by The Monkees


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Calling their final album Changes made sense for the Monkees. Mike Nesmith had just departed, leaving only Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones to hold down the fort. The other big change was that after years of struggling to have their voices as songwriters and musicians heard, the remaining duo basically gave up and let the producers take over. The musical reigns were given to legendary producer Jeff Barry (who had just come from a huge success with the Archies), and he and his cronies like Bobby Bloom wrote and performed the songs. Apart from one track written by Dolenz (the goofy country-rock novelty "Midnight Train"), the Monkees were on hand to provide vocals only. While this could be seen as some kind of defeat and the end of the Monkees as an actual rock band, Changes ended up being a very good bubblegum record. Barry's production is light and frothy, the songs are hooky and fun, and both Dolenz and Jones perform admirably, given the likely, somewhat humiliating situation. There are songs that rock harder than you'd expect ("99 Pounds," "Oh My My"), very sweet ballads (the gospelly "Tell My Love" and "You're So Good to Me"), silly novelty songs ("I Love You Better"), a fun, tropical-themed love song ("Acapulco Sun"), and even a vaudeville-y Boyce & Hart number tacked on the end of the album ("I Never Thought It Peculiar"). There are even a couple songs that might make a discerning fan's homemade best-of comp, namely the achingly pretty Dolenz-sung ballad "Ticket on a Ferry Ride" and "Do You Feel It Too, " a heartfelt love song that shows Jones at his sincere best. It may not be an incredibly inspired album, but it is a lot of fun and if they had stuck together (and with Barry), they could have had a nice little run of albums. Sadly, though, the record tanked completely and the Monkees' name was retired soon after its release. [Both Rhino's 1994 and Friday's 2011 reissues of the album add three very good bonus tracks, two of which ("Do It in the Name of Love" and "Lady Jane") were taken from the duo's final sessions with Barry (and were eventually released under Dolenz and Jones' own names on Bell Records in 1971. The other track ("Time and Time Again") is a Jones co-write that was supposed to be on the record but was cut. Possibly because its hazy folk-jazz feel was too out of place. It is one of Jones' stronger efforts and shows that had he stayed serious about making music, he could have done some interesting things.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2011
Label: Friday Music
UPC: 0829421119005
catalogNumber: 211190

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Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
James Burton   Guitar
Davy Jones   Vocals,Group Member
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Micky Dolenz   Vocals,Group Member
Larry Taylor   Bass
Hal Blaine   Drums
Tommy Boyce   Background Vocals
John DeVoogdt   Strings
Wayne Erwin   Guitar
Gene Estes   Percussion
Chuck Findley   Horn
Frederick Seykora   Strings
James Getzoff   Strings
Bobby Hart   Organ,Background Vocals
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
William Hymanson   Strings
Jay Migliori   Horn
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Gareth Nuttycolbe   Strings
Dick Hyde   Horn
Gerry McGee   Guitar
Coco Dolenz   Background Vocals
Joe Osborne   Bass
Billy Lewis   Drums
Alan Robinson   Horn
Harold Ayers   Strings
Norman Serkin   Strings

Technical Credits

Davy Jones   Composer,Producer
Bobby Bloom   Composer
Andy Kim   Composer
Micky Dolenz   Composer,Producer
Steven Soles   Composer
Ned Albright   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Tommy Boyce   Composer,Producer
Bill Chadwick   Composer,Producer
Neil Goldberg   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Bobby Hart   Composer,Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Mike Moran   Engineer
Joe Reagoso   Liner Notes

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