Traffic - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys vinyl LP New sealed
the low spark of high heeled boys was a big change from thequiet, largely acoustic flavour of traffic's reunion album john barleycorn must die. although the gentle opening track, 'hidden treasure', and the meandering, mellow closer, 'rainmaker', were in keeping with the pastoral vibe of the previous record, sandwiched in between those are several increasingly aggressive and lyrically sour songs about that evergreen topic, life in a rock and roll band. the venality of the business gets a workout in the 12-minute title track, a slow-building jazz-rock groove that starts with a sense of quiet menace and ends with a pealing, distorted guitar solo, with one of steve winwood's most impassioned and lengthy organ solos at the song's heart. 'rock and roll stew' and jim capaldi's sneering putdown 'light up or leave me alone' are even more forceful, with only the groovy ecological message of 'many a mile to freedom' lightening the mood. even that song rocks harder than anything on john barleycorn must die, though, and that extra hint of power is likely what helped make the low spark of high heeled boys traffic's most commercially successful album in the united states.