Justus (album)

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Justus
Studio album by The Monkees
Released October 15, 1996
Recorded June - August 1996
NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Genre Rock
Length 39:55
Label Rhino
Producer The Monkees
The Monkees chronology
Missing Links Volume Three
(1996)
Justus
(1996)
The Monkees Anthology
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [2]

Justus is the eleventh and final studio album by The Monkees. The album was recorded in celebration of their 30th anniversary and released on October 15, 1996 (although the television show premiered on September 12, 1966, Justus does coincide with the release of their first album, The Monkees, which was released on October 10, 1966). This album (released on CD) featured the return of Michael Nesmith . Justus was the first Monkees album since Head was released in 1968 to feature all four Monkees. Although Nesmith would only sing lead vocals on a remake of the 1968 song "Circle Sky", he did write the Dolenz-vocal song, "Admiral Mike", and provided background vocals for all tracks.

Although preliminary work on the album was begun using songs from various writers, upon Nesmith's agreement to join the production it was agreed that all songs would be written only by the four members of the group. The four also produced and recorded all the tracks jointly, making it the first Monkees album since Headquarters to be produced entirely by the group as a single unit, and the first album ever to be recorded by the foursome alone. A video was also produced to promote the album.

"Circle Sky" is a remake from the Head soundtrack, with new lyrics from Nesmith. "You and I" is a different song as compared to the song of the same name on Instant Replay. It originally appeared on a 1976 album, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart, recorded during a reunion of Jones and Dolenz with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who were the band's first writers and producers.

A different version of "It's Not too Late" appears on Jones's solo album Just for the Record, Vol. 4.

The title is pronounced as either "Justice" or "Just Us", the latter implying that only the four Monkees perform on the album.

The tracks "Circle Sky", "You and I" and "Regional Girl" were promoted, with music videos, in the 1997 television special "Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees". These songs, along with "Oh, What A Night" were performed as part of the 30th anniversary reunion tour.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Circle Sky" (Michael Nesmith) Lead Vocals: Nesmith 3:33
  2. "Never Enough" (Micky Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 2:58
  3. "Oh, What a Night" (Davy Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 3:12
  4. "You and I" (Dolenz, Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 2:57
  5. "Unlucky Stars" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:11
  6. "Admiral Mike" (Nesmith) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:23
  7. "Dyin' of a Broken Heart" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:09
  8. "Regional Girl" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:16
  9. "Run Away from Life" (Peter Tork) Lead Vocals: Jones 2:43
  10. "I Believe You" (Tork) Lead Vocals: Tork 3:41
  11. "It's My Life" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:41
  12. "It's Not Too Late" (Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 4:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Micky Dolenz - drums, vocals
  • Peter Tork - bass & keyboards, vocals
  • Davy Jones - percussion, vocals
  • Michael Nesmith - guitars, vocals
  • Arranged & produced by The Monkees
  • Engineered by Bob Bullock & Michael McDonald, with assistance from Terry Bates, Grant Greene & Steve Mixdorf
  • Mixed by Michael McDonald, with assistance from Tim Gerron
  • Mastered by Michael McDonald

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