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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Box Set Of 2005!
You need no other CD by the "Mamas and the Papas" if you own this 4 CD set of 101 songs. It is ALL inclusive. Not one song is missed in their history. Some of the studio clatter can be annoying, but the big fans won't mind it. It is the equivalent to the sixties type version of `ABBA's" box set, "Thanks You For The Music" in its inclusiveness.
Some of the highlights...
Published on 20 Mar 2005 by Martin A Hogan

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The songs are great, however the CD transfer is not...
I bought this anthology/4 CD with high expectations and was not disappointed with the quality of the music. The booklet and performance of all songs are great, but the transfer to CD is not! During the remastering proces the audio mid-range almost has disappeared, like all songs were recorded in a bathroom, and no audio depth at all (as on their 33 rpm LP's). Michelle and...
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by R. Alberts


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Box Set Of 2005!, 20 Mar 2005
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Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" (San Francisco, CA. (Hercules)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Complete Anthology (Audio CD)
You need no other CD by the "Mamas and the Papas" if you own this 4 CD set of 101 songs. It is ALL inclusive. Not one song is missed in their history. Some of the studio clatter can be annoying, but the big fans won't mind it. It is the equivalent to the sixties type version of `ABBA's" box set, "Thanks You For The Music" in its inclusiveness.
Some of the highlights are the Beatles covers as well as the `live' versions on the Ed Sullivan Show and the "Monterrey music Festival" (completely arranged and invented by John Phillips!).
Don't freak out - all songs have been digitally remastered and the sound is fantastic! Mind you, even in the sixties, their production team made an extra effort to accentuate the stereo sound (try listening to "California Dreamin'" with jus the left channel and then just the right channel). It's like two different songs, which should not be a surprise, as John Phillips was a master at vocal arraignments. I only wish they had recorded John Philips song "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)".
The 74-page booklet and 100 photos is a wonderful addition in a time when box sets can be terribly short on information. This is the box set of the year. Enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'" , YESTERDAY, TODAY AND ALWAYS!!!, 7 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Complete Anthology (Audio CD)
For anyone just discovering and falling in love with the musical genius of John, Michelle, Cass, and Denny, collectively known as The Mamas & The Papas, this set will be a dream-come-true. It has it all...(well, almost all) from the five studio albums to their unrehearsed live performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in the Summer of Love, 1967. It's all here on four incredible discs, including many solo performances (and a few group performances) never released on CD until now. A beautiful set with photos galore and liner notes from former group member Michelle Phillips and musicologist Paul Grein that are in-depth, entertaining, and a rewarding read!! For those of us who have known the magic circle of their sound from the very beginning, it is a delight to see their music finally given the boxed-set treatment. It is way overdue for an award-winning group that will never be surpassed in the beauty of their harmonies and in their original sound. Go out - right now - and buy it. Buy two!! You won't be disappointed, you'll be dancing in the streets all over again. (C'mon America, get a clue, and release it here in the States as well!!!!).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Set!, 12 Oct 2004
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gus94569 (Minnesota, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Complete Anthology (Audio CD)
I have been a Mamas and Papas fan since purchasing a 2 CD greatest hits several years ago. When I saw this was going to be released I was very excited to add it to my collection.
I was not disappointed once receiving this release, all the songs are included-the album versions-the single versions, even solo work from each member of the group even songs with their backup vocals with Barry McGuire is included. The only thing that disappoints is the lack of the material from any of the 4 members pre-Mamas and Papas days which has been included in other greatest hits releases.
If you are simply a casual fan of this harmony driven fab four I would recommend another greatest hits package that is not quite as extensive in its content or as expensive as this release, but if your want practically everything released and hours of harmony coming through your speakers / headphones this is the purchase for you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CALIFORNIA DREAMIN', TODAY AND ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!, 2 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Complete Anthology (Audio CD)
For anyone just discovering and falling in love with the musical genius of John, Michelle, Cass, and Denny, collectively known as The Mamas & The Papas, this set will be a dream-come-true. It has it all... (well, almost all) from the five studio albums to their unrehearsed live performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in the Summer of Love, 1967. It's all here on four incredible discs. Including many solo performances (and a few group performances) never released on CD until now. A beautiful set with photos galore and liner notes that are in-depth, entertaining, and a rewarding read!! For those of us who have known the magic circle of their sound from the very beginning, it is a delight to see their music finally given the deluxe boxed-set treatment. It is way overdue for a group that will never be surpassed in the beauty of their harmonies and in their original sound. Go out - right now - and buy it. You won't be disappointed, you'll be dancing in the streets. (C'mon America, get a clue, and release it in the States as well!!!!!!!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class complete collection, 27 Aug 2012
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent compilation of all of the tracks and albums from the group The Mamas and Papas. Everything you could need is here spread over four discs.
The first three discs focus on the group and the albums and disc four contains various tracks of the group and solo recordings. It is a great release with an impressive booklet.
You will still need to get other releases if you want everything that Cass Eliot or the other members recorded as solo artists. But as far as the group is concerned this is a great compilation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The songs are great, however the CD transfer is not..., 9 Jun 2012
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R. Alberts (Netherlands, Europe) - See all my reviews
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I bought this anthology/4 CD with high expectations and was not disappointed with the quality of the music. The booklet and performance of all songs are great, but the transfer to CD is not! During the remastering proces the audio mid-range almost has disappeared, like all songs were recorded in a bathroom, and no audio depth at all (as on their 33 rpm LP's). Michelle and Mama Cass even sound like screaming bitches, very distorted. Council higher volumes.
A too much filtered, dead sound on all 4 discs. At least the audio quality is far, far away from what is possible with SACD for instance.
I compared the audio quality with their rather cheap 'California Dreamin'' DVD from 2005 also (on the same players), and the mid-range is back again and no distortion in the audio upper range.
Summary, I do'nt recommended this anthology if you like music with an analogue, natural sound.
(The used multi-players are the Denon DVD-e3930 and the OPPO BDP-95SE by the way.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definite CD Set, 21 Aug 2008
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Renato Filho (Campinas-Brazil) - See all my reviews
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Eveything you've searched, you'll find in this cd set, including some solo material from the members and a extraordinary booklet.
Don't think about the price, it worth much more, trust me !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, 10 Jan 2011
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The Anthology of the Mamas and Papas is the only CD you should by if you are a Fan of this band. It contain all the music that they recorded and also some live recordings. Not only do you have thier music but you can sit back and enjoy it while you are reading all about them. If you like 60s west coast music you wont do better than buying this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oops, not Cass!, 1 Oct 2004
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Leslie Sahlen "Tomatah" (San Carlos Mexico) - See all my reviews
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On the track "Claudia On Thursday" the female vocal is Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang. Denny called Spanky when Cass couldn't make the session. For the latest news about Spanky go to [...]
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