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dflee
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 7:05
 

Great band at it's best on this one. Love the album.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 6:59
 

Still amazed how this beautiful arrangement of an English Folk ballad wound up the title track on a pioneering jazz fusion album. So glad it did.
flyboy
(Sarah Palin's Hometown)
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 16:20
 

This song is making me thirsty.
semolinapilchard
(England)
Posted: Dec 22, 2016 11:24
 

Fabulous!
Boy_Wonder
(Bath, back in the UK)
Posted: Nov 18, 2016 9:58
 

 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Me again!

Monday morning.... grey.... working from home, just turned the puter on, clicked on RP and this was playing.... the day will go well!
And tickets for Van the Man tonight to round things off

 
Wow... four years older (less a day) since I posted the above, but the song is still as good as ever.....

Still raining, though.


VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Oct 18, 2016 9:21
 

This sounds like Jethro Tull with a very bad toothache! {#Drunk}
poetdancer
(Northern California)
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 13:21
 

The Wikipedia link is to.... traffic. The stuff I encounter every day on the way to work. LOL.
AhhtheMusic
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 13:21
 

Always Amazing to hear this.  Traffic and Steve Winwood are glorious.
chinaski
(Dallas, Texas)
Posted: Jul 15, 2016 22:35
 

Why do I send in money to RP via auto pay twice a year? Oh yeah...this. And everything else on RP. Thanks Bill!
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:11
 

Gives me a new appreciation for beer.
twoplain2sea
(By my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Feb 07, 2016 12:59
 

Rolling on the floor.
jktravl
(Virginia)
Posted: Feb 07, 2016 12:48
 

 willmcnaught wrote:

I concur! {#Cheers}

 
I concur also{#Notworthy}
MrsTom
Posted: Nov 06, 2015 4:02
 

Got shivers listening to this - doesn't happen often 
willmcnaught
(Eugene Oregon)
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 8:40
 

 RSF wrote:
Great song. Great album. Great band.

 
I concur! {#Cheers}
Euskadita
(MX)
Posted: Aug 03, 2015 9:05
 

 jdbuxtox wrote:
Cheers, inspiration... Cerati, cuantas sorpresas, que metarelato maestro...
 
Fuerza natural! 
jdbuxtox
Posted: Apr 30, 2015 23:27
 

Cheers, inspiration... Cerati, cuantas sorpresas, que metarelato maestro...
Andrew_C
Posted: Mar 30, 2015 5:55
 

I didn't even know Traffic had done this.  Stunned (pleasantly) to hear it on RP.

Thought it sounded like the Strawbs.
Stephen_Phillips
(Hillsborough, Northern Ireland)
Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:58
 

I used to listen to this album when I was a teenager in 1970 in my friends house.  He used to buy albums on a Saturday morning and then play them to me that afternoon without showing me the cover and I had to try and guess who it was.  Made you really listen and so it is very redolent of that era for me :)
funkyalfonso
(Vancouver Island)
Posted: Dec 25, 2014 21:09
 

 Merritt wrote:
I could go a very long time before needing to hear this song again...
 

 
Oh, do behave.
idiot_wind
Posted: Nov 24, 2014 14:35
 

This song is so freakin cool. Thank god for the 1970s and the HUGE spectrum of RnR. 

I guess after this song we will hear some Led, or Dead, or Dylan, or Hendrix, or The Band, or Yes, or Floyd, or Allmans, or Stones or Steely Dan, or Fleetwood Mac, or CSNY? 

It's only RnR, but I like it.   

 
kcar
Posted: Sep 23, 2014 1:53
 

 Giselle62 wrote:
I was just, like, wow, this is sort of like building a Christian church on a pagan site. The two songs seem similar to me, anyway (I'm all into this Olde English stuff right now.).

 
This is a very, VERY old song with many variations and references to vegetation deity traditions, some of which became incorporated into the story of Jesus.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn:

John Barleycorn is a British folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting. 

Kathleen Herbert draws a link between the mythical figure Beowa (a figure stemming from Anglo-Saxon paganism that appears in early Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies whose name means "barley") and the figure of John Barleycorn. Herbert says that Beowa and Barleycorn are one and the same, noting that the folksong details the suffering, death, and resurrection of Barleycorn, yet also celebrates the "reviving effects of drinking his blood."

 A Scottish poem with a similar theme, "Quhy Sowld Nocht Allane Honorit Be", is included in the Bannatyne Manuscript of 1568 and English broadside versions from the 17th century are common. Robert Burns published his own version in 1782, and modern versions abound. 


