Welcome to the Canteen shows the work in progress tour, that would later record "Low Spark" and "Shoot Out" albums. But unlike the lame subsequent tours for those albums as evidenced by the sleep and snore induced "On the Road" concerts whether or not you have the original or expanded versions , this is truly the best of thier live efforts. Earlier live concert documents of the early original band Mason, Wood, Winwood, Capaldi suffer miserably from the absence of Mason.
This offering has a good song selection with the inclusion of Dear Mr. Fantasy, unfortunately the Spencer Davis Group songs are out of place. I use to have this album in vinyl. I was disappointed with the live show Canteen revisited in retrospect. The cd didn't have the emotional spark I once remembered. I prefer the group's studio work.
I remember being a precocious 18 year old, and being almost nearly as interested in the liner notes to albums as to the music therein. I learned a great deal about just about various 'artists,' and, in truth, sometimes I should've just stopped after the liner notes. I shan't elaborate on which albums I learned to avoid at all costs OK, one example: even "Rolling Stone" agreed with me on the first three hideous albums by one band that had a most undeserved reputation as being "cool.
However, upon hearing "Canteen" for the first time, I vividly remember thing, "hey, man, that engineer should left de ganja alone for this gig. Indeed, that latter one was the sole reason I purchased this cd, some 24 years after disdaining it the first time.
MIGHT have had something to do with me being in a "similar state of mind" as the engineer, plus much was made of "Canteen" being "remastered. Was delivered as expected! Later than expected but Mp3 was downloaded upon purchase so I didn't mind! Made a mistake on this one. My fault. Love Traffic tho. I'm not much of a fan of live recordings as the spontaneity of a live performance is best felt with the interactivity of having been there.
However, Traffic must've been fantastic in person. His tunes benefit greatly from the accompaniment of his erstwhile band members and the auxiliary assemblage of musicians.
Better proof of this would be to listen to any mid's Dave Mason LP followed by "Shootout At The Fantasy Factory" by Traffic; one yearns to take the best of both and forge a Traffic album with all of the principals involved. That is the beauty of having CD burning software for your own personal use, of course. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Loved it when it was released, still great. Report abuse. One person found this helpful.
This is a musical feast and is one of the albums I would take to my desert island. I have been listening to it since it was first released and it has never become jaded. Each time I listen it tastes just great! What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Back to top. Get to Know Us. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. This material is much less essential, primarily due to the looseness of the extended jams and indifferent Winwood vocals.
He apparently was ready, according to the liner notes, to get back to the studio to work on new material. Perhaps this set of oldies bored him. While repeated songs and inferior outtakes can be boring on reissues, it would have been fun to have another 20 minutes of live Traffic for better or worse. He was particularly impressed by "Dear Mr.
He found the album "lax at times, but not bad for live jazziness—Stevie Winwood and Dave Mason play as engagingly as Mike Ratledge and Elton Dean, say, and in a genuine rock style. Even the lackadaisical 'Gimme Some Lovin' doesn't seem like a desecration.
Strong was more critical, writing in The Great Rock Discography that the album is "fairly heavy going but no less self-indulgent than your average early 70's live effort". Reviewing the rerelease for PopMatters , Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. ISBN X. Retrieved 16 March — via robertchristgau. Retrieved 9 August In Welcome to the Canteen [CD booklet]. Universal-Island Records Ltd. Retrieved 22 November The Great Rock Discography 4th ed.
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