All 6 studio albums recorded for Island Records remastered from the original tapes and presented in their original and highly collectible first Island pressing form (gatefold sleeves, pink eye labels etc), the set also includes a related and super rare facsimile promo poster for each album. ‘Mr Fantasy’, ‘Traffic’, ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’, ‘Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory’, ‘Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys’, ‘When The Eagle Flies’.
Formed in 1967, Traffic was made up of vocalist/organist Steve Winwood (still only 18 years old at the time and had tasted chart success with The Spencer Davis Group); drummer/singer Jim Capaldi; singer/guitarist Dave Mason and reed player Chris Wood. Decamping to the English countryside to jam and dream up material they were quickly signed up by Island boss, Chris Blackwell. Traffic’s debut single, “Paper Sun” reached the UK Top 5 in July 1967 to be followed by an even bigger hit, “Hole In My Shoe” in the October of that year. Their debut album, ‘Mr Fantasy’ was released in December 1967. Their hit singles bore little similarity to the album which was a pot-pourri of all sorts of rock from psych to blues to whimsy, whatever. Early the following year, Mason went then invited back to contribute to the second album ‘Traffic’ after which Winwood walked to form the short-lived Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. The band disbanded for the first time.
In 1970, Winwood began work on a solo album. After inviting Capaldi and Wood to help out. Consequently, Traffic was re-born and the resulting album ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’ saw the group add some jazz and folk into their brew, prevalent with current trends at the time. Their support in the UK dropped off after this but they became a big draw in the US and their next three albums all went Top 10 Stateside mining the same mixture of sounds until Winwood walked out of the band for the second time in 1974 and this time the band broke up for good.