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Traffic - BBC Sessions 1967-1968 {Remastered & Complete} [A Prof. Stoned Comp 2021]
16bit/44.1khz (CD Quality) 

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01. Paper Sun
02. A House For Everyone
03. Interview Steve Winwood
04. Hole In My Shoe
05. Smiling Phases
06. Coloured Rain

Recorded: Maida Vale studio 4, Delaware Road, London UK; Monday 25 September 1967
Broadcast: BBC Radio 'Top Gear'; Sunday 01 October 1967
Producer: Bev Phillips
Engineer: Pete Ritzema
Sources: 01-05: transcription disc / 06: off-air

Note: 'Coloured rain' exists in excellent quality on a tape copy of the complete aircheck, but currently circulates only as this off-air recording.

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01. No Face, No Name, No Number
02. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
03. Hope They Never Find Me Here
04. Heaven Is In Your Mind
05. Dealer

Recording: 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1, London UK; Monday 11 December 1967
Broadcast: BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear'; Sunday 24 December 1967
Producer: Bernie Andrews
Engineer: Dave Tate
Sources: 01-03: transcription disc / 04-05: off-air

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01. No Face, No Name, No Number
02. 40.000 Headmen
03. Dear Mr. Fantasy (edit)
04. Blindman
05. Dear Mr. Fantasy (full)

Recording: 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1, London UK; Monday 26 February 1968
Broadcast: BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear'; Sunday 03 March 1968
Producer: Bernie Andrews
Engineer: Dave Tate
Sources: 01-03: transcription disc / 04-05: off-air

Note: the one session without Dave Mason. 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' was also aired but seemingly has not survived in any form.

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01. You Can All Join In
02. Feelin' Alright
03. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring {edit}
04. Pearly Queen
05. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring {full}

Recording: 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1, London UK; Monday 24 June 1968
Broadcast: BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear'; Sunday 30 June 1968
Producer: Bernie Andrews
Engineer: Dave Tate
Source: 01-03: transcription disc / 04-05: off-air

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Bonus:

Mason, Capaldi, Wood & Frog (a.k.a. "Wooden Frog")

01. Interview Dave Mason
02. Waiting On You
03. Feelin' Alright
04. Born Under A Bad Sign

Recorded: Aeolian Hall studio 2, Bond Street, London UK; Monday 10 February 1969
Broadcast: BBC Radio 'Symonds on Sundays': Sunday 16 February 1969
Producer: John Walters 
Engineer: Tony Wilson
Sources: 01-03: transcription disc / 04: off-air

Note: 'World In Changes' was also aired but has not turned up yet. 'Born Under a Bad Sign' first came into circulation earlier this year. 

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01. Waiting On You
02. Cryin' To Be Heard
03. World In Changes
04. Leaving Blues

Recorded: Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London UK; Tuesday 25 February 1969
Broadcast: BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear'; Sunday 2 March 1969
Producer: Bernie Andrews
Engineer: Allen Harris
Source: off-air

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Total time: 1h45m06s
All tracks are Mono

Research & Mastering: Prof Stoned

Special thanks to Eugene & Syd for the audio sources and the anonymous person(s) who produced these fantastic digital rips in the first place; Pink Robert for his "The Complete BBC Sessions 1967-68" compilation* from which I borrowed nearly all off-air recordings; Greg for sending me a few upgrades for version 1.1 and Colin H. for sending me some loose ends.

[* Robert's version was copied by the "copyright expiration" label Shockwaves in 2018 for a semi-official release which has been mistaken for being an authorized version, partly because it's on Spotify and the other streaming services.]

Note: this is the first complete Traffic BBC compilation with the best possible sound quality. It is a major upgrade to what's out there, and unlikely to be superseded (though I will be on the lookout for better source material for the off-air bits). According to Ken Garner's book, the group recorded a fifth session in July 1968 but there is a fair chance this may have been a re-transmission of the June 68 session. As a bonus, I have added the two sessions by "Mason, Capaldi, Wood & Frog" (= Traffic w/ Winwood replaced by Wynder K. Frog). This line-up lasted only for 3 months, possibly because Capaldi and Wood helped sacking Mason from Traffic a few months earlier by picking Winwood's side. Their material sounds very promising though, especially "World in Changes" is a gem and makes clear that Mason needed a good band to make his material come alive (the version from his debut album pales in comparison).

Source of information: Ken Garner - In Session Tonight (1993)

v1.0: 23-10-2021
v1.1: 27-10-2021 (upgraded 'Pearly Queen' & long version of 'Who knows what tomorrow' added)

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