Ultimate Driving Collection: Traffic Jammin'

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Ultimate Driving Collection: Traffic Jammin' Review

by Johnny Loftus

Traffic Jammin''s focus isn't as clear as its Ultimate Driving Collection brothers. It's essentially a funk-based set, but doesn't seem to want to admit that. After all, "traffic jammin'" can mean anything, right? Still, it's a decent set, with faves from the Ohio Players ("Love Rollercoaster") and Kool & the Gang ("Fresh"). James Brown's "Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2" offers some historical context, and the Brothers Johnson and Leon Haywood each contribute lesser known slices of soul and funk. All of this makes Traffic a decent pickup for the casual listener, stuck with nothing to listen to on a long-ass road trip. But if you try and make this your collection's only representation of funk, your funk license will be revoked.

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