Traffic LAST EXIT

Traffic LAST EXIT

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LAST EXIT is a collection of studio tracks and live tracks recorded at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.
Traffic: Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi.
Producer: Jimmy Miller.
Reissue producer: Bill Levenson.
Originally released on Island (9097).
Half live, half studio, LAST EXIT is a fitting testament to Traffic's strengths in both arenas. This 1969 release was the band's third album in two years, titled as such because it was to be their farewell. Upon disbanding, Steve Winwood joined the short-lived BLIND FAITH, only to reconvene Traffic a year later with their classic JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE. The catchy, playful pop of Dave Mason's "Just For You" and Winwood's "Medicated Goo" are classic Traffic, sounding of a piece with their debut, MR. FANTASY.
Though pared down to a trio at this point--Winwood (organ, vocals), Chris Wood (saxophone and flute), and Jim Capaldi (drums, vocals)--Traffic also performs well in the way of extended jams. Two long selections recorded live at the Fillmore West never falter. The band's version of Anthony Newley's "Feelin' Good" exalts at every turn, with Capaldi's drums springing out of Winwood's church-y Hammond like a percussive hallelujah chorus.

  • Genre: Pop
  • Rock & Pop: Pop
  • Format: Vinyl
  • RSD Release Date: DDD
  • Released: 05/28/2013