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  • ASIN: B000N0JLW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I've been a fan of Dave Mason and Traffic since the 1970s.
Paul Kao
The disc stands as one of the most complete artistic pieces from rock and roll's most illustrious era.
Don Schmittdiel
So if you are a die hard fan like me, get this CD and ALSO get the original Headkeeper.
Alan R. Tower

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In anticipation of the August 5, 2005 release of this disc, I sold off my MCA copy of 'Alone Together', and watched the price of the few 'Headkeeper' CD's on the market fall from thirty dollars plus into the five dollar range. The import release came first in early August, and I assumed a US (less expensive) version of the disc would follow shortly. When that didn't happen by early October, I broke down and purchased the British release. Despite the extra expense, I can already tell you that this is a musical trophy.

The remastering of 'Alone Together' has clearly produced the finest finished version of Dave Mason's seminal work. It's the only Dave Mason studio recording to provide a balanced mix of acoustic and electric passages, and each of the offerings is a classic composition. The disc stands as one of the most complete artistic pieces from rock and roll's most illustrious era. If it's acoustic ballads you seek, 'Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving', 'World In Changes', 'Sad and Deep As You', and 'Just a Song' are four of Dave's finest. If it's vibrant electric rock you seek, 'Only You Know and I Know', 'Waiting On You', 'Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave', and 'Look At You Look At Me' are also four of Dave's finest. The recording boasts a who's who of rock luminaries, including Leon Russell, Jim Capaldi, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, and Rita Coolidge, just to name a few.

'Headkeeper' was Mason's follow-up to 'Alone Together', and it features five studio tracks and five live recordings. The studio numbers, save the title track, show Dave already digging headfirst into the soft-rock, acoustic genre that would dominate his productions in the 1970's, and admittedly become rather tedious.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Accordino VINE VOICE on August 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dave Mason remains one of classic rocks long under-appreciated guitarists and singers. In 1970, fresh from his break-up with Traffic, Mason released one of the great rock albums of the early seventies rock era. "Alone Together" is without question his greatest recorded achievement. Never has Mason sounded better, with help from some cutting edge musicians of the day, like Leon Russell, Jim Capaldi, Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Delaney and Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, and Don Preston. The power of such rock anthems as "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave", with it's catchy Wah-Wah pedal and lyric is simply stunning. "Only You Know and I Know", was a top 40 hit for Mason, and has been a hit for "Delany and Bonnie", and "Rita Coolidge", on the cover circuit. "Look At You, Look At Me", is the best tune on a classic album that contains absolutely NO FILLER. "World In Changes" remains a concert favorite to this day. The world certainly has changed since then. The second album on this CD "Headkeeper", was an album Mason did not want released, due to contract problems with the record company. Hot on the heels of "Alone Together", the company had five studio recordings to work with, and to supplement the album, five live recordings were added. Some of the studio standouts here, is "To Be Free", which is a Mason closet classic, which sounds like it was recorded during the "Alone Together", sessions, complete with slow intro, eventually thundering into an all out guitar/gospel chorus which features Graham Nash, Rita Coolidge, and Spencer Davis. Songs like "Headkeeper", "In My Mind" and "A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime", are all well crafted with catchy melodies and lyrics, and most of all well played.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on August 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As: "Alone Together" the first solo release by Dave Mason has been reissued countless times, why you ask, should I spend my dollars on this reissue? Because simply this, the remastered, Alone Together sounds great, and as it now has: "Headkeeper", Dave's second record right here behind it, making this a great two-fer CD.

"Alone Together" has most of the classic Dave Mason Songs that frame his live concerts, even today. With: "Only You Know And I Know", "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave", "World In Changes" "Sad & Deep As You" and "Look At You, Look At Me" you can start up a fairly good playlist for any classic-rock radio station with those tunes alone! Dave, on this one is of excellent voice and if you weren't aware of his guitar skills, start here and be awed by one of England's finest players. This is good-time music with smart lyrics and some solo playing that can't be beat. This record is number 10 on my top-ten albums of the 1970's, and as it is overlooked in that decade that was best known for groups such as: Led Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling Stones, it really does stand along side the best records from those bands.

It took a couple of years for Dave to release a second LP, but in early 1972: "Headkeeper", at last, did arrive in the record shops. This half studio/half live album wasn't promoted by Dave's record company (Blue Thumb Records) of the day, and was not as big on the charts as Alone Together. I played it for my friends, and all I heard back was: "I didn't know Dave Mason, HAD a new record out." The studio side usually get's slighted as containing weak material, but I liked these tunes in 1972, and I still like them today.
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