Offered for sale is a Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of The Mamas & the Papas, the self-titled second LP by the Mamas and the Papas, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of The Mamas and the Papas is a 1971 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1966, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.
The cover is VG+ with light wear on the back cover. The obi is in VG- condition, with several repaired tears. The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
The original envelope-style inner sleeve used only for promotional copies is included. The insert is missing.
The red vinyl white label promo disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a very rare (and very good) Mamas and Papas LP.
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.
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|
|Year of Release:||1971|