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Traffic (album)

In Britain, in the heady days of 1968, bands were compelled to focus on their musical ambitions with regard to a multitude of possible routes. The Beatles had established a position at the apex of studio produced psychedelia, with Pink Floyd arguably leading the way in live psychedelic performance. Despite being apparantly indistinguishable from today's perspective, live psychedelic performances at that time were quite different affairs to their counterpart studio-spun head-trips. Groups existed in the shadow of the Beatles declaration that they would stop performing their work live, anywhere, from 1966 on. This was a luxury only they could afford, and one that marked them as unassailable within the self-styled [and self-conscious] rock aristocracy. Released in 1968, 'Traffic' was a ,