Traffic were a British rock band active from the late 60s to the early 70s. Their line-up changed numerous times, but the three constant members throughout their career were the core trio of Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi.
Their first line-up consisted of keyboardist/guitarist Steve Winwood (who had found fame at a young age in the Spencer Davis Group), woodwind player Chris Wood, drummer Jim Capaldi and guitarist Dave Mason. Before their first album, they released two classic singles - “Paper Sun” and “Hole In My Shoe”, the former sang by Winwood and the latter by Mason. Stylistically they are typical of the experimental British psychedelia of the time, featuring sitars, flutes, mellotrons and other diverse instrumentation as well as bizarre studio trickery. "Paper Sun" reached #5, whilst "Hole In My Shoe" managed to get to #2. Also included here is the latter’s non-album B-side “Smiling Phases” and the title song they recorded for the film Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (which got to #8 on the singles chart). The first three tracks were put on the US issue of their debut album, but none of them are on the original UK version.
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