact same cut from the Traffic on the Road live album. Need I say more?
    Pearly Queen. BBC radio recording, 1968 line up I think, but might be 1970. Nice version this. Good guitar work by Steve.
    Empty Pages. BBC Radio recording 1970. Good version this. Nice Electric Piano solo. Not bad.
    Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring. BBC Radio recording. Good to hear this in a live format. It’s always been one of my favorite Traffic songs, although others will I’m sure disagree with me! Nice funky organ solo by Steve. Chris on form on Sax. Funky is definitely I think the word for this one.
    Medicated Goo. BBC radio recording 1970. Not bad but it doesn’t really come across that well performed as a three piece, but worth hearing.
    What else can I say about this CD? Well, don’t be mislead by the sleeve stating that it’s recorded live in London in ‘73 because clearly it isn’t!
    well thats it. again not my (darth) notes but they do seem applicable to this set. i had this vinyl album in several forms. it was also released on cd as ive seen several times under different titles. one can never have too much traffic but when one is anal and a stickler for detailed and accurate info like some of us out here are…these things matter to us dont they.

    By darth on Nov 12, 2010

  5. Hello darth
    Thanks very much for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 12, 2010

  6. This is actually a 1970 show with just the three charter members that was broadcast on BBC - EXCEPT, Shoot Out and Low Spark appear to be from the On The Road release (1973 tour).

    By Dennis Steiner on Nov 12, 2010

  7. well i was going to get this, bigo! i just wrote down the songs and everything. this sucks. put up something else that’s complete.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 12, 2010


    By david franklin on Nov 12, 2010

  9. as for ‘this sucks’, let it be known that most of us appreciate what you do there at big o. thank you!

    By rick on Nov 12, 2010

  10. Cheebus H Cripes, what part of ‘Indeterminate Origin’ don’t you guys understand? Big O you do a great job of getting out the tunage from the workd of the ROIO. The occasional glitch is to be expected, explored, and explained.

    By uncle duke on Nov 12, 2010

  11. Uncle Duke - well put.
    BigO - Cheers!

    By TDC on Nov 12, 2010

  12. ditto to Duke, Rick and TDC’s comments.
    Every track you guys at BigO post is a bonus.

    By all means correct an error, guys - that’s you, Ed - but don’t start being vocal about your ingratitude because, you know what? YOU are providing screw-all here. You are just a leech, like the rest of us, sucking it up.

    Phil and all the guys at BigO, you deserve our gratitude, and you certainly have mine.

    As for the knockers, STFU or piss off to somewhere else and see how much new, original music you get without leeching off BigO.

    By tony on Nov 12, 2010

  13. I do not see how the ommitted tracks can possibly be from the On The Road album I am holding in my hand. “Shootout…” is listed as 6:34 on this collection while it is 6:51 on OTR. “Low Spark…” is listed here as 10:23 when it is an impossibly long 17:47 on the OTR album. Obviously I cannot do a listening check, but if the times don’t fit, then they came from somewhere else. Please check for yourself and re-post the tracks if they do not match. Thanks Big-O for ALL you do!!!

    By ZenNews on Nov 12, 2010

  14. Thanks Big O.
    Most of us appreciate your sharing of wonderful music that could not be found in stores.
    Some people are just a little ill mannered and don’t appreciate “free”. Sorry this person was disappointed but you don’t have to download if you don’t want to. Just delete the tracks if they are not what you are looking for. No need to bad mouth these nice folks that are only sharing what they have with us. So some info is wrong, big deal. How much did it cost you to find out. That’s right-NOTHING. Let’s all take a moment and remember what this is all about.

    By flying M on Nov 12, 2010

  15. I have recently been listening to the studio versions of Glad and Freedom rider over and over..thrilled to find these versions..thanks you ol Big O you..

    By sluggo on Nov 12, 2010

  16. There is a possible explanation of why a recording could seem to match with “Traffic-On The Road”, but not match with the running time(I.E. be much shorter than the length on the 2-L.P. “Traffic-On The Road”, and presently available CD’s of the 2 L.P. version).
    Island records did not set up a U.S.A. affiliate until 1973. Before that, Island had licensed to other labels in the U.S.A.(for example, placing traffic albums up through “John Barleycorn Must Die” with the United Artists label).
    Initially(in 1973-74), Island was pressed and distributed through Capitol Records in the U.S.A., and the original U.S.A. release of “Traffic on The Road” was a 1-L.P., because United Artists objected to Island(via Capitol) releasing live versions of “Glad” & “Freedom Rider”, and so to squeeze all of the remaining songs from the 2 L.P. “On The Road” onto 1 L.P., some of the remaining songs were shortened. Eventually, United Artists’ license on the earlier albums ended and the U.S.A. rights reverted back to Island, and Island were free to issue the 2-L.P. “On The Road” album in the U.S.A.
    If the selections to which one of your readers objected are the edited versions from the 1973 U.S.A. vinyl “On The Road”, it should be noted that(fortunately) those edited versions have NOT been released on CD officially.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 12, 2010

  17. Thanks Phil and bigO (again). The bottom line is these are FREE recordings of Traffic. As flying m pointed out- if you don’t want it- don’t download it. I could care less if it’s from London or Botswana . The music itself is what’s important. Yes, it’s nice to know the real origins, but how anal are we going to be? Did I mention that it’s FREE?

