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Traffic — Glad
Album: John Barleycorn Must Die
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7.6

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Released: 1970
Length: 6:56
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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Smile...

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 ger-man wrote:
Was für eine herausragende, einzigartige Band!

Greetings from Bavaria to all the listeners outside. Stay safe.
 
Und Grüße in den Süden!)

PS: Ohne Covid hätte ich rp nicht entdeckt und schätzen gelernt. Gut, dass das Leben nicht nur s und w ist.
Man, earlier we enjoyed Maddie Groves, then Glad and I hope something from Cricklewood Green comes up soon. Yay for 1970!!! Just a brief 50 years have passed. My how fly times.
 Clark_Novato wrote:
My sister was five years older than me and into cool music in the early / mid '70s.  This song brings back a distinct memory of me playing with my hot wheels in my room while she was playing "Glad" in her room next door  I remember interrupting my play and just listening to this groovy song.  It was the inception of my getting into music.

 
Awesome memory. I have wished that I had an older sister that would have clued me into what was going on in music, as I grew up a sheltered oldest child in the '60s and '70s. My only female cousin was four yers older and she did do that for me on occasion, but we lived too far apart. She played Traffic for me and  I was too young to appreciate the genius. When she gave me Deep Purple, Machine Head for Christmas 1972, everything about my life changed. 
 TerrorGovernor wrote:
Need to get me some LSD real quick
 
Hey, man. You got the stuff?
My favorite Traffic song from my favorite Traffic album!  this band is so underappreciated!
Was für eine herausragende, einzigartige Band!

Greetings from Bavaria to all the listeners outside. Stay safe.
My sister was five years older than me and into cool music in the early / mid '70s.  This song brings back a distinct memory of me playing with my hot wheels in my room while she was playing "Glad" in her room next door  I remember interrupting my play and just listening to this groovy song.  It was the inception of my getting into music.

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
dkliger wrote:
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of Frank Zappa. 

  
 I doubt I could say that every time I hear Traffic I'm reminded of Frank Zappa. They both have guitars, and percussion and keyboards. It's a mystery that what you hear has more than a passing resemblance. Posted 1 year ago by kingart  
 

Iconic tune! I listened to it in high school, while popular on FM progressive radio. WNEW, NYC, & WMMR Philly!
 TerrorGovernor wrote:
Need to get me some LSD real quick
 
Mary Jane works for this too.
Another song I am going to skip got overplayed back when I listened to commercial radio
Perfect for the Beirut traffic !
I'd be OK if I never heard this again... Don't gert me wrong, but there are things that should quietly and gracefuly retire.
This was my teething ring for Jazz/Rock fusion. 
Rebop Kwaku Baah
 TerrorGovernor wrote:
Need to get me some LSD real quick
 
I regret to inform you that the time for this approach to take effect is considerably longer than this tune, although I certainly note that it does linger a bit. You'll need your own source of this tune. Timing is everything. Sorry...
Need to get me some LSD real quick
Love this tune and love the new website.  Well done!
Still hearing Zappa and still really enjoying this number.   

I also hear a bit of Zappa in some of Steven Wilson's work so it could be me.  
I'm in with the in crowd
dkliger wrote:
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of Frank Zappa. 

  
 I doubt I could say that every time I hear Traffic I'm reminded of Frank Zappa. They both have guitars, and percussion and keyboards. It's a mystery that what you hear has more than a passing resemblance. Posted 1 year ago by kingart  
Not sure if BillG's been working on the "Baritone/Tenor" sax songs, but it's been working well for my ears today.  And I say I'm GLAD to have RP in my life....so LONG LIVE IT!!  And PEACE TOO!!
 cptbuz wrote:
Great song to play you have a group of people with kazoos. Alcohol helps.
 
 veloman wrote:
{#Bananajam}No need for alcohol. It’s great
 
The jury has deliberated and the verdict is that this song is great with or without booze!
Great Friday morning sitting down to work song! All time great first album cut.
{#Bananajam}No need for alcohol. It’s great 
Great song to play you have a group of people with kazoos. Alcohol helps.
 dkliger wrote:
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of Frank Zappa. 

 
 I doubt I could say that every time I hear Traffic I'm reminded of Frank Zappa. They both have guitars, and percussion and keyboards. It's a mystery that what you hear has more than a passing resemblance. 
Yes!  I was just thinking Frank Zappa.  
 dkliger wrote:
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of Frank Zappa. 

