Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. by The Monkees

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Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. by The Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. by The Monkees

Album Released: 1967

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2.She Hangs Out2:33
3.The Door Into Summer2:50
4.Love Is Only Sleeping2:28
5.Cuddly Toy2:45
7.Hard To Believe2:33
8.What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?3:02
9.Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky / Pleasant Valley Sunday3:30
10.Daily Nightly2:26
11.Don't Call On Me2:28
12.Star Collector3:30


Although they do not contribute as much instrumentally as on the previous Headquarters, as well as write little of the material themselves, this is The Monkees' best album.

That's because it contains seven of not only my favourite Monkees songs, but also seven of my favourites from all the songs I know of from the 1960's ... "The Door Into Summer" / "Love Is Only Sleeping" / "Words" / "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" / "Pleasant Valley Sunday" / "Daily Nightly" / "Star Collector".

Those seven are worth the price of admission alone. "Summer" and "Sunday" are simply perfect pop, and "Hangin' 'Round?" is infinitely catchy without ever getting boring, while the other four are in a league of their own.

The innovative use of a Moog synthesizer in Nesmith's (sung by Dolenz, who was also the instigator of the Moog) "Daily Nightly", and "Star Collector" (with its astonishing-for-its-time, drawn-out conclusion) are unforgettable, while "Words" and "Sleeping" combine haunting atmosphere with irresistible melodies.

The rest, such as "Salesman", "She Hangs Out" and "Cuddly Toy" are good too, but just can't match the others.

Nesmith dominates vocally like never before here, taking the lead in five of the tracks, Dolenz is down to three, and, as I said, most of the songs are penned by outside writers.

But who cares who wrote them? Or played them for that matter. This is a classic album, brimming with precious pop that deserves to be ranked amongst the sixties greats, higher than so much other tosh that gets more praise than it deserves.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

This is a good Monkees album, by which I mean it's fun and adventurous 60's pop/rock that you don't need to feel bad about liking.

If it was as fake as some people suggest, then how do they explain "The Door Into Summer", an intelligent song with a tasteful arrangement, enjoyable melody, and thoughtful lyrics that aren't making any concessions to the teenage market?

Davy Jones' "Hard To Believe" is the only sellout here. It may be saccharine yet it's warmer and more powerful than your below-average computerized N'Sync ballad. He redeems himself anyway, with a raunchy vocal on the primitive rocker "She Hangs Out".

Elsewhere, there's a handful of clever pop songs with solid vocals (mostly from Mike Nesmith), propulsive basslines, and inventive arrangements, all of which are too rough and experimental to be blatantly commercial.

Two downsides: firstly, almost everything was donated by professional songwriters, mostly esoteric character sketches that emphasize the distance between writer and performer; and secondly, most of the songs (like the big Goffin-King hit "Pleasant Valley Sunday") are fun but not transcendant like the tunes on the next album.

Boyce and Hart's powerful "Words" is slightly better, but the only real exception is the Nesmith-sung "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round", a desperate and energetic country-rocker.

Only two songs are self-composed, and they're both Nesmith's ... "Daily Nightly" is a sincere psychedelic rocker with a typical hypnotic Nesmith melody, while "Don't Call On Me" is boring lounge music. The only annoying track is Goffin-King's cheesy "Star Collector".

The Monkees really wanted to be good, and they had just enough talent (and help) to make it work here, resulting in a great record for anyone who loves 60's music.

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by Reviewer: Cosmic Ben (blogging at Cosmic Ben [Defunct])