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Mama Said Import

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Sometimes it's fun to take the albums of latter-day rockers and play spot-the-influence, and on Mama Said, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. "Always on the Run," with its punchy horns and emphatic vocals, is cribbed from Sly Stone. "What Goes Around Comes Around," with its understated arrangement and Kravitz's falsetto, is straight out of Superfly-era Curtis Mayfield. "Stand By My Woman" and "All I Ever Wanted," meanwhile, are so directly copped from John Lennon--lyrically, sonically, attitudinally--that it ought to be actionable. Younger fans might not care about any of this, of course, because in and of themselves, Kravitz's songs are tuneful, and they do rock. --Daniel Durchholz


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  • Audio CD (July 11, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WHP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on June 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There aren't many reviews on this page that do justice to "Mama Said," including the rather pompous view of the Amazon staffer at the top.
I would venture to say that this is not only Lenny Kravitz' best album, but his ONLY album that holds up from beginning to end; I find all of Lenny's music this side of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" to be mere shadows of the greatness he exhibited here. I guess I liked him a lot better sounding like Sly Stone and John Lennon and Curtis Mayfield, than I do now, sounding like Jeff Lynne. He perhaps should have gone blacker rather that whiter.
That brings me to one other point.../everyone/ in music cops their schtick from somewhere. Why don't we look back and bag on Sly for copping from James Brown, or rip into Miles Davis for copping from both of them? Or the Beatles and Stones, for ripping off Buddy Holly? Or blah blah blah. You could trace musical theft back to a caveman beating on a tree-trunk drum, if you had enough time to research your bitter little record review.
You're not going to be disappointed if you buy "Mama Said." In fact, I give you my personal guarantee as an Essentially Anonymous Poster that you'll probably like it a lot better than "LENNY."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 34-year old wallflower on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Lenny Kravitz's 1989 debut LET LOVE RULE was the ultimate in playing spot-the-influence & that was how his early music sounded. With time, he'd internalize his inspirations, but with his first few albums he hadn't learned that yet. Following up the great-but-no-masterpiece affair that was LET LOVE RULE wasn't going to be easy for Lenny & but he managed to do it one better with 1991's MAMA SAID.
Probably realizing his fixation with the '60s on LET LOVE RULE was a little much, Lenny decided to update himself a bit with some early 1970s soul on MAMA SAID. It was that change that would finally give Lenny some long-overdue commercial success.
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" I'm sure shocked even Lenny with it peaking at #2 on the pop charts in 1991. The use of analog recording equipment no doubt contributed to this sounding like something you'd hear from your local oldies radio station than modern top 40. The novelty must have been quite inviting for listeners who weren't yet bombarded by the coming grunge storm from Seattle. The old-school sound is furthered on "More Than Anything In This World", "Stand By My Woman" & "All I Ever Wanted". Making these songs more interesting is the fact that Lenny's marriage to actress Lisa Bonet was crumbling at the time MAMA SAID was recorded.
The rock-tinged sound of the follow-up ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY (1993) is hinted on "Always On The Run" (which could have been on the soundtrack for any blaxploitation film), "Difference Is Why", "Stop Draggin' Around" & "What The [...] Are We Saying?". This also foreshadows the angry, darker soundscape of 1995's CIRCUS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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A totally different CD than Are You Gonna Go My Way. I recommend listening to this one when you are relaxing and just hanging out. Don't expect to get up and dance to these songs.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My first Lenny Kravitz album was "Are You Gonna Go My Way", and at the time I bought that, the store clerk recommended "Mama Said". I finally bought it, and was disappointed. I had come to expect musical sensitivity, discernible melodies, and music that is easy on the ears. I did not find that on "Mama Said". Instead, I got grinding guitars, not a small amount of wailing, and a general lack of harmoniousness. However, I love Lenny's voice, and his style, and I really enjoyed "It Ain't Over" and "Stand By My Woman", which are more what I expect. I greatly prefer "Are You Gonna Go My Way" to this CD, though those who want a harder, more driven edge may appreciate "Mama Said".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Very little reviews for such a popular artist.

And all I ask is why? As far as I'm concerned, this was Lenny at his apex. His debut release quenched my thirst for music which wasn't being released at the time. Mama Said, in turn, was more complete and a much crisper sound.

Sure there are influences throughout this release..but what record doesn't have them? When I saw the "It ain't over.." video. I for one was thinking The Doors "Touch Me" video.

Other favorites;

Stand By My Woman

All I Ever Wanted

Fields of Joy

Not a bad track on here and nothing corporate at all.

For those who know what I'm talking about...this WAS Lenny at his best just like REM..just like U2...they all drifted from what got them there, to just putting out music having a catchy riff to apparently satisfy the record co's. I will assume this comes with age???

A pure rock and roll classic in my book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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I have been a Kravitz fan for about two years now, and I can safely say this is him at his best. I would say that all but 3-4 songs on this album are phenomenol tracks. The best yet most under rated track would have to be "What Goes Around, Comes Around" which (to the tune of a bossa-nova beat) is great to listen to, and its lyrics are also quite impressive. In light of Lenny Kravitz' most recent album (5) this show's Kravitz' undesputable talet when it was freshest.
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