In 1973 Traffic embarked on a world tour, at that time with the lienup of Steve Winwood (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Chris Wood (sax/flute), Jim Capaldi (percussion/drums/vocals), Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion), David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums). They took with them an extra keyboard player, Barry Beckett, who was a colleague of Hood and Hawkins (the three of them being being the owners and house band of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama)
A live album came out of the tour, and On The Road was released later the same year. It featured a small selection of songs, all drawn out to considerable lengths, showcasing the abilities of the talened lineup with lots of jamming. Winwood was the star of the show of course, leading the band through a selection of tunes mostly from their most recent studio release (Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory). Capaldi's vocals were featured on his own "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone", but elsewhere he only performed as a percussionist (though he did take the drum seat on "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired").
However by the end of the tour change was again on the cards for Traffic, as Hood and Hawkins finished their brief sojourn with the band and returned to America.
Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (1973) <|> When The Eagle Flies (1974)
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