Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 1968 LP Papas & Mamas by the Mamas & the Papas, complete with the original “gimmick” cover and hype sticker.
About this copy: The copy of Papas & Mamas offered for sale is an original stereo pressing (there were no mono copies on this one), and the album is still sealed and presumably unplayed. The cover retains its original price sticker as well as the hype sticker promoting the gimmick cover. The wrap is fully intact, with no rips or tears, though there is a punch hole in the lower left hand cover. A couple of the corners are “balding” with slight wear.
A beautiful copy of an underrated 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.
Here’s what AllMusic.com had to say about it:
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.
The album cover was a gatefold cover with a horizontal split. By opening either the top of the bottom of the cover, you’d see various parts of the faces of the members of the group change and look rather silly. Dunhill Records promoted this by attaching a sticker to the covers of first pressings, which said, “Special Fun Jacket – Mamas & Papas Exchange Faces.”
We’ve included a photo of what the cover looks like when opened.