RSF
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 19:50
 

Great song. Great album. Great band.
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 19:34
 

giselle62 got it right, all religions come from earlier, earthier times, patchworked, quilted, assuming the mantle, reworking ancient themes, the best practicing peace and welcoming attitudes. Remind me again, which ones are those?
fitmartin
(Mountains,Rivers, and forests southeastern British Columbia)
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 19:29
 

Lovely arrangement  the flute is wonderful
scraig
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 13:34
 

 Merritt wrote:
I could go a very long time before needing to hear this song again...
 

 
I was thinking the exact same thing.
Dave_Crick
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 13:31
 

Great track - hadn't heard it for over 30 years. 
Merritt
(Tennessee)
Posted: Jun 21, 2014 5:03
 

I could go a very long time before needing to hear this song again...
 
Quasicoonass
(Georgia)
Posted: Jun 21, 2014 4:59
 

One of my all time favorites... Wonderful arrangement{#Roflol}
IrieTom
(The Adirondack Coast)
Posted: May 20, 2014 21:16
 

Summer's Cauldron => Grass => Eleven Small Roaches => John Barleycorn

Sonic Bliss! Aural euphoria! Multi-sensory delight!

hmmm...  looks like it's time to empty the ashtray and refill the pint glass.
sajitjacob
(Christchurch NZ)
Posted: May 20, 2014 21:14
 

Soon as I get home, I'm gonna have a nice tall glass of John's finest.
palatin8
(KÂŽtown, Germany)
Posted: Apr 19, 2014 14:35
 

ThePoose wrote:
RIP Nicola 'Jim' Capaldi---stomach cancer certainly sucks.
 
Sad to hear. I somehow missed that he passed away 2005 already. His 1980's albums were some of my favorites in musically dark times, unlike Winwood's output of that period.

RParadise
(Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Posted: Apr 19, 2014 14:18
 

One of the first songs I learned to play on guitar.

I remember buying Traffic albums back when it was unheard of to have only 3 or 4 songs on a side.  It was heretical.  It was polarizing.  It was also mind opening and wonderful.

Days were when major groups took major chances.  Now . . .

don't ask.
mgkiwi
(North of South and a little East of West)
Posted: Sep 10, 2013 8:18
 

Like a bad fart this song, lingers on for far too long!!{#Moon}
bseib
(40 21' N 86 53' 40" W)
Posted: Jul 09, 2013 8:10
 

Nice little Picardy Third at the end... :-)
ThePoose
(Ottawa, capital of Canada)
Posted: Jun 07, 2013 12:23
 

RIP Nicola 'Jim' Capaldi---stomach cancer certainly sucks. 

Dave_Mack wrote:

And Jim Capaldi.

 


Dave_Mack
(Ball of Confusion)
Posted: May 06, 2013 16:49
 

 ronniegirl wrote:

Stevie Winwood.

 
And Jim Capaldi.
ronniegirl
(Middle of New Jersey)
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 13:07
 

 helgigermany wrote:
Who is singing?
 
Stevie Winwood.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 13:06
 

 helgigermany wrote:
Who is singing?
 
Steve Winwood.
Beeate
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 13:04
 

yoh digger, is net schlecht. 
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Mar 05, 2013 1:26
 

 mistabird wrote:
ist ja echt classe, so ein alter schöner Schinken {#Daisy}
 
das haben jetzt wieder alle verstanden!
mistabird
(frei republik allgÀu)
Posted: Mar 05, 2013 1:25
 

ist ja echt classe, so ein alter schöner Schinken {#Daisy}
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Mar 05, 2013 1:25
 

Who is singing?
Deadwing
(Cincinnati OH)
Posted: Dec 01, 2012 0:53
 

Love this song!
When my son was little, probably 4 or 5, he really loved this song. I'll have to play it to him and see if he remembers it.  
Boy_Wonder
(Bath, back in the UK)
Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:40
 

Me again!

Monday morning.... grey.... working from home, just turned the puter on, clicked on RP and this was playing.... the day will go well!
And tickets for Van the Man tonight to round things off
Boy_Wonder
(Bath, back in the UK)
Posted: Sep 29, 2012 5:11
 

100!!
lynncorry1964
Posted: Aug 28, 2012 16:32
 

Very nice...very nice. Shared the station while this played and they both fell in love. Congrats! You gained two more fans!
coy
(san antonio)
Posted: Aug 28, 2012 16:28
 

don't forget the hops and
saddle me harse i'm on down to the lion rose for a pint
Euskadita
(MX)
Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:36
 

Try this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt6DkJRx0ZI&feature=related an argentinian composer (now deep in coma due to a stroke). Don't know if this was intentional but it sounds just the same as the riffs of this Traffic song.
etwilson
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Posted: Mar 23, 2012 12:56
 

4:00 PM on a friday afternoon right now, might be enjoying a glass or two of barley corn in a bit.
Xstar
(Florence, Kentucky)
Posted: Feb 03, 2012 2:13
 

This song is high in fiber! {#Chef} Rated a 10!