TRAFFIC – ” Live In Concert ” 1970

Posted: November 18, 2021 in MUSIC
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Live performance by Traffic at the Fillmore East on 11/18/1970. This concert was broadcast on WNEW-FM in New York City. Introduction by concert promoter Bill Graham. An ultra rare album cover for the unreleased 1971 album “Live Traffic.” United Artists Records, Traffic’s US label, was planning to release a Traffic live album recorded at the Fillmore East on November 18th and 19th, 1970 (featuring the band’s new bassist, Blind Faith’s Ric Grech.)

Evidently United Artists greatly upset Steve Winwood and band manager Chris Blackwell by releasing a 2 LP Winwood career retrospective without their permission, and so this release was pulled at the last minute, amid rumours that the master tape had been “lost”. This is a fully fabricated album cover for the album; something we’ve never seen before. We acquired it from an industry insider, who got it at the time from UA’s head of publicity. It is in near mint condition, with barely detectable staple holes in the four corners. As far as we know, there were never albums or test pressings of this release–only a very small number of this album cover. This is an extremely rare Traffic artifact from their classic era.

The artwork was created from a 1970 poster promoting Traffic on tour.

Traffic: Steve Winwood – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals; Chris Woods – Flute, Sax, Organ; Jim Capaldi – Drums, Vocals; Rick Grech – Bass.

Songs recorded at this concert and the next day were planned for a “Live Traffic” album by UA that was never released. 

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