Offered for sale is a copy of the Japan-only compilation LP The Mamas and Papas’ Golden Album by the Mamas and the Papas, complete with the rare original obi.
The Mamas and the Papas released their first album in early 1966, and by late 1967, they’d already placed nine songs on the Billboard singles charts.
For the holiday season in 1967, their American label, Dunhill Records, released a best-of album called Farewell to the First Golden Era, containing those nine hits plus three album tracks.
In Japan, the album was titled The Mamas and Papas’ Golden Album and it had a different and better cover (and a gatefold cover, at that), a different running order, and two extra tracks that weren’t included on the American release (“No Salt on Her Tail” and “Dancing Bear.”)
- California Dreamin’
- Monday, Monday
- I Saw Her Again Last Night
- Look Through My Window
- Go Where You Wanna Go
- I Call Your Name
- Dancing in the Street
- Words of Love
- Dedicated to the One I Love
- Creeque Alley
- Twelve Thirty (Young Girls are Coming to the Canyon)
- No Salt on Her Tail
- Got a Feelin’
- Dancing Bear
You can listen to “Dancing Bear” here:
About this copy: This copy of The Mamas and Papas’ Golden Album is an original Japanese pressing from 1967, complete with the ultra-rare and nearly-always-missing original obi.
The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the edges and corners and some foxing on the inside of the gatefold. The obi is VG, with a small split at the top and a tiny missing piece at the lower right.
The record is very close to M-, aside from a small inaudible mark though one track. The record has clearly only been played a handful of times.
This LP was issued without a lyric insert, as that information was printed inside the gatefold cover.
We’ve removed the obi from the cover for one of the photos so you can better see what the cover looks like.
A beautiful copy of a rare Mamas and Papas LP, and the only copy we’ve ever seen with the original obi.