Though A Gathering of Flowers was put together by ABC/Dunhill Records in 1970 immediately after the demise of the Mamas & The Papas, it was much, much more than the typical record label greatest hits collection cash-in. Not only did the 20-song double-album include classic ’60s cuts like “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday,” “I Saw Her Again,” “I Call Your Name,” “Creeque Alley” and “Dedicated to the One I Love,” but it served as something of an audio documentary of the band, offering rehearsals, outtakes and interview snippets from John Phillips and Cass Elliot in between the tunes. Remastered from the original tapes by Mike Milchner at SonicVision.

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Released in the fall of 1966, the Mamas and the Papas' self-titled second album remains one of the foursome's most enduring and popular releases, and contains some of the most appealing and accomplished music that they ever produced. Along with the infectious hits "I Saw Her Again" and "Words of Love," The Mamas and the Papas features such John Phillips-penned favorites as "No Salt On Her Tail," "Dancing Bear" and "Trip, Stumble and Fall," along with distinctive covers of Martha and the Vandellas' Motown anthem "Dancing in the Street" and the Rodgers and Hart standard "My Heart Stood Still."

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Original mono mix of landmark debut by folk-rock pioneers!

Upon its release in 1966, the Mamas and the Papas’ debut LP If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears introduced a fresh new sound that would permanently alter the face of contemporary popular music. Leader John Phillips’ visionary producing, arranging and songwriting abilities combined with the quartet’s breathtaking harmonies to make music that was both effortlessly accessible and creatively adventurous. The album quickly topped the Billboard album chart, bringing folk-rock into the pop mainstream and making Phillips, his then-wife Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot into instant multimedia celebrities. In the years since its release, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears has come to be regarded as one of the finest pop albums of the ’60s and one of the best debut releases ever, as evidenced by its ranking at Number 127 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears was the product of Lou Adler’s visionary production, Phillips’ savvy studio mastery and the foursome’s extended period of musical woodshedding in the Virgin Islands. The months of meticulous rehearsals paid off in the group’s ability to emerge as a fully-formed musical unit right out of the box, delivering such instant classics as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday” and “Go Where You Wanna Go” to the willing ears of record buyers and radio listeners.

At the time of If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears initial release, the presence of a toilet in the periphery of the album’s cover photo caused faint-hearted moral guardians to pressure the group’s record company to excise the offending fixture from subsequent pressings of the album. Sundazed’s new vinyl edition of If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears restores the rare, long-missing “toilet” cover, and features the album’s superior original mono mix. It’s also mastered from the original analog tapes, and pressed on high-definition vinyl—the better to maintain the same joyous sense of discovery that listeners felt when first hearing this timeless gem in 1966.




In 1981, ten years after the release of the last album by the original members of The Mamas and The Papas, John Phillips reformed the group with original Papa, Denny Doherty, Spanky McFarlane from Spanky and Our Gang in the Cass Elliot spot, and Mackenzie Phillips, John’s daughter, in the Michelle Phillips spot. Scott McKenzie, for whom John had written “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear A Flower In Your Hair)”, would later join the group, replacing Denny in the mid-80s.

The group recorded over two albums’-worth of new John Phillips songs between 1981 and 1988. The best of these never-before-released studio recordings are featured in this collection.

The Mamas and The Papas was a crucial part of the harmony-rich, pop-group movement that swept Southern California in the ‘60’s. With the group’s mix of male and female voices, astute songwriting and arrangements from John Phillips, and musical contributions from some of Los Angeles’ finest session musicians, The Mamas and The Papas cut some of the most indelible and durable pop records of all time.  These ‘80’s recordings find John Phillips returning to his original role as songwriter, vocal arranger, producer and group leader, after a decade pursuing various solo recording and producing projects, composing and acting in an Andy Warhol-produced off-Broadway musical and film producing and soundtrack work.

This new incarnation of The Mamas and The Papas toured extensively for most of the 80s, playing a variety of The Mamas and The Papas hits, band member solo hits and material from the studio albums then in progress.

The first track, “Go Now”, is a remake of the 1965 hit by The Moody Blues. The track was considered for release as a single, and is the only non-original song in the collection.

The song “Kokomo” is also included, featuring vocals by Denny and Scott together, and is performed the way John and Scott McKenzie originally composed it, before The Beach Boys recorded a version for the Tom Cruise movie, Cocktail, with additional music and lyrics by Mike Love and Terry Melcher.

The collection also contains an original version of “Fairy Tale Girl,” another of John’s songs that The Beach Boys revamped and recorded on the Still Cruisin’ album under the name “Somewhere Near Japan.”

The bonus live disc includes a rare performance by John Phillips singing “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair),” the 1967 hit he wrote for Scott McKenzie.

The disc also features The Mamas and The Papas hits and band member solo hits, and will be a CD-only release, not available for digital download.




Be sure to get the first video document of The Mamas and The Papas to be released in nearly two decades. This love letter of music focuses on the group's wonderful weavings of song and bookends many never before seen peformances with unreleased and new interviews with John and Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, Owen Elliot-Kugell, and Lou Adler.  Featured on Public Television in early 2005 this is the definitivie audio visual document of the first true American Supergroup.



For the first time - the definitive Mamas and Papas career anthology, presented in a 4CD digibook set. The anthology features all the Mamas and Papas complete studio albums - "If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears", " The Mamas and the Papas", "The Mamas and The Papas Deliver", "Monterey International Pop Festival" (live), "People Like Us", alongside the corresponding single releases, rare tracks and studio /rehearsal takes. Disc four is a disc of rarities & previously unissued recordings, including live performances from US television, solo tracks from each of the band and tracks from the 'Barry McGuire with The Mamas & Papas' album, which features many early versions of tracks that would later be hits for the group in their own right. Compiled by US expert Jim Pierson and with detailed liner notes by journalist Paul Grein, this set features lavish 72 page full color booklet with over 100 photos, previously unseen material, a full discography, track annotations and foreword from 'Mama' Michelle Phillips. The Anthology provides not only a must-have set for existing fans but a superb exploration of the bands music for those more recently drawn to their timeless blend of honeyed west-coast harmonies, fusing pop rock and folk matched by few in their wake.


Released in Japan - California Dreamin' maxi single containing the Mamas & Papas' classic song.  Also includes Monday Monday.



Also newly released in Japan, a new MAMAS & PAPAS "best-of" compilation.  It's a Japan original edition containing all their hits.  First Pressings are slip-cased.



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Available for the first time on DVD, this 3 disc set is the definitive chronicle of the first of the great rock festivals of the late '60s - early '70s - The Monterey International Pop Festival.  Packed full of never before seen bonus material and a never before released interview with Cass!



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Click here to find out what Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis has to say about Cass and the rest of The Mamas & The Papas!



Cass Elliot and The Mamas and The Papas - inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 12, 1998:
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The actual "Other Mama" was Jill Gibson, who sang with The Mamas and The Papas in the Summer of 1966 and rehearsed and began recording for some of their sophomore album.  Jill recalls Cass as being "always good" to her.  Says Jill, "I have very fond memories of Cass.  She was always very supportive and sympathetic when I sang with the group." And, she adds, "I know she would like my work."  Jill's "work" is that of fine art and you can discover some of it yourself, here: www.gibsonarts.com