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Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Monkees Audio CD
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The Monkees (Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) were pulled together in order to star in a successful comedy television show first aired on NBC in 1966.

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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Colgems
  • ASIN: B004GE811Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A winning combination of self-penned tunes (like Nesmith's Daily Nightly ) and covers (such as Nilsson's Cuddly Toy ), together with the hits Words and Pleasant Valley Sunday , helped the Monkees climb to #1 again with this 1967 LP. Many a fan's favorite Monkees album!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All bow to the kings of boybands! 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This has to be my favourite monkee album of all time. Where else could you find such a great selection of top 60s pop tracks, from the sugarly sweet 'cuddly toy' to the guitar twanging 'door into summer'. Filled with great tunes this is a must for any fans of the pre fab four. Worth the money for 'pleasant valley sunday' and the classic slice of monkee magic that is 'star collector' alone. Avoid this album and miss the chance to sample the original boyband in all there glory!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Door Into Summer! 7 Jan 2001
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This album is in my top ten of "must haves" and it challenges even The Beatles' best work. A veritable pot pourri of musical sytles, the collection of songs stand on their own as potential singles.
Pleasant Valley Sunday shines with all the optimism of 1960's summers thanks to that fantastic jangling guitar riff. A true classic. Love Is Only Sleeping and The Door Into Summer are beautiful examples of guitar pop, that inspired bands like The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Travis.
Throughout the album the mood changes from psychedlic (Daily Nightly), soulful (Words), country (What Am I Doing Hanging Round) to smoochy jazz (Don't Call On Me)!
The set closes with the insane Star Collector which tears along like an out of control truck, building to a wonderful climax with crazy moogs and frantic drums.
Throughout their career The Monkees always strived to be a "real" band but never shook off the boy band image. This collection proves that they could cut it with the best of them.
A five star cracker!
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4.0 out of 5 stars With a Little Help From Their Friends 11 Jun 2014
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Monkees called upon some help from friends for this, their fourth studio album in two years and again it fuses together a British and American feel with more idiosyncratic songs that by now had become something of a signature for the band.

There's more than a little nod to psychedelia on "Daily, Nightly" and once again Mike Nesmith shows himself as arguably the most accomplished songwriter in the band with that track and "Don't Call on Me." Overall it's a mixture of pop sensibility, ballads and more weirdness. On the down side the band seem to be pushing themselves into a corner where further development looks a few light years away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good little known tracks 14 Sep 2013
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I have always been a fan of the Monkees and most of the tracks not from their mainstreem pop period. I found this Album good and would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top ten albums of the 1960's. This is NO joke... 1 Jan 2006
By Robert Bykowski - Published on Amazon.com
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No, I'm not kidding. 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.' is not only the Monkees' best album ('Headquarters' ranks a close second), it's one of the ten best rock or pop albums of the '60's, and ranks right alongside 'Revolver', 'Pet Sounds', 'Forever Changes', 'Beggars Banquet', 'Highway 61 Revisited', 'Are You Experienced ?' and 'Rubber Soul'. A reevaluation of the Monkees' collective talents is WAY overdue; when you realize that these guys came together as two actors and two semi-pro musicians who auditioned for a TV series because they were in desperate need of work AND THEN forced themselves to become a REAL band, it's pretty amazing just how damn good (and often great) they became. The musical growth and diversity they display on this album is truly astounding --Mike Nesmith, the band's most talented member, shines on tracks like "The Door Into Summer", "Love Is Only Sleeping", and his yearning, soaring vocal on the magnificent country-like "What Am I Doin' Hanging Round ?" (possibly his all time greatest vocal performance). Micky shines on what still might rank as the finest three-minute exploration of suburban disenchantment ("Pleasant Valley Sunday"), as well as what may be the first usage of Moog synthesizer on a rock record ("Daily Nightly"). Even Davy - usually the weak link in the band - manages to charm and delivery solid performances on Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy", "She Hangs Out" and the groupie tribute "Star Collector". Only Peter fails to make an impression here, although his solid musicianship can be heard on several tracks. The remastered sound on this disc really jumps out at you, and highlights what is already a superb album.

