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Mason, Dave - 1977 Let It Flow

ARTIST: Mason, Dave
ALBUM: Let It Flow
SERIAL: PC 34680
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1990, CBS, CK 34680


LINEUP: Dave Mason - guitar, lead vocals

Additional Musicians: Mike Finnigan - keyboards, background vocals * Rick Jaeger - drums * Gerald Johnson - bass * Jim Krueger - lead & rhythm guitar, lead vocals * Ernie Watts - saxophone * Stephen Stills, Yvonne Elliman - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away) * 02 We Just Disagree * 03 Mystic Traveler * 04 Spend Your Life With Me * 05 Takin' The Time To Find * 06 Let It Go, Let It Flow * 07 Then It's Alright * 08 Seasons * 09 You Just Have To Wait Now * 10 What Do We Got Here?


An original member of Traffic and whose relationship with the band was difficult at best; guitarist Dave Mason quietly carved out a moderately successful solo career in the 1970's especially in the United States culminating with 'Let It Flow'. His seventh studio album, it's the single 'We Just Disagree' that pushed Mason in an all too brief moment in the major star spotlight. While his 1978 follow-up LP 'Mariposo De Oro' featured a barely breaking top 40 cover of the Carole King's 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' and was backed by a successful double-bill tour with Bob Welch; Mason was nearly forgotten by 1980 although his unlikely single 'Save Me' with Michael Jackson did garner some minor airplay.

The Songs
What always struck me is how much Dave Mason albums rarely sounded like his former band, leaning much more towards blues and pop styles with his always tasteful guitar playing front and center. 'Let It Flow' is very much a product of its day filled with bright and sunny Jackson Browne meets the Doobie Brothers good vibrations. Three singles were picked from the LP including lead cut 'So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away)', an acoustic driven mid-tempo track with a soaring and memorable chorus; it's a good lead-in to the aforementioned smash 'We Just Disagree'. Co-written with guitarist Jim Krueger, later of the DFK Band, it's easy to hear what made the song one of the decade's most memorable with its lilting strings, chiming 12-string guitar, piano and killer chorus although initially at the time it sounded to my young ears like a ballsy, less hokey 'aw shucks' Ray Sawyer from Dr. Hook fronting the Little River Band! 'Mystic Traveler' is a floating, sweet smoked tune recalling Donovan circa his mid-70s output while 'Takin The Time' finds Mason spicing up the set with a bit of Santana flavoring. 'Let It Go, Let It Flow' was the other big single, again with an earworm chorus and superb guitar soloing, it's totally fun and the kind of song nobody seems to write anymore. With Jim Krueger sharing lead vocal duties 'What Do We Got Here?' closes the record on a warm note and is similar in style to the material found on the Wisconsin native's 1978 overlooked solo 'Sweet Salvation'.

In Summary
As a teenager I played 'Let It Flow' to death on my Radio Shack turntable and still give the album a spin every once in a while, now on CD of course which is very inexpensive and worth picking up for any true fan of pop rock circa 1977.

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#1 | rkbluez on January 31 2015 23:07:28
A very good pop album but not a patch on his masterpiece "Alone Together" which was IMO a major classic...the following album "It's Like You Never Left" was another really good solid release and I'd recommend checking these two out first...if your taste lean more towards the classic rock sound.
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