Traffic ‎– Mr. Fantasy

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Released in 1967. For the recording, group members included Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason, however Mason left the band before the album was released. The album reached the number 16 position in the UK album chart on 30 December 1967, and reached number 88 in the American Billboard charts.

Considered by far the strangest and most art rock style album that Traffic released, Mr. Fantasy didn't gain much more than a cult following for Traffic at the time. Critics seemed to like the album, though, and most said it was clear that Steve Winwood and Traffic were good at putting together semi-mainstream psychedelic rock, except this album was not quite mainstream enough. By their next release, the eponymous Traffic, the band was said to have worked through that.
This album features even more horns, flutes, and less rock-style instruments than most of Traffic's future releases. The sitar was used much more in this album than any other later Traffic albums, undoubtedly because of Dave Mason's influence.
The first US version of the album on United Artists Records had a different title Heaven Is In Your Mind and a different cover that featured 3 members of the group without Dave Mason. The title was quickly changed back to Mr. Fantasy but the new cover remained until Island Records re-issued the UK version in the late 1970s. Both the US and UK editions of the album were released in substantially different stereo and mono mixes.
For the original US edition the group changed the album substantially. The song order was changed and a short looping snippet of the group's November 1967 single "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" was added between most of the songs. The US LP also added three songs from the group's UK singles, "Paper Sun" and "Hole In My Shoe" and "Smiling Phases" (b-side) while deleting two Dave Mason songs "Hope I Never Find Me There" and "Utterly Simple." The final track on the US album "We're A Fade, You Missed This' is actually the ending of the full length version of "Paper Sun." For most of the songs there are significant differences between the stereo and mono mixes. One song in particular, "Giving to You", actually was released in 3 different versions, including similar mono and stereo versions from the U.K. album, plus a very different mono U.K. b-side mix, which also was later included on the U.S. mono LP. The special U.K. b-side mix includes lyrics sung my Winwood during the introduction which are not heard on any other version.

Tracklist

Heaven Is In Your Mind
Berkshire Poppies
House For Everyone
No Face, No Name And No Number
Dear Mr Fantasy
Dealer
Utterly Simple
Coloured Rain
Hope I Never Find Me There
Giving To You