    By Namoosedog on Nov 13, 2010

  18. Tracks reinstated. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 13, 2010

  19. I agree with Uncle Duke. That is what makes this hobby so much fun (And WE need to keep it fun, folks.).
    Although I feel discourse as to correct lineage is good, let’s keep it respectful.

    Thanx and a tip o’ the hat to Phil & Big O!

    By BluezDawg on Nov 13, 2010

  20. Thanks to the Big O team for that nice post. Does-it really matter if it was taped in London or elsewhere? The important is the music. Carry on, Phil & everybody. You are the greatest!
    Traffic is always welcome. They sound so good…. Cheers Pat

    By Pat. on Nov 14, 2010

  21. A big hey! to the BIG O! - As always a solid and wonderful effort from kindred souls who love RIOR’s, just as we do. Imagine 20 yrs ago, was this all going to be possible ??? - Anyway, for those spoiled few who are complaining about source lineage / dates and omissions, well, there are many other boards and blogs out there that may be better suited to your preferences. If there’s something here that I find edited or omitted due to legal or moral reasons, I can usually easily find it elsewhere complete. Just a heads up… Thanks - Peace from Woodstock!

    By Woodstock on Nov 14, 2010

  22. All of this with the exception of the tracks Shoot Out and Low Spark was released on the UK BBC Rock Hosted by John Peel. I was really in love with Traffic and made in an effort to find all of the radio shows on them. The reissues of course were not with John Peel as host but it was with others. The two tracks Shootout and Low Spark were tacked onto a version of a show labeled as “In Concert - BBC Concert featuring Traffic.The show number was #91- 44 and broadcast week of Oct.28,1991. The same had already been used by Westwood one on show 86-26 with broadcast date as Dec.15,1986.Anyway the BBC John Peel was from just about the time they regrouped after Blind Faith to do the John Barleycorn LP. Also this material has been released several times on cd radio shows such as Westwood One in concert show 93-30 in 1993(with some of Winwood solo stuff tacked on the end to make it a 2cd show) and The Superstars Concert Series of July 17-18 1999.There is also a bootleg titled “Traffic Paris Theater London 1970″ which is of the entire John Peel broadcast. As far as the songs Shootout and Low Spark I’ve never figured out where they came from but they were not from the original BBC Rock hour of course.

    By Phil Winans on Nov 14, 2010

  23. Easy on Ed - he posts all the time on this blog and is always supportive. All he wanted is a complete show (which may NOT be out there).
    Phillip Cohen - A Million Thank You’s…

    By TDC on Nov 14, 2010

  24. thanks phil!

    different boot but i just played bad company-bbc radio theatre again walking.

    well i never was a neil diamond fan, but i wouldn’t mind having an urge overkill show from 93. they covered girl you’ll be a woman soon on the stull ep. it became a huge hit cause of pulp fiction later. i saw uo at the masquerade in atlanta, ga sept 93. it was a killer show. they rocked. saturation is their best album, but supersonic storybook and stull ep are also good. they had americrusier too. it’s ok. i don’t know exit the dragon or even what they are doing now. i haven’t been keeping up with them much.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 14, 2010

  25. @ tony and rick. relax. who’s isn’t appreciative? that’s bologna, and you two know it. as phil said, i post all the time on bigo and thank the bigo staff every single post. i only want the complete show. what’s wrong with that? it’s true it’s free, but i still want the complete show or i don’t get it so i didn’t.

    instead of picking on me, go listen to mary halvorson quintet-saturn sings. it’s one of my favorite albums of 2010. while you’re at it, download her willisau set i provided the setlist for.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 14, 2010

  26. Hey Ya thanks bigO. I appreciate all the stuff you share with us. And yes I think people are a little too harsh on Ed. I don’t think he was really griping. He just wanted to set the record straight…which I appreciate. I have this show on a disc somewhere and I remember being confused by the apparent confusion if that makes sense. Anyway I get it now and I’m dumping this onto a hard drive just to have more opportunity to hear it. I luv “The“ Traffics. Hey Sluggo.

    By Chis on Nov 18, 2010

  27. KDoggy — sorry if this has already been addressed, as after reading your comment I skimmed the rest…

    Anyway, Roger Hawkins is not a drummer. Roger Hawkins is one $%&*# of a drummer! My first Clapton Concert (US, Money & Cigarettes Tour), he had Roger on Drums (along with Albert Lee on guitar, Chris Stainton on keys and Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass).

    I’m glad I stumbled on your comment, because ALL I knew of him was that he was the drummer on that show. I figured if he was good enough for EC to hire him, he must be — and believe me, he WAS — alright, but I didn’t know any of his history before this. Thanks for that!

    By Jerry Dunaway on Nov 18, 2010

  28. Hey I like that you speak your mind. I like that you place introspective Christian music in the mix. I do not always see things your way but often do as well. May we give thanks for the blessing we recieve and bless others with the overflow. God blesses those who bless others.

    By AZ Jones on Nov 22, 2010

  29. I must admit i’m a casual fan of Traffic and i’m looking forward to hearing this one as they are still new to me. Thanks Phil & BigO

    By Matt on Dec 6, 2010

  30. Thanks for the repost including the comments. Phil provides such an incredible service through this site. I find, in replacing files lost to a bad hard drive, that his postings I lost are the ones I desire most to replace.

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