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If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears

The Mamas & The Papas

1966

If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears

Album Summary

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is the debut album by the Mamas and the Papas (written as The Mama's and the Papa's [sic]), released in 1966. The stereo mix of the album is included in its entirety on All the Leaves are Brown (2001), a two-CD retrospective compilation of the band's first four albums and various singles, as well as on The Mamas & the Papas Complete Anthology (2004), a four-CD box-set collection released in the UK. The mono mix of the album was remastered and reissued on vinyl by Sundazed Records in 2010, and on CD the following year. It is the band's only album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. In 2003, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears was ranked number 127 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with its rank rising to number 112 in the 2012 revision.

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Rating

3.4

Votes

5508

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sat May 01 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

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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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

“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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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

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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Wed Sep 23 2020
1

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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

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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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

This album is the worst thing Papa John Phillips ever did

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Mon May 23 2022
2

Sing-songy, lite folk/pop, I guess this was the safe bet for office parties in the 60s if you weren't cool enough for Hendrix.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

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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Fri Sep 18 2020
5

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

So many good songs! Good for summer listening.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

clássico

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

beautiful ❤️

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Great album, fab songs, beautiful harmonies

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

very pleasant

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Mmmmm yes

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Sun May 09 2021
5

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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
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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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

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

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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

Textured classics

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

California dreaming...nice!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
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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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

i didnt hate it

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

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

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

FUCKING BANGERS, love the mama and the papas

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

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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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

EEeeeeeee

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Fri Apr 01 2022
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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Wed Apr 13 2022
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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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Wonderful, lovely harmonies, soul spirit music.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Still got it

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Just great swinging music

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Mamas AND papas? In this economy??

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

love this one. reminds me of the younger me in love with going to the city as a province girl + the musicals i dream of

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

I knew a lot of these songs, but this isn't a greatest hits collection. Talk about a great debut album! I'm pretty sure I've listened to this album before somewhere along the way, but didn't realize it was the debut. The Mama's and the Papa's music has such a nice effect on my psyche. There's something sweet and yet wistful in those songs that never fail to draw me in. Really special!

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

With delectable harmonies and a groovy 60s sound, this one really got to me. I knew I loved California Dreamin' and Monday, Monday. But I had 6 or 7 other favorites by my third listen. The vocals on The "In" Crowd give me chills on chills on chills. Excellent!

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

I was familiar with so many of these tracks from a “best of” album that I have listened to many many times. For the rest of the tracks, I very much enjoyed then too! I dig the harmonies and how their vocal tones blend.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

This was a really great listen for the day. All four times. It was kind of surprising to me that I had never heard all of this album. What a joy it was! I loved their original songs like "Go Where You Wanna Go" and "Somebody Groovy," and I really loved their versions of "The 'In' Crowd" and "Spanish Harlem." There is no other song like "California Dreamin'" and it was perfect to have "Monday, Monday" as the first thing I listened to on a Monday morning. Their splendid harmonies gave good vibrations to the whole day.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Wish it was longer

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

This is genius. I love these guys so much.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

I really love this album. Mama Cass had some pipes on her. Go Where You Want to Go is such a great song and shows off Cass.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

The mamas and the papas were one of my dad's favorite bands. I got to listen to this stuff in my teens. Coming back to it now is nostalgic. There sound is smoothe melody with meaning. Good stuff

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

I was a little hesitant at first, but frankly, great vocal performances, Californian flair, and counterculture folk was all I needed.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

sweet album. didn't sound like a guy who would have sex with his daughter.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Yes, yes and thrice yes. This is a good album, and my life is better for having listened to it. Yours will be too.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

I've long been a fan of the The Mamas and the Papas. My parents were fans so I grew up listening to them, and eventually became a fan in my own right. That said, I've only ever owned a greatest hits album, so a few of these songs were new to me. I was familiar with other bands' versions of "You Baby" and "Do You Wanna Dance," so it was fun to hear their take on them. It’s actually mind-blowing to me that this was their debut album. They weren’t new to making music, but it’s still crazy that they were this good from the start.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

A corner stone of American music history. 5/5.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Some of the best vocal harmonies I've ever heard.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

such great chill vibes. just want to lay in the sun listening to this one 💚

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Wed Sep 09 2020
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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Tue Dec 01 2020
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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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

I love it

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

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

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

Jävligt nära en 5a "for the record".

