JOHN PHILLIPS - John Phillips [AKA John, The Wolfking Of L.A.] (1970)
John Phillips (John, the Wolf King of L.A.) is the first solo recording by the Mamas & the Papas leader John Phillips. All songs were Phillips originals, dealing mostly with recent events in Phillips' life, including references to his new girlfriend Genevieve Waite and longtime friend Ann Marshall ("April Anne"). The backing musicians included members of Wrecking Crew. Today the album receives favorable reviews from fans and critics alike. The album was selected as one of ShortList's 50 Coolest Albums Ever. As Phillips was the backing singer in the Mamas and the Papas, with the other three serving as lead singers, the album mix tends to de-emphasize his lead vocals. Denny Doherty stated that, had the Mamas & the Papas performed this album, it would have been one of their finest, because of the strength of Phillips' songs. The single "Mississippi" reached the US Billboard top 40. Phillips and the other members of the Mamas & the Papas were threatened with a lawsuit just as the album was released, discouraging the label from promoting the album. Bob Dylan aped the cover image for his 1975 Desire album.
TRACKS: 01. April Anne 02. Topanga Canyon 03. Malibu People 04. Someone's Sleeping 05. Drum 06. Captain (The Mermaid) 07. Let It Bleed, Genevieve 08. Down The Beach 09. Mississippi 10. Holland Tunnel
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