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)
Mama Said
(1991)
Are You Gonna Go My Way
(1993)
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[5]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Select 4/5[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.

Mama Said became Kravitz's first U.S. top 40 album, reaching number 39 on the Billboard 200, and going on to sell 1.88 million copies in the US (as of November 2002). 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. The album sold over 3 million copies worldwide and established Kravitz's worldwide popularity two years after his 1989 debut album Let Love Rule. 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
  • Slash – guitar solos on tracks 1 and 2
  • Karl Denson – saxophone on tracks 2, 3, 6 and 13
  • Butch Tomas – saxophone on track 2
  • Henry Hirsch – bass on track 1
  • Phenix Horns – horns on track 4
  • 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

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 (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). MUZE. p. 25. ISBN 0195313739. 
  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. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Kirsch, Michele (May 1991). "No Hippy Schtick". Select (11): 74. 
  10. ^ "Official Lenny Kravitz page for the expanded version". Retrieved 2014-03-19.