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26 Letters 12 Notes

Dave MasonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mri Associated
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good 2 U
2. Let Me Go
3. One Day
4. Pink Lipstick
5. How Do I Get To Heaven
6. Ain't Your Legs Tired Baby
7. You're Standing In My Light
8. Passing Thru The Flame
9. That's Love
10. El Toro
11. World Of Hunger
12. Full Circle And Then

Editorial Reviews


One of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date and a co-founder of
rock super-group Traffic, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason has finalized his most personal
effort in years with the release of 26 Letters and 12 Notes. The album has been six years in the making and was self-produced by
Mason and recorded in his California home studio. A soulful blend of Mason s rock and blues
influences, the album contains 12 tracks all of which feature Mason s singing and guitar
handiwork. The album will be sold through digital outlets and retail outlets nationwide from Out
The Box Records.
The album was self produced by Mason with help from Mark & Brian Pastoria (Harmonie Park),
Ron & Howard Albert (Miami Audio Vision), Ted Perlman, Tre Perry, and Phil Bonanno. The
title, 26 Letters and 12 Notes, refers to the number of letters in the alphabet and the number of
notes involved in western music. Mason feels a great sense of confidence in this album and
calls it what he believes to be his best work yet. He says, For me, I think it is probably one of
the better albums I ve ever done and I think I m probably at the height of my vocal abilities right
In 1967, English musician Dave Mason first found fame with the renowned rock group Traffic,
the band with which he penned his classic hit Feelin Alright. That was just the beginning of a
musical journey that would span four decades and countless successes. Throughout his 40 year
career, Mason has played with some of the most popular musicians of his era including Jimi
Hendrix, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac
and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason is most well known for the hit single Feelin Alright , which he
recorded with Traffic in 1968. In 1969, Mason headed to the USA to embark upon a solo career
which resulted in his increasing rise to stardom and the popular hits Only You Know And I
Know And We Just Disagree along with Every Woman, from the platinum albums Alone
Together and Let It Flow. Let It Flow, has gone multi-platinum in its time and We Just
Disagree, which is featured on this album was a top-ten single.
The new album contains twelve new tracks, including Good 2 U , Let Me Go , How Do I Get
to Heaven (featuring Willie Nelson on guitar), One Day , Ain t Your Legs Tired Baby , Pink
Lipstick , Passing Thru The Flame , You re Standing In My Light , That s Love (featuring
Shelia E), El Toro , World of Hunger and Full Circle and Then . These new tracks are
classic Dave mixing soulful vocals and expert guitar handiwork. Dave describes the album as
an eclectic blend of old classic rock with blues-tinged rhythm.
Dave and his band, which consists of, Gerald Johnson (bass), John Sambataro (guitar), Alvino
Bennett (drums) and Bill Mason (Keyboard), continue to travel and perform anywhere from 80-
100 shows annually.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back Dave Mason. October 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It has been a long nineteen years since classic rocker, singer song writer, Dave Mason has released a studio album. On this new cd, the rock n roll hall of famer does not disappoint, as the listener is treated to the vintage Dave Mason sound, chock full of great guitar playing, singing, and a nice collection of new songs. Some of the highlights here, include the rocking "Standing In My Light", the rockabilly tinged "Ain't Your Legs Tired Baby", and a wonderful ballad "How Do I get To Heaven", which could easily be a top 10 contemporary hit. My personnal favorite here is the tune "Passing Through The Flame", which sounds as though Mason had recorded it some 35 years ago during the "Alone Together" era. The song is all vintage Dave mason, full of great singing, melody and of course great musicianship. If I may quote Dave Mason, "Rock n Roll Is Not An Age, But An Attitude". He couldn't be more right, as this often underappreciated artist from rocks classic era, has proven with this release, that he still has game.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHEW! October 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Originally titled Alone Together Again, his new CD would have to be pretty amazing to live up to his first masterpiece. Well, he nailed it. Production is a 10; his guitar, both on lead and acoustic are as rich in sound as ever, and his ecletic choices of style--blues, straight ahead rock, pop and R&B it's all there. My favorite is How do I get to Heaven, the song written by the late and great Jim Capaldi that was featured in the Barbara Walters special two years back about what heaven is like. Also great to see his bandmates and Sheila E in dynamic form. Dave, I saw you five times in the last 20 years, as recent as last year in the Boston area, and you truly do get better with time, vocally and instrumentally. A must have. Kudos!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daveheads Rejoice! October 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Dave's long-awaited new CD is finally here, and it's an awe-inspiring effort sure to appeal to both older and newer fans. Dave's distinctive lead guitarwork is very much in the forefront here (he solos on every song) and his rich vocals alternate effortlessly between smooth and gritty. Check out the cool vocal phrasing on Pink Lipstick (in a fair and just world, a surefire hit single). Dave's musical influences are varied; you'll hear rock, blues, R&B, soul, funk, pop, and country infused throughout. There's also some really interesting production touches. Half the songs were either written or co-written by Dave; the other half highlight Dave's ability to pick great songs to fit his style. Here's hoping, with the music biz being what it is, that 26 Letters 12 Notes gets the widespread recognition it so obviously deserves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave's awesome new cd October 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think it has been 21 years since Dave Mason released a new studio cd. In 1987 he released two cd's "Two Hearts, and "Some Assembly Required". Bu whether it has been 19 years or 21 years, that is way too long. I am a huge Dave Mason fan, and have been following him since the mid 70's. I believe he is the most under appreciated musician of all time. This cd is awesome and I am glad that it has been receiving great reviews from critics and fans. Dave has one of the greatest voices in Rock and his one of best guitartist of all time. All this cd needs is airplay and it could easily have a few top ten hits. It is always hard for me to pick favorites when it comes to Dave's music, but if I had to pick, I would say, "FullCircle and Then". That song should be song of the year, and earn Dave Vocalist of the year. Whether you are a fan of Dave or a new listener, this cd will not disappoint. Congratulations Dave on a great cd, and THANKS. Please don't make us wait this long again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dave Mason for the 2000's October 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Finally, after a 19 year wait Dave Mason returns with a new cd release.
It's not that Dave hasn't been active, he just hasn't released a full cd of new material in a long time. Was it worth the wait? Yes it was. I've only listened to some of the songs once, others twice, because I just picked the cd up today, but here are my initial impressions: How Do I Get to Heaven is an instant classic and would do well on AC radio. Aint Your Legs Tired sees Dave ripping it up country style and would probably receive solid airplay from country radio outlets. Good2U is a bluesy number that features some delicious guitar and the distinctive backing vocals of Mike Finnegan, a longtime Mason collaborator. There's a little bit of everything on the cd, ballards, an instrumental, straight out rockers, and solid pop. Any Dave Mason fan will enjoy this new release that features Dave's rock solid vocal and guitar mastery. Welcome back Dave! Please don't make us wait 20 years again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait October 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. That's what most folks will be saying after listening to Dave Mason's newest release. The guitar work and instrumentals are superb -- much to be expected from a Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famer. What's better than expected are Mason's vocals -- richer, cleaner, more varietal. This is an easy listening album, with several songs that could easily be among the most popular in America with the proper marketing. 'How Do I Get to Heaven?' is clearly the masterpiece of this set, but there's no deadspace on this CD. It's marvelous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very worthy follow-up to Alone Together October 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I remember a music critic once said that Traffic was a band with too much talent to burn. This is the album that made Dave Mason lives up to his potential. It's the follow-up to Alone Together that his fans have been waiting for. In some ways, it's sad that he has to spend so much time to come up with such a gem. On the other hand, he couldn't have written such mature lyrics after he made Alone Together.

