The Mamas and Papas Live at Monterey
Robert L. Frazier | Linden, NJ United States | 03/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately this is the only "live" recording of the original line-up that currently exists. Although this is the group's worst live performance (John and Michelle have admitted this in their autobiographies) there are some stand-out performances, most especially "I Call Your Name", which showcases the true vocal talents of Mama Cass Elliot. The group also inflects some beautifully inspired harmony on "Got a Feelin'". With the exception of the festival finale, "Dancing in the Streets", all of the live recordings on this CD are songs that originate from their first album - their outstanding classic, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears". This CD should be a part of any true fan's collection but it left me wishing that there was another live recording of the band, perhaps from their concerts at Carnegie Hall or the Hollywood Bowl."
This is the best
gumbobud | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had this album on vinyl and cd, it never gets old. This is raw rock and roll from a group thought to be soft pop. This has always been one of my favorite albums. This is not just for fans. I play it for friends and they all say it is awesome. I have always been a fan of live music,much less production, and this is one of the greatest. I promise you will not be disappointed."
Raw, unpolished, not great, and absolutely essential
Charles - Music Lover | Phoenix, AZ, USA | 03/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I read the rest of the reviews posted for this album and agree with the writers' comments. This is not a "good" representation of the group, but being that it is the only live concert recording that exists of this legendary foursome, it is essential listening for fans. The Mamas & the Papas are icons of '60s rock/pop music. Time has not diminished their standing, it has only enhanced it.
There were so many factors, well known and documented, that played into this concert sounding as ragged as it does. John Phillips co-produced the festival and was heavily involved in the administration of the event. Denny Doherty wasn't with the other group members during its preparation, taking a needed respite from the group's internal personal dramas. There was the silly rivalries between the San Francisco based bands versus the Los Angeles based bands on the bill. Yadda yadda yadda.
What remains? A raw, ragged, energetic and dynamite rendition of "I Call Your Name," a pulsating closing number, "Dancing In the Street," and Cass' terrific stage patter. Is it the group at its best? Not by a long shot. But I'd rather have this outstanding group's mediocre output much more than a mediocre band's outstanding output. Any time at all."