If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears Original recording remastered
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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.
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. Moody, haunting, call it what you like (I call it pure magic), this song is one of my all-time favorites by anybody. The flute solo alone renders me useless for hours. This was the song that put this group on the map.
"If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears" was their debut album, released in February of 1966. If you are thinking of purchasing this, I suggest first reading the reviews of "All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection," a release that brings together this album, plus the three that followed it, for a reasonable price. However, that release is not without shortcomings.
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