It was easy to get sick of Monday Monday and California Dreaming – big, big songs (brilliant songs) but when the sixties revival kicked in these were the sorts of songs that were ubiquitous – or close enough. I liked The Mamas & The Papas because my mum played a cheap Greatest Hits tape in her car non-stop for a good part of one whole year. I loved the vocal arrangements, the playing and a handful of brilliant songs. Once you heard more than those two giant anthems you realised there was a depth and breadth to this band; they’d been cheated somewhat by having only those two mega-hits in continued circulation.
That’s the case with a lot of the bands from the sixties, summed up by one song on many compilations, or even by one not-quite-covers-it Hits anthology.
I have got more into The Mamas & The Papas in recent years actually; heard a few of their albums – and a couple of meaty, multi-disc comps. But never heard this! Their debut. It has those two mega-hits on it and other songs well connected to the band. Plenty of material here I’d heard before – just not in this order, not as it was originally intended.
A pretty great album. It lines up nicely with the Beach Boys albums of the time.