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John Phillips: John Phillips [Dunhill, 1970]
Phillips doesn't have a beautiful voice--that was Denny Doherty--but he can project as well as write, and most of these murmured reports from Topanga and Malibu are tossed off with a not unattractive noblesse oblige. Lou Adler's unhurried, witty, soul- and country-tinged production suits them perfectly. Elitist, perhaps, but more about leisure enjoyed in the wake of accomplishment than about the perquisites of money and power. B+