8 comments on “1960′s Historic & Classic Rock Albums . . . . . . . . . . TRAFFIC . . . December 1967 . . . . . . . . . . . HEAVEN IS IN YOUR MIND / MR. FANTASY

  1. Traffic breathed the same rarefied air as the Beatles when both groups were working on their respective Summer of Love albums. After the release of Sgt. Pepper’s, Steve Winwood marveled that both groups were attempting the same thing – to transfer the experiences born of a higher level of consciousness into music. Contextually and spiritually, the two albums are not dissimilar and no small measure of credit is due to producer Jimmy Miller, who stands on the same honorific podium as George Martin. Song for song, Heaven Is In Your Mind is every bit as good as Sgt. Peppers (IMHO).

    Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason and Chris Wood shared a cottage in Berkshire; a communal arrangement similar to which many of us were living or planning. The musicians in the late 1960’s were not ivory tower inhabitants; they were our peers, living the same lifestyle, having the same experiences and committed to the same ideals that we all valued so dearly.

    Whether it was in the English countryside, the American West or in the cities of London, New York or San Francisco we tapped into the same collective consciousness. The music spoke to, for and with us; to this day and forever it will remain a touchstone for everyone who connected to the magic during that brief, enchanting moment in time.

    ps: 47 years on and we are getting a bit long in the tooth but Steve Winwood’s closing comment at Traffic’s 2004 induction into the R&R Hall of Fame made me smile: “thanks for recognizing the spirit” – it was Stevie’s verbal wink to the counterculture and a reminder that it was real, valuable and enduring.

    pps: I too had a girlfriend who would occasionally quote “..but I mean jazz”!

  2. I’ve included your brilliant text within the post but it is faded, tried to correct, no problems in the past.
    Anyway, thanks, your contributions are truly revealing and wisely informative – always appreciated.
    I’ll work on the weird We’re a Fade, You Missed This transfer of copy. Thanks Man.

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