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Dave Mason

Pop/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason was born May 10, 1946, in Worcester, England. He was a professional musician by his teens and, as a member of the instrumental group the Jaguars, made his recording debut on a locally released single, "Opus to Spring," in 1963. It was with the Jaguars that he first encountered drummer Jim Capaldi, and the two became members of the Hellions, who played around the U.K. and in Hamburg, West Germany, as well as cutting a few singles in 1964 and '65. Mason quit the Hellions in the spring of 1965 to study music formally, while also sitting in occasionally with another band featuring Capaldi, Deep Feeling. In early 1966, he took a job as road manager for the Spencer Davis Group, where he encountered Steve Winwood; various reports suggest he also played with the band on-stage and may have sung backup vocals on the hit "Somebody Help Me."

In March 1967, Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group and formed Traffic with Mason, Capaldi, and flautist Chris Wood. The group's first single was the Winwood/Capaldi composition "Paper Sun," followed in August 1967 by Mason's "Hole in My Shoe," which hit number two in the U.K. Mason also participated in Traffic's debut album, Mr. Fantasy, but as it was being released in December 1967 he left the band. He recorded a solo single, "Little Woman," in early 1968, then rejoined Traffic. "Feelin' Alright?," a song expressing his ambivalence about his association with the group, was released as the first single off the second album, Traffic, in October 1968; although the single did not chart, "Feelin' Alright?" would go on to become Mason's signature song, particularly after it was covered by Joe Cocker in 1969. Mason left Traffic again, and it broke up shortly afterward in the fall of 1968, as Winwood joined Blind Faith. Mason, Capaldi, and Wood teamed with Mick Weaver in the short-lived Wooden Frog.

Mason moved to Los Angeles and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in 1969. In 1970, he signed a solo contract with Blue Thumb Records and released his debut solo album, Alone Together, which reached number 22 and went gold in the U.S., spawning the chart single "Only You Know and I Know." Despite this success, he continued to work in group contexts, serving temporarily as second guitarist in Eric Clapton's band Derek and the Dominos; recording with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass; and forming a duo with Cass Elliot. He and Elliot recorded an album, Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, released in February 1971. The LP reached number 49, but they quickly broke up. Mason rejoined Traffic for a few dates in the summer that resulted in the live album Welcome to the Canteen.

Meanwhile, Mason was preparing his follow-up to Alone Together, but a royalty dispute with Blue Thumb led to the company's assembling the half-finished, half-live Headkeeper, which was released in February 1972 over Mason's objections; it reached number 51. As the legal conflict continued into 1973, Blue Thumb released the chart LP Dave Mason Is Alive!, also without the artist's approval. After a settlement, Mason signed to Columbia Records, which released It's Like You Never Left on October 29, 1973; it got to number 50. Mason formed a band and toured extensively, raising his profile sufficiently that his second Columbia LP, Dave Mason, released in October 1974, reached number 25 and went gold. Split Coconut, his third Columbia album, released on September 19, 1975, was another success, getting to number 27, as he played major venues such as New York's Madison Square Garden and the Spectrum in Philadelphia. His appeal as a concert attraction was confirmed by the appearance of the double-LP Certified Live in the fall of 1976; it hit number 78.

Mason reached a new career plateau with his next studio album, Let It Flow, released in April 1977. It reached an early peak at number 37, but stayed in the charts 49 weeks and went platinum on the success of the single "We Just Disagree" (written by Mason's backup guitarist, Jim Krueger), which reached number 12. (The singles "So High [Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away]" and "Let It Go, Let It Flow" also charted.) Mariposa de Oro, Mason's next album, was released in June 1978, preceded by a cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," a Top 40 single; the LP reached number 41 and went gold.

