Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After wresting control of the Monkees from Don Kirschner and recording the very good Headquarters album as a mostly self-contained unit, the bandmembers returned to using studio musicians to augment their sound as well as looking outside the group for the majority of the songs on their fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Whatever the reason for the decision, the resulting album is one of their best. Filled with hooky pop like "She Hangs Out" and the Harry Nilsson-penned "Cuddly Toy," psychedelic ravers "Daily Nightly" and "Star Collector" both of which feature the newly invented Moog synthesizer, Mike Nesmith-produced rockers "Love Is Only Sleeping", ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After wresting control of the Monkees from Don Kirschner and recording the very good Headquarters album as a mostly self-contained unit, the bandmembers returned to using studio musicians to augment their sound as well as looking outside the group for the majority of the songs on their fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Whatever the reason for the decision, the resulting album is one of their best. Filled with hooky pop like "She Hangs Out" and the Harry Nilsson-penned "Cuddly Toy," psychedelic ravers "Daily Nightly" and "Star Collector" both of which feature the newly invented Moog synthesizer, Mike Nesmith-produced rockers "Love Is Only Sleeping", and ballads the lovely "Don't Call on Me", the album is filler-free and fun-filled. That it contains three of their finest songs "Words," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and the song that "invented" country-rock for better or for worse, "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" means that not only is it one of the Monkees' best, it is one of 1967's best. To think that both this album and Headquarters came out the same year! Most bands would be lucky to have two albums this good come out their entire career. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is a must-have for any fan of smart, fun, and exciting '60s pop. It doesn't get much better than this. [Rhino's 1995 reissue of the album adds seven previously unreleased songs including alternate versions of "Daily Nightly" and "Star Collector."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/1996
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771504814
  • Catalog Number: 5048
  • Sales rank: 147,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Salesman (2:03)
  2. 2 She Hangs Out (2:33)
  3. 3 The Door Into Summer (2:50)
  4. 4 Love Is Only Sleeping (2:28)
  5. 5 Cuddly Toy (2:45)
  6. 6 Words (2:48)
  7. 7 Hard to Believe (2:33)
  8. 8 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (3:02)
  9. 9 Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky (0:17)
  10. 10 Pleasant Valley Sunday (3:13)
  11. 11 Daily Nightly (2:26)
  12. 12 Don't Call on Me (2:28)
  13. 13 Star Collector (3:30)
  14. 14 Special Announcement (0:36)
  15. 15 Goin' Down (4:46)
  16. 16 Salesman (2:37)
  17. 17 The Door Into Summer (2:52)
  18. 18 Love Is Only Sleeping (2:32)
  19. 19 Daily Nightly (2:31)
  20. 20 Star Collector (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Doug Dillard Banjo
Bill Martin Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Michael Nesmith Guitar, Vocals
Harry Nilsson Organ, Piano, Clavinet
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Pete Candoli Horn
Paul Beaver Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Davy Jones Percussion, Vocals
Micky Dolenz Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Larry Taylor Bass
Al Porcino Horn
Arnold Belnick Violin
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Bill Chadwick Guitar
Jim Copley Drums
Chip Douglas Organ, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Virgil Evans Trumpet
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Nathan Kaproff Violin
Richard Leith Trombone
John Lowe Saxophone
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Richard Nash Trombone
Wilbert Nuttycombe Violin
Uan Rasey Trumpet
Jerome Reisler Violin
Darrel Terwilliger Violin
George Tipton Performing Ensemble
Peter Tork Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Clavinet
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Anthony Terran Trumpet
Kim Copli Drums
Eddie Hoe Drums
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Bob Rafelson Organ, Piano, Clavinet
Fast Eddie Hoh Drums
Robert S. Helfer Horn
William Hood Saxophone
Manuel Stevens Trumpet
Robert Knight Bass Trombone
Phillip Teele Trombone
Thomas Scott Trumpet
Technical Credits
Michael Martin Murphey Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Davy Jones Composer
Shorty Rogers Arranger
Micky Dolenz Composer
Ken Perry Remastering
Peter Abbott Engineer
Harold Bronson Executive Producer
Owen "Boomer" Castleman Composer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Chip Douglas Producer
Faithling Hatfield Producer
Diane Hildebrand Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Reissue Producer, Remastering
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Peter Tork Composer
Coco Shinomiya Artwork
Bernard Yeszin Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 5 STAR MONKEES ALBUM? YOU BET!