I would have given it a 5-star rating. I couldn't because he's victimized by his legacy with Traffic. To deserve such perfection, some of the tunes can sorely do with Winwood's slash & burn keyboards and the penetrating drums of Capaldi who unfortunately passed away some time ago.

Still, on its own, this is probably one of this year's finer records even if you've never heard of Dave Mason. And that's saying a lot considering some of the mush that record companies have come up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
I bought this CD shortly after seeing Dave live at a local venue and I absolutely love it. It's not the "old Dave Mason", but a newer, hipper, and totally upbeat & fun... Read more
Published 7 months ago by nhgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Bought this when it first came out but forgot to review it. Have always been a big fan of Dave, and this did not disappoint.
Published 15 months ago by Eastcoast Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars 26 Letters 12 notes,
Not his best effort, some good songs here, but over all. pretty medium and I have been listening to Dave for over 40 years.
Published 22 months ago by Bikinjb
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't state how much the wife and I love this album.
After seeing Dave Mason play at Mark and Brian's 95.5 KLOS Bongo at Morongo 3 years ago, I purchased this CD. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by Marknel
4.0 out of 5 stars What hapen to his voive?
A good album, well produced and great musicality however, what happened to Dave Mason's voice? The rich tones of his earlier years seem gone and sadly, that is a loss!
Published on June 23, 2010 by William Bryan Harrell III
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Dave
I am usally not too impressed with latter in life releases from old bands, most seem to loose their edge. Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by K. McCluskey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is great CD from a great performer. The song, 'That's Love' with Sheila E. is a great song. The other songs include backup vocals that sound a bit stretchy, like someone... Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by Donah
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and eclectic
Interesting album from Dave Mason. His voice has deepened and mellowed to a very Dr. John-ish tone and Dave plays some nice guitar here and there as usual. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by N. Winslow
1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot believe this is the same Dave Mason
I am a huge Dave Mason fan, owner of almost all he has done, and have seen him over and over again in person since 1977. Read more
Published on September 7, 2009 by D. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Mason 26 letters 12 notes
Catchy hooks and a fresh sound. One Day is a great tune along with pink lipstick and Heaven.
Published on April 23, 2009 by James A. Giordano
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