When The Mamas & The Papas released their debut LP “If You Can Believe Your Eye…

Written by on May 23, 2018


When The Mamas & The Papas released their debut LP “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” in 1966 it showed them sitting in a bathtub. But the album ended up having a number of different covers.

Cover #1: The original cover features the group in a bathroom, sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner. These were pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent. They have since become valuable in the collector’s market with one copy selling at auction for $300.
Cover #2: Most of the toilet bowl is covered with a scroll listing the presence of “California Dreamin'” on the album
Cover #3: Two additional songs from the album are shown on the scroll: “Monday, Monday” and “I Call Your Name”
Cover #4: Same as #3 but with a Gold Record Award blurb added (in black) to the left of the group
Cover #5: Black cover with closely cropped shot of the group removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom.

Cover art was produced and shot by photographer Guy Webster. Here’s two of the covers. Which one do you (or did you) have?





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