Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dave Mason & Cass Elliot - 1971

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Ostensibly a Dave Mason solo album, this is one of his finest. Coupling him with Cass Elliot, however, was 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. Never the less, 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 to a scintillating effect. Elliot's "Here We Go Again" showcases her ability as a great lead vocalist. Paul Harris provides some excellent keyboard and string arrangements, providing a glimpse of 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 1970s.

~Matthew Greenwald, All Music Guide



Track Listings
1. Walk to the Point
2. On and On
3. To Be Free
4. Here We Go Again
5. Pleasing You
6. Sit and Wonder
7. Something to Make You Happy
8. Too Much Truth, Too Much Love
9. Next to You
10. Glittering Facade


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Skynfan,

Thanks for the Dave Mason/Cass Elliott. As a long-time Mason fan, I remember picking this Lp up just for collection purposes. I was quite surprised by the material and still really enjoy it.

Flo said...

I'm a great fan by Dave Mason.
I've got many vinyl's & this on , too !
Greetings from Germany,
Flo

Anonymous said...

I caught a Mama Cass documentary about a month ago. they had played exceprts from this LP and I was pleasntly surprised as it sounded much like early Joe Walsh/Barnstorm with CSNY/later Hollies blended in. The harmonies are top notch throughout.
Anthony G in Mission Viejo CA. USA