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If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears

The Mamas & The Papas

1966

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If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears

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Most 60's groups had three choices: copy the beatles, copy the beach boys, or sexually abuse minors. These guys changed the game and did all three- Four stars!

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Great music, awful band/album name. This is their debut, and it features their two most enduring hits. Both "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin" are certified bangers. "California Dreamin" will always remind me of Chungking Express. Aside from these two songs, I enjoyed the rest but not much stood out to me. Their whole bit is the layered vocal harmonies, and that alone isn't enough to carry an album. But there's a nice variety to the songs, and I like how the lead vocalist would change for different songs. I would definitely put this over one or both of the Kinks albums we've heard from the same era, but not too much higher honestly. On a positive note, they sound like Scooby-Doo music to me. Favorite tracks: California Dreamin, Monday Monday, Somebody Groovy, You Baby. Album art: A funny picture to be sure. It almost seems like it would be a cheesy comedy album. I don't know much about the band's composition, but I appreciate that the men and women are sharing the spotlight. 4/5

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“If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” by The Mamas and the Papas (1966) Any album that contains three megahits (‘Monday, Monday”, “Go Where You Wanna Go”, and “California Dreamin’”) is worth a serious listen. And after 55 years, “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’” still hold their own as superlatively listenable songs, evoking reverie and wistfulness in the hearts those who listen to them, even if they’ve never heard them before. Stepping back and reviewing the entire album, it is clear why this is the case. The four members of this singing quartet had backgrounds in the folk vocal ensemble revival of the early 1960s (Journeymen, Mugwumps, Big 3), which singer/songwriter John Phillips harnessed into a powerful blend. It goes way beyond “Hootenanny” and “Shindig!” His arrangements were inspired. Some of the flaws are indicative of the age—unfortunate static in the right channel on the intro to “Monday, Monday”; too much separation in the stereo mix; gimmicky and dated syncopation; limited instrumental colorings; the improper use of the apostrophe on the cover text (okay, that’s a bit picky). But there are no songs on this record that are truly ‘clunkers’. John Phillips has superb arranging skills. Harmony. Harmony. Harmony. A number of folk purists might have been disappointed to hear jazz chords in the vocals, but these are probably the same people who turned against Bob Dylan when he went electric at the July 1965 Newport Folk Festival. In fact, The Mamas and the Papas were propelling popular music in the direction it was destined to go, and commercial folk was dying. The forward-looking eclecticism of this record is part of its genius. Vocal performances on the album are legendary. The unison pairings (J. Phillips/Doherty and Elliot/M. Phillips) are very tight, and the slightly rapid vibrato of all four singers, while too sparingly utilized, is remarkably synchronized. Denny Doherty has fine voice, singing lead on both “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’”. But here he lacks a soulful embrace of the meaning of what he was singing. He famously said of “Monday, Monday” that “it was a dumb fuckin’ song about a day of the week.” Boy, did he miss the point. Michelle Phillips brings a sweet (albeit not powerful) soprano to the blend. But the star vocalist in this quartet is, of course, Cass Elliot. At home as a contralto, she has great range and power that place her as one of the greatest female vocalists in pop/rock history. I suspect that the stereo mix on the album was deliberately intended to be dramatically different from the mono mix of the 45 rpm single and AM radio airplay. In any case, a serious listener today needs to studiously ignore the exaggerated separation. It’s altogether a fine work of art, standing as a monument to the soul of the sixties. 4/5

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Too LA faux hippie for my SF tastes. The only boring act at Monterey, but kudos for putting it together. Is this going to be 1001 white people? Just checking.

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Cass was in love with Denny. But Denny was in love with Michelle. And Michelle was married to John. As for John… well you can look him up yourself but he was a seriously troubled individual… Yet despite - or because of? - these tensions (I Saw Her Again was written after the discovery of Denny and Michelle’s affair) the quartet made some exquisite sounding records many of which feature here. Despite the gorgeous four part harmonies and seeming uplifting music, the lyrics often hint at something darker - California Dreamin’ sounds like summer but is really a man in a freezing church thinking of leaving his partner - adding layers of depth and nuance. At times the group fall back on perfectly serviceable if a little underwhelming covers of recent soul and pop hits but really hit their stride with their own punchy compositions - Monday, Monday, Go Where You Wanna Go and Straight Shooter are perfect sixties tracks. Their career was astonishingly brief, recording and performing together for just four years, but left a catalogue of era defining music. As for whether they made a classic album during that time - probably not and this isn’t one - but it’s pretty damn good. Sit back and feel the vibe.

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Seemed a little conservative at the start for a mid-late 60s album. Got some beach boys vibes to it. Love how a lot of the songs have harmonies based on vocals.

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Another album that for me at first was difficult to rate on merit vs nostalgia. My parents had this album from the time I was born so putting it on was a bit of a personal time machine :) - but also the songs at first play (in decades) have such an overly sweet and dated sound to them that I found myself a little bored. However I did play it again last night through headphones and more-fully appreciated how awesome those vocal harmonies are. Since the mix was probably done on an old 4 track for most songs the 3 or 4 part harmonies are exclusively in the left-channel which makes them blend so perfectly I often can't even figure out how they create those parts. Also when you start listening to the lyrics they're nowhere near as "sweet" as maybe they wanted you to think :D - these guys may have had as much interpersonal drama as Fleetwood Mac did nearly a decade later. The two all-time music classics of "Monday Monday" and "California Dreamin" are so ubiquitous (commercials, tv shows, etc) and justifiably so but "Go Where You Wanna Go" and "Straight Shooter" are every bit as catchy. Gotta give this its proper due even if it's not something I'd ordinarily listen to - these are perfectly constructed pop songs absolutely "of the time" but with melodies (and harmonies) this good it's a keeper. 8/10 4 stars

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Vous l'avez probablement noté dans un coin de votre feuille ou de votre document Word mais j'étais bel et bien en train de ratisser les feuilles mortes du jardin de ma famille d'accueil lorsque j'écoutais cet album. Vous savez aussi que Robert a fixé à aujourd'hui la date limite à laquelle je dois écrire la totalité de mes critiques d'albums générés et ainsi rattraper le retard que j'avais accumulé. En cas de non respect de ce délai, il était prévu que Norbert Episode me rende visite (vous avez fait sa connaissance dans mes reviews de Black Sabbath, d'Animal Collective et de Kiss). Et justement, alors que je ratissais les feuilles du jardin, il m'arrivait d'apercevoir les phares d'une voiture roder autour de la maison. Je brandissais de temps en temps mon enceinte JBL pour signaler que j'allais être à jour d'une minute à l'autre. Au bout de quelques heures, les phares en question arrêtèrent de passer et me voilà désormais parfaitement à la page et disposé à recevoir le prochain album.

