Mama Said (album)

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Mama Said
Lenny Kravitz-Mama Said (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released April 2, 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre
Length 52:38
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Let Love Rule
(1989)Let Love Rule1989
Mama Said
(1991)
Are You Gonna Go My Way
(1993)Are You Gonna Go My Way1993
Singles from Mama Said
  1. "Always on the Run"
    Released: March 8, 1991
  2. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
    Released: June 6, 1991
  3. "Fields of Joy"
    Released: July 16, 1991
  4. "Stand by My Woman"
    Released: August 13, 1991
  5. "What the Fuck Are We Saying?"
    Released: September 28, 1991
  6. "Stop Draggin' Around"
    Released: December 27, 1991
  7. "What Goes Around Comes Around"
    Released: January 29, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[5]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
Select4/5[9]

Mama Said is the second studio album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released in April 1991 by Virgin Records. Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash co-wrote and played on the song "Always on the Run". He also played on the song "Fields of Joy". The song "All I Ever Wanted" was co-written by Sean Lennon.

Although the album has sold enough copies to be certified double platinum, the RIAA still has it listed as platinum. In the UK, the album reached number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2012, Virgin Records released an expanded, double-disc version of the album with a number of remixes and bonus tracks.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Lenny Kravitz, except where noted.

  1. "Fields of Joy" (Michael Kamen, Hal Fredricks) – 3:57
  2. "Always on the Run" (Kravitz, Slash) – 3:53
    • Featuring Slash
  3. "Stand by My Woman" (Kravitz, Henry Hirsch, Stephen Mark Pasch, Anthony Krizan) – 4:16
  4. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  5. "More Than Anything in This World" – 3:43
  6. "What Goes Around Comes Around" – 4:40
  7. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48
  8. "Stop Draggin' Around" – 2:37
  9. "Flowers for Zoë" – 2:45
  10. "Fields of Joy (Reprise)" (Kamen, Fredricks) – 3:59
    • Arranged by Kravitz
  11. "All I Ever Wanted" (Kravitz, Sean Ono Lennon) – 4:04
  12. "When the Morning Turns to Night" – 2:58
  13. "What the Fuck Are We Saying?" – 5:13
  14. "Butterfly" – 1:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, electric sitar
  • Slash – guitar solos on tracks 1 and 2
  • Henry Hirsch – keyboards, bass, string machine on various tracks
  • Karl Denson – saxophone on tracks 2, 3, 6 and 13
  • Butch Thomas – saxophone on track 2
  • Mike Hunter - trumpet on track 2
  • Phenix Horns – horns on track 4
  • Zoro - drums on track 6
  • Lebron Scott - bass on track 6
  • Adam Widoff - guitar on track 6
  • David Domanich - drums on track 8
  • Nancy Ives - cello on track 9
  • Sean Ono Lennon - piano on track 11
  • Engineering by David Domanich and Henry Hirsch
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Studios
  • Mixed by Henry Hirsch at Waterfront Studios
  • Art direction by Melanie Nissen
  • Artwork design by Tom Bouman
  • Photography by James Colderaro

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[13] none 339,600 [14]*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[17] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,880,000[21]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mama Said – Lenny Kravitz". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (April 4, 1991). "Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Farber, Jim (April 12, 1991). "Mama Said". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staunton, Terry (August 2012). "Lenny Kravitz – Mama Said: 21st Anniversary Deluxe Edition". Record Collector (404). Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (April 18, 1991). "Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Appleford, Steve (2004). "Lenny Kravitz". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 470. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Kirsch, Michele (May 1991). "No Hippy Schtick". Select (11): 74. 
  10. ^ "Official Lenny Kravitz page for the expanded version". Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Mama said" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Lenny Kravitz in the field Interpret. Enter Mama said in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Mama said". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Are you gonna go my way" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  14. ^ http://infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=1050
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lenny kravitz; 'Mama said')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Lenny kravitz – Mama said" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  Enter Mama said in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  17. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Lenny kravitz; 'Mama said')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Mama said". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Mama said in the search field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Mama said". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  21. ^ Basham, David (27 August 2001). "Calling All Chart Freaks: Michael, Lenny, Bush Under The Microscope". Mtv. Retrieved 1 September 2018.