Monday, July 25, 2011

Welcome to the Canteen

Is there a book out somewhere on Jim Gordon?  I'd read it after the Nicky Hopkins book I just started.  This is a horrendous cover.  But it would have a very sad and tragic ending.  But it would be great to read about all the sessions he's sat in on.  This is a very poor album cover - artistically.  (Is there any other way to evaluate?)  A black and white photo, zero creativity.  I had to do some homework on this record.  It is called Welcome to the Canteen.  Had no idea this is/was actually a Traffic album.  Duh - that makes sense because even thought it may technically be Traffic album, it was released without having the band name anywhere on the record jacket - front or back.  What we see at the the names of the individual musicians who play on the record.  Apparently, the Traffic band logo (did not know they had a logo) appears on the back cover.  So, Welcome to the Canteen turns out to be the fifth album by iconic and ground-breaking English rock band Traffic.  This is a live record, made from concerts at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, and from something called the Oz Benefit Concert, in London, during July 1971 and then released in September of that year.  Wiki told me that "it was recorded during Dave Mason's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances.  The tracklist includes one song each from the first three Traffic albums; two songs from Mason's first solo album, Alone Together; and "Gimme Some Lovin'" from Steve Winwood's former band, the Spencer Davis Group. (Strangely, Mason's rhythm guitar is conspicuously out of sync with the rest of the band for about a minute of "Gimme Some Lovin'".)

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