Traffic are rightly remembered today as titans of jazz-rock and soul -- but on their 1967 debut album, 'Mr. Fantasy,' released 46 years ago this month, Steve Winwood and company were busy riding the psychedelic coattails of 'Sgt. Pepper.'
When Traffic released their debut album, 'Dear Mr. Fantasy,' in late 1967, they really sounded like no one else at the time. While they weren't as psychedelic as many of their peers, they mixed blues, jazz, soul and folk with the heady atmosphere of the era.
The first round of the May 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame includes two '60s acts that have left an indelible influence on subsequent generations of musicians. The winner of round one will face other iconic artists to determine who'll be the third act immortalized in the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
For all of the buzz surrounding frontman Steve Winwood when he helped form Traffic in 1967, the band's not-so-secret weapon was its genre-jumping music. Like many of its contemporaries, the quartet played around with a variety of sounds on its albums: pop, rock, jazz, psychedelic
'Mr Fantasy, The Lyrics of Jim Capaldi' is a new edition of the book celebrating the work of Traffic and its late founder, Jim Capaldi. At the book launch, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant shared his fond memories of the lyricist and drummer.
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