Mama Cass – Bubble Gum, Lemonade & Something For Mama

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Artist: Mama Cass
Title: Bubble Gum, Lemonade & Something For Mama
Released: 1969
Label: Dunhill
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Drums – Hal Blaine, Bass – Joe Osborne, Guitars – Mike Deasy, Ben Benay, Piano & Organ – Larry Knechtel, Steel Guitar – Red Rhodes, Accordian – Jimmie Haskell, Harmonica – Ben Benay, Percussion – Hal Blaine, Steve Barri, Phil Kaye
Producer: Steve Barri
Engineer: Phil Kaye

Not a lot to say about this along with the fact that it’s another example of the outstanding vocal talent of Mama Cass. This is a very positive LP which is also indicative the way Mama Cass always was in life. The only thing I noted is that the vocals are mixed ever so slightly hot, but doesn’t detract anything for the enjoyment.

Bubblegum, Lemonade and… Something for Mama is the second solo album released by Cass Elliot under the billing “Mama Cass”. The album was originally released on July 5, 1969 with only 11 tracks. It was released again on December 6, 1969 under a new title and with a different album cover as Make Your Own Kind of Music/It’s Getting Better.

Primarily a “bubblegum” pop album, it contains several other types of music, including country, tin pan alley and jazz.
The album came after the disaster of Elliot’s collapse during her Vegas show in 1968. Plagued with bills, the studio executives at Dunhill took creative control and felt that the fastest and easiest solution would be to have Elliot record an album full of music similar to what she had done with The Mamas & the Papas. Steve Barri was appointed by Dunhill to produce the album and choose the material while Jimmie Haskell did the arranging.

You might recognize some of the musicians listed, that’s because many of them were some of the better studio musicians around at the time and appeared on many an LP by a bunch of artists.
Who’s To Blame = Mama Cass

Music: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars
Sound: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars