The Big 3 Big 3, Featuring Mama Cass

Big 3, Featuring Mama Cass
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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Before she became a Mama, Cass Elliot was a member of the Folk-Pop trio The Big Three with folkies James Hendricks and Tim Rose. Together this harmonious trio tackled traditional Pop and Folk fare as well as their own compositions. Some of the vocal highlights are Mama Cass's crooning on "Wild Women", plus the more folk oriented "Young Girl's Lament" and "All The Pretty Horses".


  • 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

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The Big Three: Time Rose, James Hendricks, "Mama" Cass Elliot.
Includes liner notes by Richard Barton Campbell.
This compilation duplicates all but three songs from Sequel Records' 1995 CD, although the Collectables version may be easier to find. The most remarkable aspect of these recordings is the realization that Cass Elliot seemed to have a knack for finding solid accompanists and collaborators long before she hooked up with John Phillips, Denny Doherty, et al. James Hendricks and Tim Rose were, if anything, more talented vocally and technically more proficient than Phillips might've been at the time that some of these recordings were made -- curiously, the Big Three also covered "I May Be Right," a song written by Phillips' fellow Journeymen member Dick Weissman. The tendency is to lump the Big Three in with Peter, Paul & Mary, but there were differences that probably matter more now to anyone grabbing this because of Cass Elliot's presence. The hard, bluesy "Young Girl's Lament" and "Wild Women" (which is probably Cass Elliot's greatest vocal showcase from this period in her career) stand in contrast to ethereal folk numbers like "All the Pretty Horses," "Silkie," "Winken, Blinken and Nod," and "Come Away Melinda," and show a group with more range than PPM usually explored. Hendricks and Rose also show an affinity for the blues on those songs and on "The Banjo Song," which, in tandem with Elliot's singing, ought to have carried the Big Three further than they got. In short, there's more than historical interest to be gleaned from these recordings, and much better music than one usually finds from the "pre-history" of a major group. ~ Bruce Eder
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  • Sales Rank: 1,135
  • UPC: 090431621622
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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