The Columbia Years: The Definitive Anthology

The Columbia Years: The Definitive Anthology

by Dave Mason


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At two CDs and 30 tracks, Real Gone's 2016 double-disc set The Columbia Years: The Definitive Anthology -- a physical version of 2015's digital-only The Essential Dave Mason -- The Columbia Years: The Definitive Anthology is the lengthiest collection of the solo work of the Traffic guitarist to date, but it's not necessarily the most comprehensive. It concentrates solely on the records he released on Columbia between 1973 and 1980. This does mean that there's nothing from his 1970 solo debut, Alone Together, which did have a hit in the form of "Only You Know and I Know." His biggest single, the 1977 soft rock standard "We Just Disagree," is here, along with all his other charting singles for the label: 1977's "So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away)," the 1978 singles "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Let It Go, Let It Flow," and 1980's yacht-disco excursion "Save Me," which also crossed over into the bottom reaches of the R&B charts. The rest of the compilation samples heavily from 1973's It's Like You Never Left, 1974's eponymous album, 1975's Split Coconut, the 1976 live album Certified Live, and 1977's Let It Flow, records that capture the evolution of an ambitious, curious prog rock musician navigating the shifting soft rock tides of the '70s. There are excesses in every direction -- sometimes the ballads get too sticky, sometimes the jams too slick -- but that's part of Mason's appeal: he liked to sample everything he fancied and this is a good sampler of all those interests.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2016
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064004424
catalogNumber: 6400442
Rank: 11493

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Mason   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Dave Mason   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Randy Meisner   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Jim Krueger   Composer
Allan MacMillan   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ron Nevison   Producer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Fred Marrone   Composer
Angeleen Gagliano   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Chuck Kavooras   Composer
Jack Conrad   Composer
Stephen Holsapple   Composer
James Capaldi   Composer
Bill Kopp   Liner Notes
Robert Marrone   Composer
Kathy Nicholas   Composer

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