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Dave Mason/Split Coconut

Dave Mason/Split Coconut

by Dave MasonDave Mason


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This BGO two-fer compiles remastered versions Dave Mason's self-titled second solo album from 1974 with Split Coconut, his transition set in 1975 that gave way to the soft rock of 1977's Let It Flow. The first album here boasts a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," which was styled after Jimi Hendrix's iconic cover on Electric Ladyland (Mason, then a member of Traffic, played on the track). It also boasts some strong originals in "Show Me Some Affection," the country-inflected "Every Woman," and the midtempo rocker "You Can't Take It When You Go," which includes some nice twin guitar work with Jim Krueger. Split Coconut, as its title implies, is a more Caribbean-tinged recording, enamored with the emergent reggae of Bob Marley and the Key West pop of Jimmy Buffett. Amazingly, it doesn't sound like an outlier in Mason's catalog though it is uneven. One can hear Marley's influence in the title track, and "Save Your Love," which weds reggae to funky blues. Buffett's island grooves inform "Crying Waiting Hoping," "You Can Lose It," and the breezy grooves in "Sweet Music." Mason also draws on the Allman Brothers Band's Brothers and Sisters-era sound in "She's a Friend." There is a bit of classic Mason on the set as well in "Two Guitar Lovers" and the closer "Long Lost Friend."

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2008
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261208484
catalogNumber: 848
Rank: 36587


  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
  10. Split Coconut
  11. Crying, Waiting & Hoping
  12. You Can Lose It
  13. She's a Friend
  14. Save Your Love
  15. Give Me a Reason Why
  16. Two Guitar Lovers
  17. Sweet Music
  18. Long Lost Friend

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Mason   Primary Artist,Alto,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Graham Nash   Vocals,Background Vocals
Manhattan Transfer   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tim Weisberg   Flute
Sal Marquez   Horn
Mike Finnigan   Keyboards,Vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Barone   Horn
Harry Bluestone   Concert Master
David Crosby   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick DeCaro   Strings
Jock Ellis   Horn
Bob Glaub   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rick Jaeger   Drums
Gerald Johnson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mark T. Jordan   Organ,Keyboards,Clavinet,ARP,Soloist
Jerry Jumonville   Horn
Jim Krueger   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Emil Richards   Marimbas
Jai Winding   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
David Nash   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Jordan   Organ,Keyboards,Clavinet,ARP
Jim Kruger   Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Dave Mason   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Mike Finnigan   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Harry Bluestone   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Nick DeCaro   Arranger,Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Lane Tietgen   Composer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Ron Kriss   Illustrations
Joe Garnett   Illustrations

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