Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
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HEADQUARTERS, the Monkees' third album and third consecutive LP to hit #1 was originally released in May 1967 and featured production by Chip Douglas, allowing the band greater creative control. Introduced stand-outs including the Top 40 Michael Nesmith-penned hit The Girl I Knew Somewhere, You Just May Be The One, and Randy Scouse Git. Plus, Peter Tork's For Pete's Sake, later used as The Monkees TV show's closing theme. Among the 21 bonus tracks are rare, previously unreleased stereo remixes including You Can't Tie A Mustang Down, If I Learn To Play The Violin, and the Neil Diamond-composed A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You. Bonus rarities also include demo versions of Nine Times Blue, Midnight Train, and Pillow Time and the first recorded version of The Girl I Knew Somewhere. The Monkees formed in 1966 when Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork were picked out of a mass casting call to portray a rock band on a madcap sit-com intended to send up the zany spirit of A Hard Day's Night. The show became an Emmy-winning phenomenon and propelled the lads out of their TV roles to become bonafide, chart-topping music stars as well during the quartet's peak years, 1966-68, they amassed sales of over 16 million albums, outselling the Beatles and the Stones combined. Last year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of that pop culture milestone, Rhino began a complete overhaul of their catalog, upgrading the group's first two classic LPs to 2CD Deluxe Edition reissues. The restoration continues with the Monkees' third and fourth LPs, HEADQUARTERS and PISCES, AQUARIUS, CAPRICORN & JONES, LTD., both #1 smashes on Billboardr's Pop Albums chart.
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"What Am I Doing Hanging 'Round" is a particular favorite. But, the real find (and you can SEE it on YouTube) is the wonderful acappella version of
"Rui Chiu", a LAtin Christmas hymn the boys did for their Christmas show one year. Singing in impeccable 4 part harmony, they truly prove they were
true musicians and not some pop-art, pop-up band. Bravo!
We had tickets to see them here in NC but it ended up being canceled. I hope they come back.
Always then and now, 2 of my favorite's are "Love is Sleeping" and "What am I going Hangin' Round" Mike does some cool pickin'
The sound quality is great in both mono & stereo. It's very similar in sound quality to the Beatles Capitol Records releases that just came out recently. The bonus material is entertaining, as well as strong, I also loved some of the out-takes I'd never heard before. The booklet is also really good, with lots of rare photos and the in depth story of the making of this album.
The overall packaging is very classy. It makes me hope that The Beatles get this kind of treatment through Apple records, or my favorite band, Deep Purple get this sort of stunning re-packaging from Rhino.
I grew up on the mono versions of the Monkees albums, all the way up to their fifth album "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" in April 1968, so I was really thrilled to see that mono finally made it to CD. I've always thought that the mono mixes of this album were better overall, giving an overall impression of a heavier rock band sound with added reverb. As for the stereo mastering, it's beautiful. Overall, they've done a wonderful job on these deluxe discs. Let's hope the next two albums (released in mono & stereo) get this same kind of royal treatment.
Sure they seem to be milking the Monkee-cow, but when it's this strong, milk it baby. Next up, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees?