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The sweet-toned, full-bodied voice of Mama Cass Elliot was a defining component of the Mamas and the Papas’ folk-pop sound. After the group’s break-up in 1968, she launched herself as a solo artist with moderate success. Mama’s Big Ones features hits from her tenure with her old group along with solo singles and album tracks. While some of these tunes seem like stale bubblegum today, the hippie idealism and melodic buoyancy of the best songs are still fun to experience. Of particular note are two Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil tunes, “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” and “It’s Getting Better” — these ultra-catchy odes to personal integrity and slow-building romance are absolutely lovable. “New World Coming” (a bouncy expression of early ‘70s optimism) and “The Good Times Are Coming” (a hopeless dreamer’s credo) are nearly as good. The Mamas and the Papas tracks — “Words Of Love” and “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” — bring out her vaudevillian side. Mama’s Big Ones preserves the strongest moments from this gifted artist’s fitfully inspired career.

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A Great Album For A Great Cause

A while ago I sponsored a project called the Dharma Initiative and part of the project was to build different research stations on this island in the south pacific. One of the research stations required a worker too never leave the station and push a button every 108 minutes so I decided to put some of my favorite music in the station to help pass the time, and the very first album I thought to put in the station was "Mamma's Big Ones". Now to this day there is a worker in that station pressing a button every 108 minutes while listening to Mama Cass.

Heard it On Lost

I first heard this song ("make your own kind of music") on the show LOST. It was an episode that was really trippy from the first season, and if you've seen the show you know exactly what im talkin about. It was coming from the record player inside the silo and ever since then its been stuck in my mind.

Mama was here first.

ok, dears. we all love lost. we do. i love lost. but can we please reference something else when reviewing a cd by such a great lady as Mama Cass? i'm glad that lost has opened your ears to new music, but in the world of female vocalists, i would not admit to have heard Cass for the first time on a tv show, even if it does kick major booty. she's a force of her own, and she doesn't need desmond david hume to exonerate her to the masses. myself, when that episode forst aired, i said to myself, sweet! they're playing Mama Cass! i love that ham-eating lady! and that's how it should be.


Born: September 19, 1941 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Best-known as one of the singers of the renowned '60s psychedelic pop outfit the Mamas & the Papas, Cass Elliot (or Mama Cass), was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, MD, but grew up in Washington, D.C. It was during her senior year in high school that Elliot began singing (as well as acting), relocating to New York City by the early '60s and eventually touring in a production of The Music Man. With the folk music movement sweeping the nation around this time, Elliot formed...
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