Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of The Papas & the Mamas by the Mamas & the Papas, including the original obi.
This issue was pressed on black vinyl and does not include the “gimmick” cover used on the U.S. release but has a standard gatefold cover instead.
About this copy: This copy of The Papas & the Mamas is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the Stateside label of an album that was originally released in 1968.
The cover is M- with a couple of minor foxing spots. The obi is M-; the “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
The insert is M-.
The black vinyl disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks and a very faint inaudible sleeve scuff on side one. It’s a very clean disc that plays very quietly.
A beautiful copy of a well-recorded album.
Background: Properly titled Papas & Mamas – Presented by the Mamas & the Papas, this album was the fourth LP the the folk/pop/rock group. It’s not as well remembered as their first three LPs, though it did produce four chart singles, including two that reached the Top 20 (“Twelve Thirty” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”) The album reached #15 on the Billboard album chart.
An often misunderstood album, this album (aside from the 1971 “reunion” album) was the final record by the Mamas & the Papas. It has held up incredibly well over time, and sounds better today than when it was released in mid-1968. The centerpiece of the album is “Dream a Little Dream,” which very well may be the finest cover version that the group ever recorded, and in the end, was a very nice way to end the group’s short but incredible career. The album also contains some excellent John Phillips material such as “12:30” (a minor hit), “Rooms,” and “Too Late.” These three tracks form a mini-medley in the middle of the second side, and add a lot of dimension to the record. Cut at the Phillips’ home studio, the album has a simple sound, but when the vocal majesty cuts through on such tracks as “Mansions” (one of the band’s lost masterpieces), it’s faultless.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1971|