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The big hits are great, some good tunes and some stinkers. I l aways listen to the greatest hits and I see why.

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9/10 when my dad still lived in virginia w/ me, whenevr he had the radio on during car rides it was almost always a station playin 60s or 70s music. (usually 60s i think? also at one point a beatles channel was made and u kno he ate that shit up.) so basically whenever i hear radio-friendly 60s music i get kinda warm n fuzzy inside. this album is already gorgeous and filled with amazing melodies so when u add on the fact that a few songs from this got played on that 60s station its kinda like. oh damn.

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I really loved this album. "California Dreamin" was one of my favorites, of course, and "Monday, Monday".

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I love the mamas and the papas and this album I hadn't listened to by itself and it had some greats on it, but even the songs I hadn't heard were great. Just some great upbeat songs

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Love. Listening to them always brings visions of a carefree summer in late 60s southern California.

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5

Really enjoyed. Perfect classic kinda of music I look for. Would love to have physical.

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5

So many good songs! Good for summer listening.

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clássico

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i only know california dreamin but after listening, this is my favorite album so far.

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beautiful ❤️

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Great album, fab songs, beautiful harmonies

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very pleasant

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5

Mmmmm yes

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5

Awesome, very chill songs, nothing too heavy, really a good omage to the time periods music.

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5

Sounds of its time but still resonates today. Every once in a while I hear California Dreamin' used in a show or movie and it always hits super hard. Their harmonies are really powerful. Excellent album.

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5

Plays like a greatest hits. There’s not a bad track.

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5

Textured classics

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California dreaming...nice!

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5

Pues muy bueno. Con Monday, Monday, California Dreamin' and Spanish Harlem. Además de otras canciones que he añadido a mis favoritas. Un 5 en toda regla.

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Rock sesentero. Dos megahits absolutos. Un 5, claro.

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i didnt hate it

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Rock sesentero. Dos megahits absolutos. Un 5, claro.

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5

FUCKING BANGERS, love the mama and the papas

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5

Classic album with some great songs. True 5 star talent.

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Ik vind dit geweldige muziek! Leuke melodietjes, goede zang, relaxt, gewoonweg genieten!! Dit album zit vol met grote hits, maar ook een paar minder bekende nummers. Mijn favoriet is en blijft "California Dreamin'". *****

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EEeeeeeee

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5

Don’t really have much to say other than it’s just a super solid album. Every song suits a particular mood and they all stick out as unique and recognisable. Plus it has California dreamin on which is one of my favourite songs of all time so it’s hard not to give it 5 stars

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5

Classic album. Non-stop timeless songs. I would say: best debut album ever and should be in any in top 10 of any best of list.

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5

Wonderful, lovely harmonies, soul spirit music.

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Still got it

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5

Just great swinging music

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4

Sort of like the Beatles. Covered a few of their songs. A lot of famous ones too that I didn’t know where by them

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4

Harmonies are on point but you can tell it’s a bit dated. I’ll give it a 4 just because California dreaming is such a classic

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I love it

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Harmonias vocais excelentes. Muito diferente do que esperava. Destaque para as clássicas California Dreamin' e Spanish Harlem

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Jävligt nära en 5a "for the record".

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holds up nicely

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Vocal harmonies abound in this very 60s sound. California Dreamin’ is a classic

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4

Några av dessa låtar ligger redan i min mer aktiva playlist. Så snarare 4,5!

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4

I love California Dreaming. Some good old Hippie Music.

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Good feel good album with great harmonies and fun songs

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just what you'd expect

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Great vocal harmonies and songs that were stuck in my head all day.

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Less than timeless, but extra credit for the excellent production - sounds great for early '66.

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Nice hippy vibing album.

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Happy vibes. I'd have been a great hippie.

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so lilting it would almost be hilarious for someone to walk in while you’re listening to it. fav track: i call your name

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pretty cool but a little too folky for my liking

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one of the most influential groups of the 60s. although some of their music doesn’t feel as good now 60 years later, this album is honestly great and each song is unique but has consistency and style. something about the harmonies they make together, ooohhh :)))

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Sin comentarios...

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ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN

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Lovely sunny harmonies, classic pop. Fave track - "California Dreaming" - one of my absolute fave karaoke tracks because it's really easy to encourage everyone to sing along, whether it's singing the main lyrics, or the harmonies... 😍

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Some classics here

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A few of my favorites on this

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Definitely a band I've always heard but never came into my consciousness.

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I’m a sucker for some good 60’s California psych.

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Beach boys, but more "meet me at the doo-op" vibes. Only like 35 min long so quick sweet lil album

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Quelque classique california dreamin, monday monday. L’album s’ecoute bine et fait partie de son temps4*

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Pretty good. Beetles like

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I truly enjoyed it. Classic 60s pop with great harmonies and catchy songs. Perfect length as well. I would check out more of their work for sure.

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Álbum bonito, aunque el género no es mi predilecto, lo tolero en moods muy particulares. Es música que sí me suena ya avejentada, pero no tiene que ser algo negativo eso. La voz de Michelle Phillips sí muy bonita, y pues el hitazo "California Dreamin'" <3. Otras fav fueron "I Call Your Name" y "Hey Girl". No es un álbum al que regresaría en su totalidad. 7.5/10

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Stereo baby! Classic stuff, sounds from a bygone era.

