Alone Together (Dave Mason album)
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||1970; Sunset Sound, Hollywood; Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California|
|Producer||Dave Mason, Tommy LiPuma|
|Dave Mason chronology|
Alone Together is the debut solo album by former Traffic member Dave Mason, released in 1970. Mason was joined on the album by a roster of guest musicians, including Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell, Jim Capaldi, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. The song "Only You Know and I Know" reached number #42 on the Billboard charts in the US and was the record's major commercial success.
About 30% of the records were produced in so-called marble vinyl, a swirled mix of pink, brown and beige, rather than the usual black vinyl. The original record jacket is a tri-fold with a half-pocket on the inside to hold the record (originally issued without a paper inner sleeve). The top of the tri-fold has a die-cut image of Mason in a top hat, collaged behind a rocky outcrop, and there is a small die-cut hole at the top to permit the jacket to be hung on the wall as a poster.[verification needed]
Billboard magazine reviewed the album favourably in 1970: "Mason with help from friends Jim Capaldi and Leon Russell proves his mastery of the rock idiom once and for all. The lyric content and music content of every song catches the senses of the listener and creates excitement. There is no doubt about the power of this album, and it should prove a top chart item." Jon Carroll was less enthusiastic in Rolling Stone, finding it technically accomplished but "more potential than realization", featuring often trivial lyrics and never soaring from its "vinyl bonds".
In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau found the music "both complex and likable-to-catchy, with a unique light feel that begins with the way Mason doubles on acoustic and electric", but believed Mason lacked the "poetic gift" to put across his evasive lyrics. He gave the album a "B" grade. Jim Newsom from AllMusic was more impressed in a retrospective review, regarding the album as Mason's best work, featuring "an excellent batch of melodically pleasing songs, built on a fat bed of strumming acoustic guitars with tasteful electric guitar accents and leads." He gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars.
All tracks written by Dave Mason, except where indicated.
|1.||"Only You Know and I Know"||4:05|
|2.||"Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving"||3:02|
|3.||"Waitin' on You"||3:05|
|4.||"Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave"||6:00|
|5.||"World in Changes"||4:30|
|6.||"Sad and Deep as You"||3:35|
|7.||"Just a Song"||2:59|
|8.||"Look at You Look at Me"||Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi||7:22|
- Dave Mason - guitar, vocals
- Bonnie Bramlett - vocals
- Leon Russell - keyboards
- Carl Radle - bass
- Chris Ethridge - bass
- Larry Knechtel - bass
- Jim Capaldi - drums
- Jim Gordon - drums
- Jim Keltner - drums
- Michael DeTemple - guitar
- Don Preston - guitar
- John Simon - keyboards
- John Barbata - drums
- Rita Coolidge - vocals
- Mike Coolidge - vocals
- Claudia Lennear - vocals
- Lou Cooper - vocals
- Bob Norwood - vocals
- Jack Storti - vocals
- Dave Mason, Tommy LiPuma - producer
- Bruce Botnick, Douglas Botnick - recording engineer
- Al Schmitt - mixing
- Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes - photography/design
- Alone Together in the Billboard charts, Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- commercial vinyl record website
- "Dave Mason - Alone Together". SuperSeventies. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Dave Mason: Alone Together". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0-89919-025-1. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- Newsom, Jim (n.d.). "Alone Together". AllMusic. Retrieved September 17, 2018.