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If You Can Believe Your Eyes [Original recording remastered]

Mamas and Papas Audio CD
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1. Monday, Monday
2. Straight Shooter
3. Got A Feelin'
4. I Call Your Name
5. Do You Wanna Dance
6. Go Where You Wanna Go
7. California Dreamin'
8. Spanish Harlem
9. Somebody Groovy
10. Hey Girl
11. You Baby
12. The In Crowd

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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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Import vinyl Debut album from the popular 60's group. Includes the smash hits, Monday,Monday and California Dreamin'. Universal. 2013.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears," the first album released by the Mamas and the Papas, is clearly the group's best album. "California Dreaming" was rocketing up the charts in the spring of 1966 when this album was released and introduced the crisp harmonies that John Phillips had developed through months of rehearsal in the Virgin Islands and hours of polishing the sound in the recording studio. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like when this sound was new and fresh. Of course, this is the group's best album (hits collections not included) since it has both of their greatest hits, "California Dreaming" and "Monday, Monday." Through into the mix the almost as good "Go Where You Wanna Go," the lovely "Got a Feelin'," and the awesome troch song cover of "I Call Your Name," and none of their other albums are even close to being this good. Actually, the covers of "Spanish Harlem" and "Do You Wanna Dance" are pretty good as well. Besides, pretty much as soon as this album was released the group started to implode from the interpersonal conflicts.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT STILL DROPS MY JAW! Nov. 2 2002
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The Mamas and the Papas had a sound that was unmistakable. They had that extra something that made their music more moving, more enjoyable than that of many other groups. After joining forces, these artists, like many folk artists of the mid 60s, added the trappings of rock to their music. Vocally, The Mamas and the Papas were incredible and they could handle a variety of styles. When all four sang together the harmony was bold, but they could also caress phrases like few others. John Phillips wrote wonderful songs, and here, five cover tunes are added to the fabulous originals. The musical accompaniment is expert; tasteful arrangements complement the vocals perfectly (acoustic and electric guitars, piano, horns and strings are used...copious tambourine and great drumming).
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Fabulous Classic First Folk-Rock Album! May 14 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Debut Is Still the One To Own Dec 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Plus!!!
This is great makeout music! On Do You Wanna Dance, Monday, Monday and Spanish Harlem, Denny Doherty is a singer par excellence!!! Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002 by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars STELLAR DEBUT!
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 more
Published on Aug. 1 2001 by TJAMES03
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest pop-rock albums of the 60's
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 more
Published on June 12 2000 by Michael Paulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A sixties MUST HAVE ALBUM
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 more
Published on April 10 2000 by William C. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a Feelin'.....
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The one Mamas and the Papas album to own!
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 more
Published on Sept. 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular debut!!
The Mamas and the Papas are one of my all-time favorite musical groups. Their lyrics are wonderful, their melodies are beautiful and their music soothes the soul. Read more
Published on March 9 1999
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