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Excelentes melodías, acompañamientos y grandes clásicos que perdurarán durante largo tiempo

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a classic. v good

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4

Solid album, very fun and I didn't know some of these songs were even the mamas and the papas (maybe they're covers?)

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I love this album, it's just so full of good vibes!

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Tiene algun bajon que destaca más en comparación a su enorme hit, pero es un gran disco y de los mejores de su genero

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That was a fun surprise. This band did so much for harmonic bands to come. This is something I don’t see in bands today. They were so in tune and aligned with their band mates in harmony that I was surprised to read all the discontent going on off stage. Love Monday Monday and California Dreamer. Loved hearing the tambourine in all the songs! Their style reminds me of the early music of The Monkeys and all the other 60’s hipster bands. “Each night before I Go to bed my baby & whisper a 🙏🏻 For you my baby!” Is my favorite of their creations.

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california dreamin will forever slap

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Absolutely wonderful

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All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)

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Too folky for me but I can see why people like it

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Me gustó que suena a varias épocas (o sea 70 para atrás), esperaba pura cosa hippie, pero no. Me quedó con “I Call Your Name”

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Hmm

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A great pop album with great vocals. Best track: California Dreamin'

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Groovy choral music interspersed with backing strings. What's not to like?

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4

Pretty good example of 60s hippie love culture. Some banger singles. The album has great harmonies.

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funky

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Nice to hear the album linked to the song you have heard a billion times.

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Not music I actively listen to but a classic album with hits I have to respect

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California dreaming, what a track

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Excellent album. Vintage power

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Great

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7/10

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A very fine album see my other review for details

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California Dreamin'

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I really enjoyed this, the vocal arrangements are lush and overall it is slightly spicier in tone than expected. Free love and all that. Could’ve done without the uninspired Dobie Gray cover, but something tells me this isn’t going to be the last uninspired and unnecessary soul cover I encounter on this project.

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4

Love their voices. Especially Mama Cass's. Their best album by far. Sweet spot in pop music progression.

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4

A very nice album. Not sure about the rendition of Spanish Harlem which seems out of place and some of the other covers as well but lots of very good songs and the harmonies are slays spot on. 4 🌟

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3.5 for sure. 4? yes 4. I like this era of 50s sound merging into the 60s sound.

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4

Love this sound and it's very well done here. Easy repeat listen. California Dreamin is clearly the best track but really all of the other originals hold up in quality. All of the songs are a great length and stay engaging throughout. Several covers but still well done and enjoyable. Do You Wanna Dance is easily the class of that group. Easy 4 for me. Awesome for a debut album.

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4

When I got this I rolled my eyes and groaned. It's actually really solid, California Dreamin' is a banger

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4

The harmonies are on point, and the hits are hits for a reason. The deeper cuts on this album sound great, but they're kinda basic, which is the only reason this isn't a 5. Best track: California Dreamin'

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4

This is very solid, but I'm trying not to let my nostalgia factor (Dad LOVED '60s and '70s music) affect the score. I enjoyed every track - some more than others - and think this deserves its place on the list.

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4

An album where I've heard loads of the songs but never knew who sang them

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4

Nothing against The Mamas & The Papas, but I just don't want to listen to them often.

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4

Great to listen to. A real sound of the 60s.

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😎 I'm in with the "in" crowd 😎

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5th November 2021 Listened in the morning while getting ready to go to Lincon for the weekend with the pates crew. I adore half of this album and think the other half is slightly dated but they are such a great band. The songwriting is exquisite.

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4

Very nostalgic and 60s. Some really great tracks and I enjoyed this blast from a very distant past ! 4*

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4

some cool funk, some classic disco cheese

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pretty good upbeat

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7/10

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bra!

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4

Very jolly, fun to listen to, and nicely arranged

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4

Golden oldies.

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4

Really nice album. Very 60s vibe. Cool harmonies. Catchy songs that are a little more disturbing than they first seem once you pay attention to the lyrics ("Straight Shooter" for example). Very enjoyable overall.

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Classics

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4

The quintessential Mamas & Papas album. A very dynamic sounding album for the time. Fav tracks: “California Dreamin’” “I call your name” “Straight shooter”

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4

I liked this. It was very enjoyable, and I liked every song. Definitely pop, but there are small hints of psych.

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Monday Monday and California Dreamin remind me of my grandma. This is a solid album

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I liked this one, if I could give it 3.5 I would, but that rounds to 4, so here we are. I really liked all the interesting harmonies, almost gave some of the songs sort of an eerie vibe.

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4

Monday Monday

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California Dreamin' спас альбом. В целом, типичный продукт своего времени.

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Un album extrêmement satisfaisant de la part du renommé groupe anti LGBT un papa + une maman. Les discours homophobes dissimulés ici et là tout au long de l'album donnent un aspect vraiment authentique au produit final, on se remémore avec nostalgie la période dorée où George Michael n'éxistait pas encore. Un morceau d'histoire à mettre entre toutes les mains.

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4

Just a lot of fun

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The harmonies are incredible of course. The production is slick and a bit sterile and lacks the touch and soul that Brian Wilson and Phil Spector had. Nevertheless, this album is quite enjoyable and was a huge hit during its time and has given us memorable songs such as 'Monday, Monday,' and 'California Dreamin.' This album is doing something a bit different which in 1966 is saying a whole hell of a lot.

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“Embraced folk-rock, pop/rock, pop, and soul, and also reflected the kind of care that acts like the Beatles were putting into their records at the time.”

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California Dreamin' remains to date their most memorable refrain and their most exciting vocal counterpoint. The Mamas And Papas took harmony singing of the 1950s, adapted it to the sound of folk-rock, and turned it into a national anthem for the hippie generation. But listen to the whole album?(6,5/10) FT: California Dreamin', Monday Monday

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Genre: Sunshine Pop 4/5 Classic album, with great vocals, classy production, and some of the biggest songs from the 60s. Monday, Monday and California Dreamin’ are staples on nearly every classic rock/oldies station, and for good reason. Lots of filler for the rest of the tracks, but the I Call Your Name and Spanish Harlem covers are decent, as well as Straight Shooter.

