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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0000062XR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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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.

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"If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears," the first album released by the Mamas and the Papas, is clearly the group's best album. "California Dreaming" was rocketing up the charts in the spring of 1966 when this album was released and introduced the crisp harmonies that John Phillips had developed through months of rehearsal in the Virgin Islands and hours of polishing the sound in the recording studio. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like when this sound was new and fresh. Of course, this is the group's best album (hits collections not included) since it has both of their greatest hits, "California Dreaming" and "Monday, Monday." Through into the mix the almost as good "Go Where You Wanna Go," the lovely "Got a Feelin'," and the awesome troch song cover of "I Call Your Name," and none of their other albums are even close to being this good. Actually, the covers of "Spanish Harlem" and "Do You Wanna Dance" are pretty good as well. Besides, pretty much as soon as this album was released the group started to implode from the interpersonal conflicts.
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.
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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 ¡X 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.
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every song is a classic,it epitomises the spirit of the 60's,do you wanna dance one of my favourite,monday monday reminds me of that dreadful day,it is depised all over the world,monday is the worst day of the week everywhere! apart from that there is great music and singing throughout the album
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Musically the 1960s is very much a favourite of mine, often US artists more than UK ones. Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons and The Bobby Fuller Four to name just a few.
With the Mama's And Papa's I really like California Dreamin', Monday, Monday and to a lesser extent, I Call Your Name and In Crowd.
So overall it's 3 stars, but fans of their music shouldn't be put off by my rating, you are likely to want to listen from track 1 to 12 and enjoy it all.
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this is an item that I have still on vinyl and of course no record player...so to find this on CD made my day I have played it over and over again and still not fed up with it.. thanks for this item.
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Back in the swinging 60s, you couldn't turn the radio on without hearing a Mamas and Papas song (at least Stateside). The songs were great and the harmonies silky smooth. Loved this album back then and, now that it's released on CD, I can enjoy it again. Nostalgia at its finest!
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The M & Ps are one of those bands whose Best Of album is possibly all you will ever need. Most of the best tracks on this fine album are on the compilation, plus obviously a lot more beside. As they mostly were in those days, this is a very short album, yet the band still manage to include two real stinkers ! Luckily they are the last two tracks, so easy to just eject the cd at track 11. Mama Cass has such a gorgeous, uplifting voice, that it is hard to imagine her coming up with a duffer, but sadly I reckon her version of "The In Crowd" is really off. Leave this one to the Ferryman. One star off for these two tracks. The other ten track are "groovy" though - simple enough songs, but all with the trademark complex background vocalising of Cass and Michelle. Uplifting after a stinking day at work !
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