All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection
The Mamas and Papas had as unique a pop sound as could be heard in the mid-Sixties. Defining folk-rock along with such emblematic bands as the Byrds and the Lovin' Spoonful, the Mamas and the Papas boasted exceptional songwriting from their leader John Phillips, first-rate lead vocals from Cass Elliott and Denny Doherty, and gorgeous harmonies aided by the ultimate California babe (and future TV star) Michelle Phillips. Although their reign was short - an immediate success in late 1965, the group was falling apart by the time they appeared at the epochal Monterey Pop Festival merely two years later - the L.A. foursome raked up a slew of major hit singles including "California Dreaming," "Monday Monday," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "Words of Love," and "Creeque Alley." This superb collection brings together the group's three albums, If You Can Believe Your Ears and Eyes, The Mamas & Papas, Deliver, and The Papas and the Mamas -- each filled with hits, fine Phillips originals ("Got a Feelin,'" "Straight Shooter"), and the ingenious remakes that became a staple of the group's repertoire ("I Call Your Name," "Do You Wanna Dance," "Dream a Little Dream of Me"). There are also four mono singles for the wisely devoted fan. Gloriously remastered, these songs still sound as warming as a lazy California afternoon.