Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die Japan promotional LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1974 Japanese white label promotional copy of John Barleycorn Must Die by Traffic, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese white label promotional copy of John Barleycorn Must Die, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of John Barleycorn Must Die is a 1974 pressing on the Island label of an album that was originally released in 1970.

The cover is M-.  The obi is VG+ with slight foxing and a repaired tear at the bottom edge.

The lyric insert is M-.  The “History of Traffic” insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played no more than once. Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1970, John Barleycorn Must Die was the fourth studio album by Traffic.

The album reached #11 on the UK charts and #5 in the U.S. gave John Barleycorn Must Die a 4 star review:

If the original Traffic bowed to the perceived commercial necessity of crafting hit singles, the new Traffic was more interested in stretching out. Heretofore, no studio recording had run longer than the five-and-a-half minutes of “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” but four of the six selections on John Barleycorn Must Die exceeded six minutes. Winwood and company used the time to play extended instrumental variations on compelling folk- and jazz-derived riffs. Five of the six songs had lyrics, and their tone of disaffection was typical of earlier Capaldi sentiments. But the vocal sections of the songs merely served as excuses for Winwood to exercise his expressive voice as punctuation to the extended instrumental sections. As such, John Barleycorn Must Die moved beyond the jamming that had characterized some of Traffic’s 1968 work to approach the emerging field of jazz-rock. And that helped the band to achieve its commercial potential; this became Traffic’s first gold album.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Island
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in