2007: Warner Bros/Collectors Choice Music CCM-795
Two of the first three of these tracks appeared on the very handy compilation Creeque Alley: The History of The Mamas and the Papas; Searchin turned up on Magic Circle: Before they Were the Mamas and the Papas. The former didnt captivate me, although Cass Elliot was as magnificently voiced as always, but Searchin sported a four-part choral array that was seriously tantalizing to me, so I kept an eye out for this albums CD release.
Its not a great album but there are some great talents at work: not just the singers but also the arrangers in some cases. You Cant Judge a Book by Its Cover and Searchin are great examples of the thrilling vocal arrangements the Folk/Rock transition days gave us, while Do What They Dont Say is the weirdest loose wheel of that milieu Ive ever encountered, with its downright slippery chords refusing to be saddled or to go where you expect them to.
In any case, theres Cass Elliot. A voice that makes me say Wow every time I hear it.
Comments © 2008 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.