 
Frank Zappa's  Hot Rats and this Traffic album were my formative education in jazz/rock fusion.  I even loved the cover of this album - dry brown recycled paper feel to it.  Seemed to go with the title as something from the distant past of pastoral England. 
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of Frank Zappa. 
Is it just me or does this track sound very Van der Graaf Generator?
 Huwie wrote:
Low Spark of the High-Heeled Boys is one of the major tracks in my life.

 
It took about 30 years of me listening to that tune and loving to fully understand its meaning, when it truly described some events in my life.
 JsDad wrote:


Second that.

 
Third that.
Low Spark of the High-Heeled Boys is one of the major tracks in my life.
Glad you played this!  Haven't heard it in a long while.

(sorry about the pun) 
 kaybee wrote:
Have to love the segue from Medeski,Martin & Wood!

 

Second that.
 trailhead wrote:

I haven't listened to the whole album for a while now but if I recall correctly there isn't any guitar on this whole album. That always struck me as unique about this album.
 
Great album! I'm checking the credits and there is no Dave Mason. Only guitars listed are Steve Winwood playing bass on Empty Pages and acoustic guitar on John Barleycorn. By the way, the re-issue containing two "previously unreleased" tracks - i.e. not good enough to make the final cut - is not helped by the additions. How can you improve on "classic" or "perfect" or whatever you want to call it? Peace.
Have to love the segue from Medeski,Martin & Wood!
 martinc wrote:

Wasn't Dave Mason playing guitar then?

 
I haven't listened to the whole album for a while now but if I recall correctly there isn't any guitar on this whole album. That always struck me as unique about this album.
 jagdriver wrote:
 snowcat wrote:
Steve Winwood, what a musician!  I never saw him play guitar until Crossroads 2007 and he ripped.

Yes, that Crossroads finale was astounding!

 
Ibid.
SUPERIOR.
In 1970 I wrote a paper on music (10th grade) and how this song, and "I'm so Glad" made me very happy.  They still do.
 ziakut wrote:
Not a big fan of Traffic, but I do like this tune. It could be a bit shorter though...

 

Agree. To me, it loses its way.
 snowcat wrote:
Steve Winwood, what a musician!  I never saw him play guitar until Crossroads 2007 and he ripped.

Yes, that Crossroads finale was astounding!
 trek_29er wrote:


mason bounced in and out of traffic until  finally"leavin" in 69 i think. i have the bands second single...written by mason called hole in my shoe. a pretty cool old tune  not what winwood was looking for . he originally split before the bands first album was released and then back for the second, writing much of that album and then supposedly  adios interestingly, if u look at the bands second album cover there is no mason there and even though he plays on most tracks ...he is uncredited on the album. he appears on the album cover for third album traffic and plays acoustic and also plays on last exit with guitar credits/ he can also be found on welcome to the canteen and then various tribute releases and packaged box sets.  dont think i missed anything...almost positive

 
Yeah, and this was originally going to be a Winwood solo album. But then somewhere during production (of the title track, I recall) he called Capaldi back in and Trafiic reformed.
 salzburg4321 wrote:
A classic, but best listened to in the context of the whole album, as used to be the norm.

 
{#Yes}{#Bananajam}
Everyone in my shoes love this!

{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}
 martinc wrote:

Wasn't Dave Mason playing guitar then?
 

mason bounced in and out of traffic until  finally"leavin" in 69 i think. i have the bands second single...written by mason called hole in my shoe. a pretty cool old tune  not what winwood was looking for . he originally split before the bands first album was released and then back for the second, writing much of that album and then supposedly  adios interestingly, if u look at the bands second album cover there is no mason there and even though he plays on most tracks ...he is uncredited on the album. he appears on the album cover for third album traffic and plays acoustic and also plays on last exit with guitar credits/ he can also be found on welcome to the canteen and then various tribute releases and packaged box sets.  dont think i missed anything...almost positive
Thank you RP for good music. This song makes my day brighter:-).
 WonderLizard wrote:

All the guitar on Traffic's first three albums—and of course this one—was Winwood. He's always preferred keys, but what an amazing and amazingly versatile guitarist. Give Blind Faith another listen and on the two-guitars tracks, see if you can tell who, Clapton or Winwood, is playing which part. Tougher than you'd think.
 
Wasn't Dave Mason playing guitar then?
Just when I was looking for something fresh. God I love RP.
Still sounds fresh and relevant...I always found this aptly titled...
 snowcat wrote:
Steve Winwood, what a musician!  I never saw him play guitar until Crossroads 2007 and he ripped.
 
