Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Save Me" by Dave Mason (with Michael Jackson)

Song#:  0255
Date:  07/12/1980
Debut:  75
Peak:  71
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop, Rock



Pop Bits:  Mason was a founding member of the British group Traffic but he had an on/off relationship with the band and eventually left after a 1971 tour. His solo career didn't really amount to much until he released the AC radio staple "We Just Disagree" (#12, 1977). It ended up being his biggest solo hit. This lead single from his timely-titled album "Old Crest on a New Wave" probably caught some attention due to the fact that it was a duet with Michael Jackson, who was very hot at the time thanks to "Off the Wall." Unfortunately, it also ended up being Mason's last chart entry.

ReduxReview:  Well, this is a match-up that no one would have expected. Apparently, Michael Jackson was recording "Thriller" at the same studio building and he ended up on this song. He gives the tune some kick, but it's not really a great song and it actually sounds kind of awkward. It's like the three elements - Mason, Jackson, and the song - don't really fit together.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to performing on famous recordings like Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" and The Rolling Stones' "Beggars Banquet," Mason also had some brief tenures in groups like Derek & the Dominoes and Fleetwood Mac. He also formed a duo with Cass Elliot which resulted in a 1971 album release.

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