PC 33096 Dave Mason
Produced by Dave Mason
Released on October 1974
US CHART POSITION #25
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PC 33096 cover
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K ronomyth 5.0. IT’S LIKE YOU NEVER SHAVED. Singer, songwriter and sometime Grover lookalike Dave Mason went into the studio with a full-time band and recorded this solid followup to Never Left. Although it didn’t contain any hits, the album charted well and featured the same sort of mildly mystical rock that you’d find on most Mason albums. In describing Mason’s music to people, I always come back to Eric Clapton, especially on songs like “Show Me Some Affection,” “Get Ahold On Love” (too bad Ringo didn’t get ahold of this one) and “It Can’t Make Any Difference To Me.” Clapton for the most part made good records not great ones, Mason even moreso. Both were members of psychedelic supergroups (Cream, Traffic) who adopted the “Shucks, ma’am, I’m just doing my job” guitar-slinger persona of the 70s (see George Harrison and Stephen Stills for more on that) after they left. Interestingly, while these guitarists sought out equal musical partners (Mason going so far as to hire a better guitarist than himself in Jim Krueger), that didn’t extend to songwriting partners; Mason, like Clapton, wrote most of the material himself and augmented it with cover material. (Krueger would eventually go on to write Mason’s biggest hit, “We Just Disagree.”) Highlights from the eponymous Dave Mason include a spacey version of “All Along The Watchtower” and the acoustic “Relation Ships” (it’s better than it sounds). Nothing on here is going to rock your world, but in the continuing story of Dave Mason it’s a worthwhile chapter.

PC 33096 back cover PC 33096 picture sleeve
PC 33096 back cover PC 33096 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SHOW ME SOME AFFECTION    4:18
  2. GET AHOLD ON LOVE    2:45
  3. EVERY WOMAN    3:01
  4. IT CAN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO ME    (Lane Tietgen)    2:17
  5. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER    (Bob Dylan)    4:03
  6. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME    (Sam Cooke)    2:55
  7. HARMONY & MELODY    3:35
  8. RELATION SHIPS    5:02
  9. YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WHEN YOU GO    4:08

    All songs written by Dave Mason unless noted

CREDITS

DAVE MASON -- guitar & lead vocals, horn arrangements, design
MIKE FINNIGAN -- keyboards & vocals, horn arrangements
BOB GLAUB -- bass
RICK JAEGER -- drums
JIM KRUEGER -- guitars, vocals & lead solos (4,6,7)
Gary Barone -- horn section
Richard Bennett -- pedal steel guitar
Harry Bluestone -- concert master
Nick DeCaro -- strings written & arranged
Jock Ellis -- horn section
Jerome Jumonville -- horn sectoin
Sal Marquez -- horn section
Tim Weisberg -- flute
Al Schmitt -- recording & mixing engineer
Lorrie Sullivan -- photography, design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1974 Columbia LP PC 33096 picture sleeve
US 1974 Columbia LPQ PCQ 33096 quadrophonic version w. picture sleeve
UK/NET 1974 CBS LP 80360 picture sleeve
JPN 1974 CBS LP SOPN-102  
JPN 1992 Sony CD SRCS-6181  
US October 31, 1995 One Way CD ONE-26080  
US October 29, 2002 S&P Records CDX SPR-705 repackaged w. IT'S LIKE YOU NEVER LEFT
UK November 25, 2008 Beat Goes On CDX BGOCD-848 digital remaster repackaged w. SPLIT COCONUT

 

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