This 2 albums on one CD contains the Mamas & Papas` 3rd and 4th album from 1967 and 1968.
Apart from their first album "If You Can Believe Your Ears" the Mamas and Papas' albums were all somewhat uneven. They all contained one or more of their great singles; mostly written by band leader John Philips.
But the group also covered old pop-classics like "Spanish Harlem", "Dancing in the Street" or "My Girl". This of course made it harder to keep the albums consistent.
Some of their covers were quite succesful, though. On "Deliver" their terrific cover of the old Shirelles hit "Dedicated to the One I Love" was included. The Mamas & Papas turned it into a completely different song, and one of their very best recordings and biggest hits.
They also gave a fine version of "My Girl" , but it may appear a little too "poppy" and mainstream for a group that had the ability to write first-class material themselves.
The autobiographical "Crequee Alley" is a charming and catchy tune which also made the top ten as a single.
Their cover of "Sing for Your Supper", sung by Mama Cass; seems completely out of place to my ears. Too much "family-pop".
Though I don't care much for their version of "Twist and Shout" either, at least they give the song a completely different and original treatment.
Their original album tracks are mostly pretty good. Especially "Look Through My Window" which strangely enough only made it to # 25 in the charts. "Did You Ever Want to Cry" was perfect for Mama Cass'; a little like her classic "Dream a Little Dream of Me" from their 4th album.
"Free Advice" and "String Man" are also good album tracks.
Michelle Philips opens the 4th album "Presenting" with a charming acapella version of the old Shirley Temple song "The Right Somebody to Love"; you might easily mistake her her for Marilyn Monroe on that one. The song goes directly into their majestic "Save in My Garden"; another John Philips masterpiece - it undeservedly on made # 53 in the charts.
"Medication Mama" is another strong track, nothing like their usual style,almost country and sung by John Philips ( or Doherty?)
"For the Love of Ivy" is another of their favourites, though not a hit, it's included on most Mamas and Papas compilations.
"Dream a Little Dream" is Cass Elliot's tour de force. A great recording.
Their cover of "Nothing's Too Good For My Little Girl" is okay, but apart from the terrific single-track "Twelve-Thirty", the rest of the album is pretty forgettable.
Still there are so many strong tracks on this "2 on 1" CD that I'll call it recommendable; if you want a little more than just their hit-records.