Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys


Friday Music



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AFRM 219180
UPC: 829421918004

180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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Mastered from the original Island Records tapes by Joe Reagoso with Kevin Gray

Traffic was one of the premier architects of the acid rock movement in the '60s and blossomed further into one of the most important super groups of the '70s. In 1972, the legendary founding members Stevie Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood sojourned on after a smash outing with John Barleycorn Must Die and continued the winning streak with the groundbreaking classic The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys. Along with new members Jim Gordon (Derek & The Dominoes), Rick Gretch (Blind Faith) and Rebop Kwaku Baah, Traffic was back and on a roll artistically.

Known for more than its amazingly cube shaped album cover, the multi-faceted music inside was a non-stop enjoyment of sounds never heard or recorded since. Whether standout tracks from the pens of Jim Capaldi like the hard rocking "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" or the powerful balladry of ancient sounds with the Winwood/Capaldi classic "Rainmaker," this brilliant album will most certainly be known forever for its classic title track, the massive twelve minute plus epic, "The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys." Filled with explosive sax breaks by the late Chris Wood, the piano driven and vocal delivery of master musician legend Stevie Winwood and the percussive vibrations of the late great Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon and the late Rebop Kwaku Baah, the song was destined to become a huge success. Friday Music is also going back to the original Tony Wright designed cube shaped die-cut album cover, for the first time in North America since its 1972 release!

1. Hidden Treasure
2. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
3. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
4. Rock 'n' Roll Stew
5. Many A Mile To Freedom
6. Rainmaker

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

clean recording

posted on 07/30/2013
4 Stars
Reviewer: Tom
Very clean recording with quiet passages between tracks. The low spark is hypnotizing. Always been low at the beginning but this recording picks it up from the first note. Only issue is with the song Rainmaker. I love the cymbal in the right channel but with this record it seems as tho instead of hearing the high pitch of the cymbal you hear the hand striking the instrument. could be the record that I have? But all in all a great job

Outstanding Pressing

posted on 04/24/2013
5 Stars
Not only is this a KILLER pressing, but it has the classic die-cut album jacket. A MUST have for sure!

Very good album and sound.

posted on 08/07/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bret L Miller
The flute sounds very live, percussion is natural and crisp, voices sound nuanced. I agree with John that the detail is well defined. You know much of this music, and most people like this very long and classic song "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys"- though you might not know it from the title.

Super Detailed Sound Compared with MFSL Anadisc 200

posted on 04/13/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: John Teltscher
I just played this fantastic reissue back on my turntable and compared it to my old reference MFSL anadisc 200 gram version from the 1990's. While the Mobile Fidelity is quieter,(Had to clean new copy of Friday Music Vinyl on VPI 16.5 to get rid of noise), and presents somewhat larger soundstage, I heard a lot more detail on the new version from various instruments like Winwood's Organ during Low Spark and Chris Wood's Flute on Hidden Treasure than previously heard on any other pressing to date. The whole album sounds absolutely wonderful with all the extra clarity and detail. Highly Recommended.

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