Mittwoch, 5. Dezember 2018

The Mamas And The Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears (1966)

In the spring of 1966, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears" represented a genuinely new sound, as fresh to listeners as the songs on "Meet the Beatles" had seemed two years earlier. Released just as "California Dreaming" was ascending the charts by leaps and bounds, it was the product of months of rehearsal in the Virgin Islands and John Phillips' discovery of what one could do to build a polished recorded sound in the studio - it embraced folk-rock, pop/rock, pop, and soul, and also reflected the kind of care that acts like the Beatles were putting into their records at the time. "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'" are familiar enough to anyone who's ever listened to the radio, and "Go Where You Wanna Go" isn't far behind, in this version or the very similar rendition by the Fifth Dimension. But the rest is mighty compelling even to casual listeners, including the ethereal "Got a Feelin'," the rocking "Straight Shooter" and "Somebody Groovy," the jaunty, torch song-style version of "I Call Your Name," and the prettiest versions of "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Spanish Harlem" that anyone ever recorded.

If the material here has a certain glow that the Mamas & the Papas' subsequent LPs lacked, that may be due in part to the extensive rehearsal and the exhilaration of their first experience in the studio, but also a result of the fact that it was recorded before the members' personal conflicts began interfering with their ability to work together. The work was all spontaneous and unforced here, as opposed to the emotional complications that had to be overcome before their next sessions.


"Monday, Monday" (John Phillips) – 3:28
"Straight Shooter" (J. Phillips) – 2:58
"Got a Feelin'" (J. Phillips, Denny Doherty) – 2:53
"I Call Your Name" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:38
"Do You Wanna Dance" (Bobby Freeman) – 3:00
"Go Where You Wanna Go" (J. Phillips) – 2:29 Side two
"California Dreamin'" (J. Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 2:42
"Spanish Harlem" (Jerry Leiber, Phil Spector) – 3:22
"Somebody Groovy" (J. Phillips) - 3:16
"Hey Girl" (J. Phillips, M. Phillips) – 2:30
"You Baby" (Steve Barri, P. F. Sloan) – 2:22
"The 'In' Crowd" (Billy Page) – 3:12

The Mamas And The Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears (1966)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

tonyon hat gesagt…

California dreamin, dreaming no more wild fires caused by criminals religious

tonyon hat gesagt…

...interstellar travel constant acceleration (without religious burning forests)... "those" religious-demented are burning the forests "infidels" in the entire World (in countries of "those" religious there are not fires), cheap religious-terrorism multi-focus always when more the wind blows away, obviously using tech-artefacts drones, balloons; and the religious-miserable occult-power Rome-saint (terror against reason, how they did to Galileo Galilei, recent threat: "the III World War has already begun") protects to "those" other credos and silences to politicians and Global Media (TV-news never says that are the incendiary-religious) for that the innocent people who still says "oh my god", do not know it a fact already evident: IS TRUTH THAT RELIGION IS LIE

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