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Re: Best LIVE version of M & P song they ever did ....

PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:15 pm
by Midnight Voyager
I always considered "I Call Your Name" (from Monterey) as one of their best rendered live vocal performances. Especially in the end. You can really hear all of their voices blending together - even Michelle!

Re: Best LIVE version of M & P song they ever did ....

PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:12 pm
by GlennS
I totally agree about "I Call Your Name" from Monterey. Cass is stellar, and the harmonies at the end blow everybody away. It occurred to me, listening to that cut, that one of the reasons for the Mamas and Papas's success was that they combined a kind of old-fashioned showbiz appeal (tight harmonies, Cass's red-hot-mama persona, a kind of Broadway professionalism) with rock/roll hipness (the powerful harmonies almost yelled at you, the rock beat, their hippie image, etc.).

I'm curious about the CD of the Ed Sullivan performances. Can you really hear the four of them singing live above the tape on "Creeque Alley"?

-- Glenn

Re: Best LIVE version of M & P song they ever did ....

PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:50 pm
by dunhill
GlennS wrote:I'm curious about the CD of the Ed Sullivan performances. Can you really hear the four of them singing live above the tape on "Creeque Alley"?

-- Glenn


Absolutely! The vocals were live - the backing tracks were just instruments.

~ Charles

Re: Best LIVE version of M & P song they ever did ....

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:04 am
by blinker12
My favorite Monterey performance is "I Call Your Name" - an epic moment for Cass!

You know, when I was on a big Cass bender this past winter, I began a desperate search for live recordings/video footage that led me to this Forum. Given how popular the band and Cass were, I continue to be amazed that so little recorded live material exists. Didn't anyone ever sneak a tape recorder into a Mamas & Papas or Cass solo show? Maybe that wasn't done widely in the late 1960s - maybe portable tape recorders didn't exist yet? But there are many, MANY bootleg recordings of bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and others less than a decade later. It's truly puzzling.

Does ANYONE out there know of live video or audio footage of the band, or Cass, other than Monterey? (And other than the TV appearances that were done partially live?)

Re: Best LIVE version of M & P song they ever did ....

PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:27 pm
by Midnight Voyager
blinker12 wrote:My favorite Monterey performance is "I Call Your Name" - an epic moment for Cass!

You know, when I was on a big Cass bender this past winter, I began a desperate search for live recordings/video footage that led me to this Forum. Given how popular the band and Cass were, I continue to be amazed that so little recorded live material exists. Didn't anyone ever sneak a tape recorder into a Mamas & Papas or Cass solo show? Maybe that wasn't done widely in the late 1960s - maybe portable tape recorders didn't exist yet? But there are many, MANY bootleg recordings of bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and others less than a decade later. It's truly puzzling.

Does ANYONE out there know of live video or audio footage of the band, or Cass, other than Monterey? (And other than the TV appearances that were done partially live?)


I share your frustration, and feel the same way. It's just so weird that there seems to be nothing - no recorded shows -- professionally or otherwise. Granted, given the brevity of their existence and the fact that they didn't tour in the traditional sense (short ventures in select cities) it's easy to understand that bootlegs would be rare. But they did do some very big shows, and one could reasonably think that an effort was made to record at least one or two shows for posterity. Also, there are many live bootlegs of other bands from 1966-1967. How did the Mamas & Papas somehow escape this? And where are the live recordings of Cass's shows, or even the Dave Mason/Cass shows? (Owen?) I'd love to think the someone somehow will a find a recording in a basement somewhere, and the John Phillips estate will release it!