| February 1973|
On the Road
| 1972 at Strawberry Hill Studios, Jamaica|
Rock music, Progressive rock, Jazz fusion
Traffic albums, Rock music albums
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, released in 1973, was the sixth studio album by English rock band Traffic. It followed their 1971 album The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and contained five songs. Shoot Out, while achieving poorer reviews than its predecessor, did reach number six on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, one space higher than Low Spark had peaked in 1972. Like its predecessor, the original jacket for the Shoot Out LP had its top right and bottom left corners clipped. The album was remastered for CD in 2003.
Rolling Stone had a subdued reaction, saying that most of the songs are too even-tempered and uniform in structure and tone, but that "Evening Blue" and "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" are high points. They summarized that the album "embodies the inconsistencies that beset the band as well as the high points that have kept Traffic moving."
Retrospective reviews were less forgiving, with AllMusic stating that both the compositions and the performances are uniformly weak, adding up to "a competent, if perfunctory effort in the band's familiar style", while Robert Christgau's review consisted of a single sentence followed by the note 'Giveaway: "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired."'
All songs written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi unless otherwise indicated.
- "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory" – 6:05
- "Roll Right Stones" – 13:40
- "Evening Blue" – 5:19
- "Tragic Magic" (Chris Wood) – 6:43
- "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" – 7:31
The original, full-length master of Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory was originally only heard on the original U.S. vinyl version. This was at a time when Island Records was manufactured and distributed by Capitol Records. When Island's distribution deal with Capitol ended, Traffic submitted a revised master in which "Roll Right Stones" and "Uninspired" were remixed and faded out early. "Uninspired" was shortened by about 15 seconds and "Roll Right Stones" by a full two minutes. This shortened master was used for all subsequent copies of the album until May 2003. With Island's 2003 remaster of the album, the original full-length versions of these songs finally became available on CD. LPs and CDs with the shortened versions of these songs falsely list the longer times for them.Traffic
Steve Winwood – lead and backing vocals, guitar, piano, organ
Chris Wood – saxophone, flute
Jim Capaldi – percussion, backing vocals (2)
David Hood (of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section aka 'The Swampers') – bass
Roger Hawkins (of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) – drums
Rebop Kwaku Baah – percussion
Barry Beckett (of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) – keyboards (4)
Jimmy Johnson (of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) – clarinet (4)
Jerry Masters, Steve Melton - engineer
Tony Wright – cover illustrations
Tommy Wright - photography
1Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory6:05Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory Wikipedia
2Roll Right Stones11:47