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Mr. Fantasy
Studio album by
Released8 December 1967
RecordedApril–November 1967
StudioOlympic Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
United Artists
ProducerJimmy Miller
Traffic chronology
Mr. Fantasy
Singles from Mr. Fantasy
  1. "Paper Sun" b/w "Giving to You"
    Released: May 1967, Island WIP6002
  2. "Hole in My Shoe" b/w "Smiling Phases"
    Released: August 1967, Island WIP6017
  3. "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" b/w "Coloured Rain"
    Released: November 1967, Island WIP6025
  4. "No Face, No Name and No Number" b/w "(Roamin' in the Gloamin' with) 40,000 Headmen"
    Released: 1968, Island WIP6030

Mr. Fantasy is the debut album by English rock band Traffic. It was released in December 1967. The recording included group members Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason; however, Mason left the band shortly after the album was released. The album reached the number 16 position in the UK albums chart,[1] and number 88 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.[2]


The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London with American record producer Jimmy Miller and recording engineer Phill Brown. When Brown was asked his favourite memory of engineering, he responded: "Recording Dear Mr Fantasy, one o'clock in the morning, November 1967."[3]

The UK release was one of the earliest rock albums on the Island Records label. This edition had a color gatefold cover and included 10 songs. As with common practice in the 1960s, the original UK album left out hit songs from Traffic singles of the era. The sitar, an instrument widely associated with this era of Traffic due to its use on the singles "Paper Sun" and "Hole in My Shoe", is used on only one track on the UK album, "Utterly Simple".

United States version

The first US version was released in early 1968 by United Artists Records and re-titled Heaven Is in Your Mind. It featured a different, non-gatefold cover showing three members of the group without Mason. For this edition, a short looping snippet of the single "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" was added between most of the songs. The US LP was re-sequenced and also added three other singles ("Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", and "Smiling Phases") but deleted two 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 "Paper Sun".

After the first pressing the title of the US album was quickly changed back to Mr. Fantasy, but the new cover and track list remained until United Artists went out of business and Island reissued the UK stereo version in the United States in 1980. This edition was also released as Mr. Fantasy in Australia and New Zealand by Festival Records. The first Canadian edition was based on the US album, but dropped two songs. This was released in a unique cover with the title Reaping but replaced by the UK stereo album in 1970.

Different mixes and recordings

Both UK and US albums were released in significantly different stereo and mono mixes. These differences led to four distinct variations of the album. All of these have been re-issued on CD. The 1999 UK re-issue features the UK version in stereo and the US album in mono. In 2000 the US stereo version was re-issued on CD with its original title Heaven Is in Your Mind plus stereo bonus tracks. The same year the UK mono version was also released in the US as Mr. Fantasy with mono bonus tracks.

The song "Giving to You", was released in 3 different versions. The first was a mono B-side with lyrics in the introduction sung by Winwood. This also appeared on the US mono LP. The mono and stereo UK albums had a revised version, which was included on the US stereo album. The soundtrack album for Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush also contains a different recording of "Utterly Simple" than the one used on this album.

"Coloured Rain" was recorded as "Colored Rain" by Eric Burdon & The New Animals featuring a guitar solo by Andy Summers.[4] It was also recorded by The Hassles, Al Kooper and Slade. "Smiling Phases" was recorded by Blood, Sweat & Tears on their self-titled second album released in 1968.[5] "Dealer" was recorded as part of the medley "Dealer/Spanish Rose" by Santana on their Inner Secrets album released in 1978.


A review in the Apr 27, 1968 edition of Rolling Stone called the album "one of the best from any contemporary group". The reviewer felt that Steve Winwood's voice had "matured, acquired new depth and new reaches, a more individual feeling and a greater range in both style and tones", and considered that "the strongest points of this album are where the elements of Traffic's 'comprehensible far-out' and Winwood's great R&B style are combined", but deemed Mason's contributions to be good enough in their own right.[6]

It was voted number 517 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000). [7]


