Cass Elliot

Dream a Little Dream: The Cass Elliot Collection

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Dream a Little Dream: The Cass Elliot Collection Review

by Richie Unterberger

This 18-track set leans heavily on her earliest solo material, when she was recording for Dunhill, although it does have a few songs taken from RCA recordings made just before her death. Away from the Mamas & the Papas, Elliot (initially billed as Mama Cass) went into more of an MOR direction, somewhere between the Mamas & the Papas and Vegas. Frankly, she could sound like a hip variation on Ethel Merman. Even the two Top 40 hits that Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil wrote for her in late 1969, "It's Getting Better" and "Make Your Own Kind of Music," are brassy belters with an almost desperate optimism. Those hits are included here, along with her 1968 Top 20 entry "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (which was actually a Mamas & the Papas track), another Mann-Weil-penned single ("New World Coming"), a cover of Bruce Johnston's "Disney Girls," and a pre-Mamas & the Papas cut that she sang as part of the Big Three.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 01:16
2 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:19
3 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:09
4 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:13
5 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:03 Amazon
6 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:03 Amazon
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Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:39
8 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:26
9 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:56 Amazon
10 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:37 Amazon
11 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:12 Amazon
12 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:49 Amazon
13 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 02:54 Amazon
14 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 04:09 Amazon
15 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:32 Amazon
16
Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 00:07 Amazon
17 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:34 Amazon
18 Cass Elliot feat: Mama Cass 03:14
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