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If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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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.

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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 2, 2001
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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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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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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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I'll disagree with the other reviewers on this disc.

The sound quality is fair. It's got nice high end, but it has almost no bottom end compared to the other releases on CD of the stereo mix.

AND, the disc has a TON of very obvious tape hiss.

During the fade out of almost every song there is a tick or pop that sounds like the tape causing static discharge when running over the heads of the playback deck. The mastering engineer could have VERY easily have fixed these problems, but chose not to.

And what's so special about this mix? The fact that you can hear the drum sticks click together during a passage that should have been silent? Not much else in this mix is different from the stereo mix which is far more enjoyable to listen to.

Now if they'd release the Deliver album in mono, THAT would be fantastic! There are rare alternate mixes for several of that albums songs which appeared on the mono vinyl release but not in the stereo mix.

As for restoring the toilet cover, that was done a few years back when the stereo mix was remastered the most recent time. Guess they forgot about that.

And if they're so proud of not censoring the cover photo, why did they put a sticker over the toilet on the shrink wrap?

Come on people! Toilets are NOT offensive to look at!
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