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Traffic – Heaven Is in Your Mind [Extra Tracks] [Original Recording Remastered] – FLAC

Traffic – Heaven Is in Your Mind [Extra Tracks] [Original Recording Remastered] – FLAC
Audio CD (August 29, 2000)
Original Release Date: 1969
Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Label: Island
ASIN: B00004WF69

A heavily enhanced version of Traffic’s seminal 1967 debut release Mr. Fantasy which was Traffic’s first album to hit the States, being released there slightly differently, originally under the title Heaven Is In Your Mind.

Traffic were an innovative rock band from Birmingham, in the England Midlands, formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason – however Mason left the band before this album was released.

They began as a psychedelic rock group originally influenced by drug-period Beatles but who later significantly diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards, reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music.

The first US version of Traffic’s debut album on United Artists Records had a different title (Heaven Is In Your Mind) to the original U&K release and also a different cover that featured 3 members of the group without Dave Mason.

The title was later changed back to Mr. Fantasy but the new cover remained until Island Records re-issued the UK version in the late 1970s.

For the original US edition the group changed the album substantially. The song order was changed and a short snippet of the group’s November 1967 single “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” was added between most of the songs.

The US LP also added three songs from the group’s UK singles, “Paper Sun” and “Hole In My Shoe” and “Smiling Phases” (B-side) while deleting two Dave Mason songs “Hope I Never Find Me There” and “Utterly Simple.”

The final track on the US album “Were A Fade, You Missed This’ is actually the ending of “Paper Sun” as it appeared in the earlier single.

There are also many differences between the stereo and mono mixes for the album. Both the US and UK editions were released in stereo and mono.

O.K. Let me see if I can explain all the confusion surrounding the latest releases of Traffic’s landmark first album, “Mr. Fantasy” or, as it was first titled in the U.S., “Heaven Is In Your Mind.”

There are three remastered versions of this album that have been released in the past year and a half. All three versions are currently available on Amazon.com. The first release (in October 1999) is Mr. Fantasy [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT]: This is the original STEREO ENGLISH version of this album, and it includes as bonus material the original MONO AMERICAN version of the album. The next release (in August 2000) is MR. Fantasy [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS]: This is the original MONO ENGLISH version of the album, and it includes as bonus material the four missing songs that were included on the American version of the album, plus the A-side of the rare single, “Here We Go ‘Round The Mulberry Bush.” The third release (also in August 2000) is Heaven Is In Your Mind [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS]: This is the original STEREO AMERICAN version of the album (and the one, I might add, that I have been waiting for at least 15 years to arrive, THANKS!!!).

It includes as bonus material the two tracks from the English version that were dropped on the American version, plus the A-side and B-side of the rare single, “Here We Go ‘Round The Mulberry Bush.” I hope this explains the complaints everyone is having about these releases. The great thing is that, for the first time on CD, you can have whatever version you grew up with to enjoy, and remastered to boot! And for the completist fan, you can have all the versions. And if you are new to Traffic, I highly recommend this one, the AMERICAN STEREO version, but then I’m biased (this is the one I grew up with)! No matter which version you choose, Traffic’s first album is a psychedelic treat not to be missed.

By C. Steven Blue

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One of the great classic rock supergroups of the late sixties and early seventies was Traffic. The group combined the talents of former Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood with that of the equally-talented Dave Mason, along with a cast of other talented musicians. Like most classic rock supergroups, Traffic didn’t last too long, mostly due to tension in the band, most of which went on between the band’s two songwriting geniuses, Winwood and Mason. The first group that the band released was NOT their self-titled album (that one came second), but Mr. Fantasy, released in 1967. In America, though, listeners got an album called Heaven Is In Your Mind. Read on for my review.

This is by no means the best Traffic album (or even the best version of it), but it served as an excellent way for the band to introduce their stylings to the world. The tracks on here are essentially the same that are on the British Mr. Fantasy release, but their running order has been slightly varied, with bonus tracks not on the original version of the album mixed into the running order, including the single-only hit Paper Sun. On the album, the band combines a number of genres and subgenres of music, making for an excellent listening experience. Though a mildly psychedelic rock album, for the most part, there is a lot of blues and jazz influence. These external influences only strengthen the band’s sound. The big hit to come off of the album was the title track, which remains a classic rock staple to this day. Coloured Rain and Heaven Is In Your Mind achieved minor popularity, but were nothing less in the quality department when compared to the release’s big hit. No two songs on this album sound alike. In the end, it stands an excellent debut album from an excellent classic rock band.

There are a few choices you have when you purchase this album. There’s the American release, which was released under the name Heaven Is In Your Mind, which has a slightly varied tracklist along with some bonus tracks not on the original UK version. The original UK version on CD maintains all of the original tracks, and adds those extra songs from the US album on as bonus tracks. Among the bonus tracks is the non-album smash, Paper Sun. Whatever version you get is entirely up to you, but I myself got the UK version because I prefer my albums to be as the band originally intended them. But if you’re a casual listener, or you’re just more familiar with American releases than British one, you may want the US version.

Traffic’s debut is a solid one, indeed. It was just a premonition to what the band would become. Even so many years later, we still look back on this album as a masterpiece of classic rock – and with good reason. If you’re a fan of the band, or any of its members, this is well worth purchasing.

By Taylor X

Tracklisting

Original US album

1. “Paper Sun” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:26
2. “Dealer” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:13
3. “Coloured Rain” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:46
4. “Hole in My Shoe” (Mason) – 3:04
5. “No Face, No Name, No Number” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:38
6. “Heaven Is in Your Mind” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 4:22
7. “House for Everyone” (Mason) – 2:05
8. “Berkshire Poppies” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:59
9. “Giving to You” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 4:18
10. “Smiling Phases” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:44
11. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 5:33
12. “We’re a Fade, You Missed This” (Capaldi, Winwood) – :53

Stereo bonus tracks

13. “Utterly Simple” (Mason) – 3:17
14. “Hope I Never Find Me There” (Mason) – 2:09
15. “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 2:35
16. “Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:32

Personnel

* Jim Capaldi – drums, percussion, vocals
* Dave Mason – guitar, mellotron, sitar, tambura, shakkai, bass guitar, vocals
* Steve Winwood – organ, guitar, bass guitar, piano, harpsichord, percussion, vocals, arrangements
* Chris Wood – flute, saxophone, organ, percussion and vocals, sleeve design
* Jimmy Miller – producer
* Eddie Kramer — engineer
* John Benton Harris — photography
* Margaret Goldfarb — re-release coordinator

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