The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees

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The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
Studio album by The Monkees
Released April 22, 1968
Recorded Late 1967/Early 1968
Genre Pop rock, psychedelic pop
Length 37:00
Label Colgems (original US release)
RCA (original release--rest of the world)
Arista (1980 Japanese LP reissue + 1986 CD reissue)
Rhino (1985 LP reissue + 1994 & 2010 CD reissues)
Sundazed (1996 LP reissue)
Producer The Monkees, Chip Douglas
The Monkees chronology
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
(1967)
The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
(1968)
Head
(1968)
Singles from The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
  1. "Daydream Believer" / "Goin' Down"
    Released: October 25, 1967
  2. "Valleri" / "Tapioca Tundra"
    Released: March 2, 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Popdose.com (Favorable Review)[citation needed]

The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees is the fifth studio album by The Monkees released in April 1968. It was the first Monkees album not to reach Billboard's number one, peaking at number three, and eventually selling over a million copies.

History[edit]

Despite the band's hardships in 1968 (their television series was canceled; their first motion picture project, Head, failed at the box office; and in December, Peter Tork left the group), The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees proved to be another successful album, yielding the group's sixth million-selling single in "Valleri" and yet another number one in "Daydream Believer," written by former Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Coincidentally, both songs had been holdovers from previous albums: "Valleri" had originally been recorded more than a year prior for the TV show (the version on this album is a new production) and "Daydream Believer" had been recorded for their previous album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. "Tapioca Tundra," an experimental piece of poetry put to music by Nesmith, charted well as the B-side to "Valleri" and reached #34.

After gaining complete artistic control over their musical direction and being allowed to play instruments on their own records in early 1967, the success of Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. began to somewhat rebuff the critics who viewed The Monkees as a band of talentless individuals who were simply lucky enough to gain recognition through their "manufactured" origins.

The desire and focus, however, to remain as a complete band unit in the studio quickly evaporated after the Pisces album, when each individual band member began to produce his own sessions with his own selected studio musicians, often at entirely different studios around the Los Angeles area. An agreement was made to label all finished efforts as "Produced by The Monkees," but in reality, beyond a few exceptions, most of the recordings featured on The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees revert to the recording process of the first two albums (fewer group dynamics), except now each band member was fully in charge of the sessions. Chip Douglas, producer of The Monkees' previous two albums, fully expected to continue as the band's representative in the studio, but found the individual Monkees more interested in exploring their diverse musical backgrounds with their own friends and associates rather than relying on Douglas as the central figure.

Jones' Broadway rock, Michael Nesmith's country and western leanings and psychedelic experiments, and the rock and soul of Micky Dolenz made for a diverse album. Unfortunately for Peter Tork, even though several of his compositions were considered for release on Birds, they were all rejected for reasons unknown. His only appearance on the final record is as pianist on "Daydream Believer." Veteran Monkees tunesmiths Boyce and Hart returned to the fold to contribute the psychedelic "P.O. Box 9847," as well as a new version of the aforementioned "Valleri."

The extremely rare U.S. mono album (COM-109) was released in a limited quantity, as mono albums were being phased out by 1968, and has become a highly sought item for its unique mixes that differ from the common stereo versions. Mono copies from Australia, India, Israel, Mexico and Puerto Rico are known to have the same mix as the USA. There may be others as well. Most countries' mono versions - including the UK's - feature a "fold-down" mix where the stereo channels are simply reduced to one monaural channel; basically a mono version of the stereo mix.

Artwork[edit]

The front cover of the album shows a shadow box that contains some memorabilia from the 1940s through 1960s, including a Cootie bug, a popgun, a fan that folds out into a paper flower, ceramic birds, various paper flowers and stick flowers (which were popular in 1968). The rear cover [2] contains the term "MIJACOGEO" alongside Micky's photo, a term that is an acronym for the members of Micky's family (Micky, Janelle, Coco and George, respectively). Another interesting quirk was that while Davy and Peter signed autographs in a traditional manner on their rear cover photos, Michael Nesmith signed "Carlisle Wheeling" to be superimposed onto his picture. This was the title of a song that did not make it on to any Monkees release at that time. However, it appeared on his post-Monkees album Loose Salute with the First National Band, having been renamed "Conversations". The song also was later released on various Monkees rarities collections.

