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This 1966 Mamas & Papas debut shot to #1-and spent a whopping 105 weeks on the charts! Includes Monday, Monday; California Dreamin'; Go Where You Wanna Go; Do You Wanna Dance; Spanish Harlem , and seven more.

As they developed and incorporated more of their own social lives into their music, the Mamas and the Papas became the model for other dysfunctionally self-involved groups like Fleetwood Mac. But none of that is evident on their 1966 debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears; rather, it's the quartet's dreamy vocal interaction that is the highlight here. "California Dreamin'" is a touching honeymoon of a song; and its follow-up, "Monday Monday," is much the same--though it comes this close to overwhelming sappiness. "Spanish Harlem," "In Crowd," and Mama Cass Elliott's lead on the Beatles' "I Call Your Name" are just as enjoyable. Though the accompanying music on this album was not the focus, it's every bit as strong as the vocal arrangements, with Larry Knetchel, Joe Osborne, and Hal Blaine handling the chores here. --Randy Silver

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B0000062XR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Of the four studio albums this highly influential group recorded during their all too brief career (1966-68), their debut is still the most thoroughly satisfying. It contains their two signature songs and biggest hits--"California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday"--and both sold over a million copies.
Almost every song on this album would have succeeded as a single, but by the time "Monday, Monday" was dropping off the charts "I Saw Her Again" (from their soon-to-be released sophomore album) was already climbing the charts. [In fact, their first three albums were released during an astonishing 12-month period!]
Whether doing covers like "I Call Your Name," "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Spanish Harlem" or John Phillips originals like "Straight Shooter" and "Go Where You Wanna Go," the group's folk-pop sensibilities and lush vocal harmonies make this album a real treasure.
While internal friction caused the breakup of the group by mid-1968, they left behind a body of work which rightfully earned them a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on May 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
No single group flashed faster to the top nor created more hype than the fabled the Mamas and the Papas. From their initial burst onto the scene with "California Dreaming" to their final efforts with "For The Love Of Ivy", they created a new, exciting, and melodramatic form of vocal harmonies into the folk-rock mainstream. The album featured here was their freshman effort, and it is indeed a classic, containing wall to wall hits with "Monday Monday", "I Call Your Name", "Go Where You Wanna Go", and of course, "California Dreaming".
The cover shot of the four of them gathered fully clothed in an empty bathtub was typical of their earthy presence and flair the unconventional. Within a couple of years they had conquered the pop heavens, had an incredible string on non-stop hits, and promptly dissolved among the internal frictions so common to mid-sixties super-groups like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and a number of others. Yet the incredible sound they created remains, and I defy anyone to listen to this album without snapping a finger or tapping a foot in time with incredible sounds emanating from the stereo. This album is a must-have for collectors of sixties folk-rock music. Enjoy!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Monday Monday on August 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In an era where groups were categorized as 'Vocal', 'Motown', 'Folk', 'Girl Group', 'British Invasion', and 'Rock and Roll', along came The Mama's and the Papa's (at the time, resplendent with their apostrophes). What, exactly, do you call them? Part of the magic of the band was that you couldn't label them with anything that existed at the time - they really did carve their own niche... then immortalized it in the 2 years they were together. Their effect was profound, even leading to a 4/4 time drum beat that's colloquially referred to as 'Mamas and Papas'. The Classics IV would name a song after them; Peter, Paul and Mary would dedicate an entire verse to them in their hit "I Dig Rock and Roll Music"; Donovan would write a song for Cass. The group was as adept at others' material (a full HALF of this album is comprised of tunes by other artists), as they were at their own.

California Dreamin' - an ageless classic which made Rolling Stone's top 100 of the best songs ever recorded, and with good reason. A haunting, minor-chord revelation, the song takes the beachy California confections of the early 1960's and gives them folk's depth and mood. And, by the way, the second verse ends with "you know the preacher LIGHTS the COALS, he knows I'm gonna stay (get it, it's cold outside, the preacher lights a fire for the wandering troubadour who's dreamin' of California - the Beach Boys cover of this song sported a video that illustrates this point with some clarity).

Straight Shooter - Rock and Roll, pure and simple. Driving, groovy, and downright sexy towards the end (listen carefully for Cass's grinding 'half of that belongs to me' at the end of the song).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gassy goon on November 27, 2010
Format: Vinyl
This is a review of the vinyl reissue LP of this classic album by the Sundazed label in 2010. I've listened to this album since I was 7 years old in 1967, and had the original mono Dunhill LP, then the stereo Lp, cassette, , a German LP reissue and 2 CD reissues. With The Mamas and The Papas, the biggest distinction of listening to them in mono, is that the vocals and instruments are all in the center. Having listened to the stereo LP's and CD's for decades, the layers of vocal tracks would be on both the right and left side channels. You could hear the switching between both speakers. With this mono mix, the vocals are blended more cohesively together. That is the biggest difference listening to this album in mono. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' really comes alive, with Denny's lead vocal, the backing vocals, the flute solo and all the instrumentals in a perfect blend. There are other differences, which are more subtle, with a nuance here or there that sounds just a little bit different. Basically, this Sundazed mono reissue is the same as the original Dunhill mono LP that was first released in 1966.

There's just a few songs which fade out a few seconds longer. DO YOU WANNA DANCE and GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO have just a couple seconds longer endings. Conversely, MONDAY MONDAY is several seconds shorter , just like it was on the original mono album. The sound overall is very clear and crisp, though with all the layers of tracks of vocals, instruments & the strings on GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO, it is more condensed than the stereo version. But what a timeless album. The album was sequenced perfectly. The music all fits together. Their biggest hits start each side. Denny opens the album with MONDAY MONDAY and Cass sings her heart out on the closer IN CROWD, a bombastic song with some jazz & R&B influences.
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