Love you, Mama!,
This review is from: Bubble Gum Lemonade & Something for Mama (Audio CD)
This is very simply a must-have for a Cass Elliot fan. It ain't "Pepper" or "The Sun Sessions" or fill in your personal rock milestone; it's just a collection of nice little songs, sung by one of the truly unique voices in the history of pop singing. Her "I Can Dream, Can't I" proves "Dream A Little Dream of Me" was no fluke. Imagine the American Songbook albums she might be recording if she were still with us. (Rod Stewart? Please...) "Move In A Little Closer", "It's Getting Better" and "Easy Come Easy Go" are late 60s pop singing at its best -- so bright and sunny it's practically raining daisies. Ballads "He's A Runner" (a Laura Nyro tune) and "Who's To Blame" (by Cass' younger sis, Leah Kunkel) foreshadow the emotional depth Cass would bring to the truly transcendent "Cass Elliot" album two years later (it's the one with the wonderful Hurrell cover portrait). Even when the songs aren't great (the psuedo-Country "Sour Grapes", the forced nostalgia of "When I Just Wear My Smile"), Cass always is.
I read recently that Cass Elliot has been reduced to a "punchline" in recent years. If that's true, all I can say is, What a shame. Almost as big a shame as the fact that this sweet little bon-bon of a CD is only available as a Japanese import at black market prices.