Williams, Mason


Band members               Related acts

- Mason Williams - vocals, guitar
 

 

- none known

 


 

 

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Sharepickers

Company: Warner Brothers

Catalog: WS-1941

Year: 1971

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: cut lower left corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4611

Price: $10.00

 

"Sharepickers" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) 

 

(side 2)

1.) 

 


Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Music

Company: Warner Brothers

Catalog: 1788

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: white label promo copy

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4119

Price: $10.00

Cost: $1.00

It's not worth a lot of time or effort describing Mason WIlliams LPs.  You either love the guy's wacky mixture of styles, or you find it thoroughly boring.  1969's "Music" certainly won't change anyone's opinions.  Overall it isn't much different from his last couple of offerings.  The set offered up a couple more vocal performances than previous sets. Of course that was also somewhat of a mixed blessing.  Williams actually had a surprisingly accomplished voice, but he wasted his efforts on Roger Miller-styled goofiness ("Bucko's Memories", "Edgar Swoop" and "A Major Thang").  Elsewhere, "La Chason de Claudine" was apparently inspired by Claudine Longet.  In case you cared, Warner Brothers released "Greensleeves" b//w "$13 Stella" as a single (Warner catalog number 7272).

 

"Music" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Greensleeves (instrumental)   (adapted by Mason Williams) - 2:45

2.) Bucko's Memories   (Mason Williams) - 2:20

3.) La Chason de Claudine (instrumental)   (Mason Williams) - 4:08 

4.) Come To Me   (Mason Williams - Jim Yester) - 2:52 

5.) Cowboy Buckaroo   (Mason Williams) - 3:45   

 

(side 2)

1.) The Brothers Theme (instrumental)   (Mason Williams - Nancy Ames) - 2:20 

2.) Edgar Swoop   (Mason Williams) - 3:35

3.) Sunflower (instrumental)   (Mason Williams) - 2:02

4.) A Major Thang   (Mason Williams) - 3:18 

5.) A Gift of Song   (Patty Ingles) - 4:30

 



Genre: pop

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  The Mason Williams Listening Matter

Company: Everest

Catalog: 3265

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: 

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 

Price: $15.00

 

In the wake of his sudden commercial successes via The Smother Brothers and "Classical Gas", Williams turned his attention to writing, releasing "The Mason Williams Reading Matter".  More than willing to take advantage of the situation, the small Everest Records acquired rights to 1984's "Them Poems".  Repackaged as "The Mason Williams Listening Matter", it featured a collection of his poems and personal musings.  A live set, the album found Williams working solo through a series of brief comedy/musically pieces.  Recorded in front of a small audience that sounded thoroughly stoned (they probably would have laughed at anything), none of these 20 efforts were particularly impressive.  Sure, there were a couple of items worth a brief giggle (the 5 second "The Hors D'Oeuvers", the lispy "Sweet Someone", "The Moose Goosers" and "Them Doddle Dashers")).  That said, to our ears most of these items sounded exactly alike.  Imagine Roger Miller's catalog and you'll get a feel for this effort ...

 

"The Mason Williams Listening Matter"

1.) Introduction   (Mason Williams) - 

2.) The Sand Pickers   (Mason Williams) - 

3.) Them Sticker Gitters   (Mason Williams) - 

3.) The Toad Suckers   (Mason Williams) - 

4.) Them Banjo Pickers   (Mason Williams) - 

5.) Them Yodel Yellers   (Mason Williams) - 

6.) The Hors D'Oeuvers   (Mason Williams) - 

7.) You Done Stompt On My Heart   (Mason Williams) - 

8.) Them Whisker Flickers   (Mason Williams) - 

9.) Them Duck Pluckers   (Mason Williams) - 

10.) Them Ewe Doers   (Mason Williams) - 

11.) Sweet Someone   (Mason Williams) - 

12.) The Lunch Toters   (Mason Williams) - 

13.) Them Stamp Lickers   (Mason Williams) - 

14.) Them Dog Kickers   (Mason Williams) - 

15.) The Hog Liver Likers   (Mason Williams) - 

16.) The Moose Goosers   (Mason Williams) - 

17.) The Beaver Cleavers   (Mason Williams) - 

18.) Square Dance Call for the Affluent Society   (Mason Williams) - 

19.) The Tommy Gunners   (Mason Williams) - 

20.) Them Surf Serfs   (Mason Williams) - 

21.) Them Doodle Dashers   (Mason Williams) - 

 

 

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Hand Made

Company: Warner Brothers

Catalog: WS 1838

Year: 1971

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 

Price: $20.00

 

 

Backed by a full band, 1971's "Hand Made" found Williams returning to a more conventional format. Musically the album was somewhat schizophrenic.  Tracks such as "Jose's Piece" and "Saturday Night At The World" featured "Classical Gas" styled instrumentals.  (A streamlined "Classical Gas" was included here as well.)  While the instrumental compositions were certainly pretty, they suffered from a certain MOR sensibility.  Showcased Williams overlooked voice, material such as "I've Heard That Tear Stained Monologue" and "All The Time" offered up surprisingly entertaining country-rock outings. Elsewhere, "Reason To Believe" stood as one of Williams' prettiest melodies and should have been the LP's single (rather than the instrumental "Jose's Place").  Of course Williams had to include at least one of his trademarked goofball compositions - in this case "The Tomato Vendetta".

 

"Handmade" track listing:

1.) Jose's Piece (instrumental)   (Mason Williams) -   3:16
2.) Reason To Believe
   (Mason Williams) -  3:04
3.) Saturday Night At The World
(instrumental)   (Mason Williams) -  3:50
4.) I've Heard That Tear Stained Monologue
   (Mason Williams) -  3:44
5. ) All The Time
   (Mason Williams) -  2:59
6.) Classical Gas (instrumental)
   (Mason Williams) -  2:36
7.) The Tomato Vendetta
   (Mason Williams) -  3:59
8.) Manha de Carnival (instrumental)   (Mason Williams) - 
5:34
9.) It's Over 
   (Mason Williams) - 3:37
10.) The Exciting Accident
   (Mason Williams) -  3:02

 

In case anyone cares, Williams has an interesting website located at:

 

http://www.masonwilliams-online.com

 

 

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