Mama Cass, Mama’s Big Ones: Her Greatest Hits (1970)
Those rose-tinted fuckers that tell you there was only great music back in the day and nothing great has ever come out today, I wonder if they ever peel off those shades and think about the embarrassing puns, the sexism, the crude, lewd, lazy attempts at humour. Look at the title of this fabulous album. I’ve no doubt “Mama” Cass Elliot was in on the joke, she made that decision. She signed up for it and went with it. But does that really excuse it? Well, anyway, that rant is probably for another day – and I had a go a wee bit at a similar rant relating to Cass (and Karen Carpenter) right here. The better thing to focus on is the music and this compilation of post-Mamas and Papas music from Mama Cass is fabulous. Worth it for Dream A Little Dream alone, yes. But there’s so much more as well. I’m having a great time revisiting her work with the Papas, alone and with the other, pre-Mamas bands too (The Big 3 and The Mugwumps) and this compilation cherry-picks from the early solo offerings. What a sensational singer and a devastating loss.
Sample Track: New World Coming
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