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.
1 Go Now! – Denny Doherty, lead vocal
2 Frankie – Scott McKenzie, lead vocal
4 Love Is Coming Back – Spanky McFarlane, lead vocal
6 I Wish – John Phillips, lead vocal
7 Not Too Cool
8 Kokomo – Denny Doherty & Scott McKenzie, lead vocals
9 Love Song – Mackenzie Phillips, lead vocal
10 She Got She (The Game Of Love) – John Phillips, lead vocal
12 Love Life – John Phillips, lead vocal
13 Crying In The Shower – Mackenzie Phillips, lead vocal
14 Flowers – Spanky McFarlane, lead vocal
15 Fairy Tale Girl (Somewhere Near Japan) – John Phillips, lead vocal
16 Kwella – John Phillips, lead vocal
Disc 2 (Live-bonus CD only disc)
One Day At A Time (TV Theme) – Mackenzie Phillips, lead vocal
Spanky and Our Gang Medley:Lazy Days/I’d Like To Get To Know You/Sunday Will Never Be The Same – Spanky McFarlane, lead vocal
Mississippi – John Phillips, lead vocal
12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
Straight Shooter – John Phillips, lead vocal
In addition to the above, there are FIVE bonus Digital Only Tracks available on iTunes and Amazon.com
2001 – Scott McKenzie, lead vocal
Mr. Blue – John Phillips, lead vocal
There Is A Place
Flowers – Denny Doherty, lead vocal
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