Monday, April 23, 2007

DAVE MASON - Alone Together

Dave Mason was one of the major songwriters for the late 60s British progressive rock group Traffic, a group whose ouvre spread out all over the place, from jazz-rock to honky-tonk to folk-rock and so on. His stuff was the stuff that didn't have a hint of jazziness in it. "Vagabond Virgin" from the second album is his, for instance. On this album, he forsakes Traffic's jazzy sound even more so, for this album has a DEFINITE folk/country-rock flavor, sounding a lot like certain American groups. You'll be reminded of Buffalo Springfield, CS&N, The Lovin' Spoonful and other sodbustin' rockers with this album, with songs like "World in Changes", "Only You Know And I Know", and "Look At You, Look At Me". His stuff is AWFULLY reminiscent of Stephen Stills' work. Originally, this album, on vinyl, came on a disc that had an earth-toned swirl pattern in the plastic and it immediately became a collectable, not to mention the fact that it started a trend that picked up years later among legendary prog-rock and new wave artists, using special plastics to put their music on, such as clear red, photo-imbedded vinyl, etc., to also make their albums collectables. Too bad that didn't trickle down to the CD, but there you have it. A good nostalgic piece with SOME good work on it from one of the major talents of the Woodstock era.

1. Only You Know And I Know
2. Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving
3. Waitin' On You
4. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
5. World In Changes
6. Sad And Deep As You
7. Just A Song
8. Look At You Look At Me


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Anonymous said...

I still have one of those great vinyls in my collection that I will one day put in a frame ( on my wall...I didn't download this as I already have it but thanks anyway..


Anonymous said...

Thanks. Don't be angry!!

BillD said...

Thanks so much for this one. I sold my LP over thirty years ago and have been sorry ever since.

Anonymous said...

I have this on vinyl as well, but nice to see it here, & people who like good music.


Anonymous said...

Hello Rockanthology;
Another great post. Thanks much! I do appreciate your effort and your taste and the bit rate!!! I hope the people who are to lazy to leave a comment get off the lazy bus!
R. Bruce G.

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