Mason Proffit

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Mason Proffit - Bare Back Rider Bare Back Rider
Pop New - LP BS 2704 Warner
Sealed 1973 Original. Pristine Copy. “Mason Proffit's Second Major-Label Album And Fifth Album Overall Was Similar In Construction To Its Predecessor, Rockfish Crossing. Once Again, The Talbot Brothers And Their Supporting Players Turned In A Combination Of Effective Originals That Touched On Subjects From Romance To Politics With Some Enthusiastically Performed Country Covers, Notably A Version Of "Setting The Woods On Fire" That Sounded Like A Deliberate Attempt To Impersonate Jerry Lee Lewis And Featured A Furious Kazoo Solo. The Political Element Came Out In "Black September/Belfast," With Its Reflections On Northern Ireland And Vietnam. You'd Have Thought That Music This Impressive Could Get A Hearing, But Mason Proffit Appeared At A Time When Music Fans Were More Polarized Than Musicians, Not Only By Music But By Politics And Culture. Despite The Band's Evident Affection For Traditional Country Music, Their Left-Wing Political Stance And Status As Hippie Rock Musicians Meant They Could Never Be Accepted In Nashville. And Their Music Was Too Overtly Country For Them To Score A Pop Hit. Thus, They Were Doomed To Appeal Only On The Country-Rock-Oriented Los Angeles Club Scene And To Some Music Critics. Bare Back Rider Did A Little Better Than Rockfish Crossing Had, Even Scraping Into The Charts For A Couple Of Weeks, But That Wasn't The Level Of Success A Major Label Expected, And Mason Proffit Was Forced To Hang Up Its Spurs.” William Ruhlmann, AMG.... more details
 
Mason Proffit - Movin' Toward Happiness Movin' Toward Happiness
Pop New - LP HT 1019 Happy Tiger
Sealed 1971 Gatefold Original, COH. "Based In Chicago, Mason Proffit Played A Style Of Country-Rock That Owed Less To The More Pop-Oriented Style Of L.A. Bands Like Poco Than It Did To The Newly Bluegrass-Happy Grateful Dead Of American Beauty And Its Emerging Offshoot, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage. Despite The Pedal Steel Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, And Dobro, The Talbot Brothers, Who Led The Group, Were Less About A New Nashville Than About A Fusion Of The Old West With Hippiedom. They Lamented The Plight Of Native Americans In "Flying Arrow," And While They Could Pick A Mean Hoedown On "Old Joe Clark," Their Version Somehow Managed To Express Antiwar Sentiments. They Recognized The Connection Between The Cowboy Myth And The Independent Spirit Of Truck Drivers, And They Managed To Mix It All In With A Sort Of Primitive Christianity. In This, They Were Very Much Of Their Time. Mike Cameron's "Good Friend Of Mary's" Fit Into The Emerging Jesus Cult That Identified The Christian Savior As A Kind Of Proto-Hippie, Preaching Peace And Love While Wandering The Country In Long Hair And Sandals, And The Talbots Sang It With Their Warm Tenor Harmony In Complete Sincerity. Such Music Wasn't Going To Make It Far Out Of The Early '70s, But In 1971 It Was Perfectly Appealing, And Movin' Toward Happiness Managed To Make The National Charts Despite Being Released On The Band's Own Label, Suggesting That They Had The Potential To Appeal Beyond A Cult." William Ruhlmann, AMG.... more details
 
Mason Proffit - Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
Pop New - LP A 10138 Ampex
Sealed, Rare 1971 Original. “Though This Album Sank Without A Trace When It Was Released, Time Has Been Kind To Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream, And It Is Now Hailed As A Work Of Genius. Justifiably So, Since Every Track Is Proof Of A Band With Wonderful Instincts For Melody And How To Frame A Musical Idea. Mason Proffit Was An Ensemble That Played A Blend Of Music That Was More Country Than Rock, With Occasional Folk And Blues Influences To Make Things Interesting. Though A Few Of Their Songs Were Straightforward Love Songs And Celebrations Of Country Virtues, Many Were Uncommonly Sophisticated For 1971. The Song "Jewel" Is A Pure Tearjerker, A Sad Tale Of A Young Black Woman Who Is Used And Abandoned By A Wealthy White Man. The Tragic Story Is Set To A Weeping Steel Guitar And Is Sung In A Voice That Sounds Anguished, And It Is A Marvelously Affecting Track. Other Bands Were Experimenting With Country-Rock But Never Achieved This Subtlety And Grace, And There Was A Whole Genre Of Protest Music Which Lacked Those Same Two Attributes. The Fact That Both Were In The Same Package, But Were Ignored At The Time That They Were Released, Is Just A Darn Shame. This Band's Catalog Cries Out For A Re-Evaluation And Re-Release, Starting With This Album.” Richard Foss, AMG.... more details
 
