Sunday, January 10, 2016

Mason Proffit 1973 Bare Back Rider

Genre: Folk-Rock
Rate: 233 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:37:09
Size: 58,13 MB

United States

Review by William Ruhlmann

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.


01 - Lilly 02:20

02 - Cottonwood 04:18

03 - Setting The Woods On Fire 02:57

04 - Dance Hall Girl 04:50

05 - To A Friend 04:13

06 - Stoney Rider 03:50

07 - Black September - Belfast 03:47

08 - I Saw The Light 02:58

09 - Five Generations 04:45

10 - Sail Away 03:11

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