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Traffic – When the Eagle Flies (2021 Reissue on 180g Vinyl with Digital Download)

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Released in September 1974, When the Eagle Flies is the seventh studio album by Traffic. It was the band’s fourth consecutive studio album to reach the US Top 10 and have gold album status. The album featured Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood, with Rosko Gee on bass guitar. Percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah was fired prior to the album’s completion, but two tracks feature his playing. Winwood plays a broader variety of keyboard instruments than most previous Traffic albums, adding Moog to their repertoire. This was the last Traffic album for 20 years, when Winwood and Capaldi reunited for Far from Home in 1994.

When the Eagle Flies portrayed a bleaker tone than previous outings, which peaked superbly on Graveyard People and Walking in the Wind. Traffic toured to support the album, but they disbanded in the middle of the tour in 1974.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Something New
  2. Dream Gerrard
  3. Graveyard People

Side Two

  1. Walking in the Wind
  2. Memories of a Rock ‘n’ Rolla
  3. Love
  4. When the Eagle Flies

Producer: Traffic, Chris Blackwell

Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

Label: Island Records

Catalogue No: 7751259

Barcode: 0602577512599

Release Date: 14 May 2021