KC 31721 It's Like You Never Left
Produced by David Mason, Co-produced by Malcolm Cecil
Released on October 29, 1973
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E ither this is the best of the Dave Mason albums I own or I’m warming up to the guy. It’s Like You Never Left still sounds like a poor man’s Clapton/Santana, but he makes a pretty nice nest of the borrowed bits. This also features an impressive guest list: George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Graham Nash, John Batdorf (okay, so I just like writing his name). The songs are vaguely familiar, square in the middle of 70s rock, not far removed from the psychedelic folk rock of Traffic. In fact, there are several songs on here that sound suspiciously like “40,000 Headmen” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” Minor grousing, though, since I don’t expect Mason to set the world on fire with new music. Rather, I expect him to take established 70s idioms and spin them back in a platter that ranges from sleepy to slightly agitated. This time, Mason falls somewhere between Stephen Stills and Eric Clapton in terms of quality and execution. A good half of the songs are catchy, memorable and likely to grow on me over time: “Misty Morning Stranger,” “Silent Partner,” “The Lonely One,” “Baby...Please,” “Headkeeper.” The Good Lord knows I’ve championed Uriah Heep albums for less. One knock on the album is that the high-profile cameos don’t always pan out. Kermit the Frog played the harmonica with more soul than Stevie Wonder does on “The Lonely One,” and as for the Nash/Mason duet on “Every Woman,” boy, there ain’t a pair between them. (Georgie’s guitar, on the other hand, instantly turns “If You’ve Got Love” into something special.) There’s nothing proggy going on this album, just some fine middle-of-the-road rock, good (not great) guitar playing and a little bit of love, peace & pot left over from the 60s.


  1. BABY...PLEASE    3:15
  2. EVERY WOMAN    1:40
  3. IF YOU'VE GOT LOVE    3:19
  4. MAYBE    4:03
  5. HEAD KEEPER    3:35
  7. SILENT PARTNER    3:03
  8. SIDE TRACKED    (Dave Mason/Mark Jordan/Rick Jaeger/Lonnie Turner)    3:30
  9. THE LONELY ONE    4:42
  10. IT'S LIKE YOU NEVER LEFT    3:03

    All songs written by Dave Mason unless noted


DAVE MASON -- vocals, guitars, Moog bass, arranger
John Batdorf -- vocals (6)
Norma Bell -- horn
Malcolm Cecil -- Moog programming (2), engineer
George Harrison (Son of Harry) -- guitar (3)
Rick Jaeger -- drums
Mark Jordan -- piano, organ
Jim Keltner -- drums
Clydie King -- background vocals
Steve Madaio -- horn
Dennis Morouse -- horn
Graham Nash -- vocals
Nastyee -- conga (10)
Carl Radle -- bass
Chuck Rainey -- bass
Greg Reeves -- bass
Rocky -- conga
Kathleen Saroyan -- background vocals
Julia Tillman -- background vocals
Lonnie Turner -- bass
Maxine Willard -- background vocals
Stevie Wonder -- harmonica (9)
Al Schmitt -- engineer, mixing
Glen Kolotkin -- engineer
Jimmy Wachtel -- album design, artwork
Lorrie Sullivan -- photography
Larry Kurzon -- direction

UK/NET 1973 CBS LP S-65258 gatefold cover
US October 29, 1973 Columbia LP KC 31721 gatefold cover
NZ 1973 CBS LP SBP-474148  
US   Columbia LP/CS PC/PCT 31721  
US 1995 One Way CD A-26077  
US October 29, 2002 S&P Records CDX 705 repackaged w. DAVE MASON
US 2005 Repertoire CD RR-2320  
UK March 13, 2007 Acadia CDX 8137 repackaged w. DAVE MASON


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