ALBUM: "Reason Street" SPV Records, Germany, May 1993

Carolyne Mas

  1. Driving On The Radio (C. Mas/R. Rebuth) 2. King Of The U-Turn 3. Duck And Cover 4. Lovers From The Start 5. Hidden Mystery 6. Pain Bank 7. Tender 8. Keep Searching (C. Mas/D. Landau) 9. Reconsider My Love 10. Tell Me 11. When You're Near 12. Popular Guy 13. Cry Baby Cry (Lennon/McCartney) 14. City Boy.

All songs written by Carolyne Mas except as noted. Produced by Charlton Pettus, Milton Sutton, and Clive Gray. Carolyne Mas: lead and backing vocals, harmonica, additional 12-string guitar. Charlton Pettus: guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin, pedal steel, vibes, background vocals. Milton Sutton: drums, all percussion including bottles, vibes. Karsten Gunther: accordian, vulgar boatman vocals. Clive Gray: additional mandolin. The Mad Mercy Horns: Jorg Lahman: trumpet. Marten Ulrich: saxophone. Katrin Begero: trombone. Hardmuth Kohler: violin. Sabina Weyland: clarinet. Recorded at Am Deich Studio, Bremen, Germany. Cover photograph by Bernhard Kuhmstedt.

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Global Music Pulse (BILLBOARD) June 5, 1993

Ellie Weinert

GERMANY: Although she is a veteran of the New York City scene and three U.S. albums on Mercury Records a decade ago, singer/songwriter Carolyne Mas has been so successful in Germany that she has lived, recorded and toured here since 1989. Ironically, the album that won her such popularity--a live recording titled 'Mas Hysteria' (Phonogram)--was intended only as a promotional device for forthcoming TV performance. It yeilded a string of hits and eventually sold more than 250,000 copies, making it one of the most successful 'official bootlegs' ever. Her new album, 'Reason Steet' (Phonogram), was recorded in Bremen, Mas' hometown for the last three-and-a-half years. It showcases her versatile singing style, which echoes performers from Janis Joplin to Joni Mitchell, in musical settings encompassing blues, folk and rock. Mas currently is on a promotional club tour of six major cities, performing songs from 'Reason Street' acoustically on guitar, harmonica, and piano. While the album has been likened, in places, to anything from R.E.M. to 'Led Zeppelin IV,' her one-woman show recalls the simplicity and sincerity of the original Greenwich Village singer/songwriters, but her material is fresh, and the wry narrative of a song like the single, 'Driving On The Radio' has its own distinctive '90s appeal.

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