    This album is incredible. It's as if The Monkees were given a brief moment in time to actually lead the pack. Group "leader" Mike Nesmith steps up to the plate and hits a grand slam. He sings lead on four Monkees classics (Salesman, The Door Into Summer, Love Is Only Sleeping, What Am I Doing Hangin''Round?) and hands one of his best compositions (Daily Nightly) to Dolenz. The instrumental tracks on the album are superbly played by Nesmith, Tork, Ex-Turtle Chip Douglas (bass), and session drummer Eddie Hoh. Dolenz plays Moog Synthesizer on 2 tracks, a rock first. Thinking about the competition at the time, this album blows Magical Mystery Tour out of the water. It is a folk/country/pop/rock masterpiece of its time, and proof that Mike Nesmith's country rock instincts were crisp and correct. Definitely a desert island disc for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Monkees At Their Zenith

    With their fourth long-player, The Monkees reached their zenith as a group. Though Headquarters was a good seller and remains a superb LP, the boys decided, in the words of Mike Nesmith in the extensive liner notes to Rhino's CD reissue, to go back to the basics of making good pop songs for the TV show. The result is this minimasterpiece mixing psychedelia with edgy rock-n-roll, early country-rock, and even a dash of polished bossa nova. Salesman kicks things off with its instantly gratifying gut-level guitar-bass riff, harpsicord interludes, and Mike's lead vocal backed by some unsually breathy backgrounds from Micky. This reissue from Rhino includes alternate mixes of Salesman and four other key songs - The Door Into Summer, Love Is only Sleeping, Daily Nightly, and Star Collector. The alternate Salesman is a superb monaural mix that unfortunately concludes with an annoying sales rap by Mike that was wisely deleted from the original pressings. Door Into Summer and Love Is Only Sleeping are superior mellowed-up mixes - Door IntoSummer, loosely based on the novel by sci-fi author Robert Heinlein, features mellower double-tracked vocals by Mike and a nicely toned down production; Love Is Only Sleeping may well be the group's best number of all with its sensational guitar riff and haunting backing vocals by Micky underneath Mike's stellar lead - that grab the listener better than their somewhat cluttered released versions. Cuddly Toy, a cutesy number inspired by Hell's Angels activity, reportedly infuriated producer Lester Sill because of its unsavory subtlety. The Boyce-Hart masterpiece Words features Micky on lead, quite late in the album and indicative of the surprisingly low profile Micky takes here. Following Davy's polished bossa nova entry Hard To Believe, Country Rock gets going with What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?, leading to the snarling reverb-driven Pleasant Valley Sunday. An expanded-fade version of the Mose Allison-inspired entry into lightspeed jazz, Goin' Down, is included, and this song muist surely rank as one of the most exhausting vocal jobs ever tried by any singer - that Micky pulls it off brilliantly is a sign of just how strong The Monkees were as singers. Daily Nightly is Mike's take on youth rioting in LA at the time (latter 1967) featuring deliberately tinny vocals by Micky over the LP's most overtly psychedelic number - Micky dubbed in a lengthy Moog synthesizer riff for the released version, but the Moog-less alternate take also presented is far more enjoyable. Closing things out is the rousing Moog-driven take on groupies, Star Collector, sung by Davy with an uncharacteristic edge. The song's absurdly long fade is an annoyance, but ultimately doesn't detract from the tremendous quality of this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best of the regular Monkees albums.

    Probably the best of all the regular Monkees albums. It has several hit songs (''Pleasant Valley Sunday,'' ''She Hangs Out,'' ''Words''), other great-sounding and fairly progressive songs with synthesizer (''Daily Nightly,'' ''Star Collector''), and other pleasant catchy songs (''Salesman,'' ''The Door Into Summer''). The bonus tracks all are so close to the original versions that you might be hard-pressed to tell the difference, though. ''Goin' Down'' is one such example, but it's a great (and hit) song, so it's nice to have it on the album, regardless. ''Special Announcement'' is a short bit of humorous studio nonsense by Peter Tork, just playing around with the reference pitches and reading an official-sounding set of instructions. The liner notes tell the origin of ''Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky,'' another short and lighthearted Tork composition, and admit to a credit error. ''Pleasant Valley Sunday'' and ''She Hangs Out'' are the best-sounding and most exciting songs on the album, in my opinion. Unfortunately, there's another version of ''Pleasant Valley Sunday'' from the TV series that omitted some background vocals that I wish had been included as a bonus track, or on one of the Missing Links albums, but it seems that version has been lost forever. P.S.--The speeded up words at the beginning of ''Star Collector'' are ''The purple!'', in case you can't discern them.

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