Traffic – Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory

Import versus domestic? You would be hard pressed to find better sound than on the best of these DOMESTIC pressings, and that includes Low Spark of High Heeled Boys!

We just finished a huge shootout for this album and didn’t find a copy that could hold a candle to this one in the huge stack we played. This may not be the best Traffic album ever, but on a copy that sounds this good it’s very enjoyable and certainly an impressive sonic spectacular. 

Side one earned an A+++ grade and side two was close behind at A++. The vocals sound just right and the percussion is full of energy, which really kicks up the excitement here. Check out how open, spacious and transparent the soundfield is, letting you appreciate everything that’s going on musically.

You get real weight to the bottom end and tons of richness, qualities that we always look for on a classic rock album like this. The immediacy here is OFF THE CHARTS. That brings the music out of the speakers and into your listening room, and if you’re playing this at the proper levels (read: LOUD) this copy will put you smack dab in the middle of a stony Traffic jam session. (They recorded this album in Jamaica, and you’ve gotta imagine the room was thick was pot smoke. It sure sounds like it was!)


Side One

Shootout at the Fantasy Factory
Roll Right Stones

Side Two

Evening Blue
Tragic Magic
(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired