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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Traffic - BBC Sessions 1967-1968 {Remastered & Complete} [A Prof. Stoned Comp] *Update 28-10*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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54 comments:

  1. Thanks, Prof. Great post.

    POINT OF INTEREST: Is it just a strange coincidence that Top Gear 30 June 1968 is missing the exact three songs that appeared on Saturday Club 20 July 1968? Similarly, that same Saturday Club show is missing the one song that does appear in the Top Gear show.

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  2. Yes, definitely...

    This seems to the most logical, based on the recording info in Ken Garner's book and the date of the transcription disc from which those three 'July 68' tracks are taken. But I might be totally off. Pearly Queen has a Peel comment at the end, and thus has to be from the June session.

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  4. Dear Prof Stoned,
    You are the greatest.
    Thank you more times than I can count.

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  5. Wow, Proffo! Thanks a kazillion for your awesome efforts. Really looking forward! Keep your spirit, mate! Th:-)mas

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  6. I had several other versions of BBC 1967-1968. Just before I deleted all of them, I checked the "complete" version from Pink Robert. Lo and behold, most of the missing tracks you mentioned were there, along with Dear Mr. Fantasy from the first session. I hope Pink Robert was accurate and that we can look forward to one of your many updates.

    I should also mention that one version I have states that some of the broadcasts were done at the wrong speed/pitch. I am curious if you check that is an issue and if you correct that when necessary.

    I hope you find this helpful. If you need any further information, I will watch your comments. Thanks again!!!

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  7. > Dear Mr. Fantasy from the first session

    There is no such thing. The PR set has the same version of DMF twice: one edited, one unedited, just like here. Same for Dealer & Heaven: same versions in different speeds. And one of the two versions of Feelin' Alright on his set is actually the single version. There is nothing on the PR set that is not here or should be here. And as usual, all my masters run in the correct speed.

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  8. Thank you. Nice work, appreciated.

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  9. Excellent. Thank you

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  10. Thank you thank you thank you, this will be great fun to listen to!

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  11. Awesome thank you to you and the contributors!!

    I just compared these versions to those that I previously had. This is a clear winner.

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  12. Thanks for this effort. Looking forward to listening. For the record "You Can All Join In", "Feelin'
    Alright" & "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring" from the June 30, 1968 Top Gear do exist as I have
    copies, albeit they are all mp3. They all have John Peel intros and/or outros and are from the
    actual original broadcast. However, obvipusly the quality is not as good as the ones here from the
    Transcription Disc. Speaking of the Transcrition Disc labeled as the July 20, 1968 Saturday Club as
    the source for those three tracks, although I have not compared them to the Top Gear recordings, I
    suspect that they may be from the October 4, 1968 Top of the Pops broadcast with Brian Matthew. Top
    of the Pops BBC Transcription Disc #203 from the October 4, 1968 broadcast contains all three tracks.

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  13. Many thanks for your great work Prof. Stoned.

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  14. TourArchive - those 'Top of the Pops' shows with Brian Matthew were practically always compiled using tracks from previously broadcast sessions from other shows.

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    1. Yes thanks sydfloyd, that is correct. the bands did not perform unique sessions for the Top of the Pops radio program, but as you said they utilized sessions recorded for other BBC radio programs. Although the Transcription Discs did provide high quality source for many BBC session material, unfortunately Brian Matthew would talk over the beginning or the ending of the songs, whereas that was a much rarer occurrence on the original BBC session programs.

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  15. @Tourarchive; Can you please compare them to the ones I labelled 15-7 and see if they are different?

    TOTP #203 has been the source for these tracks, indeed.

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    1. I will state from the outset that comparing similarly played songs and identifying them as different recordings is not my strong suit. With that said, the "You Can All Join In" & the "Feelin' Alright" from the June 30, 1968 John Peel Top Gear program appear to be the same recordings as those same tracks that were on the October 4, 1968 Top Of the Pops tracks included under your July 15, 1968 tracks. However, the "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring" from the June 30, 1968 John Peel Top Gear program is a completely different recording than as that same track that was on the October 4, 1968 Top Of the Pops track included under your July 15, 1968 tracks. The Top Gear track is longer, with nearly a minute of guitar intro before Steve Winwood begins singing and a nearly 20 second longer guitar piece following the repetitive "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring" verses towards the end.