Reissue[edit]

On February 8, 2010, Rhino Records' Rhino Handmade released a 3-CD boxed set reissue of the album. It was made available only online directly from Rhino. The set is housed in a 7 inch by 7 inch box with a 3D lenticular cover. It contains the original stereo and U.S. mono versions of the album in miniature vinyl replica sleeves, over 60 demos, rehearsals and outtakes from the original album's sessions, a commemorative pin and a booklet of essays and session information by Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval. The first 1,000 orders include a bonus vinyl single featuring two more unreleased tracks, acoustic versions of "St. Matthew" and "Lady's Baby".

Track listing[edit]

Original 1968 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Dream World" (David Jones, Steve Pitts) - 3:22
  2. "Auntie's Municipal Court" (Michael Nesmith, Keith Allison) - 4:05
  3. "We Were Made for Each Other" (Carole Bayer, George Fischoff) - 2:25
  4. "Tapioca Tundra" (Nesmith) - 3:08
  5. "Daydream Believer" (John Stewart) - 3:00
  6. "Writing Wrongs" (Nesmith) - 5:08
Side 2
  1. "I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) - 2:26
  2. "The Poster" (Jones, Pitts) - 2:21
  3. "P.O. Box 9847" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 3:16
  4. "Magnolia Simms" (Nesmith, Charles Rockett) - 3:48
  5. "Valleri" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:15
  6. "Zor and Zam" (Bill Chadwick, John Chadwick) - 2:10

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Alvin" (Nicholas Thorkelson) - 0:27
  2. "I'm Gonna Try" (Jones, Pitts) - 2:44
  3. "P.O. Box 9847" (Boyce, Hart) (Early Mix) - 3:15
  4. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Neil Sedaka, Bayer) (Second Recorded Version) - 2:40
  5. "Lady's Baby" (Peter Tork) (Alternate Mix) - 2:30

1996 Sundazed vinyl reissue[edit]

Bonus track at the end of Side 1: "I'm Gonna Try" (prev. unissued)
Bonus track at the end of Side 2: "P.O. Box 9847" (prev. unissued alt. mix)[3]

2010 Rhino Handmade deluxe CD reissue[edit]

Disc 1 (The Original Stereo Album & More)

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Red Baldwin, Boyce, Hart) - 2:49
  2. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Alternate Mix) (Tork) - 2:36
  3. "D.W. Washburn" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:50
  4. "It's Nice to Be with You" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Jerry Goldstein) - 2:52
  5. "Carlisle Wheeling" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:07
  6. "Rosemarie" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:38
  7. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:01
  8. "Alvin" (Alternate Take) (Thorkelson, Thorkelson) - 0:22
  9. "We Were Made for Each Other" (Alternate Backing Track) (Bayer, Fischoff) - 2:46
  10. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Bayer, Sedaka) - 4:32
  11. "Little Red Rider" (Acoustic Version) (Nesmith) - 2:30
  12. "Lady's Baby" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Tork) - 2:25
  13. "Ceiling in My Room" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Dominick DeMieri, Bobby Dick, Jones) - 3:50
  14. "I'm a Man" (Backing Track) (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 2:55
  15. "Me Without You" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:16
Disc 2 (The Original Mono Album & More)