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

holds up nicely

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Tue Dec 01 2020
4

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

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

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

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

I love California Dreaming. Some good old Hippie Music.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Good feel good album with great harmonies and fun songs

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

just what you'd expect

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Nice hippy vibing album.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

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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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

pretty cool but a little too folky for my liking

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Sin comentarios...

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Some classics here

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

A few of my favorites on this

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Pretty good. Beetles like

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

a classic. v good

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Tue Mar 23 2021
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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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

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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Wed May 19 2021
4

california dreamin will forever slap

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Absolutely wonderful

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Wed May 19 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Hmm

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

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

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Tue May 11 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

funky

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

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

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Mon May 31 2021
4

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

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Tue May 11 2021
4

California dreaming, what a track

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Excellent album. Vintage power

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Great

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

7/10

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

A very fine album see my other review for details

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

California Dreamin'

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 27 2021
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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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 09 2021
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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Wed Sep 15 2021
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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Thu Sep 23 2021
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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Mon Sep 27 2021
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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

😎 I'm in with the "in" crowd 😎

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

some cool funk, some classic disco cheese

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

pretty good upbeat

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

7/10

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

bra!

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Very jolly, fun to listen to, and nicely arranged

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Golden oldies.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Classics

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Sat Nov 27 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Monday Monday

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Just a lot of fun

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

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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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

“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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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Strong strong 4

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Good and classic, a bit too slow.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 18 2022
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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Good

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

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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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

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

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

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

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

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

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Mon Feb 14 2022
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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

"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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Rock hall of fame. AMAZING !

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Thu Mar 10 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Lovely stuff. Even a decent Beatles' cover.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

I enjoyed this album. California dreamin is so good.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

<3

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

good listen

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

:) it's fun

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

-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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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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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Tue May 03 2022
4

It’s nice. Love the 60s vibes

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Sat May 07 2022
4

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

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Wed May 18 2022
4

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

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Thu May 26 2022
4

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

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Déjà eu en LP

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I was trying to think how this stands above the other 60s harmony bands. Great harmonies, vocals, orchestration and production and John Phillips songs are incredible. There are the hits, some covers and a bit of Cass too! This, the Beatles and Jimi are the 60s for me.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Production is a bit syrupy in places, but you can't knock the hits.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Mad decent

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Classic soothing ear worms

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Classic slapper

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Many familiar songs. Nice to hear them all together. Casual music fans are bound to recognize at least some of the songs.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

California Dreaming one of my favs. Enjoyable listen

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

The first song on this debut album open so strong and is a great and, as it turns out, timeless song. The quality stays top shelf with "Straight Shooter". All together this album is very impressive; some attitude, lots of harmony, very hooky, although also fairly dated. I've never listened to an entire Mama's and the Papa's album before, it would have never occurred to me to do, but I already know the majority of these songs; that's a lot of time tested hits. Even the songs I am not already familiar with are pretty good. Solid summer listening.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Perfectas voces.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

I feel like I'm at Woodstock. :) Really good album! Didn't realize how many hits came off this album.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Base do “pop” muito bem executado.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Two super popular tracks , Monday, Monday and California Dreamin' make this an iconic album. Tracks like straight shooter, somebody groovy, and the in crowd really hammer home the groovy swingability of this band. while Got a Feelin' and I Call your name and do you wanna dance round out the bands ability to make a crooning ballad, something i assume was important in the 60s. 7.5/10

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

It's a classic. 50's/60's style early rock and roll like The Beatles or Beach Boys. Very solemn sounding album. Longing and sad and loving.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Wow. Excellent record. I had no idea they were so good. Great folk vocal album, solid tunes and excellent vocals.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Like sugary candy from the 60's. Sweet melodies, decadent harmonies, and delicious tunes, and very enjoyable even if it doesn't have super complex depth. This album is super easy to throw on, too. Groovy baby.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Beautiful album, especially the harmonies.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

They parented the hell out of the 60s

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Iconic album from an iconic band of the sixties, with the iconic "California Dreamin'" hit in the middle of it all, but also other wonderful cuts such as "Monday, Monday", "Straight Shooter", "Go Where You Wanna Go" or "Do You Wanna Dance". Those four-part vocal harmonies sure suggest California sixties ambience like no other band of the time, except maybe the Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane or the Byrds. Nice balance of originals and covers on the first side. Unfortunately after the "Spanish Harlem" one, the songs are less striking or catchy. Obviously part of a list of 1001 essential albums, but not at the top of it. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 847 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 84 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 38 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 32

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Pretty good, though would've liked fewer audio artefacts, made them sound out of tune.

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