August Reunion (ARA-81974) 1975



August Reunion is an earlier custom production featuring Mattson on vocals and guitar, Frank Whitney on bass, Terry Rosen on second guitar, and some folks known as Sailor on vibes, piano, drums and guitar (the record label actually reads “David Mattson with Sailor”). The album also happens to be a masterpiece, easily one of the most captivating in the male singer/songwriter category. I’ve always respected Lead Me Home, but I must admit it sounds softened and over-produced when compared to the more natural dreamy melody-rich folk-rock vibes coming through here. Reminds me of the best moments of John Denver, but with more of an edge (and none of the fluff). Lucid layers of acoustic guitar work are beautifully blended with Mattson’s soft self-harmonized vocals. Also some electric guitar as on the excellent ‘Fourth Of December’. That track as well as ‘Holly Lake’ and ‘Claudia’s Hour’ would later appear on Lead Me Home, though I find the versions here more interesting. I especially liked the fresh upbeat numbers ‘Vancouver Bay’ and ‘As Long As I Do’. Other titles include ‘Memorial Union’, ‘Beneath The Lights’, ‘Sail Me Away’, ‘More Than You Knew’, ‘The Way You Are’ and ‘Good-bye San Francisco’. Mattson also did the attractive cover art of a boy holding a feather on top of his head. A mega obscurity well worth tracking down. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Memorial Union
1-2Vancouver Bay
1-3Beneath The Lights
1-4Holly Lake
1-5Sail Me Away
1-6More Than You Knew
2-1Claudia's Hour
2-2As Long As I Do
2-3The Way You Are
2-4Fourth Of December
2-5Good-Bye San Francisco