Tracks 1-12: Original album in mono

  1. "Alvin" (1968 Mono Mix) (Thorkelson, Thorkelson) - 0:24
  2. "While I Cry" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:02
  3. "D.W. Washburn" (Mono Single Mix) (Leiber, Stoller) - 2:49
  4. "It's Nice to Be with You" (Mono Single Mix) (Goldstein) - 2:53
  5. "Come on in" (1968 Mono Mix) (Mapes) - 3:19
  6. "Carlisle Wheeling" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:02
  7. "Rosemarie" (1968 Mono Mix) (Dolenz) - 2:39
  8. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1967 Mono Mix) (Bayer, Sedaka) - 2:45
  9. "Seeger's Theme" (Alternate Version) (Seeger) - 0:42
  10. "Tear the Top Right Off My Head" (Micky's Vocal) (Tork) - 1:55
  11. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (1968 Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:02
  12. "Lady's Baby" (1968 Mono Mix) (Tork) - 2:26
  13. "Ceiling in My Room" (1967 Mono Mix) (DeMieri, Dick, Jones) - 3:15
  14. "Merry Go Round" (1968 Mono Mix) (Tork, Diane Hilderbrand) - 1:43
  15. "Don't Listen to Linda" (1968 Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:56
  16. "Me Without You" (1968 Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:17
  17. "Zor and Zam" (TV Version) (Chadwick, Chadwick) - 2:04
  18. The Birds the Bees & the Monkees Teen Radio Spot - 1:00
Disc 3 (The Birds, The Bees & The Raritees)
  1. Monkees Adult Stereo 8 Spot - 0:59
  2. "Tear the Top Right Off My Head" (Peter's Vocal) (Tork) - 1:57
  3. "Auntie's Municipal Court" (Mike's Vocal) (Nesmith, Allison) - 4:08
  4. "P.O. Box 9847" (1968 Alternate Stereo Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 3:22
  5. "War Games" (Version One) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:12
  6. "Lady's Baby" (Tork) - 2:27
  7. "Tapioca Tundra" (1967 Alternate Stereo Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:02
  8. "D.W. Washburn" (Alternate Mix with Bass Vocal) (Leiber, Stoller) - 2:56
  9. "Nine Times Blue" (Version Two - Davy's Vocal) (Nesmith) - 2:19
  10. "Lady's Baby" (Acoustic Version) (Tork) - 2:19
  11. "While I Cry" (Alternate Mono Mix) (Nesmith) - 3:05
  12. "Shorty Blackwell" (Rehearsal) (Dolenz) - 2:54
  13. "Laurel and Hardy" (Berry, Christian) - 2:45
  14. "Seeger's Theme" (Acoustic Version) (Seeger) - 0:52
  15. "Tapioca Tundra" (Acoustic Version) (Nesmith) - 3:15
  16. "Don't Say Nothin' Bad" (About My Baby) (Goffin, King) - 2:08
  17. "War Games" (Version Two) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:31
  18. "(I Prithee) - Do Not Ask for Love" (Second Recorded Version) (Michael Martin Murphey) - 3:47
  19. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (Mike's Vocal Version) (Nesmith) - 3:12
  20. "Shake 'em Up and Let 'em Roll" (Alternate Vocal Version) (Leiber, Stoller) - 2:10
  21. "Changes" (2009 Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 2:25
  22. "Merry Go Round" (Version One) (Tork, Hilderbrand) - 1:29
  23. "Magnolia Simms" (Acoustic Version) (Nesmith) - 3:15
  24. "I'm Gonna Try" (Jones, Pitts) - 2:44
  25. "Seeger's Theme" (Electric Version) (Seeger) - 0:42
  26. "Magnolia Simms" (Stereo Remix) (Nesmith) - 3:42
  27. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Third Recorded Version) (Bayer, Sedaka) - 2:57
  28. "Merry Go Round" (Third Recorded Version) (Tork, Hilderbrand) - 1:41
  29. "Nine Times Blue" (Version Two - Mike's Vocal) (Nesmith) - 2:17
  30. "The Party" (2009 Mix) (Jones, Pitts) - 3:01
  31. "I Wasn't Born to Follow" (Backing Track) (Goffin, King) - 2:58
Vinyl 45
  1. "St. Matthew" (Acoustic Version) (Nesmith)
  2. "Lady's Baby" (Alternate Acoustic Version) (Tork)

Session Information[edit]

all tracks produced by The Monkees unless otherwise specified.

