The Monkees Present

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Monkees Present was initially planned as a double LP with each member of the group taking a side for themselves. When Peter Tork left the band, the idea was scrapped, but the idea of every Monkee for himself wasn't. Apart from the two Boyce & Hart songs that were rescued from earlier sessions from 1966 (and probably should have stayed in the can), all the songs were recorded in late 1968 and 1969 by Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Mickey Dolenz separately. While it could have made for a scattered LP that made no sense musically, instead Nesmith's intricate country-rock, Jones' jazzy, showy ballads, and Dolenz's alternately crazed and intimate songs managed to fit ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Monkees Present was initially planned as a double LP with each member of the group taking a side for themselves. When Peter Tork left the band, the idea was scrapped, but the idea of every Monkee for himself wasn't. Apart from the two Boyce & Hart songs that were rescued from earlier sessions from 1966 (and probably should have stayed in the can), all the songs were recorded in late 1968 and 1969 by Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Mickey Dolenz separately. While it could have made for a scattered LP that made no sense musically, instead Nesmith's intricate country-rock, Jones' jazzy, showy ballads, and Dolenz's alternately crazed and intimate songs managed to fit together quite well. It helped that each member was operating near the peak of their skills. Nesmith's "Listen to the Band" is a slight song but a brilliant sonic experiment, and "Good Clean Fun" rollicks like the best country music should. Jones' "If I Knew" is sweeter than lemonade with extra sugar, and "French Song" shows off his impressive skills as a theatrical balladeer to great effect. Dolenz seems to be operating on some kind of insane plane of existence as he croons through the manic "Little Girl" like he's barely holding on, howls through the pounding "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" like a manic pixie, channels his inner Nilsson on "Pillow Time," and basically loses it on the quite intense "Mommy and Daddy." Both musically and lyrically, he takes some real chances on these tracks: something he'd never do again. The level of commitment and craft the members invested in the album was impressive, considering they had lost their TV show and really had no reason to exist anymore. Soon after the album's release, Nesmith quit the group to make his own excellent solo albums, while Jones and Dolenz were left to carry on. As a last gasp though, The Monkees Present is better than it could have been, and a solid note for the band as a creative unit to go out on.[The 1994 Rhino and 2011 Friday Music reissues add a demo of Nesmith's "Calico Girlfriend" (done samba style), a spoken word effort by Jones, a hilariously square radio promo, and enlightening alternate versions of "Listen to the Band" (with expanded instrumental sections) and "Mommy and Daddy" (with different lyrics that were far too chilling to unleash on any lingering pre-teen fans the band may have accidentally still had).]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2011
  • Label: Friday Music
  • UPC: 829421117001
  • Catalog Number: 211170
  • Sales rank: 15,829

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Michael Nesmith Vocals, Group Member
James Burton Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Davy Jones Vocals, Spoken Word, Group Member
Louie Shelton Guitar
Micky Dolenz Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Larry Taylor Bass
Hal Blaine Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Tommy Boyce Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Bud Brisbois Horn
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Bill Chadwick Guitar, Background Vocals
Marion Childers Horn
Wayne Erwin Guitar
Gene Estes Percussion
Gilbert Falco Horn
Bobby Hart Organ, Piano
John Kitzmiller Horn
Don McGinnis Horn
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
Richard Nash Horn
Earl Palmer Drums
Ray Pohlman Bass
Norbert Putnam Bass
Emil Richards Percussion
Billy Sanford Guitar
Ray Triscari Horn
David Walters Percussion
Dick Hyde Horn
Gerry McGee Guitar
Louis Shelton Guitar
Robert T. Jing Horn
Al Casey Guitar
Joe Osborne Bass
Mike Rubini Piano
Billy Lewis Drums
Steve Huffstetter Horn
David Briggs Piano
Michael Rubini Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Michael Deasy Guitar
Michael Saluzzi Horn
Edie Hoh Drums
Tim Weissberg Flute
Robert Thompson Banjo
Technical Credits
Michael Nesmith Arranger, Composer, Producer
Davy Jones Composer, Producer
Shorty Rogers Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Micky Dolenz Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tommy Boyce Composer, Producer
Bill Chadwick Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bobby Hart Composer, Producer
Don McGinnis Arranger
Emil Richards Sound Effects
David Walters Sound Effects
Michael Murphy Composer
Janelle Scott Composer
Joe Reagoso Liner Notes
Matt Willis Composer
Neko Cholis Cover Design
Al Pachuccki Engineer
Ric Klein Composer
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