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4

Strong strong 4

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4

Good and classic, a bit too slow.

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It's hard for me to give this less than a 4 with the timeless California Dreaming and the other 2 hits. To me the sound captures the mid sixties. The In Crowd has some life but most of the others frag a bit for me. It would have sounded fresher in 66.

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4

Very close to full marks. Really nice clean sound, simple riffs but interesting structure and instrumentation. Maybe a couple too many covers to put in in the upper echelon.

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Un dels àlbums per excel.lència de l'época hippie, que té la gran virtut de transportar-te als 60 tot d'una. John Phillips en el seu millor moment, i una banda en estat de forma increïble, amb unes harmonies vocals d'una altra dimensió. Massa versions per ser considerat una obra mestra, però no hi queda gaire lluny

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I sang a couple Mamas & The Papas songs back in high school choir (it’s been a while lol) but hadn’t listened to much of them beyond that. I liked this one, and it was fun to hear those songs from choir again.

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Good

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This is one of those albums that evokes a feeling of nostalgia and a time capsule-ness of late 60's hippy/folk-era. The quality of the harmonies are unmistakably perfect and though this contains some classic songs (Monday, Monday, California Dreaming), there could have been more consistency, especially with it's selection of covers. That being said, If You Believe Your Eyes & Ears is the essential release from the Mamas & The Papas and California Dreaming is the perfect song to help warm me up with because the place where I live drops to -30 or colder..."on such a winters day"

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Yeah I love these guys. A bit samey after a while though.

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BRRUUUUH CALIFORNIA DREAMIN C DLA BOMBE, HYPE D'ÉCOUTER LE RESTE. Jkiff

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4

Groovy, in a psychedelic Saturday night variety show kind of way.

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4

First, no to the apostrophes in mamas and papas. Second, did I really need to see that scuzzy toilet on the cover? This is a crap cover, literally. Ok, that's out of the way. I like the album a lot. Monday Monday is a beautiful song with fantastic harmonies. Love the vocal line on the phrase "that Monday evening you would still be here with me" (and similar moments through the song). Nice twist. Deservedly a classic. I enjoyed Straight Shooter and Got a Feelin'. I also like their very different approach to the Beatles' I Call Your Name. California Dreamin' is a classic, but sounds very dated. That's probably the biggest issue with the album - the recording style is very dated. I had a problem with Spanish Harlem - I know they didn't write it, but the line "I'm going to pick that rose and watch her as she grows in my garden" is creepy (I also thought that wouldn't be possible, but it is - who knew that the 1001 albums would teach me something about basic horticulture?). I call it a 4 because the harmonies are out-of-this-world good but the album sounds dated.

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"California Dreamin" is one of the best song ever written and recorded. However, this band recorded other beautifully produced tracks like Got A Feelin', Somebody Groovy or The In Crowd. I am also a complete fan of this era, rich in sound and emotions and this album perfectly renders this vibe.

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4

Rock hall of fame. AMAZING !

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4

Possibly the best album featuring a toilet seat on its cover. Huge classic nad much more than just California Dreamin'.

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I know the famous singles, but not this album in its full form.Monday, Monday is a great start to any week’s listening and any album. Clear sixties production and separation of instruments, great musicians and those amazing harmonies really made this for me. Some lovely songs, too. The slower numbers didn’t really suit my mood and Do You Want To Dance does tip into cheese territory, but the voices still (mostly) carry those songs too. Really enjoyed this.

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4

Lovely stuff. Even a decent Beatles' cover.

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4

I really love the harmonies of the California 70s and this holds up.

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4

I enjoyed this album. California dreamin is so good.

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<3

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good listen

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"Monday, Monday" on a Monday, thank you RNG gods

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:) it's fun

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Some good stuff here. I'd imagine this album was big with the college-bound suburban white girls. There's enough diversity in this music that it doesn't all suck. I really like the intro to Straight Shooter, reminds me of the Last Train to Clarksville track by the Monkees (both albums were released the same year). California Dreaming is a classic, but was surprised to learn it wasn't the Beach Boys. Do You Wanna Dance seems like a relic from the '50s. I would listen to this more but worry that it'd reveal my true identity...

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-Mega Garfield Vibes in "Monday Monday" -"Monday Monday" and "Straight Shooter" stood out the best -Overall nice calm-rock sound with harmonies

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Nice album, if the sound is a little dated. Several very good songs with great harmony singing, but also some songs where I started losing interest. Low end four stars.

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Fabulous, if a little one-paced. Brilliant vocals, decent lyrics, passable music. Very easy to listen to, or to have on in the background. Good, but not great.

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The harmonies on this album are fucking amazing. Tempted to give it a 5, but it's a 4 because of the cover versions.

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So many great tunes, would have been incredible to be around at that point with classic songs being dished out daily. Most of this would be on a Greatest Hits

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It’s nice. Love the 60s vibes

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Really enjoyed it ! Good singing, nice harmonies, catchy lyrics

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Still good piece of music, but seems covered with dust when played today

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All the leaves are all the leaves are broooown and the sky is grey and the sky is greeeeey

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Nice soundtrack for a weekend of family fun

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Tilgængeligt 60’er pop, vokalbaseret, flere kendte sange

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Nice. All of John Phillips songs sound to me like the Brady Bunch would cover them.

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eh, poppy

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Pretty good, liked it will listen again sometime.

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worst album cover

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Short - only 35mins long. Pretty basic.

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couple of hits but not super exciting, worth a listen and maybe even good for a vinyl if cheap enough

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Familiar songs and some not so familiar. Currently watching Mad Men, and could definitely hear this style of music in the later seasons.

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I liked the mainstream songs. But still hard to enjoy knowing the history of this band...