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    2. I'd like to get your MP3s. Could you send a wetransfer link in the contact box, top left?

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    3. Okay, the plot thickens. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring is the same version, but it is a longer one. It was pretty common that the Beeb edited the versions that went on the transcription disc. So this is a nice find!

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  16. Wow ... Traffic !!! I've been digging your BBC projects but this is really special. Ever since my older sister brought the "Traffic" album into the house back in '68 I became in awe of this group.
    It wasn't because of Winwood because I really didn't know about his past at the time ( I was only 11) but the album was so well crafted that they sounded miles above anyone else. Finally saw Traffic in NYC at The Academy of Music for their "Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory" and it was / and IS the best concert I ever went to.

    Thanks so much !!

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  17. Thank you! Your efforts are much appreciated!

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  18. My favorite of the BBC series what a great band Traffic were Thank you for this important music that came out of British radio in the 1960's.

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  19. Many thanks - a favorite band since 1969, and looking forward to these tracks.

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  20. With respect to the September 25, 1967 Top Gear recordings, "Paper Sun", "A House For Everyone" and "Hole In My Shoe" & the interview appear to come from the November 3, 1967 (#153) Top of the Pops with Brian Matthew. The "Smiling Phases" appears to come from the December 1, 1967 (#157) Top of The Pops with Brian Matthew. The off-air source of "Coloured Rain" sounds as if it could be from one of the David Symonds Show broadcasts on October 23 - October 26, 1967. According to Ken Garner we seem to be missing the "Dear Mr. Fantasy" that was apparently only broadcast during the October 29, 1967 repeat of the September 25, 1967 session recordings.

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    1. RE: The DMT airing, the Garner book sez Oct 1969, not 1967. I think he added that info from another source than the bbc microfilm because it makes no sense. Not broadcast until 2 years after recording, while the bbc only saved their masters for 6 months. So I doubt there was a DMF from the Sept 25 session to begin with and if there was it certainly has never circulated.

      The announcer before Coloured Rain is Pete Drummond, indicating this was from the first airing on Oct. 1.

      The tracks are indeed source from those transcription discs, i'll mention them again next time.

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    2. The entry in the book for "Dear Mr. Fantasy" of 1969 is wrong as there was no Top Gear on October 29, 1969 (October 25 & November 1, 1969). It was in fact broadcast during the September 25, 1967 repeat broadcast on Top Gear on October 29, 1967, along with "Paper Sun", "A House For Everyone", "Hole In My Shoe" & "Coloured Rain".

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    3. Thanks for your help in identifying my "other" version of "Coloured Rain" as coming from John Peel's & Tommy Vance's December 31, 1967 Top Gear show and was simply the "Mr. Fantasy" LP version with John Peel's comment preceding and following the song.

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  22. So, it's not a "strange coincidence", after all. Cool.

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  23. Thanks so much for this Traffic posting and all the other great remasters!

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  24. Thanks for the upgrade. Much appreciated. The mid to late sixties was a mighty time.

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    1. v1.1: 27-10-2021 (upgraded 'Pearly Queen' & long version of 'Who knows what tomorrow' added)

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  26. Muito obrigado Professor
    Até que enfim com uma qualidade fantástica
    Thank you

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  27. Thanks for all your hard work loving this and the BBC Tomorrow set!

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  28. Thanks for the time , love and passion you have put into preserving these gems , and sharing them with us.

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  29. Thanks for the update. I'm pretty sure the version of Blindman on YT is better quality than this and hasn't been NR to death like the PR one had.

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  30. Superb, one of my favourites bands and been hoping for something like this as I have bits and pieces from these sessions from different torrents so it's good to have it organised by someone who knows what they're doing

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  31. This is fantastic. Never did I dream you'd actually do Mason Capaldi. Now all my remastering attempts can cease. And a great quality Blindman!!!! Wow!!! you're the best. Thanks so much.

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    1. but for the record, Leavin Blues has a short final note of around 10 seconds that is missing here and I've never heard it in good quality.

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    2. Can you send it to me? There is a contact form on the left side.

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  32. Thank you Professor for your hard work and dedication to perfection. Enjoying these shares.

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  33. As always thank you. I have been re-discovering Traffic lately and this really hits the spot. Great band and great share.

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  34. Thanks for your labours of love!

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