Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

by The Monkees


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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: 02/22/2011
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227978013
catalogNumber: 527077

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Doug Dillard   Banjo
Michael Nesmith   Guitar
Harry Nilsson   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Paul Beaver   Moog Synthesizer
Davy Jones   Percussion
Micky Dolenz   Guitar,Drums,Moog Synthesizer
Larry Taylor   Bass
Porcino   Trumpet
Leonard Atkins   Violin
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Bill Chadwick   Guitar
Chip Douglas   Organ,Bass,Piano,Clavinet
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Nathan Kaproff   Violin
Richard Leith   Trombone
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Violin
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Darrel Terwilliger   Violin
Peter Tork   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Clavinet
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Anthony Terran   Trumpet
Bob Rafelson   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Manuel Stevens   Trumpet
Kim Capli   Drums
Robert Knight   Bass Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Robert Helfer   Trumpet
Richard Noel   Trombone
Oliver Mitchell   Trumpet
Bill Martin   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Clavinet

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Davy Jones   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Peter Abbott   Engineer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Chip Douglas   Composer,Producer
Bobby Hart   Composer
John London   Composer
George Tipton   Orchestration
Peter Tork   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Eddie Brick   Composer
Bernard Yeszin   Cover Design
Travis Lewis   Composer
Craig Smith   Composer
Kim Capli   Composer
Charlie Rockett   Composer
Bommer Clarke   Composer
Roger Farris   Arranger
Bill Martin   Composer

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