Two years passed before Mason released New Crest of an Old Wave in the summer of 1980. After it peaked at number 74 and produced the chart single "Save Me," he parted ways with Columbia. Another major-label berth was not forthcoming, but he continued to tour, paring down to an acoustic duo with Krueger. In 1987, he released two albums, Some Assembly Required on the Canadian label Maze Records and Two Hearts on MCA, the latter featuring "Dreams I Dream," a duet with Phoebe Snow that reached number 11 in the adult contemporary charts. In 1993, Mason joined a new lineup of Fleetwood Mac, appearing on the 1995 album Time, but soon after, the band reverted to its previous configuration. In 1998, Mason reteamed with Jim Capaldi for a tour that produced the 1999 album Live: The 40,000 Headmen Tour. In 2008, Megaforce Records released the first Dave Mason studio album in more than 20 years, the excekkebt 26 Letters 12 Notes. It was followed by Future's Past in 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography


Track List: Future's Past

1. Dear Mr. Fantasy

2. World In Changes

3. You Can All Join In

4. As Sad And As Deep As You

5. Good 2 U

6. El Toro (Spanish Blues)

7. Come On In My Kitchen

8. How Do I Get To Heaven

9. That's Freedom


Track List: Live At Xm Satellite Radio- The Deluxe Edition

2. World In Changes

3. Only You Know And I Know

4. We Just Disagree

6. Look At You Look At Me

7. Dear Mr. Fantasy

8. All Along The Watchtower

9. Feelin' Alright

10. Closing

11. Take It To The Limit


Track List: The Best Of Dave Mason

1. Let It Go, Let It Flow

2. So High

3. Show Me Some Affection

4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

5. All Along The Watchtower

6. We Just Disagree

7. Paralyzed

8. Every Woman

9. Only You Know And I Know

10. Feelin' Alright?


Track List: Alone Together

1. Only You Know And I Know

2. Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving

3. Waitin' On You

4. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave

5. World In Changes

6. Sad And Deep As You

7. Just A Song

8. Look At You Look At Me


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Saw Mr. Fantasy in the early 70's at Bloomsburg U. (Pa.). One of the greats of the era. He even stopped in town to hangout at a party with students after the show. Nice guy. Saw him at West Chester U. (Pa.) too.
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Tell me again how he is related to Charles again.
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Don't read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow you will have the best day of your you've started, but don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press space bar and you crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky. It actually works.
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Seen him live 3x,amazing !!
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I met and sat on stage with Dave Mason it was awesome
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I was lucky enough to hear from my neighbor that he was going to catch "TRAFFIC JAM" as Dave was playing Yoshi's restaurant/b a r / a n d a wonderful sized venue for us old folk who still have the need and am not satisfied with where I'm sitting unless I am able to
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Surfing El Salvador in 1976 listen to Dave, Your the man Dave.....
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He was my guitar inspiration for most of my life and saw him many times on many tours. He came through Denver a few years back at an outdoor festival and was totally surprised to see him. Saw him at a small club in NY once which was the best experience. Wish I could just shake his hand and say thanks one day before we both get too old to care.
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Saw Dave Mason Split Coconut tour in Philadelphia in 1975. Great show! Opening act was Little Feat with Lowell George! The show was unbelievable . If I recall Little Feat came out for 3 encores.
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Alone Together is one of the best albums I ever got in the 70's. Every song on it was great. Dave Mason really exceptional.
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Took my friend to her first Dave Mason concert, she was taken back by his pictures, his stories but most of all seeing him live.. He rocked the theater just like I remember him too. Awesome night. Just wish I was going on the Rock IV cruise leaving end of January seeing him on a cruise would be all I need.
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I just saw Dave here in Denver too. Most excellent evening! Great music, stories and pictures shared by Dave. His band is awesome and rocked the Soiled Dove from start to finish. One of the great unsung guitar heroes...... .
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I used to have a copy of Alone Together which was a multi colored LP. I sold it for $0.50 when I was desperate for rent money.
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Just saw Dave in Denver at a small cub called the Soiled Dove with about 250 people. Great show, showcasing the Traffic tunes as well as his incredible solo work. The man can still play the guitar like a demon and has a great band. Keep on rockin' Dave!
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I really like his jars!
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Always liked the line: If you're looking for an all night man; baby I'm doing the best that I can. A breath of fresh air in the braggadocio- f i l l e d (GREAT word!) world of rock/rap.
