Dear Mr. Fantasy - A Celebration For Jim Capaldi


Although he left the planet way too soon in January 2005, the late great Jim Capaldi will always be remembered for his superb singing, songwriting and his underrated drumming. Honoring Capaldi’s one of a kind contribution as a founding member of Traffic as well as a solo artist, some of his most famous friends and associates got together in London on January 21, 2007 to celebrate the music of Jim Capaldi and Traffic. Marking the occasion, Steve Winwood and his band, including Brazilian guitar ace Jose Neto were on hand and the superstar event also featured showcase performances by Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Cat Stevens, Bill Wyman of The Stones, Jon Lord, sax hero Mark Rivera and much more. Kicking off the 2007 DVD / CD release of Dear Mr. Fantasy - A Celebration For Jim Capaldi is a memorable cover of the first Traffic single, “Paper Sun” by Paul Weller. A key member of the mod rock band, The Jam, Weller nearly steals the show with his rollicking, heartfelt version of the first Traffic hit and he likewise does a fine job on a cover of another ‘67 Traffic classic, “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush.” Truly a festival in praise Capaldi’s rare musical gift—highligting the classic music he co-wrote with Steve Winwood—Dear Mr. Fantasy is a fitting 40th anniversary classic of the man, the song and a landmark album that opened up ears and minds.


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