The Mamas & the Papas

Universal Masters Collection: Classic

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A collection like this one can't help but underscore what an amazing vocal group the Mamas & the Papas were in their prime, and songs like "Monday, Monday," the immortal "California Dreamin'," "Go Where You Wanna Go," the autobiographical "Creeque Alley," the frustratingly accurate "I Saw Her Again Last Night," and the gorgeous, haunting "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)" were simply great singles full of wonderful (and at times achingly spooky) vocals and harmonies and superb arrangements. The key tracks are here, with little filler, making this a fine compilation for those who just want the high points, although there's a good deal more to the story, of course.

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