Traffic ‎– John Barleycorn Must Die

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Island Records ‎– ILPS 9116
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A1 Glad
Drums, Percussion – Jim CapaldiOrgan, Piano, Percussion – Steve WinwoodSaxophone, Flute, Saxophone [Electric], Percussion – Chris Wood (2)Written-By – Winwood*
6:32
A2 Freedom Rider
Drums, Percussion – J.C.*Organ, Piano, Vocals, Percussion – S.W.*Saxophone, Flute, Saxophone [Electric], Percussion – C.W.*Written-By – Capaldi*, Winwood*
6:20
A3 Empty Pages
Drums, Percussion – J.C.*Organ – C.W.*Organ, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals – S.W.*Written-By – Capaldi*, Winwood*
4:47
B1 Stranger To Himself
Producer – Guy StevensVocals – J.C.*Vocals, Instruments [All] – S.W.*Written-By – Capaldi*, Winwood*
4:02
B2 John Barleycorn
Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals – S.W.*Arranged By – Winwood*Flute, Percussion – C.W.*Tambourine, Vocals – J.C.*Written-By – Trad.*
6:20
B3 Every Mother's Son
Drums – J.C.*Instruments [All Other] – S.W.*Producer – Guy StevensWritten-By – Capaldi*, Winwood*
7:05

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1st pressing with pink "i" label, unlaminated cover and without Traffic 'symbol' on the left side of the centre labels.

Outside cover uses a kraft paper background with silk-screened graphics instead of a burlap sack background with printed graphics as seen in some US and later versions.
Gatefold cover. Inside gatefold shows full-spread colour image of the band.

On runout variant 3, the stamping "AudioMatrix" is almost illegible, but it is visible. (See: Audio Matrix, Inc.)

Note that versions with Side A runout "ILPS + 9116 + A4" is a mispressing, with Track A3 cutting out abruptly at 4:33. (See: Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [STERLING stamped], variant 1): ILPS 9116 A/2 UAS 5504 A 6.3.70 RC STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched [STERLING stamped], variant 1): ILPS 9116 B/2 UAS 5504 B 6.3.70 LH STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [STERLING stamped], variant 2): ILPS 9116 A2 UAS 5504 A 6.3.70 RC STERLING LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 2): ILPS + 9116 + B 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [STERLING; AudioMatrix stamped], variant 3): ILPS 9116 A/2 AudioMatrix UAS 5504 A 6.3.70 RC STERLING LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched [STERLING; AudioMatrix stamped], variant 3): ILPS 9116 B/2 AudioMatrix UAS 5504 B 6.3.70 AM STERLING LH

Other Versions (5 of 198) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
842 780-1 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Island Records 842 780-1 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
I4-42780 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(Cass, S/Sided, Dol) Island Records I4-42780 US Unknown Sell This Version
K-0216 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(Cass, Album) United Artists Records K-0216 US 1970 Sell This Version
14C 062-61687 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-61687 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
0042284278010 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Island Records 0042284278010 US 2008 Sell This Version

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Adam_A

Adam_A

October 10, 2020

This was one of the first albums I bought when I was getting into vinyl. Had a beat up copy first and eventually hung the gatefold on my wall (what a kid!) Eventually found this 1st edition UK edition which I'm very happy with. Nice, balanced sound. Musically, it's got a great feel. I'm not totally sold on Winwood's vocal delivery. He's got a great, soulful voice, but the way he sings suggests that these songs could have been even more profound with a deeper voice that wouldn't crack at the high register, which is the effect he's going for but doesn't always work. Still, very well constructed songs and a classic album from 1970 that blends folk and rock in a way which is highly enjoyable.
freddie22

freddie22

October 22, 2016
Sure would appreciate any additional information on the very last version listing Island 90058-1, US pressing with light blue label, unknown release date. Is this really a rare pressing as noted by a Discogs member who is selling a copy of this LP?