The Mamas & the Papas

Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)

Composed by John Phillips

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Written by John Phillips shortly after the Mamas & the Papas had relocated to Southern California in 1965, "Twelve-Thirty" was finally cut in 1967, and ended up being possibly the band's last great single. The mood of the record isn't that dissimilar to "California Dreamin'," being a meditation on the freedom and warmth of California compared to the cold hostility of New York City. However, there is an intriguing darkness underneath the sunshine, and this is underlined by the groups' slightly strained (but wholly beautiful) vocals. Musically, it's a near classical folk-rocker with an excellent major key chorus that lifts the song up to that magical place that was always found on their earlier records.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1967 MCA
The Papas & the Mamas 1968 MCA 3:26
16 of Their Greatest Hits 1969 MCA 3:24
No Image 1973
No Image 1987 MCA
Creeque Alley: The History of the Mamas and the Papas 1991 Geffen 3:26
Daydream 1992 BMG / Ariola
Words of Love [Pair] 1993 Pair 3:23
California Dreamin' 1994 Universal Special Products 3:24
Rock Around the Clock [Risky Business] 1994
Various Artists
Risky Business / Sony Music Distribution 3:23
Greatest Hits 1998 MCA 3:28
Best of the Mamas & the Papas: 20th Century Masters 1999 MCA / Polydor 3:27
All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection 2001 MCA 3:26
Gold: Greatest Hits 2004 Universal International 3:25
Gold 2005 DGC / Geffen 3:25
California Dreamin': The Songs of the Mamas & the Papas 2005 Hip-O
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