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California [Wilson Phillips]

    1. You're No Good
    2. Old Man
    3. California
    4. Already Gone
    5. Go Your Own Way
    6. Turn, Turn, Turn
    7. Monday, Monday
    8. Get Together
    9. Doctor My Eyes
    10. Dance, Dance, Dance
    11. In My Room
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92103

  • Credits
    ProducerTiffany Miller; Sherratt Reicher; Peter Asher

    Wilson Phillips: Chynna Phillips, Wendy Wilson, Carnie Wilson (vocals).
    Additional personnel: Dean Parks (electric guitar, mandolin); Robert Bonfiglio (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (pedal steel guitar); John Gilutin (Hammond b-3 organ); Roger Manning (Mellotron); David Rolfe, Larry Klein (bass guitar); Russ Kunkel (drums, tambourine).
    Liner Note Author: Mitchell Cohen.
    As the offspring of 1960s California pop royalty (Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Mamas & Papas' John and Michelle Phillips), female vocal trio Wilson Phillips seems uniquely qualified to turn out a comeback album (after 12 years of silence) featuring covers of L.A.-centric hits from the '60s and '70s. Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" is ripe for revival, and here it gets a bit of a pumped-up Britney Spears-style treatment. Neil Young's "Old Man" is also the recipient of techno-friendly modernization. The trio's take on the Eagles' "Already Gone" sounds like a natural fit for contemporary-country radio.
    Unsurprisingly, the most faithful renditions are the strongest--Joni Mitchell's title cut and the Youngbloods' pacific anthem "Get Together." The girls dig into the catalogs of their parents too, for a "Monday, Monday" that owes more to Sheryl Crow than to the Mamas & the Papas, and a zesty romp through the Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance." The most affecting moment on CALIFORNIA, though, is the closing track, where Brian Wilson joins his daughters and their pal for a piano-and-vocal version of his classic "In My Room."

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he song choice is steady...the arrangements innovative and the threesome harmonise as if born to the task. Which, of course, they were."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "This is the album that Wilson Phillips was always destined to make....They plucked some of Southern California's more defining tunes and gave the songs their own winsome spin."
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