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If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears Original recording remastered
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America felt the joy of discovery as this 1966 Mamas & Papas debut introduced their heavenly harmonies and John Phillips' visionary songs. This #1-smash classic brought folk-rock to the mainstream: Monday, Monday; Hey Girl; California Dreamin'; You Baby; Got a Feelin' , and more. Sourced from the superior-sounding mono masters, this limited-edition CD restores the rare, long-missing "toilet-seat" album cover!
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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Still, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears" should be remembered as a Sixties album on the level of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Pet Sounds," in terms of the exquisite way in which the songs and album were crafted. My contention would be that obviously you want to have a hits collection of the Mamas and the Papas (and there are several decent ones out there), but that picking up this first album would be worth it as well.
"Monday, Monday" should be known to most; it was a huge hit. There's a cheerfulness that's commingled with the song's melancholy. Many point to this song as having the definitive Mamas and the Papas sound. When Cass opened her mouth, one of the most glorious of sounds came forth. Her voice is quite sexy at the end of "Straight Shooter," and she's out of sight on "In Crowd." If you can make it through either of those two without at least tapping your foot, you've got some real self-control. Lennon & McCartney's "I Call Your Name" is slowed way down and given a triplet feel, which yields a barroom atmosphere. For me, "Go Where You Wanna Go" is one of the high points on the album. It's a brilliant John Phillips composition, given a grand treatment. The chords and melody are superb, the strings soar on the bridge and the angelic harmonies are ever so beautiful. The whole song is breathtaking! It still gives me chills. "California Dreamin'" is no less riveting.Read more ›
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!
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
Most recent customer reviews
Product description did not make clear this vinyl is MONO, and not Stereo.Published 8 months ago by PChang
This is great makeout music! On Do You Wanna Dance, Monday, Monday and Spanish Harlem, Denny Doherty is a singer par excellence!!! Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002 by Connie
THIS IS THE M&P'S FIRST ALBUM EFFORT - ONE THAT SHOT TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS JUST WEEKS AFTER IT'S RELEASE. EVEN A PASSING M&P FAN HAS GOT TO HAVE THIS IN THEIR COLLECTION. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2001 by TJAMES03
Coming at a time prior to the '67 Summer of Love, but riding the crest of folk music's metamorphosis into electric psychedelia, this stunning debut is packed with gorgeous pop... Read morePublished on June 12 2000 by Michael Paulsen
This was the bands first and possibly best album. Released in 1966 this was considered a landmark effort. The harmonies swept over you like breath of fresh ocean air. Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by William C. Stuart
After listening to this album, I've got a feelin' that this is their best album. I have all their other albums and I really love this 60's group. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000
This is it! This is the pinnacle of the Mamas and the Papas, the beginning of the decline of the one of the best rock groups of all time. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 1999