Dream World

  • Written by David Jones, and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Michael Deasy, Al Hendrickson, and Gerry McGee
  • Harpsichord: Don Randi
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Brendan Cahill, Teresa Helfer, Milt Holland, and Jerry Williams
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Martin Limonick, Alexander Murray, and Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Feram, Edgar Lustgarten, Jacquelyn Lustgarten, and Fredrick Seykora
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Jack Sheldon
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • French Horn: John Cave, Don Duke, and Arthur Maebe
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Recorded at Western Recorders Studio 2, Hollywood, 6 February 1968 and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 8 February 1968

Auntie’s Municipal Court

  • Written by Keith Allison, and Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocals: Michael Nesmith, Bill Chadwick, and Unknown
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith, Keith Allison, and Bill Chadwick
  • Bass: Richard Dey
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Percussion: Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 6 January, 15, and 16, 1968
  • The mono mix puts more emphasis on the guitar accompaniment.
  • Only song on Birds (besides Daydream Believer) to feature more than one member of the band.

We Were Made for Each Other

  • Written by Carol Bayer Sager, and George Fischoff
  • Lead Vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: James Burton, Michael Deasy, Al Hendrickson, Gerry McGee
  • Harpsichord: Michael Melvoin
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Brendan Cahill, Milt Holland, Jerry Williams
  • Mallet: Milt Holland
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Maria Fera, Jacquelyn Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon
  • Trombone: Lewis McCreary
  • French Horn: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Richard Preissi
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Intended for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
  • Recorded at Western Recorders Studio 2, Hollywood, 6 February 1968 and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 7 and 9 February 1968

Tapioca Tundra

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: Unknown
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Percussion: Michael Nesmith, and Unknown
  • Whistling: Michael Nesmith
  • Lyrics are from a poem Nesmith wrote prior to composing the music
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 11, 18 and 19 November 1967

Daydream Believer

  • Written by John Stewart
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Harmony vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Piano: Peter Tork
  • Bass: Chip Douglas
  • Keyboard: Chip Douglas
  • Percussion: Chip Douglas, and Unknown
  • Bell: Bill Martin
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Alex Murray, and Erno Neufeld
  • Trumpet: Pete Candoli, Al Porcino, and Manuel Stevens
  • Piccolo Trumpet: Manuel Stevens
  • Trombone: Richard Noel
  • Bass trombone: Richard Leith, and Philip Teele
  • Produced by: Chip Douglas
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, June 14, and RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, TN, August 9, 1967
  • Issued as a single on Colgems #1012, 25 October 1967, reaching number one
  • Only song on Birds featuring all members of the band, and the only song featuring Tork at all
  • Replaced "Love is Only Sleeping" as a single
  • Used in the episodes "Art, For Monkees' Sale", "Monkees Marooned", and "Hitting the High Seas"

Writing Wrongs

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Organ: Michael Nesmith
  • Piano: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: Richard Dey
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Percussion: Eddie Hoh
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 3 December 1967
  • Final product is two takes spliced together

I'll Be Back Up On My Feet

  • Written by Sandy Linzer, and Denny Randell
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, and Unknown
  • Guitar: Al Casey, Michael Deasy, and Dennis Budimir
  • Harpsichord: Michael Melvoin
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Brendan Cahill
  • Tambourine: Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Quica: Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Saxophone: William Hood
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Oliver Mitchell
  • Trombone: Louis Blackburn, and Lew McCreary
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Intended for More of The Monkees, then again for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 9 March and 14 March 1968
  • The original version of this song was used in the episodes "Dance, Monkee, Dance" and "Monkees in the Ring"

