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Michael Jefferson
11.3.07, 2:15 PM
http://rcm-images.amazon.com/images/P/B000TE8BO4.01.TZZZZZZZ.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000TE8BO4/w3pgcoffeeroomss)Dear Mr. Fantasy
A Tribute To Jim Capaldi (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000TE8BO4/w3pgcoffeeroomss)
3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson

Tribute albums are usually hit and miss, and this one’s no exception. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was recorded on January 21, 2007 at the Roadhouse in London to celebrate the life and music of Traffic’s late drummer/singer, one of the most underrated songwriters in rock. Steve Winwood is a natural. He was Capaldi’s friend, bandmate and co-writer for 35 years and they made frequent guest appearances on each other’s solo albums. Paul Weller frequently cites Traffic as one his influences and sang on Capaldi’s “Anna Julia.” Weller even coaxed Winwood into playing keyboard on his best known album, “Stanley Road.” Peter Townsend, the wind milling guitar player for The Who, was a contemporary of Capaldi’s – they became close friends when most of Traffic (Winwood, Capaldi, bassist Rick Grech and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah) participated in Eric Clapton’s ballyhooed comeback at the Rainbow Theater in 1973. Simon Kirke, thunder-footed drummer for Free and Bad Company, manned the kit on several of Capaldi’s solo albums, including “Electric Nights,” “Let The Thunder Cry,” and “One Man Mission.” Eagle and James Gang axe man Joe Walsh was an admirer (and worked with Winwood on his “Back In The Highlife” album), as was Yusef Islam (the former Cat Stevens). Deep Purple’s former keyboard player Jon Lord and former Stones bassist Bill Wyman also recorded in the same era as Capaldi, although there’s nothing to indicate they were close mates. Phil Capaldi of course, is Jim’s brother. But what the heck are the Storys, former Dr. Hook vocalist Dennis Locorriere, Margo Buchanan, Mark Rivera and Stevie Lange doing here? And who the heck are Buchanan, Rivera and Lange?



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