Julian Cope presents Head Heritage

Dave Mason
Just For You/Little Woman


Released 1968 on Island
Reviewed by Dave Furgess, 04/12/2000ce


Some folks will remember Dave Mason's song "Just For You" from it's inclusion on the fragmented 1969 Traffic album "Last Exit". In fact this was not a Traffic song at all but the topside of a splendid solo single released by Mason in 1968. It might just as well have been a Traffic single as it carries the group's trademark sound. "Just For You" is an infectious pop single that had hit written all over it, the song features bright guitar chords a propulsive bass riff combined with Mason's pleasing vocals, Traffic instrumental whiz Chris Wood also supplies attractive flute. A great single that deserved to hit big but somehow slipped thru the cracks.
The flipside "Little Woman" is kinda obscure it's only other appearence was on Dave Mason's "Scrapbook" album. This song is a raga-rock masterpiece that recalls Mason's trippy excursions on the first Traffic album and his work on the first Family album. Dave Mason seemed to have immense promise as a solo artist but somehow his solo records (save for his debut "Alone Together") were somewhat disappointing. I'll always remember him best by the "Just For You" 45, this record is still pretty cheap to obtain I found my copy for a mere $5 a few years back.


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