Dream a Little Dream of Me - The Music of Mama Cass Elliot
Mama Cass Elliot
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||Dream a Little Dream of Me||Mama Cass||3:21||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||California Earthquake (Single Version)||Mama Cass||3:11||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Times Are Coming||Cass Elliot||2:53||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Welcome to the World||Mama Cass||2:17||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Song That Never Comes (Single Version)||Cass Elliot||2:26||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||One Way Ticket||Mama Cass||2:48||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Here We Go Again||Dave Mason & Cass Elliot||2:49||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Getting Better (Single Version)||Mama Cass||3:00||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues for Breakfast||Mama Cass||2:55||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Move In a Little Closer, Baby (Single Version)||Mama Cass||2:35||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By||Mama Cass||2:45||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||New World Coming (Remastered Version)||Cass Elliot||2:09||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Make Your Own Kind of Music (Single Version)||Mama Cass||2:24||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Words of Love (Single Version) [Stereo]||The Mamas & The Papas||2:13||£0.99||View in iTunes|
Despite the similarity in titles, the 2005 anthology Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Music of Mama Cass Elliot is an entirely different best-of than the 1997 Elliot compilation Dream a Little Dream: The Cass Elliot Collection. There are a surprising number of differences between the two releases, considering that Elliot didn't record all that much as a solo act. The 2005 best-of has more music (23 cuts, where the 1997 one has 18), and despite its shorter length, the 1997 anthology has eight tracks not on the subsequent compilation (though two of those are just dialogue). Too, the 1997 CD has a track from Elliot's pre-Mamas & the Papas group the Big Three, though nothing from the Mamas & the Papas; the 2005 one has a sole Mamas & the Papas cut (the hit "Words of Love") and, unlike the 1997 counterpart, a song from Elliot's album with Dave Mason ("Here We Go Again"). Both have her three big solo hits, "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Make Your Own Kind of Music," and "It's Getting Better." The 2005 collection has the edge by virtue of its greater length, though it won't be totally redundant if you already have the 1997 best-of. Like the previous release, however, Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Music of Mama Cass Elliot is not as good a representation of Elliot's talents as her Mamas & the Papas recordings. It's missing ("Words of Love" excepted) the songs of John Phillips, for one thing, but also documents the strong-voiced Elliot's drift toward slightly garish middle-of-the-road pop productions, with a bent for material close in flavor to pre-rock Tin Pan Alley. That's not true of everything here; John Hartford's "California Earthquake" has some guts, the less impressive cover of Richard Manuel's "Blues for Breakfast" gets into barroom blues, and the rendition of Bobby Darin's "I'll Be There" is one of her stronger outings. Also included are some bizarre previously unreleased radio jingles for the Hardee's fast-food chain.
Featuring Make Your Own Kind Of Music
as played in the hatch in Lost. Amazing song selection there.
Desmond in 'Lost' does have good taste. Fantastic album from the great lady.
Probably the Best Cass Collection
It seems Cass Elliot's untimely death in 1974 has overshadowed her music somewhat. Even though Cass' solo career only began in 1968, just six short years before she died, she actually recorded a fair amount of material in that time frame. This greatest hits album is probably the best Cass Elliot collection on the market, though it does miss out a few gems - Easy Come, Easy Go, Different, He's a Runner and Darling Be Home Soon.
For some bizarre reason the iTunes version of this album is incomplete. I highly recommend tracking down the full album somewhere else because some of the best songs (Does Anybody Love You, That Song, Listen to the World, I'll Be There, If You're Gonna Break Another Heart) are not available to purchase here on iTunes. Away from this collection, I highly recommend tracking down her self-titled 1972 album. A beautiful and rich record that sadly seems to be forgotten today. The Road Is No Place for a Lady is also well worth checking out. Cass Elliot remains one of the finest female vocalists there has ever been.
Born: 19 September 1941 in Baltimore, MD
Years Active: '60s, '70s