Traffic – Unreleased 1971 Live Traffic Album Cover
An ultra rare album cover for the unreleased 1971 album "Live Traffic." United Artists Records, Traffic's US label, was planning to release a Traffic live album recorded at the Fillmore East on November 18 and 19, 1970 (featuring the band's new bassist, Blind Faith's Ric Grech.) Evidently United Artists greatly upset Steve Winwood and band manager Chris Blackwell by releasing a 2 LP Winwood career retrospective without their permission, and so this release was pulled at the last minute, amid rumours that the master tape had been "lost" (read the full story here: http://www.winwoodfans.com/live70.htm ). This is a fully fabricated album cover for the album; something we've never seen before. We acquired it from an industry insider, who got it at the time from UA's head of publicity. It is in near mint condition, with barely detectable staple holes in the four corners. As far as we know, there were never albums or test pressings of this release–only a very small number of this album cover. This is an extremely rare Traffic artifact from their classic era.
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