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Best known as the drummer of The Monkees, George Michael Dolenz Jr. - aka Micky - has fashioned a long-lasting and diversified career in show business. The son of actor George Dolenz, Micky, with American Indian and Yugoslavian blood in his heritage, took to acting as a boy, earning great success in the 1950s with Circus Boy (1956). Though he continued to act with the show's end, he focused more on college studies, his most passionate interest being architecture. He also delved into singing, performing in LA-area clubs with a band called Micky & The One-Nighters as well as with a band called Missing Links; among those who saw Micky in action was Michael Nesmith.
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1. "Good Morning, Good Morning" Only Micky can tread on the thin ice that The Beatles have laid down! To say I wasn't a fan of The Beatles original version would be crazy! It has always been a left-out Beatles classic! Micky takes this song into the 21st century, with that smooth Micky style. As you listen, you may not even remember this was a Beatles song! It has Micky Dolenz' caressing voice that makes a line such as, "Nothing to do to safe his life call his wife in.." sound like it was spoken by the very doctor making the request. Beautiful acoustic version. The bridge is dreamy with a nice soft flute interlude. Great album opener! I am sure his ole buddy John Lennon would have loved it! Classy!
2. "An Old Fashioned Love Song" With a beautiful harmonized intro,Micky keeps this rendition, similar to Three Dog Night's take. The undeniable Dolenz vocals serves this take, with it's skat section and all, and the party-time instruments tasting a bit like New Orleans! Yum!
3. "Diary" This David Gates number, originally done by "Bread", Micky makes his own from the beginning. Micky's haunting background vocals only compliment the lead vocal track. An album favorite from the start!
4. "Many Years" An original compostion by album producer and song arranger David Harris.A very uplifting little number! Written like a letter to a love! The dreamy over-laid Dolenz vocals are dreamy! Also are a taste of what's to come on this collection!
5. "Sometime In The Morning" Monkees fans will know this one! Micky did this on "King For A Day" in a confusing Jugband hillbilly style. Well, Micky must have heard the critique on the fans not quite liking the arrangement of that version, so here is the perfect version. Unlike the Monkees version which suffers in the recording mix, this one blooms in all it's glory! More in the manner Carole King & Gerry Goffin wanted it to sound. This is the version I choose of them all!
6. "Quiet Desperation" Finally, a new composition by Micky! He heads down south for this one. If you didn't know any better, fans would think this was written by song master and fellow Monkee, Michael Nesmith! Yet, it has the feel of early Elton John, ala "Tumbleweed Connection". A very uplifting, toe taping number! "must be something in my jeans/genes" Nice play on words Mick!
7. Randy Scouse Git I have to assume EVERYONE knows The Monkees version of this opus on their fabulous "Headquarters" LP. Dolenz takes this song on a ride through mystical fantasy. The music is eerily fascinating! The bridge of "Why don't you cut your hair.." will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! This arrangement is not what you'd expect! It's transcendental! Wow!
8. "Johnny B. Goode" I know, "how many people have to cover this?" Well, this song has a history with Micky. It is what he played on his lost screen test for The Monkees TV series. This time with a soft vocal and manic hand percussion, it's not like other typical versions you may have heard!
9. "Sugar, Sugar" YES, the song made famous by Don Kirshner's cartoon creation, The Archies! Written by Andy Kim & Jeff Barry, Micky gives this song an almost "naughty" feel to it! With his silky voice and smooth soft shoe style verses, into his power vocal sections of "Pour a little sugar on me honey!". Micky's voice leaps from the speakers! The end of the song, Micky adds other sweeteners in the mix, which is so Micky! "Glucose! Dextrose!" Remember, once a Monkee, always a Monkee! That's great for us fans! Micky gives this one a whole new meaning! Another album favorite!
10. "Do Not Ask For Love" Another Monkees gem, brought to a level of incredibility! There are the 1966 versions sung by both Micky & Davy Jones. Later, Peter Tork did this Michael Martin Murphey in 1968 and it was used in their TV Special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee". All great versions...this time around, Micky sings it acapella through out the entire song! Layer, upon layer of Micky, harmonizing with himself in a way I thought only QUEEN could do in their songs, "Bohemian Rhapsody" & "Somebody To Love"! This one blew me away! It is hypnotizing, haunting and vocally superb! On this album, I'd hate to chose a favorite but damn, this is it!!
11. "I'm A Believer" Just for the record, The Monkees did this decades before Shrek!! Staying loyal to the original arrangement, Micky along with Phil Keaggy tweak the arragement with a constant snare rolling along. Nice updated version much like Micky's live version of this classic.
12. "Remember" Micky's second go at this Nilsson classic! Dolenz originally did a dreamy version on "Micky Dolenz Puts You To Sleep". This one goes off the scale! His vocals are primo! As the number goes on, it gets more & more epic! Beautiful instrumentation that get surprisingly rocking for a ballad! With teasing time signature changes, this is the version that Harry Nilsson would have loved! Clocking in at (7:53) it is NEVER boring! There are surprises around each section! The guitar work is very reminiscent of Pink Floyd, mid-seventies Gilmore.
If you love The Monkees, Micky Dolenz or just a great album that will not collect dust...this album is for you! I haven't stopped playing it since I received it! A+++
The one thread that holds this together is the vocal ability of Dolenz. 67 year-old men aren't supposed to have the vocal range they had when they were twenty. If anything, Dolenz' range has expanded. Maybe it's the years of doing musical theater on Broadway and in the West End. Every vocal on this collection is from one singer, and each was recorded separately. No studio tricks. At times his backing vocals sound like an organ that was enchanted to sing lyrics. It is pure vocal brilliance. Anyone who doesn't believe Dolenz is one of the finest vocalists of the rock era needs to hear this. You will be a believer.
I strongly suggest purchasing the hard copy. The enclosed booklet is well worth the read.