Dave Mason & Split Coconuts
Dave Mason is an English singer songwriter, finding fame in the 60s with his band Traffic. Dave Mason then went on to form a successful solo career, playing with greats such as Jimmy Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac. Mason had a huge influence on Rock n Roll and has a hand in some of the most celebrated songs of the 20th century! In 2004 Dave Mason’s accomplishments were recognised as he became an inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
'Two Guitar Lovers'
Mason was a good friend of guitarist Jimmy Hendrix, and the story goes that they heard Bob Dylan’s song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ from Dylan’s album John Wesley Harding together for the first time. This lead to Hendrix recording his own version of Dylan’s song at Olympic Studios in South West London, with Mason playing a 12 string acoustic guitar for the recording of the track. The track would be released on Hendrix 1968 album Electric Lady. Hendrix’s version of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ gained love and admiration from Dylan himself! Dylan commented that Hendrix brought something to the song that Dylan couldn’t.
Dave Mason has been hailed for his melodic voice, superb lyrics and a mastery on the guitar. The Split Coconut album includes the ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ track which, Manhattan Transfer Twist appears on! The album also boasts vocals by David Crosby and Graham Nash! All in all, this album oozes the summer vibes we crave, a wholesome, feel good album that should be a part of every vinyl collection!
Check out this vinyl from the Al Mathew’s Collection on our website and get your vinyl collection summer ready! Below we have included out top picks inspired by this album!
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