American saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank, while best known for his work in jazz, also worked in the pop world and is famous for contributing the improvised flute solo to the 1965 smash hit California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas. This album capitalizes on that successful collaboration and also includes instrumental interpretations of 1960s songs by the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Roger Miller and more.
This special celebrating the harmonious pop-rock group highlights a wealth of classic TV performances that have not been seen for more than 35 years. It blends full-performance clips, rare home movies, exclusive interviews with members Michelle Phillips, John Phillips and Denny Doherty, and vintage footage of the late Mama Cass Elliot.
California Dreamin' reminds us that '60s pop paragons The Mamas & The Papas had an appealing new sound, made some terrific records, and left behind a legacy that lives on more than 35 years after they called it quits. This hour-long documentary, originally aired on PBS, has all the standard elements of the genre: interviews (including some from 2004 and '05 with surviving members Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, as well as 1986 recollections by John Phillips, who died in '01, and a few brief words from Cass Elliot, who passed away in '74), photos, home movies, and a generous helping of music clips…
California Girl is a collection of old songs and newly recorded tracks by Nancy Sinatra, all built around one central concept – songs about California, from San Francisco to San Fernando, from classic tunes from the silver screen to sun-kissed rock & roll. It's a good idea for a record and even if the mix of old and new material is a little bit awkward, it's still a breezy, rather engaging record for longtime fans who have stuck by Nancy through thick and thin.
His third album in as many years to tackle the classic U.S. sounds of the '60s, California: Americana, Vol. 3 sees Canadian-Acadian vocalist Roch Voisine abandon the old-school rock & roll and Nashville country of its predecessors in favor of nine of the flower power movement's defining folk-pop hits. Recorded in California itself, the 2010 installment of the successful series pays homage to the state's musical heritage, with faithful performances of the Byrds' Book of Ecclesiastes-inspired "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)," Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Southern Cross," and the Monkees' Neil Diamond-penned "I'm a Believer," alongside both English and bilingual versions of Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco" and the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'."