Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

album of the week imageThis weeks album of the week is, Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Fifth studio album by English rock band Traffic, released in 1971. It was their first album to feature percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah and their only album to feature drummer Jim Gordon and bassist Ric Grech. Grech had previously worked with Traffic singer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood in the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith while Gordon had played with another former Blind Faith member, Eric Clapton in the similarly short-lived Derek and the Dominoes.

As with other Traffic albums, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys featured different forms and offshoots of rock including jazz rock, progressive rock, as well as classic rock and roll. The name of the album’s title track was suggested by the actor Michael J. Pollard.

The album was certified gold less than a year after its release in the United States, and eventually certified platinum in 1996. It was remastered and reissued with one bonus track on 19 March 2002.

Track listing:

Side one

1.”Hidden Treasure”
2.”The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”
3.”Light Up or Leave Me Alone”

Side two

4.”Rock & Roll Stew”
5.”Many a Mile to Freedom”

2002 bonus track

7.”Rock & Roll Stew Parts 1 & 2″

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