Dave Mason / It’s Like You Never Left – Key Tracks

More of the Music of Dave Mason

The first track on side one has huge bass and is very rich.

Check out the sweet vocals on the second song and the Tubey Magical richness of track three.

On side two note how big the piano sounds, and how much space surrounds it.

Then in comes the solid snare; followed by rich, meaty horns; breathy, silky vocals and big guitars.

This album is very well recorded and you don’t need a pair of golden ears or a state-of-the-art system to hear it — assuming you have a great copy like this one.

If you don’t have a good copy of the album, no amount of money spent on stereo equipment is going to get this album to sound the way it should.

I Was a Fan in ’73

I was a big fan of this album when it came out in 1973. I used to play it all the time in fact. Now I hear why – it’s big and rich with a solid bottom end and a smooth, sweet top, perfect for the big but not especially sophisticated speakers (the Fulton J System) I had back in the day.

This album has the kind of sound that the typical CD just doesn’t want anything to do with. Not that the Compact Disc couldn’t pull it off — there are good sounding CDs in this world, I own hundreds of them — but it doesn’t seem to want to even try.

Graham Nash helps out on vocals on tracks one, two and five on the first side. Stevie Wonder plays a lovely harmonica solo on The Lonely One on side two, and George Harrison guests on guitar on If You’ve Got Love, the third track on side one.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Baby…Please
Every Woman
If You’ve Got Love
Maybe
Head Keeper

Side Two

Misty Morning Stranger
Silent Partner
Side Tracked
The Lonely One
It’s Like You Never Left

AMG Review

After a protracted legal battle with Blue Thumb Records, Dave Mason finally signed to Columbia and released the hopefully titled It’s Like You Never Left, his first new studio solo album in more than three years. Mason received prominent vocal assistance from Graham Nash, who helped turn tracks like “Every Woman” into singers’ showcases. (Other guests included Stevie Wonder and George Harrison.)

Billboard

Mason is perhaps one of the most creative forces, lyrically, musically and vocally, in pop today. He is at best with purely acoustic material such as the beautiful “Every Woman” and “Maybe,” but can also rock with the best as on “Silent Partner.” Singer, writer, arranger, producer — he does it all. – 1973

Al Schmitt

We know Schmitt‘s work well; he happens to have engineered many of our favorite albums, albums we know to have SUPERB SOUND: Aja, Hatari, Breezin’, Late for the Sky, Toto IV, Charade, etc. The guy’s won 13 Grammies, which ought to tell you something.

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