All the guitar on Traffic's first three albums—and of course this one—was Winwood. He's always preferred keys, but what an amazing and amazingly versatile guitarist. Give Blind Faith another listen and on the two-guitars tracks, see if you can tell who, Clapton or Winwood, is playing which part. Tougher than you'd think.
Not a big fan of Traffic, but I do like this tune. It could be a bit shorter though...
 ThePoose wrote:
Is Stevie playing the piano or the Hammond?
 
Both. He only played the Hammond when they did this live. Odd effect—still cool. RIP Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi.

 ThePoose wrote:
Is Stevie playing the piano or the Hammond?
 
Boat?  Simultaneously?  

Is Stevie playing the piano or the Hammond?
A classic, but best listened to in the context of the whole album, as used to be the norm.
Sounds like they are having fun.
 MaryM wrote:

Went to bed every night listening to her...google her, you'll be surprised by what you read!
 
Yes, I had a little, transistor radio that I would listen to "The Nightbird" on.  She even played requests if you could get through on the phone.  Good tune, too.

 MaryM wrote:

Went to bed every night listening to her...google her, you'll be surprised by what you read!

 

"The Night Bird"- I had this funky white FM radio- the tube kind- in the head of my bed and listened every night.


 ronniegirl wrote:


WNEW and Allison Steele - ahhhh   The memories.
 
Went to bed every night listening to her...google her, you'll be surprised by what you read!

I never got high to this, or much of anything else (not saying I never got high - just saying I didn't listen to music back then.)  And I still think that this would go SO well with a Dave Brubeck song.  I love this. SO needed it today.
If you can recall a high that you had while listening to this it will never grow old.
 k_trout wrote:

You wouldn't know it and you don't

 
Hey Kilgore Trout, that was a little harsh and not much value added.

Very good — always a pleasure to hear anything off this album.
Glad? I'll be glad when it's over. The longer it  drags on, the greater my pleasure when it finally grinds to a halt.
This would fit nicely with Dave Brubeck's "Take Five."  It also sounds sublime on its own.  I heard the beginning bars and just knew I'd be dancing to it. So, okay - not exactly dancing now, since I'm in front of the computer, but rocking out as much as I can with my fingers on a lame (but-soon-to-be-new-thanks-to-a-certain-RPeep-who-might-wish-to-remain-anonymous) keyboard.

Love this song.  Traffic is in a class by itself.  I really wanna live there. {#Bounce}
Traffic was giving us some excellent music back in the day! Got me in the mood.
 Papernapkin wrote:

Funny how 'brilliance' becomes 'what was I thinking' when the buzz wears off.
 
You wouldn't know it and you don't

 Papernapkin wrote:

Funny how 'brilliance' becomes 'what was I thinking' when the buzz wears off.
 
Hey wait a minute...I took two hours just to work up this buzzzzz....

Nice!
This song sounds like the song SNL uses in the skit "What's Up With That?"

The skit is not very funny, but they use the song throughout so I can't help but hear the words when I'm listening to this song.... 
 ronniegirl wrote:


WNEW and Allison Steele - ahhhh   The memories.
 
Allison Steele....The Night Bird!
Soothing,Sexy voice....played great music...turned a 15-16 year old onto some great stuff(much like this station now that I think about it)
 gernick wrote:
Glad this is over
very glad
 
Me too! Hearing a classic song, like this one, always puts me in a good mood. {#Wink}
Now we´re talking! Great!
Suzl wrote:
Now you're cookin! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....memory lane! Sax On!!

Yes!!!! Oh Bill, you are really making me smile with these great classics!!!! Reminds me how great FM radio used to be compared to the audio sewage that commercial radio plays today!!!

 zschubert wrote:


i was trying to remember where i'd first hear this...  . .and ELP "The Pebble".. .  and..  geez.. just goes on...
thanks for the trip{#Music}
 

WNEW and Allison Steele - ahhhh   The memories.
Morphine - Buena
Traffic - Glad
{#Guitarist}
Epic!

TRAFFIC for the musical brain! My "9"....
Now you're cookin!   Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....memory lane!  Sax On!!

man, lots of music to dance to this afternoon! love it!!


 boober wrote:

WNEW-FM........NYC   Allison Steele...the "Nightbird"

 

i was trying to remember where i'd first hear this...  . .and ELP "The Pebble".. .  and..  geez.. just goes on...
thanks for the trip{#Music}
 Papernapkin wrote:
 gernick wrote:
Glad this is over
very glad
 
It just plods along.
 
