PC 34680 Let It Flow
Produced by Dave Mason & Ron Nevison
Released on April 1977
US CHART POSITION #37
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PC 34680 cover
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K ronomyth 9.0: THE SOUND OF ONE-HAND CLAPTON. Dave Mason has always struck me as a poor man’s Clapton. In fairness, Clapton was a poor version of himself most of the time too. 1977’s Slowhand, however, was an excellent record; Let It Flow merely alright. Compare “Let It Flow” to “Lay Down Sally,” “We Just Disagree” to “Wonderful Tonight,” “So High” to “Cocaine.” Thusly, we suck the thunder from one of Dave Mason’s most commercially successful records. Somebody at Columbia Records had to be smoking some pretty strong stuff to pick “So High” as the first single; after a few weeks, it disappeared like a puff of smoke. “We Just Disagree” and “Let It Flow” had more staying power, and will likely forever be preserved in the Mason jar of greatest hits. The rest of the record is a mix of soft rock, light funk and mildly psychedelic adventures; nothing that will rock your world, but no reason to cry either. Like a veteran ballplayer who hits .275 and drives in 80 RBIs, Mason always seems to play just well enough to justify his place on Columbia’s rock & roll roster. With each year, the 60s mythology that made the man grows dimmer while his middle-of-the-road paunch grows softer. More alarming, Mason was beginning to lean on others to write his songs and play his instrument (guitar). Lead guitarist Jim Krueger contributes the excellent “We Just Disagree” and flickering moments of electric fury, but the cost is a diluted Dave Mason album. Eric Clapton and George Harrison could get by with a little help from their friends because their legend loomed so large; Mason’s legend needs to re-inflate itself with each album. Let It Flow stays afloat, but the leaking of air was beginning to leave critics visibly deflated with each new Mason album.

PC 34680 back cover
PC 34680 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SO HIGH (ROCK ME BABY AND ROLL ME AWAY)    (Mentor Williams/Jack Conrad)    4:07
  2. WE JUST DISAGREE    (Jim Krueger)    3:00
  3. MYSTIC TRAVELER    (Dave Mason)    5:00
  4. SPEND YOUR LIFE WITH ME    (Angeleen Gagliano)    3:22
  5. TAKIN' THE TIME TO FIND    (Dave Mason)    4:31
  6. LET IT GO, LET IT FLOW    (Dave Mason)    3:15
  7. THEN IT'S ALRIGHT    (Dave Mason)    4:14
  8. SEASONS    (Angeleen Gagliano)    4:50
  9. YOU JUST HAVE TO WAIT NOW    (Dave Mason)    3:09
  10. WHAT DO WE GOT HERE    (Jim Krueger)    4:21

CREDITS

Sorry, my elpee didn't come with an inner sleeve, so I can't give credit where it's due.

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1977 Columbia LP/CS/8T PC/PCT/PCA-34680 lyric sleeve
UK/NET 1977 CBS LP 81984 lyric insert
AUS'L/NZ 1977 CBS LP SBP-234998 inner sleeve
MEX 1977 CBS LP CLS-5585  
US   Columbia LP/CD PC-34680  
EUR 2008 SBME Special Markets CD 724271  
JPN 2010 Sony CD SICP-2652 digital remaster

 

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