The Poster

  • Written by David Jones, and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, and Unknown
  • Guitar: Al Casey, Michael Deasy, and Howard Roberts
  • Organ: Don Randi
  • Bass: Max Bennett, and Lyle Ritz
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Glockenspiel: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Tambourine: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Clyde Reasinger, Jack Sheldon, and Anthony Terran
  • Trombone: Milt Bernhart, Richard Leith, Lew McCreary, and Frank Rosolino
  • Saxophone: John Lowe
  • Woodwind: John Lowe
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, and Ambrose Russo
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 15 and 17 February 1968

P.O. Box 9847

  • Written by Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Electric Guitar: Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Tack Piano: Bobby Hart
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Billy Lewis
  • Violin: Victor Arno, Jack Pepper
  • Viola: Philip Goldberg
  • Cello: Raymond Kelley
  • Marxophone: Unknown
  • Tabla: Unknown
  • Arrangement: Don McGinnis
  • Inspired by an idea by Bob Rafelson
  • The song, although credited to The Monkees, was actually produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, 26 December, 1967 and 10 February, 1968

Magnolia Simms

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Tack Piano: Paul T. Smith
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell
  • Trombone: Lew McCreary
  • Woodwinds: Jim Horn, and Jack Nimitz
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 2 December 1967
  • Recorded as a low-fi song with deliberate surface noise and skipping as if it came from a 78 RPM record. On the stereo mix, this track is heard only on the left channel.

Valleri

  • Written by Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Electric Guitar: Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborne
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tambourine: Billy Lewis
  • Saxophone: Jim Horn, Jay Migliori
  • Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell, and Roy Caton
  • Trombone: Lew McCreary
  • Arrangement: Don McGinnis
  • The song, although credited to The Monkees, was actually produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, 26 December and 28, 1967
  • Issued as a single as Colgems #1019, March 2, 1968, reaching number three.
  • Second time the band recorded it, with the same personnel; the remake was so the Monkees could take production credit
  • Colgems chief Lester Sill rejected the first mix, saying it needed "more punch", and had a brass section overdubbed
  • This version was used for the episode "Monkee's Blow Their Minds" with the fade-out dropped (a factor which would later be used on compilations).
  • The original version of the song was used in the episodes "Captain Crocodile" and "Monkees in Manhattan".

Zor and Zam

  • Written by Bill Chadwick, and John Chadwick
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Electric Guitar: Keith Allison, and Bill Chadwick
  • Bass: Chip Douglas, Richard Dey, and Max Bennett
  • Piano: Michael Melvoin
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Eddie Hoh, Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Percussion: Micky Dolenz, Hal Blaine, Milt Holland, Stan Levey, and Henry Diltz
  • Gong: Hal Blaine, Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Timpani: Hal Blaine, Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Trombone: Milt Bernhart, Richard Leith, Lew McCreary, and Frank Rosolino
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Clyde Reasinger, Jack Sheldon, and Anthony Terran
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, and Ambrose Russo
  • Saxophone: John Lowe
  • Woodwind: John Lowe
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • An early version of the song was used on the episode "Mijacogeo (The Frodis Caper)" and eventually released on Missing Links Volume Three.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 7, 13, 18 January, and 14, 17 February 1968

1994 Bonus tracks Session Information[edit]

Alvin

  • Written by Nicholas Thorkelson
  • Spoken words by Peter Tork
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood, 20 January 1968

I'm Gonna Try

  • Written by David Jones, and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Harmony vocal: Unknown
  • Guitar: Al Casey, Mike Deasey, and Howard Roberts
  • Bass: Lyle Ritz
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Harpsichord: Don Randi
  • Marimba: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Tambourine: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Trombone: Milt Bernhart, Richard Leith, Lew McCreary, and Frank Rosolino
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Clyde Reasinger, Jack Sheldon, and Anthony Terran
  • Saxophone: John Lowe
  • Woodwind: John Lowe
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, and Ambrose Russo
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 15 and 17 February 1968
  • Originally considered for, but rejected from Changes
  • This song has an almost identical music track to another Jones/Pitts song "Party" which was recorded on the same day. However the vocals and lyrics were completely different, making "I'm Gonna Try" the more superior outtake of the two.

