And yes, they are all by the Mamas & The Papas.
There is so much going on here, from the chord changes on the third line of each verse in "Twelve Thirty," to the backing vocal arrangement on "I Saw Her Again," to the harmonies on "Dedicated To The One I Love" and the heartbreak melody of "Look Through My Window." This was not just another pop group from the 60's.
Why do I bring this up now? Because I've been listening to them for a few weeks now and what I've been hearing and discovering has at times left me breathless.
We hear this music so often--oldies stations, commercials, movies about the 60s, Starbucks--it's easy to sock it all away and just be comfortable knowing the Mamas & The Papas existed, without ever once thinking they belong on a list with the obvious big names from that era.
I think they do.
My friend often cites "Aretha's Gold" and "Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy" as two of his favorite records of all time. They may be hits compilations, but pound for pound make up two of the most solid listening events you will experience. I'd like to add "Farewell To The First Golden Era" to that short list.