Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

by The MonkeesThe Monkees

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/1996
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771504814
catalogNumber: 5048
Rank: 56768

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Doug Dillard   Banjo
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
Bill Martin   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet

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
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
Owen Castleman   Composer

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