Certified Live/Let It Flow

Certified Live/Let It Flow

by Dave MasonDave Mason


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Great Britain's Beat Goes On (BGO) imprint continues its definitive Dave Mason reissue series with this two-fer containing excellent remasters of his 1976 Certified Live album and his 1977 studio effort, Let It Flow. Certified Live was released in the aftermath of Peter Frampton's massive success with Frampton Comes Alive! At the time, it was thought by Columbia Records that -- since both men were regarded as British guitar heroes and Mason had experienced some pop success on his own (some six years earlier with the single "Only You Know and I Know" and the album Alone Together) -- this would net great rewards. This was not to be, obviously. That said, Certified Live is a deeply satisfying concert offering. It was recorded absolutely live with no studio overdubs and contains a couple of tunes he recorded with Traffic, including "Pearly Queen." However, its true highlights are the funky opening version of "Feelin' Alright," his faithful but emotionally deep and ragged version of the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit," his own "Sad and Deep as You," the blues classic "Goin' Down Slow," a 12-minute guitar-slinger version of the stellar "Look at You, Look at Me" (written with Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi), and, of course, "Only You Know and I Know." The second disc in the package includes an album that defined Mason ever after in Let It Flow and its Top 40 single, "We Just Disagree." Despite the single, there are other fine tracks here, including the R&B-influenced "Let It Go, Let It Flow," the lilting ballads "Seasons" (with Stephen Stills and Yvonne Elliman on backing vocals) and "Spend Your Life with Me" (with a great saxophone solo by Ernie Watts), and the Caribbean-rhythms-meet-guitar-jam "Takin' the Time to Find." Along with the two-fer Alone Together/Headkeeper, this double-disc set provides an excellent introduction to Mason's wide range as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261209825
catalogNumber: 6120982
Rank: 14275

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Mason   Primary Artist
Steve Stills   Vocal Harmony
Yvonne Elliman   Vocal Harmony
Mike Finnigan   Keyboards,Vocals,Band
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
James Getzoff   Concert Master
Brooks Hunnicutt   Background Vocals
Gerald Johnson   Bass Guitar,Band
Jim Krueger   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Band
Karen Patterson   Background Vocals
Verna Richardson   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Rick Jaeger   Drums,Band

Technical Credits

Jim Capaldi   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Dave Mason   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Randy Meisner   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Michael Dilbeck   Executive Producer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Jim Krueger   Composer
Allan MacMillan   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jim Marcotte   Road Crew
Ron Nevison   Producer
Muff Winwood   Composer
Michael Heatley   Liner Notes
Spencer Davis   Composer
Tom Steele   Art Direction
Mick Haggerty   Artwork
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Doug Botnick   Engineer
Jason Cooper   Direction
Gene Lucero   Road Crew
Jimmer Coombs   Road Crew

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