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by Matthew Greenwald
By the time the Mamas & the Papas recorded and released their third album, the group was continuing, in the words of singer Denny Doherty, “on its own momentum.” Acrimonious personnel changes, rock stardom, fame, money, and drugs (among other factors) were taking their toll on the group’s chemistry. Fortunately, this momentum is precisely the reason that the album succeeds. Buttressed by the singles “Creeque Alley” (the sometimes hilarious story of how the group came together), “Look Through My Window,” and the stupendous remake of “Dedicated to the One I Love,” the album has some exquisite moments. “Look Through My Window” is also one of the group’s most realized recordings, and the cover of “Twist and Shout” is an absolute killer. Much of the record, frankly, doesn’t sound too different than the group’s first two albums, but with the songwriting, vocal, and production excellence, why tamper with genius? The group felt so too, which is why this album is Michelle Phillips‘ personal favorite. It’s not too hard to see why.
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