Never was much of a fan...like Winwood's stuff from the 80's, though...

 Jungle_Jim wrote:
This is a fantastic example of 'house in the country' jamming. Traffic wrote the book on getting the band out of the city, staying together in a house in the country, going for beautiful walks during the day, then having cosy evenings drinking wine and smoking joints around the fire then jamming all night. I listen to this album when I crave that experience.
 
Funny how 'brilliance' becomes 'what was I thinking' when the buzz wears off.
 jagdriver wrote:
A terrific piece I never get tired of hearing.
Yeah me too mate - see my Aug 27 comment 


 bpkengor wrote:
I was a big fan of Traffic & Winwood & such in their prime but this sounds a bit dated to me now.    different tastes...
 
How funny! I loved this as soon as I heard it when I first heard it when I was 13. And I still love it, and it sits proudly on my I-pod with all its more modern brothers

I was a big fan of Traffic & Winwood & such in their prime but this sounds a bit dated to me now.    different tastes...
 olsaltybastard wrote:
This is a cool tune; I don't get to hear it too much any more. The rock stations on the east coast used to play this a lot.
 
WNEW-FM........NYC   Allison Steele...the "Nightbird"

 mr_toad wrote:

how about some Spencer Davis Group??

 
Yes! This cut is quite SDG'-ish, isn't it? Just brings a happy feeling {#Sunny}


A terrific piece I never get tired of hearing.
rambling (as my english teacher would comment on my essays). they have better songs.

how about some Spencer Davis Group??


 gernick wrote:
Glad this is over
very glad
 
It just plods along.
oooh I had this 8-track in my 63 galaxie love wagon.

Now got "John Barleycorn" in my head (and tummy) and need a fix.
 Jungle_Jim wrote:
This is a fantastic example of 'house in the country' jamming. Traffic wrote the book on getting the band out of the city, staying together in a house in the country, going for beautiful walks during the day, then having cosy evenings drinking wine and smoking joints around the fire then jamming all night. I listen to this album when I crave that experience.
 
{#Yes}

This is a fantastic example of 'house in the country' jamming. Traffic wrote the book on getting the band out of the city, staying together in a house in the country, going for beautiful walks during the day, then having cosy evenings drinking wine and smoking joints around the fire then jamming all night. I listen to this album when I crave that experience.
First time I'd ever heard a sax on a wah-wah pedal. When I saw them play this live, Wood attacked the pedal like he was stomping on a bug. Amazing band.
Not sure why, but I find the sax in this song annoying. Sounds like a tacked-on afterthought. But I'm not a big sax fan either way, just my 2 cents.

Glad. Nuff said. A classic,

Steve Winwood, what a musician!  I never saw him play guitar until Crossroads 2007 and he ripped.
Between this and MMW, it's difficult to be sitting still!{#Dancingbanana}
Glad/Freedom rider was always one of my favorites in high school 1974
Glad this is over very glad
'bout perfect.
I've never heard this one by Traffic before. Always cool to discover new stuff...thanks, RP! "No, honey, it's pronounced sax-a-mo-phone." - Homer J. Simpson.
:bananapiano:
This is a cool tune; I don't get to hear it too much any more. The rock stations on the east coast used to play this a lot.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa another traffic,, rightous,hmmmmm sure miss my 8 tracs I had,,all be well,,,
Now play "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
"I'm in with the in crowd..."
Seems to me that about the only thing that could TOP THIS sax-fest off best would be a little 'Trane... -- well, how 'bout it, Bill?
Dave_Mack wrote:
Ooh, completing the saxomophone trifecta after Roxy Music and Morphine. So excellent :clap:
:yes:
lattalo wrote:
This seems very timeless to me, so beautiful! :sunny:
for real! this has the rating it's got, and that freakin' drek "All I want is you" by U2 has a totally ridiculous rating of off the charts?! apparently there's no justice, there's just us! :arghhh:
Ooh, completing the saxomophone trifecta after Roxy Music and Morphine. So excellent :clap:
passsion8 wrote:
I can see how this would annoy newer listeners who didn't have date association-thing going on...
This seems very timeless to me, so beautiful! :sunny:
A wah-wah sax? Holy crap, that's cool. I recorded an album where we had a wah-wah viola. That was fun.
My favorite Traffic song, and that's saying a lot, since Traffic is one of my favorite bands. This one never fails to lift my mood a notch or two.