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Many Mamas, Many Papas
     

Many Mamas, Many Papas

by John Phillips
 
The liner essay in Many Mamas, Many Papas, a double-disc collection of unreleased material by latter-day incarnations of songwriter John Phillips' "re-formed" legendary band, states it best: ."..few people are aware that John Phillips was as musically active and productive then as was in fact the case." In the '70s, legendary songwriter and dope fiend Phillips

Overview

The liner essay in Many Mamas, Many Papas, a double-disc collection of unreleased material by latter-day incarnations of songwriter John Phillips' "re-formed" legendary band, states it best: ."..few people are aware that John Phillips was as musically active and productive then as was in fact the case." In the '70s, legendary songwriter and dope fiend Phillips recorded solo albums of mixed quality, downright strange soundtracks, and an outrageous theatrical/cinematic conceptual work throughout the '70s. In the '80s, he had the idea to re-form the Mamas and The Papas, and contacted former Papa Denny Doherty, who signed on; he also employed actress/daughter Mackenzie Phillips in the role vacated by her mother, Michele Phillips, and replaced the late Mama Cass Elliot with Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang. The backing band was formed by no less than Mick Ronson, who bowed out shortly thereafter and was replaced by Mackenzie's future husband (and future Bruce Springsteen sideman) Shane Fontayne, among others. They cut a four-song demo that included a fine version of the Moody Blues "Go Now!" and three originals. They lived and worked together, and recorded more songs in New York. They toured while trying to score a record deal that never materialized. In 1983, they began playing nothing but Mamas and the Papas hits in Vegas, which ended disastrously with everybody leaving the act. In 1986, Phillips tried again with Scott McKenzie replacing Doherty. It was short-lived, but there were further recordings. Disc one contains all new, previously unreleased material. Highlights include the original demo, a Phillips' tune called "Kokomo" that the Beach Boys completely revamped into a number one hit, the MacKenzie Phillips' vehicle "Love Song," "Frankie," "Yachts," and the truly bizarre "Chinaman." The songwriting is all over the map, but Phillips was onto something. The live second disc reprises the original Mamas and Papas hits, a Spanky and Our Gang medley, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," and rough versions of new songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206701623
catalogNumber:
067016
Rank:
123348

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Phillips   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Denny Doherty   Vocals
Scott McKenzie   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Gary Burke   Drums
Chrissy Faith   Vocals
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane   Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Arthur Stead   Keyboards
MacKenzie Phillips   Vocals
John Kito   Piano,Keyboards
Dave Boonshoft   Bass
Kenny Brescia   Guitar
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Brian Slawson   Percussion
Steve Hobson   Guitar
Hugh Macdonald   Bass
Rafael Goldfeld   Bass

Technical Credits

Terry Cashman   Composer
Denny Doherty   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Scott McKenzie   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Executive Producer
Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane   Composer
Gene Pistilli   Composer
Stuart Scharf   Composer
George Fischoff   Composer
MacKenzie Phillips   Composer
Jeffrey A. Greenberg   Producer,Liner Notes
Larry Banks   Composer
Nancy Barry   Composer
Milton Bennett   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Genevieve Waite   Composer,Lyricist
Chriss Campion   Liner Notes
Ron Galella   Back Cover Photo
Worth Banner   Composer

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