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Welcome To The Canteen

by Traffic
Welcome To The Canteen by Traffic
Released: Jan 1971
Label: Island Records
Perhaps illustrating the divisions within the band, 1971's Welcome to the Canteen features songs written by each member, and it doesn't have "Traffic" on the front cover, just the band members' names. Also, Dave Mason's song "Sad and Deep as You" is from his solo album and Steve Winwood's contribution is a cover of his old band Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." Regardless of the palpable tension, opener "Medicated Goo" is one of the band's very best songs -- and this take is definitive -- and "40,000 Headmen" always sounds good.
Mike McGuirk
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