Saturday 8 August 2020

Traffic - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (1971)

The sixth album from this British band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, flute, saxophone, violin, guitar, organ, piano and vocals.

Steve Winwood was still at the helm and this album is the second album after the band were reformed after a short break.

Their previous album John Barleycorn Must Die was more a folk rock album.

The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys sees the band move a lot towards Canterbury prog, acid folk and symphonic prog.

The music is very complex indeed.

It is also pretty eclectic with some raga-rock influences too.

Steve does a great job on the microphone and it is easy to understand why he is one of the all-time greats in the music world.

There are some hints of both Van Der Graaf Generator and the more playful jazzy end of the Canterbury prog scene on this album.

Most of the stuff is pretty melodic too.

This is another very good album from Traffic, a band I find eyeopening and a great addition to the music world.

3.5 points

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