Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"NO FACE, NO NAME, NO NUMBER"
Mention the band Traffic and songs like "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Paper Sun," "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys," "John Barleycorn" and "Glad" naturally get thrown about. All brilliant tunes. But no Traffic song hits me as hard as the haunting, Capaldi/Winwood penned, "No Face, No Name, No Number." Here's what Matthew Greenwald had to say about it on All Music:
One of the most touching and emotionally charged songs of the period, "No Face, No Name, No Number" is a true classic. Built around some very simple folk chord changes, the melody is positively aching with the longing of love, as well as a slight tinge of regret and resignation. Pete Townshend did the song justice at several Secret Policeman's Ball benefits in the '80s.
Somehow I missed Townshend's Policeman's Ball versions. It was only recently that I heard Pete Townshend sing this song. It was a beautiful take on the 2007 tribute album, "Dear Mr. Fantasy: A Tribute To Jim Capaldi." I did find a video of this performance on You Tube, but it's some shakey fan cam, and it is mostly focused on some guy's neck.
Just listen HERE. It works much better without the neck.