1. February 1, 1973

    On The Road: Liner Notes

    The creative juices were still flowing after Traffic made Shoot Out At the Fantasy Factory in 1973. A world tour was mounted to show off the new, expanded edition of the band -and the result was a high point in Traffic's long and distinguished career.

    Recorded live in Germany, On the Road featured core members Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar and piano), Jim Capaldi (percussion and vocals) and Chris Wood (flute and saxophone), playing alongside percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah, who joined Traffic for 1971's Welcome to the Canteen) and Muscle Shoals rhythm section bassist Roger Hawkins (drums) and David Hood (bass).

    Keyboard master Barry Beckett, another Muscle Shoals studio vet, was added on piano and Hammond organ to allow the versatile Winwood to switch between instruments.

  2. Encouraged by the creative and commercial success of 1971's The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Traffic gleefully expanded upon its increasingly eclectic style with Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, released in the early days of '73.

  3. A recent trip to America proved to be a traumatic period for Traffic. Once again the line-up has changed, with Jim Gordon (drums) staying over there to return to session work and Rick Grech leaving the band under undetermined circumstances, on his return to this country. The two have been replaced by two session men from Alabama's Muscle Shoals studios - Roger Hawkins and David Hood.

  4. November 1, 1971

    Low Spark: Behind The Scenes

    Jim Capaldi speaks about the making of The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys:

    "I remember the "Low Spark" session vividly. I had written the lyrics for the title track and had given them to Steve. On the way to the studio he said he'd written something that was so so. When he sat at the piano and first played it through it took awhile to sink in- but you instinctively knew that you'd just heard a classic."