No Face No Name No Number


THIS was written by Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood, founding members of Traffic, and released on the band’s Mr Fantasy debut album in 1967. It was issued as a single in 1968 and reached No 40 in the chart.

I am a huge fan of Steve Winwood’s voice and I think it is at its best in this beautiful melody (though I think the psychedelia-influenced middle 8 could have been improved).

Capaldi was Traffic’s drummer but he was no mean singer too, as you can hear in this rehearsal take.

Pete Townshend did it at the Roundhouse in London in 1974, I think without the rest of The Who.

I like this version by Bryan Ferry on his 2010 album Olympia.

Jim Capaldi died in 2005 at 60. Two years later in a tribute event at the Roundhouse, Pete Townshend gave No Face No Name No Number a bit more of a Who flavour than in his 1974 performance.

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