Mamas and the Papas – The Mamas and the Papas 1966 Japan LP with obi


An original Japanese pressingof the self-titled 1966 second LP by the Mamas and the Papas, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese first pressing of the self-titled 1966 second LP by the Mamas and the Papas, complete with original obi and alternate cover art.

About this copy: This copy of The Mamas and the Papas is a Japanese first issue on the Victor label.  The first pressing featured a unique cover that appeared only on the original Japanese issue.

The cover wasn’t used anywhere else and later Japanese issues used the same cover art as the American pressing (see photo.)

This copy is in exceptional condition and includes the nearly-always-missing obi.

The cover is M- and looks like new.   As far as we know, this LP was issued without an insert.

The disc is VG++, and very close to M-, with just a couple of faint scuffs and a few spindle marks on the label.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP that’s nearly impossible to find complete.

Background: Released just 8 months after their debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, the second album by the Mamas and the Papas, the self-titled The Mamas and the Papas, performed almost as well as the first album.

The Mamas and the Papas reached #4 on the Billboard charts, was certified gold by the RIAA, and had four hit singles “Dancing Bear,” “I Saw Her Again,” “Words of Love,” and “Dancing in the Street.”

When originally released in August, 1966, The Mamas and the Papas was released in both mono and stereo.  Though the album stayed in print through the early 1970s, the mono pressings were discontinued in early 1968 and are considerably harder to find than the stereo pressings.  In Japan, however, the album was issued only in stereo. gave The Mamas and the Papas a 4 star rating:

Sometimes art and events, personal or otherwise, converge on a point transcending the significance of either — a work achieves a relevance far beyond the seeming boundaries of the creation at hand. During the 1950s and 1960s, in music, it used to happen occasionally for Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, once or twice for the Byrds, and a few times for the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. For the Mamas & the Papas, it happened twice, with their first album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, and, on a more complex level, with this album — which was astonishing, given that they had a major upheaval in their membership in the midst of recording it. … It’s all a good deal messier than the first album, but it holds up just as well and is just as essential listening.

You can listen to “I Saw Her Again” here:

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Victor
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in