Returning to the musicians who helped him through his mid-solo career, Jim Capaldi appeared to be lost, trying to satisfy record company execs while still maintaining his artistic integrity. Thus, One Man Mission suffers as a result, sounding like more of the same, just warmed up a bit.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Despite his key role in writing the band's material, Capaldi rarely did lead vocals with Traffic, and his lyrics were nearly always keyed towards Winwood's soulful voice rather than his own more hard-edged vocal style.
Two more Traffic singles were released successfully inand in December the band released the album Mr. After one further album, Trafficthe group disbanded. Capaldi formed another band with Mason, Wood, and Mick Weaver but the creative tensions that had caused Mason to leave Traffic remained and the resulting quartet lasted only until March These sessions were so successful that the three of them reformed Traffic to release the album John Barleycorn Must Die.
The title track of the latter, a cynical treatise on the music industry, would prove to be one of Capaldi's most famous lyrics. This set contained a broad variety of musical styles and featured contributions from Free guitarist Paul KossoffJim Capaldi - One Man Mission (CD, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Sectionand several members of Traffic.
It was well received by critics and proved to be Jim Capaldi - One Man Mission (CD modest success in the US, encouraging Capaldi to pursue a solo career alongside his work with Traffic. After two more albums with Traffic, the group took a short break, allowing Capaldi to record Whale Meat Againwhich was slightly less successful than his debut both in terms of reviews and sales.
The title track was a thoroughly hard rocking and unapologetic environmentalist tirade; aggressive sociopolitical-themed songs became a recurring theme in Capaldi's work. Traffic disbanded after the tour, leaving Capaldi to focus all his efforts on his solo career.
Short Cut Draw Blood appeared the following year. In Octobera single taken from the album, a cover version of The Everly Brothers ' " Love Hurts ", reached number four in the UK chart  and charted worldwide.
The album is considered by many to be his masterpiece, tackling issues such as the environment, government corruption, and drugs. He also embarked on Album) very brief acting career, appearing in the rarely seen minute short film Short Endswhich was directed by Esther Anderson and co-starred Judy Geeson and Hilary Baker.
However, events would conspire to prevent Capaldi from consolidating his solo stardom. He began working on his next album, Play it by EarAlbum) serving as a major collaborator on Steve Winwood's first solo album. Play it by Ear took an unusually long time to record, and in the meantime, his long-standing relationship with Island Records fell apart.
Capaldi later described his leaving Island Records as "a leap into the wilderness. At this time Capaldi wrote the soundtrack to the award-winning film "The Contender", his last recording with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as his backing band, and correspondingly put together a new backing band for himself called the Contenders.
The group consisted of Pete Bonas guitarChris Parren miscellaneous keyboardsRay Allen saxophone, backing vocals, percussionand Phil Capaldi backing vocals, percussion. Bonas was a particularly significant collaborator, and would co-write many of Capaldi's songs. The band chiefly supported him on tour; only one album, Electric Nightsfeatured the Contenders on every track.
His first album with the label, The Contenderwas released in the US with the title Daughter of the Night and a partially different set of songs. However, the album's internationally released single, "Daughter of the Night", failed to make a major impact. The follow-up, 's Electric Nightswas more successful. Switching record labels again, Capaldi dropped the disco elements entirely for his next two albums, The Sweet Smell of Success and Let the Thunder Cry However, though "Child in the Storm" reached number 75 in the Netherlands,  there was nothing resembling a major hit, not even the folk arrangement of Traffic's "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys".
Capaldi and Winwood had maintained a working partnership since Traffic 's dissolution, contributing to nearly all of each other's solo albums. With his eighth solo album, Capaldi enlisted his old partner as a major Jim Capaldi - One Man Mission (CD.
For the first time, Capaldi played most of the drums himself, and he would continue to do so on future solo albums. However, most of the tracks on Fierce Heart were mixed to place emphasis on the synthesizers, often muting Capaldi's vocals. Skip to main content There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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