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Big 3 & Mama Cass

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Before Mama joined with the Papas, she sang in this D.C. folk-pop trio with Tim Rose and James Hendricks. These historic recordings find Mama and the boys doing 18 songs in all, including her sultry crooning on Wild Women plus Young Girl's Lament; All the Pretty Little Horses; Silkie; Rider , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Young Girl's Lament
  2. The Banjo Song
  3. Winken, Blinken And Nod
  4. Grandfather's Clock
  5. Come Away Melinda
  6. Wild Women
  7. Nora's Dove
  8. Come Along
  9. Tony And Delia
  10. Ho Honey Oh
  11. Rider
  12. I May Be Right
  13. Anna Fia (Feher)
  14. Silkie
  15. Ringo
  16. Down In The Valley
  17. All The Pretty Little Horses
  18. Glory Glory


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00004YNF5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on February 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful group that deserved much more success, The Big 3 featured a young Cass Elliot, later of the Mamas and Papas, singing with a maturity and purity that was sometimes lost in her later work. The standout song, of course, is "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues", but it's not the only gem on this recording. The soft and gentle "Winken, Blinken, and Nod" is a personal favorite, and the haunting "Come Away, Melinda" is one of the very best and most artfully done of the anti-war genre. I think of it every time I see places like the former Yugoslavia on the news. Other songs on this album can set your teeth on edge with their raw, sexual energy. This last is a side of folk music not often explored by some of the more commercially successful groups -- remember, this was the early 1960's, when life still looked a lot like the 1950's. All together, this album is both an excellent representation of the 1960's folk scene and a window into folk groups who were doing things a little differently. It belongs in the collection of anyone who is interested in folk music, the roots of folk rock, or the three performers specifically. For Cass Elliot fans, it is greatly enhanced by excellent liner notes featuring interviews by everyone involved with this group during its too-brief existence.
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Cass Elliot. Just the name itself can evoke such an image and time unlike any singer like her. To really appreciate Cass one must hear these early recordings of Cass to really hear her soar. What do I like about this recording? God-so many songs. My favorite's are Nora's Dove, I May Be Right, Silkie, Wild Women, All the Pretty Little Horses, Come Away Melinda, and Winken Blinken and Nod. Yes these are folk standards, but to hear Cass sing them along with Jim Hendricks and Tim Rose is well worth any price! If you are infactuated with the sound of Cass (Tim Rose called her the 'most talented person I knew in my life)- I strongly recommend you buy this album!

The lyrics are sooooooo haunting. I bought this CD, gosh, back in 1998 or 1999 and I still play it regularly. The other songs on this CD are show their age, what Rock was trying to be in 1963-64 (I really don't care for it). It's all loud and hodge-podge. Very dated. Makes you kinda glad Cass didn't go too deep down that path.

This CD is also extremely beneficial to me as a Cass lover, because it wasn't until I heard these sounds did I realize how much Cass could sing anything! Early in her career, it has been mentioned she could bring people to tears with her performances in NY and Washington D.C. These songs evoke the same emotion.

When you listen to Come Away Melinda, Silkie, All the Pretty Little Horses, Winken Blinken And Nod tears will well up in your eyes.

Cass had so much to fight against. She was overweight. She wasn't considered an 'ideal' beauty. She had to fight sexism and an all-male recording industry. I think many of us would have given up and backed down. But not Cass. She persevered. How she did it, is one of the most untold stories of our times.
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If you're a fan of Cass Elliot you owe it to yourself to treat yourself to this album. It's an eclectic mixture of folk songs...some from your childhood like "All the Pretty Little Horses" and some foreign ones like my personal favorite, the haunting "Silkie". Throughout the collection, Cass's beautiful clear voice rings through. The Big Three used to play at the Cellar Door in Georgetown (DC) and when I went to college in 1965, this was the album that was constantly played in the dorm...we even took it to painting class! We literally wore the grooves off of it, which is why I'm so delighted that it's been reproduced on CD.
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