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 (104)

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, Album) 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/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
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
408 243 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(Cass, Album) Island Records Ltd. 408 243 Italy 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
SFON- 7103 Traffic Traffic First Album(LP, Album, RE) Fontana SFON- 7103 Japan 1969 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
ILPS 19061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 19061 Italy 1976 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
ILS-40043 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILS-40043 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
85 784-I Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 85 784-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK 1979 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
90060-2, 7 90060-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 90060-2, 7 90060-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
CIDM-90060 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records CIDM-90060 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
A2-90060 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, Club) Island Records A2-90060 US 1988 Sell This Version
P32D-50002, CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records P32D-50002, CID 9061 Japan 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
IMCD 43 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters IMCD 43 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
IMCD 43, 842 783-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records IMCD 43, 842 783-2 Europe 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
SVLP 099 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Island Records, Simply Vinyl SVLP 099 UK 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, RE) 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, Ltd, RE, Pap) 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, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) 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
3D CID 1003, 510 975-2 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records Ltd., Island Records Ltd. 3D CID 1003, 510 975-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(CD, Album) Island Records CID 9061 US 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
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
200 564 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records, Island Records 200 564 Benelux 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, 180) Island Records, Simply Vinyl SVLP 099 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SR67-96304 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, Mono) Calendar Records (2) SR67-96304 New Zealand 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
CID 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records CID 9061 US 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 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 85 784 ET Germany 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
85.748 - I Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 85.748 - I Spain 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
ILPS 9061 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9061 UK 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 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
UAS 6651 Traffic Mr. Fantasy(LP, Album, RP) United Artists Records UAS 6651 US Unknown Sell This Version
SFL-932,780 Traffic Traffic(LP, Album) Festival Records SFL-932,780 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
SFL-932,780 Traffic Traffic(LP, Album) Festival Records SFL-932,780 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

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theharvester

theharvester

May 19, 2017
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, ILPM9061, ILPM-9061
Surely this is suppose to be 1968 not 88? I have this exact copy stating 68
PPelkonen

PPelkonen

May 14, 2017
referencing Coloured Rain, LP, ILP-800, STLP-1002 (cover)
estimated price for this record? I have this too. Sounds ok.
perkes

perkes

December 14, 2016
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, SVLP 099

This is, of course, a great album but this pressing had quite a bit of crackle. It also had screwy mastering: the first track is nice and loud but the rest of the tracks are about 3-4 dB quieter. Simply Vinyl = simply mediocre. Too bad--I love this album. It's some great classic psychedelic rock.
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 10, 2016
referencing Mr. Fantasy, LP, Album, UAS 6651

The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper had a reach far beyond merely the music, the sound and the presentation … what The Beatles laid down with Sgt. Pepper and all that lead up it, created a blueprint of sorts, and there were many who followed those ideas, with Traffic being one of them. The original UK version, as with The Beatles, left off all of the hit singles such as “Paper Sun,” with the US take attempting to rectify the issue by retooling the album and calling it Heaven In Your Mind, and then including those lost classic tracks, where in their hast, completely reordering the tacking of the album. And the saga doesn’t stop there, with the outing being reconfigured so many times, it’s tough to know where the story begins and ends.

One thing I will say is that Traffic would never make an album like Mr. Fantasy again, and even if one discounts those hits, the album sincerely shows a band in the mist of transition, though this being their first proper release, it’s more fitting to say that they were finding their footing. Take Mason’s sitar washed “Utterly Simple,” a song that is flooded with George Harrison influences, yet turns almost in mid stream, becoming a parody of itself, laden with Moody Blues spoken words, words that sound out of place, and a bit corny even for The Moody Blues. There are some studio effects that allow several of the tracks to feel rather tired … “Heaven In Your Mind” was to be laced with stereo panned vocals and reverb, that don’t seem to come off as planed; though having said that, all of the tracks have been creatively arranged and bursting at the seams with power. The one thing that does linger with listeners is the fact that Traffic should not have ventured down the psychedelic road, because it wasn’t them, it didn’t suit their music, and by the time of its release, the psychedelic wave had already crested.

Probably the major issue with Traffic was the nature of the group in and of itself, where each member was strong enough to be fronting their own band, and by finding themselves stacked up against each other, they were all struggling to find their own voices, leaving the record to sound like bits and pieces of far too much, seeming to lack direction, and a center that would hold them in check.

Disregarding all of this, Mr. Fantasy does hold some magic, though probably more for those who where there then, then those coming to this album after becoming familiar with the Traffic that would secure a seminal place in the pages of rock history. So be kind as you open this door, you don’t need to hold your breath with reverence, just try to imagine a time when recording was still in its infancy, when these ideas where totally fresh, when so much was trial and error, and even when things went momentarily sideways, what was glimmered from these historic recordings paved the way for so much beauty that was to follow.

Regardless of how I rated this release, I could not live without “Heaven In Your Min,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Dealer,” or “Coloured Rain.”

Review by Jenell Kesler
Sweetlife

Sweetlife

October 5, 2016
referencing Mr. Fantasy, CD, Album, 3D CID 1003, 510 975-2
I have this CD and the disc has turned brown around the edges of the playing side.
euroman

euroman

September 4, 2016
referencing Mr. Fantasy, CD, Album, 3D CID 1003, 510 975-2
Year of release not indicated on CD. Probably 1992, as other titles of the same 3D series.
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 over 2 years 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.