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california dreamin meuszovo

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Letkeätä Kalifornian meininkiä. Moniakin tuttuja biisejä löytyi vaikka nimistä tunnistin vaan California Dreaminin. Ihan kiva levy mutta ei kuitenkaan sytyttänyt ihan täysillä. Peruspositiivinen kolmonen.

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Nice

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Packs a huge 1-2 punch with go where you wanna go and California dreamin

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A fun and solid pop album though to be honest it mostly stands out to me because California Dreamin' was in Chungking Express. This Aussie gives it 3 Woolies out of 5.

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Very nice to have listend to an album of 'The MAMA'S and the PAPA'S'. I had never listend to an album of them.

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Fine but not that interesting. Covers or is about getting drugs.

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Great harmonies. The covers are meh. Love Mama Cass's voice so much.

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Another album with 1 great song (California Dreamin') and the rest is meh.

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One or two songs from this band sound good. More than that is a little difficult to handle.

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Great singing, amazing harmonies. Some of the filler songs are just kind of "meh" but overall a strong debut album. 3 stars.

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Don't listen to to much from the 60s but this was a fun and easy listen. Spanish Harlem was nice and Do You Wanna Dance had a chill vibe

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Første album -- meget spændende, men ingen fucking idé om hvordan man skal rate det, eller hvad man skal sige. Klassisk 60'er lyd I guess. Nogle sange var brandvarme såsom Spanish Harlem, Got A Feelin' og California Dreamin'.

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California Dreaming is great. So weird that this music was countercultural and edgy in the 60s, sounds today like cute songs children would sing.

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Warm feels for California Dreamin'

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Folk vocalists who are better at singing than they are at anything else. It makes me think of what the Beach Boys would sound like without Brian Wilson's musicianship. I recommend the tracks "Straight Shooter" and "California Dreaming", and only listen to the rest if you really enjoyed those.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are some phenomenal songs on here, but in between it gets kinda hard for me to stay focused... just kind bland in between greatness. Favorite Tracks: “Straight Shooter,” “California Dreamin,” and “The ‘In’ Crowd”

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This album paps a masthead anthem in ‘California Dreaming’. Some other gooduns too. Some Beatles inspired (or vice versa) vocals and guitar on a few tracks

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This album is not so special at all, but it deserves 3 stars for the absolutely special songs. "California Dreamin" deserves the 3 stars itself for being a great song itself.

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This was a classic album with hits like Monday, Monday and California Dreamin'. The other songs were fine and I found myself bobbing my head, but none of them were memorable enough to get a mention. I saw on the iTunes info that there was a lot of infighting with this group, and while it must have been tough for mothers and fathers to be fighting, at least they had time to all scrunch into a bathtub to take an album photo. Or maybe that is what started the fighting.

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Musialem pominac tego picka podczas daily przesluchu, skoro nie ma zadnej notki, ale pora to zmienic, na tapete leci the mamas & the papas czyli banda cztero osobowa tworzaca muzyke okolo rockowo folkowa, o dosc mocno popowym brzmieniu, na pierwszy rzut oka nie kojarzylem bandy, ale spojrzenie na trakliste i juz zwraca na siebie uwage california dreamin, jeden z kultowych trakow pokolenia dzieci kwiatowych, bo to rok 66, wiec zaczyna sie kounterowa kultura, nie mozna o tym zapominac sluchac tej plyty, bo niektore traki dzieki temu zdobywaja kolejne dno i tak jak california dreamin wieja nuta psychodelii, ktora dobrze wpasowala sie w tamte gusta, skoro jest plyta na tej liscie, nie jest to konceptowy album, a raczej standardowy jak na tamte czasy zbior trakow, ktore wczesniej ukazaly sie juz jako single z nowym materialem i tak wlasnie piosenki, ktore juz wczesniej byly wypuszczone najbardziej mi podeszly i laduja na plejce, czyli wspominay juz dreamin i otwierajacy monday, monday, dawno nie bylo tak dobrego mono mixu, ktory brzmi tak oldskulowo, ze az chcialoby sie odpalic go na jakims lepszym sprzecie i pomieszczeniu na to pozwalajacym, ale jest to dosc krotki seans, bo tylko 32 minuty na 10 trakach, odpalilem sobie video do califoni dreamina z jakiegos wystepu w tv i juz wiem skad tak potezne harmonie sie tam biora zarowno po meskiej jak i zenskiej stronie, bo to wlasnie wokale sa tutaj na spotlajcie, chociaz zdarzaja sie solowki czy to na elektrycznych skrzypeczkach, jak na spanish harlem czy fletowka na kaliforni dremowej, zblizajac sie do konca plyty mam dziwne uczucie, ze gdzies to juz slyszalem, zwlaszcza you baby, czy to tylko popowy kontent za mocno wszedl, czy gdzies to bylo samplowane

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nice. not sure i like my music to be nice but there you go. Saved 3 tunes and love mama cass.

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Pretty good, not sure how often I'll be in the mood to listen to it.

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Poop

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Happy to share that I do not hate the 60s as my scathing review of Pink Floyd suggested. Short groovy perfection in song form, they knew what's up.

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fine

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false

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Uber 60's harmonious pop. Best Tracks: Straight Shooter, California Dreamin', The "In" Crowd

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Not really for me Best tracks: California Dreamin’, Monday Monday

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Nice enough

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Exactally what you’d expect from a bunch of hippies that watch scooby doo and sing in bathtubs.

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Good listening... came out when I was in Third grade.... remember the bus driver playing it on the radio on our way home

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ok :)

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Not bad. Very of its time. California Dreaming is a stone cold classic though!

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Pop gems.

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Surprisingly nice and modern for its time.

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They're good but not for me, or at least my mood

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Very much a reflection of their time, and a fun pop band with great vocal harmonies. To state the obvious, California Dreaming is an American icon. Listening to the whole album, I was quite bored. The overall sound is not to my liking but I get that it's produced in line with the popular music of the time.

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I enjoyed this album. Though some songs are rather repetetive. I didn't think this album was anything particularly interesting though.

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Jedan sasvim pozitivan albumčić, volim glazbu 60ih. Daju taj jedan poseban osjećaj razbibrige i sreće.