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So HIGH ...... lol
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Feelin alright now! 85 degrees in the D. Having the day off with a cold Bud Light on the patio. Going to see The Eagles at the Joe tonight! Doesn't get much better than this!
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Feeling alright
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Love Dave ! One of my all-time favs! Have seen him live a few times. Saw him in Toronto at a small theater with open floor. Was 10 feet from him. Maybe 100 people. Felt like a high school dance.
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My buddy, Johnny G. And I made regular concert appearances in and around the Philly area. Dave once played Bloomsburg State College and had laryngitis. He actually ended the show early....... . a n d came back months later! One of my all time Favs!
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I had the Headkeeper album and wore it out along time ago. Say... 40 years ago. D M music has to be loved worldwide !
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Dave mason was one of those rare few who sang and played songs way ahead of his time!! I love his "snappy" guitar playing!!
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Morning pandora, Thks for the jams! From hoot the man with the plan!
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Doesn't everyone disagree with with everyone else? We all have different taste in everything. What a boring world it would be if we if we did, would it not? Everyone has the right to have an opinion. Don't get so damn angry when someone gives an opinion on something U have strong feelings about, it means NOTHING! +, they could give a s**t about how angry it makes U. Your the only 1 that winds upset and making your own self sick. So relax.
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Little D.M. Never hurt anyone
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Brings back a load of sweet memories.
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I saw him in a small club in S.F. in early 80s , and three times in the 70s in southern cali, great mem,ories!!
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I'm jealous carl_herling lol
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Just saw him jan 17 2015 in New Bedfoed MA- amazing show from Traffic to today ! Amazing under rated guitarist.
As good as Clapton and others !
Rock on Dave !
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Dave can't even try to mess a song up. lol
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Heals my heart��
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In Traffic Dave Mason played with Steve Win wood.. During the British explosion.
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Got me a little Dave for the day
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Beautiful sound. My top 5 list
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Dave's been around & part of a lot of other bands music. What a performer!!! !
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I promoted a concert with Dave Mason and his band in Bartlesville , OK. several years ago. I did it just for fun and because I wanted to meet him. He's a nice guy - quiet, polite and professional . My buddy and I sat in the otherwise-em p t y concert hall during the sound check...and my friends, I'll tell you this: the moment when the band fired from the second verse of We Just Disagree, and Dave's voice BOOMED, my pal looked at me and said, "Holy shi_! That was worth whatever the fuc_this cost you."
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Great talent
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this guy is still good...he should be more respected!
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Long live Jimmy Krueger,s talent and legacy.
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Dave Mason is my favorite artist of all time. For nearly forty years I have been a devoted fan. His live performances still give me goose bumps and bring me to tears. His music moves me like no other in the world.
Cindy White
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Mama Casss and Dave Mason did a great album back many years ago. The song that keeps running thru my head is called 'Point of no return '. The combo of Dave and his guitar and Mama voice are just haunting.
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Going to see Mr. Mason at The Handle Bar in Greenville SC tonight. This the second time he has been here.His last show was the best I have ever seen here. Put on a great show last time.
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Feelin' alright everytime I listen to Dave Mason
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Can't wait to see Mason in Stuart, Florida in 10 days!!
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Look forward to seeing Dave this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Bethesda, Maryland! www.bethesda b l u e s j a z z . c o m
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great ist solo album,alone together,the album was strange color,it looked like barf...
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Mason---stil l a true great from long times past
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Saw him at the Kate old saybrook ct absolutely awesome sounds as good as ever also all along the watchtower is better than jimmies by the way played guitar on jimmies original !!!!! Joe v
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