|Let It Flow|
|Produced by Dave Mason & Ron Nevison|
|Released on April 1977|
|US CHART POSITION #37|
|Find it at GEMM|
|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|
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|
|EUR||2008||SBME Special Markets||CD||724271|
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