The Mugwumps

Historical Recordings

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Following the disbandment of the Big Three, Jim Hendricks and Cass Elliott teamed up with folk pals Denny Doherty and Zal Yanovsky to form the Mugwumps. Unfortunately, despite all the talent involved here, the actual recording doesn't do the group justice. Elliott and Doherty's vocal blend is almost as sweet as it would be in the Mamas & the Papas, and Yanovsky's funky, stinging lead guitar is prominent throughout. However, the chemistry of the band is somewhat overwhelmed by the brassy arrangements. Some of the songs, though, are superb -- especially Hendricks and Elliot's "Everybody's Been Talkin'," which, had it been cut in the California folk-rock style of, say, Jackie DeShannon, would be as well-known as some of the Spoonful and Mamas tracks. Still, an interesting curio, and one worth seeking out.