Sunday, October 25, 2009
Traffic: Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
It is just about two years since I posted my first Sunday video (Rock el Casbah by Rachid Taha), so let me be a little self-indulgent.
The video runs for 10 minutes and even then you don't quite get the whole song in. It could be worse: the version on the Traffic On the Road album lasts for over 17 minutes (and its not the longest track either). Who said "noodling"?
This version comes from a concert in Santa Monica in 1972. You can buy the DVD
Traffic - Live at Santa Monica or watch other songs from it I have posted before: Freedom Rider and John Barleycorn Must Die. If you are patient I shall probably post them all eventually.
Playing here are Steve Winwood (piano and vocals), Chris Wood (saxophone - with wah-wah pedal), Jim Capaldi (tambourine), Anthony Kwaku Baah (bongos), David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums).
There has been a lot of debate over the lyrics, but the consensus is that it is about being ripped off by the music business.