Versions (88)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILP961, ILP-961 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Island Records, Island Records ILP961, ILP-961 UK 1967 Sell This Version
ILP-800, STLP-1002 (cover) Traffic Coloured Rain(LP) Island Records, Island Records ILP-800, STLP-1002 (cover) Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
ILP-800 Traffic Coloured Rain(LP) Island Records ILP-800 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
ILPS9061, ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS9061, ILPS 9061 UK 1967 Sell This Version
ILP961, ILP-961 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Island Records, Island Records ILP961, ILP-961 UK 1967 Sell This Version
ILPS9061, ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Rou) Island Records, Island Records ILPS9061, ILPS 9061 UK 1967 Sell This Version
WI/S 4700, WIS 4700 Traffic Reaping(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records, Stone Records (7), Stone Records (7) WI/S 4700, WIS 4700 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
WI-4700 Traffic Reaping(LP, Mono) Island Records, Stone Records (7) WI-4700 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
885 435 TY Traffic Hole In My Shoe(LP, Album) Fontana 885 435 TY Germany 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1968 Sell This Version
SFL-933.052 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) Festival Records SFL-933.052 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
SFL-933.052 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) Festival Records SFL-933.052 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
SFOL 7103 Traffic Traffic First Album(LP, Album) Fontana SFOL 7103 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
SLIR 22.017 Traffic Traffic(LP, Album) Ricordi International SLIR 22.017 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Island Records ILPS9061 UK 1970 Sell This Version
85 784 IT Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 85 784 IT Germany 1971 Sell This Version
85.748 I Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 85.748 I Spain 1971 Sell This Version
ILPS19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records ILPS19061 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
ILP 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Island Records ILP 9061 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
ILPS 19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 19061 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9061 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
27 844 XAT Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 27 844 XAT Benelux 1976 Sell This Version
85 784 IT Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 85 784 IT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
UAS 6651, UAS-6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RP) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAS 6651, UAS-6651 US 1977 Sell This Version
85 784-I Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 85 784-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
ILS-40043 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILS-40043 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
20S-92 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 20S-92 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
6313 347 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 6313 347 France 1982 Sell This Version
ICM 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ICM 9061 UK 1987 Sell This Version
5B 85784 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) Island Records 5B 85784 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
CIDM-90060 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records CIDM-90060 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
90060-2, 7 90060-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 90060-2, 7 90060-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
A2-90060 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Club) Island Records A2-90060 US 1988 Sell This Version
ILPM9061, ILPM-9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPM9061, ILPM-9061 UK 1988 Sell This Version
842 783-2, IMCD 43 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Masters 842 783-2, IMCD 43 France 1992 Sell This Version
CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, RE) Island Records CID 9061 UK 1992 Sell This Version
UDCD 572 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE, RM, 24 ) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 572 US 1993 Sell This Version
JPCD9707471 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD9707471 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
546 496-2, IMCD 264 546496-2, IMCD 264 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE, RM) Island Records, Island Records, Island Remasters 546 496-2, IMCD 264 546496-2, IMCD 264 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
314 542 824-2 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(CD, Album) Island Records 314 542 824-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
314 542 823-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Mono) Island Records 314 542 823-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
TRCD-1968 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Unofficial) Digitally Remastered TRCD-1968 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
UICY-9270 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(CD, Album, RE, Ltd) Island Records UICY-9270 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
UICY-9269 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE, Mono, Ltd) Island Records UICY-9269 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
UICY-93641 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(CD, Album, RE, RM) Island Records UICY-93641 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93640 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Island Records UICY-93640 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
900181 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Vinyl Lovers 900181 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
LP 5316 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Sundazed Music LP 5316 US 2009 Sell This Version
SC-6300 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(CD, Album, RE, Mono) Sundazed Music SC-6300 US 2012 Sell This Version
LP 5316 Traffic Heaven Is In Your Mind(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Sundazed Music LP 5316 US Unknown Sell This Version
U-8112 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(8-Trk, Album) United Artists Records U-8112 US Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 43 (842 783-2) Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island IMCD 43 (842 783-2) France Unknown Sell This Version
422-842 783-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records 422-842 783-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
74321 23013 2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE) Island Records 74321 23013 2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
UICY-93640 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Island Records (2) UICY-93640 Unknown Sell This Version
546 496-2, IMCD 264 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Remasters 546 496-2, IMCD 264 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Gat) Island Records CID 9061 US Unknown Sell This Version
842 783-4 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(Cass, Album) Island Records 842 783-4 India Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK Unknown Sell This Version
90060-1 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 90060-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 099 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Island Records, Simply Vinyl SVLP 099 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 099 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Island Records, Simply Vinyl SVLP 099 UK Unknown Sell This Version
6343 004, ILP-961 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Gat) Philips, Island Records 6343 004, ILP-961 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
ORL 19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19061 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records CID 9061 US Unknown Sell This Version
85 784 ET Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 85 784 ET Germany Unknown Sell This Version
90060-1 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 90060-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
ORL 19061, ILPS 19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records ORL 19061, ILPS 19061 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
85 784 ET, 85 784 IT Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 85 784 ET, 85 784 IT Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 19061 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK Unknown Sell This Version
90060-1 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 90060-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
A190060, A1 90060 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records, Island Records A190060, A1 90060 US Unknown Sell This Version
ISL 9061, ISM 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records, Island Records ISL 9061, ISM 9061 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 19061, ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 19061, ILPS 9061 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RP) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US Unknown Sell This Version
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RP) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US Unknown Sell This Version

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onewe

onewe

July 11, 2016
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, RP, UAS 6651
For what it is worth, this version was released no later than 1976.
timorauhaniemi

timorauhaniemi

April 25, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Coloured Rain, LP, ILP-800, STLP-1002 (cover)

This version has Finnish covers (the green-white cover) and the Swedish record.
dlgale1974

dlgale1974

January 19, 2015
referencing Mr. Fantasy, CD, Album, RE, 74321 23013 2

This album's OK, a lot better than many records released around this era, but this is still very much of it's time. "Dear Mr Fantasy" is the only really abiding tune from Traffic's début.
Kaptain_Kopter

Kaptain_Kopter

November 1, 2011
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, UAS 6651
Notes are not reliable and taken from an anonymous auction on popsike.com. These information contradict literature at least in one respect: there is no known regular US version of Mr. Fantasy released before April 1968 (Martin C. Strong, 'The Essential Rock Discography', 8th ed. [Edinburgh etc. 2006], p. 1115) and Frank Wonneberg, 'Labelkunde' [study of labels], ref. 480.1-480.3 gives 1968 as the earliest date for the pink/orange UA labels. Furthermore it is doubtful, if one can rely on the statement that this release is very rare - believe the sellers and you will find almost exclusively extremely rare records in the bay and elsewhere. An empty database is the inferno and a database full of trash is hell.
messing

messing

March 15, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, RE, ORL 19061

I found the release year printed on the label, vinyl and back cover.
The labeldesign is a stylized black palm on light yellow label.