The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, by the classic rock ensemble Traffic, led by the prolific Steve Winwood, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.
By 1971, Traffic had already experienced major success with the prior release from 1970, “John Barleycorn Must Die” and Winwood was already pretty much a veteran of the late 1960s British classic rock boom and found big success with this album as well.
In its original release the sleeve was formatted in a unique die cut manner, which led to the already spacey, ambient, loose, cool cocktail laid back rock and roll intertwined with funk and even pop that was evident on Low Spark. In summing up the career of Traffic, the band never really found a solid set sound, their style and uniqueness was their inability to roll comfortably in a set genre, and thus, their catalog remains a sprawling, reaching adventurous foray into the annals of a band almost playing things improv sometimes and somehow quite effectively in the process.
Witness the diversity of songs on “The Low Spark…” from the title cut, the long but not overlong progressive slice of jazzy rock to the oft remembered “Rock and Roll Stew,” the wonderfulness of the haunting majestic “Rainmaker,” and the join me for a smoke or blow out of here, fun and groovy “Light Up or Leave Me Alone,” “The Low Spark” remains a high point in the bands extensively creative catalog of sounds.
Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.
1. Hidden Treasure
2. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys
3. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
4. Rock ‘N’ Roll Stew
5. Many A Mile To Freedom
7. Rock And Roll Stew Parts 1 & 2
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