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One of the defining sounds of 60s folk. A simpler time, when vocals and words could tell the story

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2 Sterne Abzug weil weil keiner meiner beiden Eltern dabei war

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It was alright, not really my taste. Kinda sounds like the Beach Boys except without the cool harmonic stuff.

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Easy listening

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Heard a Jens Lekman song that he sampled.

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another one I am looking forward two as I know a few of their songs fake out ending, monotonous opener but that was deliberate considering the theme of the song but an odd opener straight shooter gives me just dropped in vibes which came out a year later I call your name is a great cover "John... John..." go where you wanna go is about the odd arrangement of the group which makes Fleetwood mac seem normal California dreamin is a near perfect song for me "When they were recording that song, they wanted a solo, but didn’t want the usual guitar solo. John Phillips walked out into the hall of the Hollywood recording studio they were at and Bud Shank was in that hallway as well. John grabbed him and brought him into the studio. Shank listened to the hole he was supposed to fill and nailed it on the first take" Spanish Harlem is also a great cover if 8 or 9 tracks could be a 4 but bit hit and miss so a solid 3

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my ears hear different things and i don't known how i feel about this --> definitely off-putting id rather not listen with headphones cuz i dont like the effect of hearing different things in different ears No Salt On Her Tail - 2/5 not bad just not my thing Trip, Stumble And Fall - nice, i like this one better 4/5 Dancing Bear - hum idk about this one, quite slow probably not for me 3/5 Words Of Love - oh come on, this is sweet 4/5 My Heart Stood Still - sounds good, hits me emotionally definitely and i really want to jam with it , just the different ears competing that i didn't like 3.5/5 Dancing In The Street - i like but too much song break in the middle and the weird talking bit 3/5 I Saw Her Again Last Night- reminds me of the beach, its good just doesn't hit for me 2/5 Strange Young Girls - meh for me 2/5 I Can't Wait- this is hella cute 4/5 Even If I Could - soopa nice don't like the end of it though 3.5/5 That Kind Of Girl - i dont vibe with the lyrics but otherwise the vocals and music is nice 3/5 Once Was A Time I Thought - FUCK THIS IS KILLING ME, DUDE FOR REAL, SHORT BUT SOOOO SWEET 5/5 kills the ending 100% i think its well-made its just not something i will probably every listen to again 3/5 overall 39/60= 65% based on individual scores

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groovy harmonies with classic 60's rock folk sound. some great tracks and some not so memorable.

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// Favs: Monday, Monday Score: Light to Decent 3

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i knew some of these songs which was surprising yo me and i actually did enjoy them. i thought it seemed advanced for its age slightly and amazing singing and harmonies. 7/10

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Good stuff. Catchy tunes. Nice harmonies. Buuut, not my bag.

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Really chilled vibe, enjoyed the album

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California Dreamin' is the only remarkable track here. Not a bad debut album for the 60s though.

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California dreaming is good. The rest are just not my thing, but it’s not bad per say.

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California dreaming is a classic. Rea of the album was aight.

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Decent old pop album. The songs are upbeat and fun. Pretty quick easy listening album. Overall I thought it was pretty good. 6.3/10

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Nice vocals, excellent time stamp, and some all time classics in there

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Gorgeous Wrecking Crew pop tinted/tainted by what an awful person was John Philips. Worth a listen for the arrangements and harmonies, but not going into frequent rotation.

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al igual que la primera vez que lo escuché, pasó sin pena ni gloria.

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I need good albums

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Pleasant surprise

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Good best

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Truly a great album for its time. A little dated style now, but very enjoyable. 3/5.

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Alright.

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Docent

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It's fine. Monday Monday and California Dreaming are known songs and are good. The rest was just okay, to me.

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beetje bleiterig

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Great sounding 60s record, love the harmonies. California Dreaming a classic

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6/10

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Lovely classic.

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It's a good band. The best songs in this album are "California dreamin'" and "Monday, monday".

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Short and sweet. 6/10

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I liked it

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a little "old sounding" but i enjoyed it. some of the tunes were quite catchy. Def some songs i've heard from "somewhere" which speaks to the albums legacy I suppose.

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The famous ones are good.

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I was reading that they rejigged folk songs into this new genre of 60’s pop with harmonies. Quite impressive. Another interesting tidbit from Wiki was that the album cover showing the toilet was actually banned for being offensive! Wow. I find this flavour of vocal harmonies much more palatable than what the Beach Boys were doing. Wong Kar Wei used California Dreaming to brilliant effect in his Chungking Express, that song really made that film, it wouldn’t be the same without that song

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The album that makes me ask: "Whatever happened to all that hippie shit?"

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Much better than I expected. Harmonies were lovely, interesting the way they weaved in and out. Honky tonk piano was terrible though.

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This was okay - never really been exposed to much of them outside of their hits. Can't really see myself listening to them often but they do suit a warm summer's day. Minus 1 million points for those incorrect apostrophes, however.

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Definitely prefer Mama Cass. The music is cheerful overall but nothing really stood out to me besides California Dreamin'. Maybe would appreciate this more as background music in the summertime.

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This was my first time listening to a whole album from the Mamas and the Papas. I have heard "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'" many times. The rest of the album was less familiar, but I wouldn't be surprised if I had heard more than those two tracks. The Mamas and the Papas are not a group that I would pick for myself to listen to, but I do admire the layers of their vocals, which are a mix of harmonies and interplay of overlapping lines. "Monday, Monday" is the track I like the most from this album and perhaps from the band. It was good to hear a full album.

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Not too bad, some ok songs.

