The Definitive Collection

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1999, Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of Universal Music Group UMG, issued a Dave Mason compilation called Ultimate Collection that was almost worthy of its name in the sense that it included not only tracks by Mason and his one-time group Traffic from the UMG vaults, originally released on Island Records and Blue Thumb Records, but also licensed his biggest hit from Columbia Records, the Top 20 "We Just Disagree." Six years later, Ultimate Collection is out of print it may well be that the licensing agreement has lapsed, and Hip-O is back with a Mason entry in the discount-priced i.e., $13.98 list The Definitive Collection series, a sort of revised and definitely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1999, Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of Universal Music Group UMG, issued a Dave Mason compilation called Ultimate Collection that was almost worthy of its name in the sense that it included not only tracks by Mason and his one-time group Traffic from the UMG vaults, originally released on Island Records and Blue Thumb Records, but also licensed his biggest hit from Columbia Records, the Top 20 "We Just Disagree." Six years later, Ultimate Collection is out of print it may well be that the licensing agreement has lapsed, and Hip-O is back with a Mason entry in the discount-priced i.e., $13.98 list The Definitive Collection series, a sort of revised and definitely not "ultimate" version of the earlier set. The first 14 tracks, again drawn from the Island and Blue Thumb catalogs, are almost identical to the ones on Ultimate Collection, except for the substitution of the non-charting single "A Heartache, a Shadow, a Lifetime" for the singles chart entry "Satin Red and Black Velvet Woman." Four tracks have been licensed from the Columbia catalog this time, all of which were released as singles, but none of which charted. "Baby...Please" originally heard on the 1973 LP It's Like You Never Left is repeated from Ultimate Collection, but "We Just Disagree" is gone, along with the singles chart entry "Let It Go, Let It Flow," replaced by "Show Me Some Affection," "Every Woman," and "All Along the Watchtower," all, oddly enough, drawn from the same LP, the 1974 set Dave Mason. Maybe Columbia parent company Sony BMG is driving a harder bargain for licensing these days. The result is a collection that is neither "ultimate" nor "definitive."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498395561
  • Catalog Number: 000691702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Mason Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jim Capaldi Drums
Rita Coolidge Background Vocals
Delaney & Bonnie Background Vocals
Graham Nash Vocals, Background Vocals
Leon Russell Keyboards
Steve Winwood Piano, Bass Guitar
Chuck Rainey Bass
Bonnie Bramlett Background Vocals
Delaney Bramlett Background Vocals
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
John Barbata Drums
Cass Elliot Vocals
Chris Ethridge Bass
Felix "Flaco" Falcon Percussion
Bob Glaub Bass
Dr. Rick Jaeger Drums
Larry Knechtel Keyboards
Jim Krueger Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums
Don Preston Guitar
Carl Radle Bass
Lonnie Turner Bass Guitar
Bryan Garo Bass Guitar
Paul "Blind Man" Harris Keyboards
Mark Wilson Jordan Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jim Capaldi Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dave Mason Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Malcolm Cecil Producer
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Cass Elliot Producer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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