If you don't have this one in your collection of '60's rock CDs, you really are missing out on a vital link between the cheerier pop/rock of the early '60's and the darker, more forboding sounds of the late '60's. 'Pisces' will hopefully lead you to discover the Monkees' always good and frequently brilliant catalogue of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Monkees at Their Peak 31 Dec 2003
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is middle of the road rock with very serviceable songs with a few excellent exceptions. The album dates back to 1967, the year the Monkees outsold The Beatles and the peak of The Monkees success.

The CD starts off with Michael Nesmith singing "Salesman," a bouncy country-flavored tune. Davy Jones is the lead singer on the following song, "She Hangs Out." This song is sung in a style similar to that of a number of other teen idols during the era and appears intended to target teenage girls. The vocals are among Davy's best.

Michael Nesmith sings the next track, "The Door into Summer." This song is one of my personal favorites because it was inspired by the Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same title. The song is about searching and opportunities lost, elements of which were in the Heinlein novel. This song is well constructed and superior to Michael's first track on this CD.

Michael is also the lead singer on "Love Is Only Sleeping." This song is even more inspired and better than the previous track. There are several special effects and Michael sings this song very well. While the flavor of the song is pop, the song is as original in style as any of the pop of the era, and one indication that the Monkees were trying hard to create their own sound.

"Cuddly Toy" was very good from several view points. Davy Jones was an excellent choice as the lead singer. The style of the song is deceptively innocent and light, but Harry Nilsson's lyrics were about a Hell's Angels gang bang. The innocent sounding music flew past censors and record company executives, and it was only after the release of the album that anyone other than Nilsson and the Monkees knew the meaning of the song.

"Words" is one of those wonderful Boyce/Hart songs sung by Mickey Dolenz. The song is dark with a flavor of psychedelic and is one of the most excellent and original songs on this CD. While the flavor of the songs is similar to some rockabilly singers, the sound is in a style that is purely The Monkees.

"Hard to Believe" is one of the mellower songs on this CD, sung by Davy Jones. This song takes Davy Jones to the edge of his vocal limits and perhaps a touch over. This song is one of the weaker songs on this CD.

"What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" features Michael Nesmith in another country-flavored song co-penned by Michael Martin Murphy of "Wildfire" fame. The music is relatively basic but the vocals are quite good. Peter Tork voices the next track, "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky." I'm not sure of what The Monkees were trying to accomplish with this song, but it is an interesting inclusion.

Then we come to one of the best Monkees' songs, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," sung by Mickey Dolenz. This song receives extensive airplay on classic rock stations. The lyrics are a cynical lament regarding the materialistic and mundane existence of middle class America; a great song for the youth of every era. The lyrics and music match incredibly well to make one of the best songs of the 60s.

The Michael Nesmith penned "Daily Nightly" sung by Micky Dolenz follows. This psychedelic song features Micky's attempts to play the Moog synthesizer. The Moog provides sound effects but is significantly away from the sophistication of The Moody Blues' Mike Pinder of the same era.

Michael Nesmith co-penned "Don't Call on Me," also sung by Michael Nesmith; a very mellow and beautiful song. Michael sings this style of song very well. The fast-paced Goffin/King song "Star Collector" finished the original vinyl, sung by Davy Jones. The music is relatively repetitious and simple, and can become annoying if you focus on it. The Moog synthesizer was also used on this song, but played (much better than Micky - sorry Micky) by Paul Beaver. Thanks to Steve Dallas for providing this information.

The CD then adds an additional 7 tracks. The first short track is pure comedy. Of the remaining tracks 5 are alternate tracks to the music on this CD, and one, "Goin' Down," is an alternate mix from that released on the flip side of the "Daydream Believer" single.