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Very conflicted with my judgment here. I listened to the album close to 10 times because I couldn't make up my mind. I admit it got better with each listen. The biggest issue for me is there are two incredible tracks (Monday, Monday and California Dreamin) - with great lyrics and harmonies and decent musical accompaniment - and then a bunch of other tracks. I was trying to figure out whether the rest were anywhere near as good. I really came to appreciate Straight Shooter. Go Where You Wanna Go was solid. The harmonies and vocals were quite good, and the lyrics provided some complexity; I Call Your Name was ok but I didn't love the vocals as much (lyrics are a credit to the Beatles). So, pretty good side one and great opener to side two...then? I found their version of Spanish Harlem annoying but Somebody Groovy was solid. Hey Girl and You Baby had some good harmonies too but felt bland compared to side one. Feels like a 3.5, and I'm rounding down to go with my initial reaction that still lingers.

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The Mamas & The Papas sing about 60s sleaze, but they do it in such a folksy, white way you don't even notice. Groovy, man. They remind me so much of "A Might Wind." Not surprised by it, but jst a general observation. The music sounds so... dated to me. Even the hits that I know, hard to believe they are well over 50 years old. But they are, and each one has the weight of those 50 year on it. I'd probably give this a meh. Recognized the songs I was supposed to, but not much jumped out at me.

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Many classic songs. Many songs appropriate for the era. Harmonizing gets a little tired when consuming the whole album in one sitting.

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Thought it was going to be super old school, but knew a couple songs. Overall more enjoyable than the album cover led me to expect

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Californian confectionary.

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3/5

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Three

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Groovy baby, like Austin powers in musical form

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Immediately, the feeling that one is sitting down to watch an office sitcom engulfs the mind as "Monday, Monday" drones on. Trudging along, "California Dreamin'" comes on and now if the listener has ever watched television or been to a department store, the familiarity settles in. Now, there is an expectation that if a band is capable of such a one-hit wonder, could it be that the rest of the album is worth a shot? Truthfully, it is, because this is a very safe listen. You can play this casually in the car with your windows rolled down and no one will judge you too harshly. One's mother could even be adequately assured that their progeny has not given their soul or subjected their brain to filthy music. Whether or not the listener can enjoy this album is where the real test lies. This is a safe album, there is no sense of profound, no lasting persona on part of the band that gives notoriety. This reviewer in particular does not look for any of that, but is simply pointing what should be obvious, and letting that be the guide. The album is fine. It is not boring per se, it carries with it a gentle nostalgia and an appropriate amount of hype, a reprieve from another overrated 60s rock band. Shots fired.

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Quality music, but trapped in time

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I think it was my first complete listen of this album. Very nice tracks, especially California Dreamin' (of course). I'll have to make my mind whether it should be on this list or not. Let me give it a few more listens. For the other morons around here, it's more of a 3.5 stars.

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Bueno

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What a weird little pop-folk album. It's not good. It's not bad. It's mostly bland. The production is so overly inoffensive it's ALMOST offensive. The lyrics and music are actually so mismatched that they create a level of cognitive dissonance and the overall effect is very ... cultish. Like, these people are clearly in some sort of cult that's barely papered over with a weird, mid-century, Brady Bunch/Beach Boys veneer.

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3.3 - Folksy 60s classics, but a little lame at times. Great vocals on "California Dreaming". Easy listen.

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California Dreamin’ is fantastic! Flutes don’t get very much dap in rock music. So, I’ll give a deserved shout out to Bud Shank for his flute solo, which I love. I also very much enjoy Monday, Monday. The rest of the album varies between mildly interesting to boring filler. Interesting side note that I Call Your Name is a John Lennon cover. The Beatles version apparently has their first attempt at ska in the bridge. It’s hard to recognize.

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Solo los singles

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It’s alright

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На удивление, альбом не запомнился, хотя он очень красивый и мелодичный, в духе Битлз.

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I'm going to start off by saying some good things about this album. Two of the best pop songs ever recorded reside on this album ("California Dreamin'"/"Monday, Monday"), and across the board, the harmonies that came out of this band are astounding. The Mamas and the Papas are still synonymous with the idea of perfect vocal harmony, over 50 years after this album came out. They sound so great here. That said, time hasn't been kind to all of the songs on the album, some of which come off as hokey and dated. The covers are rather bland, lovely vocals notwithstanding. On balance though, when the Mamas & the Papas nail it, they really nail it. It's sunshine in a bottle with a little melancholy on the side, which is still pretty charming. Fave Songs: California Dreamin'; Monday, Monday; Go Where You Wanna Go; I Call Your Name; Spanish Harlem

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Uber-melodic twee pop from a badly-named band next to a crapper.

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Kivoja stemmoja ja kaunista musaa, mut ei ihan uppoo

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Not my cup of tea

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Meni vähän ohi koko levy, mutta eipä ainakan vienyt mukanaan.

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Stupid hippy bullshit. sucked!

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I did listen to this.. mostly on my walk with Penny. It’s the record with California Dreaming. This sort of soft rock 70s stuff is typically my jam. Idk

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Just not the one for me, it felt like a lot of it blended together and sounded too similar, especially the B-Side! "California Dreaming" was the obvious best imo. "Go Where You Wanna Go" was also pretty good!

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Meh. Pretty boring.

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60s shit. Don't love it. Don't hate it. Isn't this the guy who had a sexual relationship with his daughter?

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Album has that flower power hippie vibe. Didn't expect much but ended up liking "Spanish Harlem" and "Somebody Groovy".

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3.5

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Gets old quickly. California Dreamin' is a classic though

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Levyllä oli pari ikivihreää hittibiisiä, mutta jotenkin tunnelma jäi kuitenkin laimeaksi. Jäi fiilis, tällainen kevyt persoonaton rallattelu on aika kuultu jo. Varmaan ollut aikanaan kova juttu, mutta nyt ei puhutellut.

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Not really doing anything for me.

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Este es un disco sin mucho chiste pero tiene California Dreaming, unas de las canciones MÁS CHINGONAS DE LA HISTORIA, OBRA MAESTRA, HITO, CIMA DE LA CULTURA HUMANA. ¡¡¡AAAAAH!!! QUÉ GANAS DE VIVIR Y MORIR VIVIENDO TU VIDA, PALMERAS, CALIFORNIA, SOL Y UNA TRISTEZA INSONDABLE. Pero bueno, Spanish Harlem está chida también. Su versión de Do You Wanna Dance awanta, Me encanta la portada porque Michelle Phillips me está viendo a los ojos. Es un sueño esa mujer. Grande crush de mi pubertad.

