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The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Mama's & The Papa's

The Mamas & The Papas

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Album Review

A collection like this one can't help but underscore what an amazing vocal group the Mamas & the Papas were in their prime, and songs like "Monday, Monday," the immortal "California Dreamin'," "Go Where You Wanna Go," the autobiographical "Creeque Alley," the frustratingly accurate "I Saw Her Again Last Night," and the gorgeous, haunting "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)" were simply great singles full of wonderful (and at times achingly spooky) vocals and harmonies and superb arrangements. The key tracks are here, with little filler, making this a fine compilation for those who just want the high points, although there's a good deal more to the story, of course.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The leading California-based vocal group of the '60s, the Mamas & the Papas epitomized the ethos of the mid- to late-'60s pop culture: live free, play free, and love free. Their music, built around radiant harmonies and a solid electric folk foundation, was gorgeous on its own terms, but a major part of its appeal lay in the easygoing southern California lifestyle it endorsed. The group's success was as extraordinary as it was brief, and onlookers may well wonder what went wrong with a performing...
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