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Creeque Alley: The History of the Mamas and the Papas

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They weren't the most important folk-rock group of the mid-'60s; the Byrds and others produced more enduring music. Yet the Mamas & the Papas were undoubtedly the most commercially successful folk-rock group of their time, racking up an astonishing nine Top 30 hits in little more than a year and a half. This 43-song double-CD is by far the most comprehensive document of their legacy. It draws most heavily from their two 1966 albums (nine songs originate from their debut album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, alone), when John Phillips' songwriting talent had yet to exhaust itself. Beyond the hits, the material is variable. Quite a few album tracks -- especially "Got a Feelin'," "Straight Shooter," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "Once Was a Time I Thought," and their cover of Lennon/McCartney's "I Call Your Name" -- were strong enough to have been hits under their own steam. Their slowed-down, California-ized versions of rock oldies were more problematic. And there's no doubt that their later material is less spirited and memorable than their initial burst of glory. The set includes various late-'60s and '70s solo recordings by each of the group's members (including small hit singles by John Phillips and Cass Elliot). Perhaps the most intriguing rarities are from the members' pre-Mamas days. These include commercial folk by the Big Three (featuring Cass Elliot) and primitive pop-folk-rock by the Mugwumps (including Elliott, Denny Doherty, and future Lovin' Spoonful member Zal Yanovsky). ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Wild Women The Mamas & The Papas 3:7
  3. 2 Winken', Blinken and Nod The Mamas & The Papas 3:23
  4. 3 I'll Remember Tonight The Mamas & The Papas 2:2
  5. 4 I Don't Wanna Know The Mamas & The Papas 2:7
  6. 5 This Precious Time [Single Version] Barry McGuire 2:47
  7. 6 John Phillips Dialog from "A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of the Mamas and the Papas" The Mamas & The Papas 1:1
  8. 7 California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas 2:38
  9. 8 Go Where You Wanna Go The Mamas & The Papas 2:25
  10. 9 Monday, Monday The Mamas & The Papas 3:23
  11. 10 You Baby The Mamas & The Papas 2:18
  12. 11 Do You Wanna Dance The Mamas & The Papas 2:55
  13. 12 I Call Your Name The Mamas & The Papas 2:36
  14. 13 Spanish Harlem The Mamas & The Papas 3:15
  15. 14 Straight Shooter The Mamas & The Papas 2:55
  16. 15 Got a Feelin' The Mamas & The Papas 2:48
  17. 16 I Saw Her Again The Mamas & The Papas 3:11
  18. 17 Look Through My Window [Single Version] The Mamas & The Papas 3:3
  19. 18 Words of Love The Mamas & The Papas 2:12
  20. 19 Dancing in the Street The Mamas & The Papas 3:46
  21. 20 Mama Cass Dialog from "A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of the Mamas and the Papas" The Mamas & The Papas 0:16
  22. 21 Once Was a Time I Thought The Mamas & The Papas 2:13
  23. 22 No Salt On Her Tail The Mamas & The Papas 2:39
  24. 1 Trip, Stumble & Fall The Mamas & The Papas 2:38
  25. 2 Dancing Bear The Mamas & The Papas 4:8
  26. 3 Dedicated to the One I Love [Single Version] The Mamas & The Papas 2:56
  27. 4 Creeque Alley The Mamas & The Papas 3:45
  28. 5 My Girl The Mamas & The Papas 3:24
  29. 6 Twist and Shout The Mamas & The Papas 2:50
  30. 7 I Call Your Name [Live (Edit)] The Mamas & The Papas 4:12
  31. 8 Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon) The Mamas & The Papas 3:22
  32. 9 Glad to Be Unhappy The Mamas & The Papas 1:40
  33. 10 For the Love of Ivy The Mamas & The Papas 3:40
  34. 11 Safe in My Garden The Mamas & The Papas 3:10
  35. 12 Midnight Voyage The Mamas & The Papas 3:10
  36. 13 Dream a Little Dream of Me The Mamas & The Papas 3:11
  37. 14 California Earthquake Mama Cass 3:24
  38. 15 It's Getting Better Mama Cass 2:58
  39. 16 Make Your Own Kind of Music Mama Cass 2:20
  40. 17 Mississippi The Mamas & The Papas 3:32
  41. 18 Whatcha Gonna Do [Single Version] Denny Doherty 2:21
  42. 19 Mama Cass Dialog from "A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of the Mamas and the Papas" The Mamas & The Papas 0:56
  43. 20 Step Out The Mamas & The Papas 3:0
  44. 21 The Aching Kind The Mamas & The Papas 3:15

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