|The Best of Dave Mason|
|Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Dave Mason|
|Released on June 1974|
|US CHART POSITION #183|
|Find it at GEMM|
|BTS 6013 cover
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T he Best of Dave Mason sounds like the music of Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton and Steve Miller without the myth. Not surprising since some of the same people were involved, but better than you might give Mason credit for out of the gate. Arguably the more succinct songwriter from Traffic’s psychedelic phase, he left Traffic and hitched his own ride with the Blue Thumb label, releasing the first of several successful albums in 1970. Alone Together was a folk, rock & blues record, nothing that was going to set the world on fire but hot enough that rock rangers kept an eye on him. From here comes “Look At You Look At Me,” “Only You And I Know” and “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave,” showcasing Mason’s guitar playing and singing. His next album was an unusual detour with Cass Elliot that produced some remarkable music: the wonderful “Walk To The Point” and “Here We Go Again” are represented here. Unfortunately, his relationship with Blue Thumb seems to have soured, and when the label released a third album (Headkeeper) against his wishes, Mason left for Columbia. Despite their dubious origin, “In My Mind” and “To Be Free” from this period are very good. You don’t get the whole story from this compilation, of course, and Blue Thumb might have done collectors the favor of adding the nonalbum single “Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman” in lieu of album tracks, but what’s missin’ from Mason lies beyond the shores of mere curiosity. If you’re interested in making time with Mason, this is a nice sampler that’ll bring you up to speed (or up to 1972 anyway). I enjoyed this more than poorly constructed cash-ins like Last Exit and Welcome To The Canteen, though it’s clearly as sinister in intent (milking the cow what jumped the fence). Blue Thumb thought enough of the idea to do it all over again in 1975 with Dave Mason At His Best.
|BTS 6013 back cover|
Al Schmitt -- engineer
Tom Wilkes Productions, Inc. -- design
Andy Kent -- photos
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||June 1974||Blue Thumb||LP||BTS 6013|
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