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Monkees Present
     

The Monkees Present

by The Monkees
 

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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

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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).]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2011
Label:
Friday Music
UPC:
0829421117001
catalogNumber:
211170
Rank:
52075

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Performance Credits

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
Dick 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
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
Pachuccki   Engineer
Ric Klein   Composer

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