Today’s selection is one of my all-time favorite records.
I first fell in love with the song ‘Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave’ when I picked up the Traffic album ‘Welcome to the Canteen’ sometime in the late 70s.
The album, which was originally released without the name ‘Traffic’ on the cover (choosing to list the musicians separately), was their first live album.
It was composed of several Traffic tunes, a Spencer Davis Group cover, and two songs from Dave Mason’s (who was on the verge of leaving the band for good) first solo album.
That album, ‘Alone Together’ was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970 with a collection of Mason’s friends, many of them coming from the Leon Russell/Delaney & Bonnie universe.
‘Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave’ opens slowly with a guitar lick, followed by Russell’s piano, and a banjo doubling the guitar line.
The tune has a uniquely mournful feel to it and Mason’s vocal and guitar are great.
The rest of the album, featuring the equally excellent ‘Sad and Deep As You’ (which also appeared on ‘Welcome To the Canteen’) and the rock radio classic ‘Only You Know and I Know’ which was a hit for Mason, as well as Delaney and Bonnie the following year (it was rerecorded by a bunch of singers, including Rita Coolidge, who appears on this album).
If you dig the sounds, keep an eye out for the album. If you get lucky you might find the version I have, with the weird marbled vinyl (see above) and the big fold-out cover.
See you all next week.
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