Allmusic's retrospective review is positive, calling Traffic's music "eclectic, combining their background in British pop with a taste for the comic and dance hall styles of Sgt. Pepper, Indian music, and blues-rock jamming".[8] In 1999 the album was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.[9]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Heaven Is in Your Mind"Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris WoodWinwood and Capaldi4:16
2."Berkshire Poppies"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:55
3."House for Everyone"Dave MasonMason2:05
4."No Face, No Name and No Number"Capaldi, WinwoodWinwood3:35
5."Dear Mr. Fantasy"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood5:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Dealer"Capaldi, WinwoodCapaldi and Winwood3:34
7."Utterly Simple"MasonMason3:16
8."Coloured Rain"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:43
9."Hope I Never Find Me There"MasonMason2:12
10."Giving to You" (album version)Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, WoodNone4:20
Mono bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
11."Paper Sun"Capaldi, WinwoodWinwood4:15
12."Giving to You" (mono single version)Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, WoodWinwood4:12
13."Hole in My Shoe"MasonMason2:54
14."Smiling Phases"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:43
15."Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, WoodGroup (solo parts on chorus and bridge by Winwood)2:18

Original US version

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Paper Sun"Capaldi, WinwoodWinwood3:26
2."Dealer"Capaldi, WinwoodCapaldi and Winwood3:13
3."Coloured Rain"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:46
4."Hole in My Shoe"MasonMason3:04
5."No Face, No Name and No Number"Capaldi, WinwoodWinwood3:38
6."Heaven Is in Your Mind"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood and Capaldi4:22
7."House for Everyone"MasonMason2:05
8."Berkshire Poppies"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:59
9."Giving to You" (stereo album version; mono album has the mono single mix)Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, WoodNone4:18
10."Smiling Phases"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:44
11."Dear Mr. Fantasy"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood5:33
12."We're a Fade, You Missed This"Capaldi, WinwoodWinwood0:53
Stereo bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
13."Utterly Simple"MasonMason3:17
14."Hope I Never Find Me There"MasonMason2:09
15."Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, WoodGroup (solo parts on chorus and bridge by Winwood)2:35
16."Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am"Capaldi, Winwood, WoodWinwood2:32




  • Eddie Kramerengineer
  • John Benton-Harris – photography
  • Margaret Goldfarb – re-release coordinator


  1. ^ Chart Stats
  2. ^ "Billboard 200 - Traffic". Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ McGee, Alan (9 April 2008). Wherefore Art Thou Mark Hollis?,
  4. ^ Andy Summers, One Train Later, Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.ISBN 0-312-35914-4.
  5. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)#Track listing Track Listing of Blood, Sweat & Tears (album) Retrieved 5 January 2014
  6. ^ "Traffic: Heaven Is In Your Mind : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 27 April 1968. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 180. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  8. ^ William Ruhlmann (2011). "Mr. Fantasy – Traffic | AllMusic". Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  9. ^
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External links


Veröffentlichungen von Traffic die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory ¦ John Barleycorn Must Die ¦ Mr. Fantasy

Traffic auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Traffic 1973 in Hamburg
Traffic 1973 in Hamburg
Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftBirmingham, England
Genre(s)Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Folk Rock, Jazzrock
Gründung1967, 1970, 1994, 2004
Auflösung1969, 1974, 1994, 2004
Steve Winwood
Jim Capaldi † 28. Januar 2005
Chris Wood † 12. Juli 1983
Gitarre, Gesang
Dave Mason
Letzte Besetzung
Keyboard, Gitarre, Gesang
Steve Winwood
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Rick Grech † 17. März 1990
Jim Gordon
Reebop Kwaku Baah † 12. Januar 1983

Traffic war eine englische Rockband der späten 1960er und frühen 1970er Jahre aus Birmingham, England. Die Band bestand aus vier hochkarätigen Musikern, die zunächst in einer Art Landkommune ihren Sound fanden: Steve Winwood (kb, gt, vc), Dave Mason (gt, vc), Chris Wood (fl, sax) und Jim Capaldi (dr).


Erste Phase

Winwood gründete Traffic im Jahr 1967[1], nachdem er die Spencer Davis Group verlassen hatte. Ihre Debüt-Single Paper Sun war ein Hit in England. Die zweite Single Hole in My Shoe war sogar noch erfolgreicher.

Das erste Traffic-Album Mr. Fantasy (1967) war, wie die Singles, in England erfolgreich, nicht jedoch außerhalb. Das zweite Album, Traffic, erschien im Jahr 1968. Auf diesem Album brachte Mason viele Kompositionen (z. B. Feeling Allright) ein und sang die Lead-Stimme. Es gab Spannungen, da Mason nicht im Schatten Winwoods stehen wollte. Mason ging. Nach einer Tournee in Amerika löste Winwood die Band auf.

Zweite Phase

Winwood spielte bei Blind Faith und begann anschließend, ein Solo-Album vorzubereiten, das letztendlich jedoch als neues Traffic-Album John Barleycorn Must Die erschien; es sollte das erfolgreichste der Gruppe sein.

