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Dave Mason

British guitarist and singer/songwriter Dave Mason made his initial splash as a key member, alongside Steve Winwood, of the beloved '60s rock band Traffic, penning one of their biggest songs, "Feelin' All Right." After a brief stint with the band, he grew restless and left to pursue his own vision. Mason's first full-length outing, 1970's Alone Together, was a critical and popular success, showcasing superior songwriting, soulful singing, and great taste in guest artists. He continued releasing albums through the '70s and '80s, and found a hit with the 1977 single "We Just Disagree."

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: Split Coconut

1. Split Coconut

2. Crying, Waiting, Hoping

3. You Can Lose It

4. She's A Friend

5. Save Your Love

6. Give Me A Reason Why

7. Two Guitar Lovers

8. Sweet Music

9. Long Lost Friend


Track List: Dave Mason

1. Show Me Some Affection

2. Get Ahold On Love

3. Every Woman

4. It Can't Make Any Difference To Me

5. All Along The Watchtower

6. Bring It On Home To Me

7. Harmony & Melody

8. Relation Ships

9. You Can't Take It When You Go


Track List: Mariposa De Oro

1. Don't It Make You Wonder

2. Searchin' (For A Feeling)

3. All Gotta Go Sometime

4. Warm Desire

5. Warm And Tender Love

6. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

7. Share Your Love

8. Bird On The Wind

9. So Good To Be Home

10. The Words

11. No Doubt About It


Track List: Old Crest On A New Wave

1. Paralyzed

2. You're A Friend Of Mine

3. I'm Missing You

4. Talk To Me

5. Gotta Be On My Way

6. Save Me

7. Life Is A Ladder

8. Tryin' To Get Back To You

9. Get It Right

10. Old Crest On A New Wave


Track List: It's Like You Never Left

1. Baby...Please

2. Every Woman

3. If You've Got Love

4. Maybe

5. Head Keeper

6. Misty Morning Stranger

7. Silent Partner

8. Side Tracked

9. The Lonely One

10. It's Like You Never Left


Track List: 26 Letters 12 Notes

1. Good 2 U

2. Let Me Go

3. One Day

4. Pink Lipstick

5. How Do I Get To Heaven

6. Ain't Your Legs Tired Baby

7. You're Standing In My Light

8. Passing Thru The Flame

9. That's Love

10. El Toro

11. World Of Hunger

12. Full Circle And Then


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: Reelsville

1. Quasimodo's Dream

2. Kitchen Man

3. Feel Like Dancing

4. Prefab Heart

5. My Family

6. World's End

7. According To My Heart

8. Comedy

9. This Guy's In Love

10. After The News

11. Bad Moon Rising

12. Go Away


Track List: Live At XM Radio

1. Introduction

2. World In Changes

3. 40,000 Headmen

4. Only You Know And I Know

5. We Just Disagree

6. Interview

7. Look At You Look At Me

8. Dear Mr. Fantasy

9. All Along The Watchtower

10. Feelin' Alright

11. Closing


Track List: Super Hits

1. We Just Disagree

2. Let It Go, Let It Flow

3. Show Me Some Affection

4. Every Woman

5. Paralyzed

6. Baby...Please

7. It's Like You Never Left

8. Split Coconut

9. Then It's Alright

10. Seasons


Track List: The Essential Dave Mason

Disc 1

1. Misty Morning Stranger

2. Baby...Please

3. The Lonely One

4. Head Keeper

5. It's Like You Never Left

6. Every Woman

7. All Along The Watchtower

8. You Can't Take It When You Go

9. Show Me Some Affection

10. Bring It On Home To Me

11. Relation Ships

12. You Can Lose It

13. Split Coconut

14. Crying, Waiting, Hoping

15. Long Lost Friend

Disc 2

1. Feelin' Alright (Live)

2. Pearly Queen (Live)

3. Take It To The Limit (Live)

4. Sad And Deep As You (Live)

5. Only You Know And I Know (Live)

6. We Just Disagree

7. So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away)

8. Then It's Alright

9. Seasons

10. Let It Go, Let It Flow

11. Mystic Traveler

12. Don't It Make You Wonder

13. Will You Still Love Me Tommorow

14. Save Me

15. Paralyzed


Track List: Long Lost Friend: The Best Of Dave Mason

1. Baby...Please

2. Misty Morning Stranger

3. It's Like You Never Left

4. Show Me Some Affection

5. Every Woman

6. Bring It On Home To Me

7. You Can't Take It When You Go

8. Split Coconut

9. You Can Lose It

10. Long Lost Friend

11. We Just Disagree

12. So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away)

13. Let It Go, Let It Flow

15. Don't It Make You Wonder

16. Save Me

19. All Along The Watchtower


Track List: The Best Of Dave Mason

1. Let It Go, Let It Flow

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: The Very Best Of Dave Mason

1. Only You Know And I Know

2. Pearly Queen

3. Just A Song

4. World In Changes

5. Sad And Deep As You

6. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave

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

8. Headkeeper

9. Waitin' On You

10. Feeling Alright


Track List: Let It Flow

1. So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away)

2. We Just Disagree

3. Mystic Traveler

4. Spend Your Life With Me

5. Takin' The Time To Find

6. Let It Go, Let It Flow

7. Then It's Alright

8. Seasons

9. You Just Have To Wait Now

10. What Do We Got Here?


Track List: Headkeeper

1. To Be Free

2. In My Mind

3. Here We Go Again

4. A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime

5. Headkeeper

6. Pearly Queen

7. Just A Song

8. World In Changes

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

10. Feeling 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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Let it Go.... Let it Flow. Nuff said.
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Saw him in Hawaii, outstanding concert!!
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I tell you what I like about DM. Saw him 2 years ago at the Tobin in San Antonio and he told great stories and rocked it hard. You couldn't ask for more from a legend. And then he hung around and talked to us old guys. Class act!
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I have a Dave Mason CD, but this song isn't on it. We Just Disagree Is. Shouldn't have Took More Than You Gave - Great Song!! Timeless! Love Dave Mason, Stevie Winwood and Traffic!!! What brilliant singersongwr i t e r s formed bands & reformed other bands & played with each simultaneous l y ! They were soooo talented & so prolific!!! So nice to hear this again after decades! Thanks Pandora!
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In my opinion, best deep voice ever next to Gordon Lightfoot
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Love this music
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We just disagree 1977 seems like yesterday
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Alone Together, is still one of my favorites... . . . . . s o much time has gone by.
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Little know fact: Mason played 12 string guitar on the recording session with Jimi Hendrix that produced All Along The Watchtower.
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We just disagree, written by Mr. Mason's guitarist... . e x c e l l e n t classic
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Keep on rocking me baby and roll me away!!
Nice, jam.
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I've seen DM at least 5 times. South bend in,Chicago,K a l a m a z o o mi, Indianapolis , a n d Detroit. The song Every woman to me, was sang at my wedding38 years ago! Yes, you can say I was and still am a great fan.
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One of the greatest. Never got the accolades he truly deserved. Saw him live . Unforgettabl e !
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Needs more cowbell!
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I saw traffic at the Santa Monica civic what a concert in the early 70's thanks for a great time
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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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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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