John Phillips

John Phillips

Marquand, John Phillips, 1893-1960, American novelist, b. Wilmington, Del., grad. Harvard, 1915. Most of Marquand's gently satirical novels examine life among the rich and socially prominent of New England. Often they concern people too hidebound by money or tradition to change their lives for the better. He first won popularity with a series about a Japanese detective, "Mr. Moto," which ran in the Saturday Evening Post. His reputation as a novelist was established with The Late George Apley (1937, Pulitzer Prize) about a conservative Bostonian. Among his other novels are Wickford Point (1939), H. M. Pulham, Esquire (1941), So Little Time (1943), Point of No Return (1949), Melville Goodwin, U S A (1951), and Life at Happy Knoll (1957).

See study by J. Gross (1963).

John Phillips (John, the Wolf King of L.A.) is the first solo recording by the Mamas and the Papas leader John Phillips. All songs were Phillips originals, dealing mostly with recent events in Phillips' life, including references to his new girlfriend Geneviève Waïte and longtime friend Ann Marshall ("April Anne").

As John 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 and 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.

In 2006, the album was reissued by Varese Sarabande with eight bonus tracks, also mostly Phillips originals.

Track listing

All songs written by John Phillips, except where noted.

  1. "April Anne" – 3:22
  2. "Topanga Canyon" – 3:53
  3. "Malibu People" – 3:41
  4. "Someone's Sleeping" – 2:46
  5. "Drum" – 3:36
  6. "Captain" – 3:25
  7. "Let It Bleed, Genevieve" – 2:53
  8. "Down the Beach" - 2:52
  9. "Mississippi" – 3:36
  10. "Holland Tunnel" – 3:41

2006 bonus tracks

  1. "Shady" - 3:48
  2. "Lonely Children" - 3:44
  3. "Lady Genevieve" - 4:30
  4. "Black Girl" (traditional) - 3:29
  5. "The Frenchman" - 4:03
  6. "16mm Baby" (Reich) - 2:41
  7. "Larry, Joe, Hal and Me" - 2:25
  8. "Mississippi" [Single Version] - 3:07



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