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Ameriikan Abba. Hitit hitteinä, mutta kokonaisuutena jäi vähän piippuun. Mikäs se on Kaliforniassa avoautolla ajellessa kuunnella tällaista kepeää popittelua. Saa tulla koittamaan Suomeen, toimiiko lonkeron värisessä maaliskuussa.

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2/5 No song strung any chord. Expected more from the album that has "California Dreaming"

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That albumcover is awkward af, as is the band's name. Background-listening American Folk. Very uninspiring, as that style often tends to be. Pleasant at first, but got boring real quick. California Dreamin' is still pretty nice, I also liked You Baby. Nothing else caught/held my attention though.

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Dated. More than pleasant by pretty samey most of the way, enlivened by the singles.

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Can’t deal with the California free love vibe.

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It's interesting to listen to this knowing that in my teens or early 20's I would have fucking hated this. Too happy, too peachy, too warm, lot of dated cliches. But that's not to say that I love it. I can just simply listen to it and it's generally unoffensive. But what occurred to me was that even more so I have the ability to enjoy this because I'm totally lost on the cultural context of this album. Not that I'm reaching for it either, this is the fruits of the internet age and also having only been born like 26 years after this album was released. That's how things are recontextualized and are reborn right? Nothing wrong in that. It's more emotionally relatable than the last album but it still doesn't stir anything in me. Not to keep harping on the context of the album, but I also haven't heard enough music from this time period to understand if this transcended or mundanely regurgitated the musical trends of the time. Again, I admit ignorance. Forgive me music gods, for I have sinned. I listen to black metal and experimental hip hop mostly so cut me some damn slack. It's pleasant. There. I said something positive. Fuck you. Ok, California Dreaming I understand why it's such a huge single. The melody is pretty nice. I especially love the descending group vocals on the minor key, that's my shit. Bring on the sadness and nostalgia. Jeez I'm such a miserable fuck. I love how the melody ascends from the "all the leaves are brown" section of the chorus into the 2nd half of the motif. Very dramatic. Spanish Harlem sounds like the sequel to Little Drummer Boy. There's some nice, brown atmosphere here. I have no idea how to explain it. It sounds like old coffee stains on old yellow napkins that have sat in an abandoned diner for 40 years. I can smell it too. Are we all just dopamine exhausted and really sweet and calm music like this doesn't do anything for us? I feel like in order to attach myself at all to this album on an emotional level I'd need to date some vapid wish it was the 70's Nashville transplant white girl and suffer through her taste in music until she left me for a much more handsome, masculine, cowboy looking motherfucker that works at a bar of some bougie hotel downtown, and when nobody's looking I throw on this album and silently weep for the days we used to screw on the 2nd floor of the tall skinny she used to rent with her Lifeway coworkers.

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Singles and 60’s comps about coverbit for me ... like Bobby’s California Dreaming more ...

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Barely qualifies as an album. The two classic singles and the rousing vocal by Cass on 'The In Crowd' merely serve to emphasise the paucity of the other anaemic covers and the third rate fillers.

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Really really really really not my kind of thing. However, California Dreaming is a classic, but this is just so not my thing. 2/5

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Sounds to me like Beatles-meets-Monkees here and there, could definitely use more of the former as the slow, shambling one-note ballads could use some more lyrical and instrumental variation to move things along.

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Not a huge fan of the California pop scene. Not a bad album, just not my thing.

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This album is the worst thing Papa John Phillips ever did

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Sounds a bit dated. A couple of cover fillers that don't stand up.

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Meh

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It was fine. Nothing incredible outside a few songs (e.g. California Dreamin’). The rest kind of just sounds like so many other artists at the time. 4/10

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great harmonies - but I will try the mono mix as the stereo version was mixed in cinemascope with most things WAY over to one side or the other and not much in the middle.

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The hits are the hits, California Dreaming by far the best track. Everything else more mellow folk with Beach Boy harmony.

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Didn't massively grab me, but California Dreamin' is always a joy. Fav new track: Straight Shooter

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Very 60s. Couldn't stand listening to this

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3 or maybe a 2. Nothing really sticks out.

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Couple of crackers

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California Dreamin' is great but all of the covers are pretty bad, especially 'I Call Your Name'.

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A bit disappointing, to be quite honest. I knew nothing other than California Dreamin' (which is spectacular), and the rest of the album couldn't live up to it. It's perfectly acceptable folksy pop music, but it doesn't offer much more than that outside of a track or two. They don't make the most of the girls' voices (which are stronger than the guys). The very last track is great because of this, it's much more powerful and has some proper oomph. Also, the out of place apostrophes on the album cover annoy me. 2/5.

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Some familiarity and a sound of its era but it's nothing outstanding, just fine background stuff.

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2 good songs

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The stereo mix sounded weird on my AirPods. It was far too stretched - almost like listening to two different albums simultaneously. The album is strongest with the cover versions. Spanish Harlem and The In Crowd stand out. An interesting album from a historical perspective, but it doesn't speak to me in 2022.

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well, its okay. But I'll probably wont listen to it again intentionally

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Stand out songs: Straight Shooter

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It's your typical 60's pop album. Really nothing special. There was much more quality around at that time. California Dreaming is still a great song though, but rises above the rest of the album.

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Keine akustische Vollkatastrophe, bloß belanglos.

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Didn’t dig it

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I have never felt so physically revolted by the sound of music.

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couple of songs

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California Dreamin stands so far and above the other tracks in terms of production, vocals and quality it’s like it’s a completely different band. Holy balls. After reading the controversy, I’m done with them.

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Meh. Ikkje så veldig fan av slik pop-rock utført på denne måten. Og sangen "Do you wanna dance" fortjener -3000 i score. :P

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test

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good vibez

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i only like california dreaming because of chungking express...but yeah generally not into this vibe..

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