Im Mai 1971 erweiterte sich die Band um Rick Grech, Jim Gordon und Reebop Kwaku Baah; es folgten weitere Alben. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys kam in Amerika in die Charts, nicht jedoch in England. Die Band löste sich erneut auf, nahm aber gelegentlich neue Alben auf: Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory (1973) und When the Eagle Flies (1974).

Dritte Phase

Capaldi und Winwood hatten Solo-Erfolge, doch 1994 kam mit Far From Home ein neues Traffic-Album auf den Markt; beide gingen wieder als Traffic auf Tour, doch der große Erfolg blieb aus.

Dave Mason hatte einige Erfolge mit Solo-Alben in Europa, besonders aber in Amerika, wohin er sein Wirken verlegte. Trotz hervorragender Virtuosität an der Gitarre gelang ihm aber nie der richtige Durchbruch.

Chris Wood starb in Birmingham (England) am 12. Juli 1983 an einer Lungenentzündung und den Folgen seines Alkohol- und Drogenkonsums. Jim Capaldi starb am 28. Januar 2005 in London an Magenkrebs.

Die Band wurde im Jahr 2004 in die Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aufgenommen.


Im Jahr 1967 benannte sich die zuvor wenig erfolgreiche Londoner Band The Spectres, aus denen sich später Status Quo entwickelte, ebenfalls in Traffic um. Winwood und seine Bandkollegen konnten sich letztlich durchsetzen, so dass die Konkurrenten die Bezeichnung Traffic Jam wählten.



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[2][3]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1967Mr. FantasyUK16
(8 Wo.)UK
(22 Wo.)US
(8 Wo.)UK
(26 Wo.)US
1969Last ExitUS19
(22 Wo.)US
mit Live-Aufnahmen
1970John Barleycorn Must DieUK11
(9 Wo.)UK

(38 Wo.)US
1971The Low Spark of High Heeled BoysDE48
(1 Wo.)DE

(30 Wo.)US
1973Shoot out at the Fantasy FactoryUS6

(29 Wo.)US
1974When the Eagle FliesUK31
(1 Wo.)UK

(27 Wo.)US
1994Far from HomeDE22
(11 Wo.)DE
(6 Wo.)CH
(4 Wo.)UK
(9 Wo.)US

grau schraffiert: keine Chartdaten aus diesem Jahr verfügbar


JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[2]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1971Welcome to the CanteenUS26
(19 Wo.)US
1973On the RoadUK40
(3 Wo.)UK
(24 Wo.)US

grau schraffiert: keine Chartdaten aus diesem Jahr verfügbar

Weitere Livealben

  • 2005: Last Great Traffic Jam

Raritäten und Kompilationen

JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[2]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1969Best of TrafficUS48
(14 Wo.)US
1975Heavy TrafficUS155
(3 Wo.)US
More Heavy TrafficUS193
(4 Wo.)US

grau schraffiert: keine Chartdaten aus diesem Jahr verfügbar

Weitere Kompilationen

  • 1968: Here We Go round the Mulberry Bush


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[2]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1967Paper Sun
Heaven Is In Your Mind
(4 Wo.)DE
(11 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
Hole In My Shoe
Heaven Is In Your Mind
(10 Wo.)DE
(4 Wo.)AT
(14 Wo.)UK
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
(12 Wo.)UK
1968No Face, No Name, No Number
Mr. Fantasy
(4 Wo.)UK
1970Empty Pages
John Barleycorn Must Die
(8 Wo.)US
1971Gimme Some Lovin’-Pt. 1
Welcome To The Canteen
(7 Wo.)US
1972Rock & Roll Stew...Part 1
(2 Wo.)US
1994Here Comes a Man
Far from Home
(3 Wo.)DE
Some Kinda Woman
Far from Home
(10 Wo.)DE

grau schraffiert: keine Chartdaten aus diesem Jahr verfügbar


  • Stambler, Irwin: The Encyclopedia Of Pop, Rock And Soul. 3. überarbeitete Auflage, New York City, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989, S. 693–695 – ISBN 0-312-02573-4
  • British Hit Singles. 13th Edition, London: Guinness World Records, 2001 – ISBN 0-85112-111-X
  • Whitburn, Joel: Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual 1955-1977, Menomonee Falls: Record Research, Inc., 1978 – Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 78–60196



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