The Papas & The Mamas

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The Papas & The Mamas
Studio album by The Mamas & the Papas
Released May 1968
Recorded 1967-68
Genre Folk rock, rock, psychedelic rock
Length 39:32
Label Dunhill
Producer Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas chronology
Deliver
(1967)
The Papas & The Mamas
(1968)
People Like Us
(1971)

The Papas & The Mamas is a 1968 album by The Mamas & the Papas. It was their fourth and final album together before the group temporarily broke up before a brief 1971 reunion.

Unlike previous studio-recorded albums, The Papas and The Mamas was recorded at the home of John and Michelle Phillips, although with the same production team as on previous albums.

With the exception of the very successful cover version of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (which is not representative of the rest of the album), the album's subject matter is often downbeat and world-weary, most notably in the lyrical content of "Safe in My Garden", "Mansions", "Too Late" and "Rooms".

There are few love songs, and it is also more experimental, the Hendrix-like guitar textures of "Gemini Childe" being one example.

All the material was new upon release with the exception of "Twelve Thirty", which had been released as a single the previous year, in 1967.

The track "Meditation Mama" featured the first lead vocal ever on a Mamas and Papas track by John Phillips. All four members of the band contribute lead as well as backing vocals on this album.

The vocals for "For the Love of Ivy" reportedly took one month to record.

Although it was the first album from the group not to peak in the top ten, it was a commercial success upon its release, becoming the band's fourth and last top 20 album in America and producing two hit singles (one of which, "Dream a Little Dream of Me", would begin Cass Elliot's solo career).

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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone positive [2]

Original track listing[edit]

All songs by John Phillips, unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Right Somebody to Love" (Jack Yellen, Lew Pollack) (Originally performed by Shirley Temple in the film Captain January) - 0:43
  2. "Safe in My Garden" - 3:15
  3. "Meditation Mama (Transcendental Woman Travels)" (J. Phillips, Lou Adler) - 4:25
  4. "For the Love of Ivy" (J. Phillips, Denny Doherty) - 3:45
  5. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt, Gus Kahn) - 3:17
  6. "Mansions" - 3:47

Side two[edit]

  1. "Gemini Childe" - 4:07
  2. "Nothing's Too Good for My Little Girl" (Ned Wynn) - 3:09
  3. "Too Late" - 4:10
  4. "Twelve Thirty" - 3:26
  5. "Rooms" - 2:52
  6. "Midnight Voyage" - 3:13

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Pop Albums 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  2. ^ "The Mamas & The Papas: The Papas & the Mamas : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 1968-07-06. Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2012-09-28.