If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
|If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears|
|Studio album by The Mamas & the Papas|
|Recorded||1965 – 1966|
|Genre||Pop rock, folk rock, psychedelic pop, sunshine pop|
|The Mamas & the Papas chronology|
|Singles from If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears|
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is the 1966 debut album by The Mamas & the Papas (spelled "The Mama's and the Papa's" on the cover). In 2003, it was ranked #127 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
This album is included in its entirety on All the Leaves are Brown, a retrospective compilation of the band's first four albums and various singles, The Mamas and the Papas Complete Anthology (4CD Box).
A remastered Mono CD and Vinyl release is available from Sundazed Records.
"[A] genuinely new sound" represents the general reception given to the album by both the public and the critics.
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is one of the first albums to have several different covers. The first cover (shown at the right) featured the group in a bathroom sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner. The album with this cover was pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent. The remaining covers featuring the toilet have since become collector's items. A second album cover was then released with a scroll over the toilet listing the presence of "California Dreamin'" on the album. Two more songs were later added to the scroll/box over the toilet. Still later, a Gold Record Award blurb was added (in black) to the left of the group. Finally, a later album cover was released with a closely cropped shot of the band surrounded by a black border that removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom.
Original track listing
- "Monday, Monday" (John Phillips) – 3:28
- "Straight Shooter" (J. Phillips) – 2:58
- "Got a Feelin'" (J. Phillips, Denny Doherty) – 2:53
- "I Call Your Name" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:38
- "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) – 3:00
- "Go Where You Wanna Go" (J. Phillips) – 2:29
- "California Dreamin'" (J. Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 2:42
- "Spanish Harlem" (Jerry Leiber, Phil Spector) – 3:22
- "Somebody Groovy" (J. Phillips) - 3:16
- "Hey Girl" (J. Phillips, M. Phillips) – 2:30
- "You Baby" (Steve Barri, P. F. Sloan) – 2:22
- "The 'In' Crowd" (Billy Page) – 3:12
- Denny Doherty – vocals
- Cass Elliot – vocals
- John Phillips – vocals, guitar
- Michelle Phillips – vocals
- P.F. Sloan - guitars, vocals
- Larry Knechtel - keyboards, bass guitar
- Hal Blaine - drums
- Joe Osborn - bass guitar
- Peter Pilafian - electric violin
- Lou Adler - producer
- Bones Howe - engineer
|1966||Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200)||1|
- Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) . "127 | If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - The Mamas and the Papas". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Retrieved 27 May 2005.
- Eder, Bruce. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 April 2006.
- Sheffield, Rob (April 15, 1999). "Rolling Stone Library: The Mamas & The Papas If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears > Review". Rolling Stone (810). p. 111. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
- If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - The Mamas & the Papas > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
- If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears at Myspace (streamed copy where licensed)
- About the album's cover
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|Billboard 200 number-one album
May 21–27, 1966
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