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Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. [Deluxe Edition]

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The Monkees 6/5/2006

Review

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. [In 2007 Rhino gave the album a double-disc deluxe revamp with mono and stereo versions, the bonus tracks from the 1995 reissue, and a bunch of newly created stereo mixes that often utilize previously unheard vocals. The set is aimed at collectors looking to replace their copies of Rhino's 1995 reissue, and it succeeds. It also serves as a fascinating document of the group and, more importantly, some of the best pop music the 1960s have to offer.] ~ Tim Sendra
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Salesman The Monkees 2:32
  3. 2 She Hangs Out The Monkees 2:53
  4. 3 The Door into Summer The Monkees 2:44
  5. 4 Love Is Only Sleeping The Monkees 2:28
  6. 5 Cuddly Toy The Monkees 2:39
  7. 6 Words The Monkees 2:48
  8. 7 Hard to Believe The Monkees 2:31
  9. 8 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? [Stereo] The Monkees 3:5
  10. 9 Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky The Monkees 0:27
  11. 10 Pleasant Valley Sunday The Monkees 3:14
  12. 11 Daily Nightly The Monkees 2:29
  13. 12 Don't Call on Me The Monkees 2:50
  14. 13 Star Collector The Monkees 4:21
  15. 14 Goin' Down [Stereo Mix] The Monkees 4:19
  16. 15 Salesman The Monkees 3:3
  17. 16 She Hangs Out The Monkees 3:25
  18. 17 Love Is Only Sleeping [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 2:28
  19. 18 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 3:16
  20. 19 Star Collector The Monkees 4:58
  21. 20 Riu Chiu [Previously Unreleased][TV Version] The Monkees 1:31
  22. 1 Salesman [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:28
  23. 2 She Hangs Out [Mono Version] The Monkees 3:7
  24. 3 The Door into Summer [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:52
  25. 4 Love Is Only Sleeping [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:33
  26. 5 Cuddly Toy [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:39
  27. 6 Words [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:55
  28. 7 Hard to Believe [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:36
  29. 8 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? [Mono Version] The Monkees 3:9
  30. 9 Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky [Mono Version] The Monkees 0:26
  31. 10 Pleasant Valley Sunday [Mono Version] The Monkees 3:7
  32. 11 Daily Nightly [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:32
  33. 12 Don't Call on Me [Mono Version] The Monkees 2:54
  34. 13 Star Collector [Mono Version] The Monkees 4:32
  35. 14 Special Announcement The Monkees 0:35
  36. 15 Salesman [Alternate Mono Mix] The Monkees 2:32
  37. 16 Cuddly Toy [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 3:2
  38. 17 Goin' Down [Mono Single Version] The Monkees 4:20
  39. 18 The Door into Summer [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 2:50
  40. 19 Daily Nightly [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 2:27
  41. 20 Star Collector [Alternate Mix] The Monkees 4:48

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