The Mamas & the Papas

Look Through My Window

Composed by John Phillips

Song Review by

A Top 40 hit in autumn of 1966, "Look Through My Window" is one of John Phillips' finest songwriting efforts, as well as one of the most underrated Mamas & Papas records. Written in about 1964 during a temporary separation from his bride, Michelle Phillips, the song was inspired by the fact that although John thought Michelle was out in California, she in fact was just blocks away in Greenwich Village. The pain of separation is the obvious lyric thrust here, and Phillips' lyrics contain his usual literate grace. Musically, these emotions are mirrored perfectly, with a melancholy chord progression and simple, intertwining melodic lines. Near classical in its approach, this tune should always be recognized as one the group's best.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1967 MCA
16 of Their Greatest Hits 1969 MCA 3:34
No Image 1973
No Image 1980 MFP
Hits of Gold 1981 MCA 3:19
No Image 1987 MCA
The Ultimate Collection 1988 Geffen / MCA / Universal 3:03
Creeque Alley 1991 MCA 3:04
Daydream 1992 BMG / Ariola
Words of Love [Pair] 1993 Pair 3:04
EP Collection 1994 See For Miles Records 3:05
Very Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Universal] 1996 Polygram / PolyGram
Beautiful Thing 1996
Original Soundtrack
MCA / UMC (Universal Catalogue) 3:05
Greatest Hits 1998 MCA 3:10
Sunshine Days, Vol. 5: 60's Pop Classics 1998
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 3:08
Best of the Mamas & the Papas: 20th Century Masters 1999 MCA / Polydor 3:08
Universal Masters Collection: Classic 1999 Polydor / Universal 3:22
Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Import] 2001 MCA 3:05
The Singles+ 2001 BR Music 3:05
All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection 2001 MCA 3:08
California Dreamin': The Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Polydor] 2002 Polygram / Universal/Polygram
Gold: Greatest Hits 2004 Universal International 3:05
Complete Anthology 2005 Universal/MCA 3:07
Gold 2005 DGC / Geffen / UMC (Universal Catalogue) 3:08
California Dreamin': The Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Universal TV] 2006 Universal Music TV 3:04
Colour Collection 2007 Universal 3:21
No Image 2007 Barclay / Universal 3:04
Best of the Mamas & the Papas: Green Series 2008 Universal International
No Image 2009 Universal Music 3:21
Classic 2009 Spectrum/MCA / Universal 3:22
Icon 2011 Geffen / MCA 3:07
The Complete Singles: 50th Anniversary Collection 2016 Razor & Tie / Real Gone Music 3:09
Greatest Hits [Universal] Universal Distribution
The  Very Best of the Mamas & the Papas [Universal France] Universal Distribution
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