Mason Proffit - Mason Proffit Mason Proffit
Pop Used - LP HT 1009 Happy Tiger
1969 Yellow Label Stereo Original Housed In A Gatefold Cover With Shrink Intact. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. "Hear The Voice Of Change," Command The Talbot Brothers At The Opening Of Their Debut Album, And The Song, "Voice Of Change," Is Both A Political Statement Calling Out To President Nixon's "Silent Majority" And A Statement Of Purpose From The Band. Like Their Peers On The West Coast, The Midwestern Talbots Attempt To Merge The Musical And Social Concerns Of The Folk-Rock Movement With Elements Of Traditional Country. But They Are A Bit More Western-Styled Than The Flying Burrito Brothers And Less Of A Good-Time Outfit Than Poco. Forging A Connection Between The Hippie Ethos And The Old West's Outlaw Myth, They Conjure Up A Portrait Of Long-Haired Cowboys Riding Across The Plain. In "Two Hangmen," The Brothers Alternate Vocals (And Stereo Speakers) To Tell The Odd Tale Of An Executioner Who Comes To Doubt His Profession And Is Sentenced To Death For It, Only To Be Spared By A Second Executioner, The Two Then Hung To Preserve The Status Quo. It's A Bizarre Western Fable, To Be Sure, But One That Illustrates The Brothers' Sense That They Are Trying To Invent A New Society Within The Terms Of The Old And May Have To Pay For It. (Wanted!, After All, Is A Title That Cuts At Least Two Ways.) The Music Takes Off From Folk And Country Sources Into Progressive Rock ("Sweet Lady Love" Is Even Reminiscent Of Creedence Clearwater Revival), The Pedal Steel Guitar And Fiddle Augmented Here And There By Strings, While The Brothers' Tenor Harmonies Give The Group A Distinctive Vocal Sound. Like Many Debut Albums, This One Is Ambitious, Both Musically And Thematically; Mason Proffit Want To Change Musical Tastes And Political Beliefs At The Same Time. Whether Or Not They Succeed, They Have Crafted A Good Opening Argument. - William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide... more details
 
Mason Proffit - Mason Proffit Mason Proffit
Pop New - LP HT 1009 Happy Tiger
Sealed 1969 Yellow Label Stereo Original Housed In A Gatefold. "Hear The Voice Of Change," Command The Talbot Brothers At The Opening Of Their Debut Album, And The Song, "Voice Of Change," Is Both A Political Statement Calling Out To President Nixon's "Silent Majority" And A Statement Of Purpose From The Band. Like Their Peers On The West Coast, The Midwestern Talbots Attempt To Merge The Musical And Social Concerns Of The Folk-Rock Movement With Elements Of Traditional Country. But They Are A Bit More Western-Styled Than The Flying Burrito Brothers And Less Of A Good-Time Outfit Than Poco. Forging A Connection Between The Hippie Ethos And The Old West's Outlaw Myth, They Conjure Up A Portrait Of Long-Haired Cowboys Riding Across The Plain. In "Two Hangmen," The Brothers Alternate Vocals (And Stereo Speakers) To Tell The Odd Tale Of An Executioner Who Comes To Doubt His Profession And Is Sentenced To Death For It, Only To Be Spared By A Second Executioner, The Two Then Hung To Preserve The Status Quo. It's A Bizarre Western Fable, To Be Sure, But One That Illustrates The Brothers' Sense That They Are Trying To Invent A New Society Within The Terms Of The Old And May Have To Pay For It. (Wanted!, After All, Is A Title That Cuts At Least Two Ways.) The Music Takes Off From Folk And Country Sources Into Progressive Rock ("Sweet Lady Love" Is Even Reminiscent Of Creedence Clearwater Revival), The Pedal Steel Guitar And Fiddle Augmented Here And There By Strings, While The Brothers' Tenor Harmonies Give The Group A Distinctive Vocal Sound. Like Many Debut Albums, This One Is Ambitious, Both Musically And Thematically; Mason Proffit Want To Change Musical Tastes And Political Beliefs At The Same Time. Whether Or Not They Succeed, They Have Crafted A Good Opening Argument. - William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide.... more details
 

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