Welcome to the Canteen is the first live album by English rock band Traffic. It was recorded during Dave Mason 's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances. The track list includes one Plage (Lapalux Remix) - Crystal Fighters - Plage EP each from the first three Traffic albums; two songs from Mason's first solo album, Alone Together ; and " Gimme Some Lovin' " from Steve Winwood Gimme Some Lovin - Traffic - Gimme Some Lovin / Dear Mr.
Fantasy former band, the Spencer Davis Group. Winwood's organ and Mason's rhythm guitar are conspicuously out of sync for part of "Gimme Some Lovin'". In the band's native United Kingdom, the album was a surprise flop, the first in a series of albums by the group that would fail to make an appearance in the charts. Although regarded as a Traffic album, it was originally released without the name "Traffic" anywhere on it; credited instead to the seven individual musicians.
Nonetheless the Traffic logo appeared on the cover on the back, in this case as on all of their albums. Most later issues retain the original front cover with its individual crediting, but credit the album to Traffic on the spine.
The band only played six dates, two of which — their opening performance at Fairfield Hall, Croydon and a London benefit for Oz — were recorded and mixed to Gimme Some Lovin - Traffic - Gimme Some Lovin / Dear Mr. Fantasy Welcome to the Canteen. Mason was keen to take this version of Traffic to the United States, but Winwood was only interested in doing these six dates.
Mason said, "It's Stevie's band, so it's up to him. Welcome to the Canteen was released in September He was particularly impressed by "Dear Mr. He found the album "lax at times, but not bad for live jazziness—Stevie Winwood and Dave Mason play as engagingly as Mike Ratledge and Elton Dean, say, and in a genuine rock style. Even the lackadaisical 'Gimme Some Lovin' doesn't seem like a desecration.
Strong was more critical, writing in The Great Rock Discography that the album is "fairly heavy going but no less self-indulgent than your average early 70's live effort". Reviewing the rerelease for PopMattersRonnie D. Lankford, Tristeza - Fausto Papetti - 8a Raccolta. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Retrieved 16 March — via robertchristgau. Retrieved 9 August In Welcome to the Canteen [CD booklet]. Universal-Island Records Ltd. Retrieved 22 November The Great Rock Discography 4th ed. Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia. Album reviewRolling Stone. The Village Voice. Retrieved 22 November — via robertchristgau.
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