The Mamas & the Papas (album)

The Mamas & The Papas (Album)

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The Mamas & the Papas is a 1966 album by The Mamas & the Papas. The self-named album was their second release. It peaked at number four in the US and number 24 in the UK. The lead off single, "I Saw Her Again", peaked at number five in the US and number eleven in the UK. "Words of Love" was released as the second single in the US and peaked at number five in the US. In the UK, it was released as a double a-side with "Dancing in the Street" and peaked at number 47. Dancing in the Street was released as the third and final single in the US and peaked at number 75.

After it was discovered that group members Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty were having an affair, tension in the band erupted and Phillips was removed from the group in June 1966. At this point the remaining three hired a new singer to replace her. Jill Gibson was already a singer/songwriter who had performed on several Jan and Dean albums. She learned to sing Michelle's parts within three weeks while the band was in London, England. After a majority of the album was completed, Michelle was asked to rejoin the group and Gibson was let go. Michelle recorded vocals on two songs, and the album was later released with Gibson's vocals on the rest of the album.

The album was first issued on CD in 1988 (MCAD-31043) and also appears in its entirety on All the Leaves are Brown, a retrospective compilation of the band's first four albums, with the single versions of "I Saw Her...
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