Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

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by The Monkees
     
 

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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, …  See more details below

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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:
08/06/1996
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771504814
catalogNumber:
5048
Rank:
76488

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   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
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
Dick 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
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
Andrew Sandoval   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Peter Tork   Composer
Coco Shinomiya   Artwork
Bernard Yeszin   Cover Design

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Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.