Release Date: May 13, 2014
Review Date: May 11, 2014
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Boomerocity favorite, Dave Mason, has a brand spankin’ new album landing this week and, boy, is it another great one!
“Future’s Past” clocks in as his thirteenth solo studio album (in addition to his six live solo albums) and offers updated versions of some favorites tunes from his Traffic days as well as from his previous solo albums in addition to a new song or two.
Right out of the chute Traffic fans are going to love Mason’s latest treatment of the crowd favorite, “Dear Mr. Fantasy”. Though the vibe is a little different, the song still carries the intensity of its previous version and Mason’s voice delivers the classic lyrics with haunting conviction.
I’m not going to cover all of the other tunes on the album but do want to draw attention to a couple of other songs with the first being “As Sad And Deep As You”. The delivery, moving. The guitar work, smoothly phenomenal. This tune is worth the price of the entire album. Yeah, it’s that good.
The other song I wanted to point to is the newest song by Mason, “That’s Freedom,” a darkly cynical musical statement about where we are as a self-centered society. Thought provoking as it is musically brilliant, this song serves as a wake-up call to get our act together.
Rock history buffs would also be interested in knowing that the album cover was painted by Graham Nash. How cool is that?
“Future’s Past” is definitely a must have CD for Traffic fans, Mason fans as well as fans of the music rock and roll can offer.
- Written by Randy Patterson