Archive for Traffic

Dear Mr. Fantasy, Play Us A Tune

If you haven’t noticed, we’re big on the whole guitar gods thing over here on Welcome To Now. Let’s indulge some more with two killer bootlegs – one from Stevie Winwood and Traffic and the other from Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominoes. Both of these shows take place at the historic Filmore East in New York City in the 1970s. This is the stuff legends are made of.

Clapton and Winwood

Clapton and Winwood

This Traffic show has crisp, pristine sound and just flows with creative energy. The band’s jazzy grooves cut with Winwood’s incendiary guitar lead create breathtaking psychedelic jams –  without any overindulgent noodling. Winwood keeps things grounded but this show definitely takes off. Mr. Fantasy and Medicated Goo are highlights but the whole thing just flat out rocks and the band dosen’t miss a beat.


Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood

The Fillmore East
New York, NY
1. Introduction by Bill Graham
2. Medicated Goo
3. Pearly Queen
4. Empty Pages
5. Heaven Is In Your Mind
6. Forty Thousand Headmen
7. John Barleycorn Must Die
8. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
9. Every Mother’s Son
10. Glad>Freedom Rider
11. Means To The End
12. Dear Mr. Fantasy

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While not as crisp sounding as the Traffic show, this early Clapton/Derek and the Dominoes bootleg really captures the un-cut and raw energy and talent of Clapton. Check out Clapton’s great use of the wah wah effect in this show and the diversity in sound between his tone-filled fender riffing and laid back wah wah wailing. You can clearly hear Hendrix’s influence in his sound at this point and see Clapton explore some more experimental jams than his later year. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Clapton in the 'Dominoes' days

Clapton in the 'Dominoes' days

Derek And The Dominos
The Filmore East
New York, NY
1. Got to Get Better in a Little While
2. Key To The Highway
3. Tell The Truth
4. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
5. Blues Power
6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
7. Bottle Of Red Wine
8. Presence Of The Lord
9. Little Wing
10. Let It Rain
11. Crossroads

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Blast From the Past

Today, we go back to 1970 to bring you this hit-packed Traffic bootleg with two bonus tracks taboot:


Medicated Goo
Pearly Queen
Empty Pages
Heaven Is In Your Mind
Forty Thousand Headmen
John Barleycorn Must Die
Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
Every Mother’s Son
Freedom Rider
Filler: Shootout At The Fantasy Factory, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

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