P.O. Box 9847 [Early Mix]

  • Moog Synthesizer: Micky Dolenz
  • The earlier mix of the song featuring a moog synthesizer, instead of the string section.
  • Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, 26 December, 1967

The Girl I Left Behind Me [Second Recorded Version]

  • Written by Carole Bayer Sager, and Neil Sedaka
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, October 31 and November 7 and 21, 1967

Lady's Baby [Alternate Mix]

  • Written by Peter Tork
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Backing vocal: Karen Harvey Hammer
  • Guitar: Peter Tork
  • Electric Guitar: Stephen Stills
  • Bass: Lance Wakely
  • Drums: Dewey Martin
  • Sound Effects: Justin Hammer
  • Produced by Peter Tork
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, December 1, 17, 21, 1967, and January 14, 19, 24, and Western Recorders, Hollywood, February 2 and 7, 1968
  • Originally intended for the album but constant production changes and re-recordings by Tork caused the song to not be finished in time for release

2010 Bonus tracks Session Information[edit]

D. W. Washburn [1968 Stereo Mix]

  • Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Guitar: Keith Allison, and Bill Chadwick
  • Banjo: Henry Diltz
  • Bass: Chip Douglas
  • Drums: Jim Gordon
  • Tack Piano: Michel Rubini
  • Glockenspiel: Larry Bunker
  • Saxophone: Bill Hood
  • Trumpet: Carroll Lewis, and Stu Williamson
  • Trombone: Lou Blackburn, and Herbie Harper
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 17 and March 1, 1968

It's Nice to Be with You [1968 Stereo Mix]

  • Written by Jerry Goldstein
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: James Burton, Mike Deasy, Al Hendrickson, and Gerry McGee
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Keyboard: Michael Melvoin
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, and Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Fera, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, and Eleanor Slatkin
  • Saxophone: Bill Hood
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Oliver Mitchell
  • French Horn: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, and Dick Perissi
  • Trombone: Lou Blackburn, Lew McCreary, and Jack Sheldon
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Studio 2, February 6, and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, February 7, 1968

Ceiling in My Room [1967 Stereo Mix]

  • Written by Dominick DeMieri, Robert Dick, and Davy Jones
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones and Unknown
  • Guitar: Dom DeMieri, and Eddie Placidi
  • Bass: Robert Dick
  • Drums: Kim Capli
  • Piano: Charlie Smalls
  • Recorded on November 14, 1967

Auntie’s Municipal Court [Alternate Mix]

  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals: Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith
  • Other personnel is the same as on the original album mix
  • An alternate mix featuring Mike on lead vocals, although the lyric - (Fine man, crazy man, he can't see. Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea. Why do the people walk away from me? Nobody can see that) - during the final verse still features Micky on lead. It appears that Mike's lead vocal on this mix is the same as Mike's backing vocal on the original album mix.
  • This mix features additional sound effects during the final instrumental section. They are also included on the copy of the song from Music Box.

Other personnel[edit]

  • Produced by The Monkees (except "Daydream Believer" produced by Chip Douglas)
  • Recording Engineers: Pete Abbot and Hank Cicalo
  • Music Supervision: Lester Sill
  • Original Cover Design: Allan Wolsky and Friends

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1968 Billboard 200 3[4]

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1967 "Daydream Believer" Billboard Hot 100 1[4]
1967 "Daydream Believer" UK Charts 5[5]
1968 "Valleri" Billboard Hot 100 3[4]
1968 "Valleri" UK Charts 12[5]
1968 "Tapioca Tundra" Billboard Hot 100 34[4]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r44968
  2. ^ http://web.295.ca/stpat/birds.html
  3. ^ stevehoffman.tv
  4. ^ a b c d "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees - Charts and Awards". Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Charts - Monkees". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – The Monkees – The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 234 June 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help) If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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