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TRAFFIC – HEAVEN IS IN YOUR MIND / MR. FANTASY – December 1967
Here is one of the Top 13 Historic & Classic Psychedelic Albums of 1967 and one of the Top 69 Historic & Classic 1960s Rock Albums; a unique landmark album that had a special magic.
January 1967 marked 00individual’s initiation into Marijuana and Hashish and those amazing months continued throughout the year, so by ’68 he was poised for psychedelic greatness with the experiences of mind-bending Mescaline trips. And to assist in the transition, the psychedelic rock band Traffic – Stevie Winwood with writing partner Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason released an album that became a sign of the times – and once again timing was everything and magic was afoot.
A moment to reflect on Winwood; 00individual ranked The Spencer Davis Group’s hits, the soulful hard rockin’ “Keep On Running”, the driving tribal hard rockin’ “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” and the epic hard rockin’ “I’m A Man” right up there with The Yardbirds early hard rockers and all were sung by Stevie Winwood who joined the group at fourteen and at fifteen had million seller singles to his credit.
After success with Traffic he went on to become part of one of the top supergroups, Blind Faith, who by the way did it right; one album, one tour, boom, done. Unique and classic. Winwood actually sort of repeated that uniqueness with the international supergroup GO, before embarking on an even more successful solo career in the ’80s.
Traffic, influenced by the Band’s “Big Pink” album (an inspiration to Elton John, Eric Clapton and many others including Roger Waters of Pink Floyd) later released the impressive and infectious “John Barleycorn Must Die” album and achieved musical excellence that culminated with the 1971 release, “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”, a true masterpiece.
But back to the album that started it all, the album entitled, “Heaven Is In Your Mind” for US release and “Mr. Fantasy” for UK release, contained a special magic of innocence, wonder and psychedelic imagery with a sound that really fit and amplified the feelings that the Counter-Culture were experiencing – that everyday thrill and anticipation of a time when just being alive was enough to insure yet another day of exciting potential.
Please know that it is easy to appreciate those days in retrospect, but since the feeling was real there was an undeniable realization of excitement in the air all of the time, good friends, music and drugs only assisted the already mysteriously undefinable vibe that prevailed, one that this album signified.
Good timing all around. 00individual again thanks all those involved in his current incarnation at what seems – with every passing day’s revelation of comparative experiences – just how insanely good the ’60s and ’70s were – the absolute best time to have spent a lifetime in history.
00individual gets transported back to those innocent psychedelic times when just the toke of a joint would open doors to the fact that
Heaven Is In Your Mind:
“Paper Sun” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:26
“Dealer” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:13
“Coloured Rain” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:46
“Hole in My Shoe” (Mason) – 3:04
“No Face, No Name, No Number” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:38
“Heaven Is in Your Mind” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 4:22
“House for Everyone” (Mason) – 2:05
“Berkshire Poppies” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:59
“Giving to You” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 4:18
(mono version of the US album has the different UK single mix, with lyrics sung by Winwood)
“Smiling Phases” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:44
“Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 5:33
“We’re a Fade, You Missed This” (Capaldi, Winwood) – :53
There was this innocently-hot Irish Catholic girl of nineteen with blonde hair and green eyes that I dated for a time when I was twenty. She would have a way of quote-singing the intro-outro part of “Giving To You”, the part when the jazzed lyrics say, “. . .but I mean jahzz” that was so sexy yet playful, it just knocked me out. The eroticism and simplicity of youth. 00individual remembers those days fondly of intertwined Sex, Drugs an Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Special Girlfriends – forever.
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