Dave Mason Alone Together
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: MCA
Rolling Stone - 9/3/70, p.42"...the music is vintage Mason...Mason's singing is simply superb..."
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Personnel includes: Dave Mason, Carl Radle.
Personnel includes: Dave Mason (guitar, vocals); Don Preston (keyboards); Carl Radle (bass); John Barbata (drums); John Simon, Larry Knechtel, Chris Ethridge, Leon Russell, Jim Keltner, Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett.
Personnel: Dave Mason (vocals, guitar); Delaney Bramlett (vocals, guitar); Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, Bonnie Bramlett (vocals); Michael DeTemple (guitar); Don Preston , Leon Russell, John Simon (keyboards); Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon , Jim Keltner, John Barbata (drums).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Elektra Recording Studio; Sunset sound.
Photographers: Tom Wilkes ; Barry Feinstein.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Ethridge; Jack Storti; Mike Coolidge; Lou Cooper; Bob Norwood; Larry Knechtel.
As with so many artists, Dave Mason's first solo album is probably his best. Perhaps it's because he had a backlog of songs that Traffic had never recorded, but 1970's ALONE TOGETHER is chock full of great songs. On the other hand, it's easy to see why Mason left Traffic even before that group's (temporary) breakup in 1969; the soft rock sound of ALONE TOGETHER is hard to place in the context of the jazz-pop experiments Traffic would explore when they reunited in 1971.
The eight lengthy songs take time to unfold, and the peerless musicianship, with Mason's lyrical guitar and Leon Russell's inimitable boogie-soul piano in the center, treads the line between chops and soul with nary a misstep. The classic single "Only You Know and I Know" is the clear highlight, but every song is a winner.
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