“When The Eagle Flies” by Traffic - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1974Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Well, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood, from the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio house band, didn't last long. One album and two tours and they were off, along with percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah who was fired. Bassist Rosko Gee was drafted in, whilst Jim Capaldi switched back to drums. The quartet now lined up: Steve Winwood (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Chris Wood (flute, saxophone), Jim Capaldi (drums, percussion, keyboards) and Rosko Gee (bass). There's very little for me in Traffic's music these days, although this is a slight improvement on last year's effort and the vaguely dubby “Walking In The Wind” teases me with a sense of what might have been had they been so inclined. Their somewhat cool and laid back prog-rock variant continued to be well received in the States; this was their fourth consecutive Top 10 in the main Billboard album chart.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:15] 3.2.png Traffic - Something New (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A2 [11:03] 4.2.png Traffic - Dream Gerrard (Steve Winwood, Vivian Stanshall) Prog
A3 [06:05] 2.2.png Traffic - Graveyard People (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Prog
B1 [06:48] 5.6.png Traffic - Walking In The Wind (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Dubbeat
B2 [04:50] 3.6.png Traffic - Memories Of A Rock N’ Rolla (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B3 [03:20] 2.0.png Traffic - Love (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B4 [04:24] 3.2.png Traffic - When The Eagle Flies (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) Prog

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