Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dave Mason And Cass Elliot - Dave Mason And Cass Elliot (1971 uk / us, remarkable delicate folk rock, 2008 remaster)

Ostensibly a Dave Mason solo album, this became one of his finest when he was coupled with Cass Elliot, a stroke of genius. Elliot's involvement is, while not suspect, somewhat limited. Although she provides excellent background vocals, she tends to get a little lost in the harmony stack. Nevertheless, this is a great moment for her too. The album, though, is propelled by Mason's awesome songwriting talents, and tracks such as "On and On," "Walk to the Point," and several others bear this out. 

His guitar playing is some of his finest recorded work, especially the epic "Glittering Facade," where he layers acoustic and electric guitars with a scintillating effect. Elliot's "Here We Go Again" showcases her ability as a great lead vocalist, and Paul Harris provides some excellent keyboard and string arrangements, providing a glimpse of the fine work that was to follow in Stephen Stills' Manassas. Overall, this was a highly underrated album, but in the end, it is also one of the finest from the '70s. 
by Matthew Greenwald
1. Walk To The Point (Dave Mason) - 4:01
2. On And On (Ned Doheny) - 3:36
3. To Be Free (Dave Mason) - 3:37
4. Here We Go Again (Cass Elliot, Bryan Garo) - 2:50
5. Pleasing You (Dave Mason, M. Juster) - 3:03
6. Sit and Wonder (Dave Mason) - 3:31
7. Something To Make You Happy (Dave Mason, Cass Elliot) - 2:18
8. Too Much Truth, Too Much Love (Dave Mason) - 3:52
9. Next To You (Bryan Garo) - 2:31
10.Glittering Fa├žade (Dave Mason) - 4:45

*Mama Cass Elliot - Vocals
*Dave Mason - Vocals, Guitars
*Bryan Garo - Bass
*Russ Kunkel - Drums
*Paul Harris - Keyboards, Strings
*Leah Kunkel - Vocals

1970  Dave Mason - Alone Together (Japan remaster)
1972  Dave Mason - Headkeeper (SHM-CD 2010 remaster)
1973  Dave Mason - It's Like You Never Left
1976-77  Dave Mason - Certified Live / Let It Flow (2011 double disc edition)

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