DAVE MASON Alone Together / DAVE MASON & CASS ELLIOT Dave Mason & Cass Elliot


DAVE MASON Alone Together (1970)
DAVE MASON & CASS ELLIOT Dave Mason & Cass Elliot (1971)
Mason’s First Two Post-Traffic Jams

The first two solo LPs from Dave Mason. His debut, 1970′s Alone Together, successfully pushed Mason past his profile in Traffic, while simultaneously satisfying listeners just waking up to the folksy, southern-fried, gospel/blues exemplified by the likes of Delaney & Bonnie (who Mason toured with), Eric Clapton’s solo debut (molded by the same tour) and Stephen Stills. Alone Together‘s highlights, “Only You Know And I Know” and the Stills-ish, “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave,” (listen below) were FM staples of the new decade. In retrospect, Stills fans may be surprised at the stylistic similarities of both their 1970 works (“Just A Song” sounds like an outtake from Stephen Stills). As it turned out, Alone Together was a fitting title, as Mason’s best work – with Winwood in Traffic, Capaldi on “Look At You, Look At Me,” and Hendrix co-arranging “All Along The Watchtower” – showed his collaborative ethic to be one of his strongest suits. Even his 1971 follow up, a head scratching joint effort with Mama Cass Elliot, was cut from the same cooperative cloth. At the time, I remember being put off by the union, but, listening again, the album is worthy of a full re-evaluation. Dave Mason & Cass Elliot is still primarily a Mason album, as Cass’ vocal work (with the exception of “Here We Go Again,” the LP’s only sore thumb), is of the background variety. Unsurprisingly, she often shines, as on the opening track, “Walk To The Point.” If anything held this album back, it was simply the lack of any memorable material on par with its predecessor, even though it’s a direct musical descendant. Mason and Mason/Elliot are at Amazon.


ALONE TOGETHER

Only You Know And I Know (4:07)
Can’t Stop Worrying, Can’t Stop Loving
(3:05)
Waitin‘ On You
(3:02)
Shouldn’t Have Took More That You Gave
(6:01)
World In Changes
(4:33)
Sad And Deep As You
(3:38)
Just A Song
(3:03)
Look At You Look At Me
(7:37)

DAVE MASON & CASS ELLIOT
Walk To The Point
(4:04)
On And On
(3:40)
To Be Free
(3:41)
Here We Go Again
(2:52)
Pleasing You (3:05)
Sit And Wonder
(3:34)
Someting To Make You Happy
(2:21)
Too Much Truth, Too Much Love
(3:55)
Next To You
(2:36)
Glittering Facade (4:46)

 

5 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 11:02 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    KDNYfm
    January 29, 2013 - 17:57 | Permalink

    Hey W, thanx for Dave & Cass…I havent heard this in eons…still have the vinyl, and the last time I listened to this was when I had my albums shipped from Ontario to Alberta (about ’79). This happened to be at the front of the first box I opened…it took me by surprise than, and I’m sure it will again!
    (oh yea, Alone Together happens to be one of the album covers on display in my music room right now…over top of my 1954 AMI juke box!)

    Al

    • 3
      Willard
      January 30, 2013 - 09:35 | Permalink

      ’54 juke… cool. The only LP I’ve got displayed is Two Virgins. Go figure, eh?

  • 4
    February 27, 2013 - 18:10 | Permalink

    Thanx Nice Post

  • 5
    September 13, 2014 - 21:43 | Permalink

    I still have a marble copy somewhere in storage….Alone Together was really such a great record and from what I remember it sounded great as well. Thanks, Willard; haven’t heard it in years…..

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