The Mama's And The Papa's* ‎– If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears

Dunhill ‎– DS-50006
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Monday, Monday 3:03
A2 Straight Shooter 2:55
A3 Got A Feelin'
Written-By – Denny Doherty, John Phillips
A4 I Call Your Name
Written-By – Lennon - McCartney*
A5 Do You Wanna Dance
Written-By – B. Freeman*
A6 Go Where You Wanna Go 2:32
B1 California Dreamin'
Written-By – M. Phillips*
B2 Spanish Harlem
Written-By – J. Leiber*, P. Spector*
B3 Somebody Groovy 3:06
B4 Hey Girl
Written-By – M. Phillips*
B5 You Baby
Written-By – P.F. Sloan, Steve Barri
B6 In Crowd
Written-By – Billy Page

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Original release with uncensored "Toilet" sleeve, which was
quickly withdrawn from retail outlets.

This version DOES have the following attributes:
On the front sleeve: DS-50006
Stereo at the top
Toilet in full view

On the back sleeve: D50006 / DS50006
Dunhill pictorial story booklet mail order offer at bottom.
Exclusively Distributed by ABC-Paramount Records, Inc.

On the labels: DS-50006
"A Subsidiary Of A.B.C.-Paramount Records, Inc. Made In USA"

This version does NOT have:
The word "FREE" visible on the wall next to the toilet.
Any mention of hit songs on the sleeve.
Any RIAA logo.

This is a Columbia Pressing Plant - Santa Maria, Ca. pressing variation

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Runout (Stamped / Etched)): [stamped] o 114575-1B [etched] DS 50006-A S l A 18
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Runout (Stamped / Etched)): [stamped] o 114576-1A [etched] DS 50006-B s B 10

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September 6, 2017

I have the version where it doesn't show the toilet, anybody know how much that's be worth?


January 23, 2017

The Mama’s And The Papa’s seem to have been dodging a bad rap forever, yet their vocals and harmonies were without a doubt some of the most lush, complex and deeply arranged material of the day, perhaps only bested by The Beach Boys. I realize that’s a bold statement, though with each member being a knockout singer in their own right, and with Phillips lavishing his simple melodies with deep and nearly bottomless arrangements that allowed each song to sound epic, this was material that no one saw coming. Unexpectedly, they also managed to create a timeless visual component to those tracks in a manner that only Dylan had managed to do up until this point.

Back in 1966 If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears ushered in a genuinely new sound, one that was filled with radio friendly songs that were polished and bright, filled with brilliant hooks and imagination that embraced blues, pop, and folk rock. Even the cover tracks found here have a sound that sets them squarely at the feet of the Mama’s And The Papa’s, allowing even the casual listener to be swept away by the warm glow of unforced honest spontaneousness that seemed to nearly roll of the cuff, sounding effortless, and worthy of exploration.

Most odd is the fact that hands down, this album is their crowning achievement. There was an exhilaration found on this release that did not show up on any other … perhaps this is due to the fact that these songs had been sung and rehearsed countless times, and certainly the band’s infighting, an aspect that began almost immediately and haunted the band for years played into their future works, works that should have sounded even better, yet lacked the presence of what was laid down here.

This recording is not to be missed, it’s a seminal album, one that spans time and space, never failing to fill me with good vibrations.

*** The Fun Facts: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears was one of the first albums to have several different covers. The first cover features the group in a bathroom sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner. Copies with this cover were pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent. The remaining covers featuring the toilet have since become collector's items. A second album cover was released with a scroll [text-box] over the toilet listing the presence of the song "California Dreamin'" on the album. Two more songs were later added to the text-box over the toilet. And later still, a Gold Record Award blurb was added (in black) to the left of the group. Finally, a later album cover was released with a closely cropped shot of the band surrounded by a black border that removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom. Cover art produced and shot by photographer Guy Webster.

Review by Jenell Kesler


February 9, 2015
no toilet on this edition. Fuck censorship!