This album contains some gems. Most of the songs are good, some are excellent. The Monkees were trying harder to create their own style and break away from corporate control. The results may have been a bit bizarre, but the 60s were a great time to take chances and do something different. The Monkees will forever be a wonderful part of rock's musical heritage.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My FAVORITE album of 1967! 25 Dec 1999
By Henry R. Kujawa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you need a quick comparison, this is like The Monkees' version of REVOLVER; every song has a different style, and it all fits together into a perfect whole. SO MANY GREAT SONGS! "Salesman" (consumer activism), "She Hangs Out" (Las-Vegas show-stopper, and a big improvement on the original version), "Love Is Only Sleeping" (perhaps the most powerful song Mike ever sung that was written by somebody else--its lyrics tear your heart open but leave you filled with hope). Then there's "Cuddly Toy" (perhaps Davy's best "music-hall" styler?), "Words" (great, though I prefer the original found on MISSING LINKS 2), "Hard To Believe" (bossa-nova!), "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round" (country-western!) "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (possibly THE greatest Monkees song ever? ) "Daily Nightly" (deeply psychedelic, with Mike writing & Micky singing & playing) and the absolutely mind-blowing finale, "Star Collector". These were some of the greatest recordings done by these guys, and the amazing thing is this wasn't a "greatest hits" album!
My only beef over the years is the use of an alternate version of "Pleasant Valley Sunday", when the one on the 45 and the TV show was always, to me, the "definitive" one (see Rhino's GREATEST HITS to compare!). And HOW did "Goin' Down" (or, for that matter, "Daydream Believer") get left OFF originally? As for the bonus tracks, I'm afraid I feel about all these "alternate mixes" the way I do about 90% of the stuff on the 3 BEATLES ANTHOLOGY albums-- "interesting", but I'll keep the "originals".
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,Please Respond 1 Jan 2000
By Dean Martin Dent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Monkees masterpiece without a doubt,PAC&J should be the basis of the R&R Hall of Fame's final decision to finally induct this long overlooked group of talented individuals. Even though they're borne out of the usual Hollywood machinery,they've fought the powers that be and evolved into a great pop group for one shining moment. attention Monkee fans!: PACJ may be a masterpiece,but it isn't flawless.The sappy "Hard to Believe"& the Kirshner -era "She Hangs Out"bogs down the album.Many fans wondered why "Daydream Believer"&"Goin Down" didn't make the cut when they were recorded and released around the same time.Make a tape,or burn a CD of the following track order,the way it should've been released: 1.Salesman 2.The Door Into Summer 3.Love is only Sleeping 4.Cuddly Toy 5.Words 6.Goin Down(the mix from gr hits<1995>) 7.Peter Percieval Patterson's Pet Pig Porky 8.Plesant Valley Sunday 9.What am I Doin Hangin' Round 10.Daydream Believer 11.Daily Nightly 12.Don't Call on Me 13.Star Collector ENJOY!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly consistent triumph for the Pre-Fab Four 25 Jan 2005
By Danno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones," without a doubt is the single Monkees album that truly stands the test of time. Their first three albums may have had most of their hit singles. But it's here that the Monkees truly delivered a set of songs that even skeptics will admit stand on their own without the help of a weekly TV show as an infomercial.

No longer chasing the mid-1960s Britpop or bubblegum sound, the Monkees (especially Mike Nesmith) were finally their own men, and turn in fine performances. For the first time we have a Monkees album cover that doesn't ape Robert Freeman's work for the Beatles. Also for the first time, we have a Monkees album unburdened with ridiculous "novelty" numbers like "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," or "Auntie Grizelda." Instead, we have "Salesman," "Door Into Summer," and "What Am I Doing Hanging Round," all sung by Mike Nesmith and all anticipating the country-rock of the Eagles. We're treated to a cover of Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy," and "She Hangs Out," some of the few times that Davy Jones' showbiz schtick isn't embarrassing, and the terrific "Words" goes places that Mickey Dolenz' voice seldom went before or since. And, of course, we have "Pleasant Valley Sunday," easily the greatest single the Monkees ever recorded, and one of the best rock songs of the era. The bonus tracks are the icing on the cake.

Were "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones" recorded by the Byrds or Blind Faith, it would be hailed as one of the unsung masterpieces of the 1960s. Don't be as closeminded as the average rock journalist, who still thinks Woodstock saved the world and tries to act hip by pretending he likes rap music. Think for yourself, and give this CD a listen. You may never trust the official version of rock history again.
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