John Barleycorn Must Die
United Artists UAS 5504
Freedom Rider 6:20
Empty Pages 4:47
Stranger To Himself 4:02
John Barleycorn 6:20
Every Mother's Son 7:05
Released July 1970
NOTE: This is a do-over. Someone pointed out an audio error and this is the fixed version.
The album put out by the reformed Traffic, minus Dave Mason.
I honestly love this record. It's an album that one easily forgets about, then when you listen to it you're instantly reminded of just how good it is.
Strong songwriting, some interesting instrumental forays, and a beautiful arrangement and performance of the traditional British folk song/cautionary tale/wry observation, "John Barleycorn."
JBMD has obvious progressive rock tendencies, yet doesn't ever make one feel as though the rock idiom has been left behind. Steve Winwood's voice, always a winner, feels uniquely suited to this collection of songs. (Perhaps it's not totally coincidental that the one instrumental, "Glad," is the weakest track on the album.)
From what I read, the critical reception to this album wasn't very favorable. I totally don't understand that. JBMD is a near-classic.
The visuals are some videos and facts and figures about some newsworthy/prominent stuff in 1970, when JBMD was released.
Sanusi P-D10 analog turntable
Corel Videostudio X9