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 (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(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 sold 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, Brazil, Israel and Puerto Rico feature the same mix as the USA. All other countries' mono versions feature "folddown" mixes of the stereo versions, reduced to one monaural channel.

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 appeared on Nez' post Monkees album LOOSE SALUTE with the First National Band. The song also was later released on various Monkees rarities collections.

Reissue[edit]

In January 2010, Rhino Records' Rhino Handmade website announced that they would be releasing a 3-CD boxed set reissue of the album. It was released on February 8, 2010 and is available exclusively online via rhino.com. 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".

Tracklisting[edit]

Original LP[edit]

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

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Alvin" (Previously Unissued) (Nicholas Thorkelson)
  2. "I’m Gonna Try" (Previously Unissued) (David Jones/Steve Pitts)
  3. "P.O. Box 9847" (Previously Unissued Alternate Mix) (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  4. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Previously Unissued Early Version) (Neil Sedaka/Carole Bayer)
  5. "Lady’s Baby" (Previously Unissued Alternate Mix) (Peter Tork)

1996 Sundazed Records vinyl re-release[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 boxed set[edit]

Disc One

Tracks 1-12: Original Album in Stereo

Tracks 13-27: Bonus Tracks

  1. "Through the Looking Glass" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  2. "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?" (Alternate Mix) (Peter Tork)
  3. "D.W. Washburn" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
  4. "It's Nice to Be With You" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Jerry Goldstein)
  5. "Carlisle Wheeling" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Michael Nesmith)
  6. "Rosemarie" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Micky Dolenz)
  7. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Michael Nesmith)
  8. "Alvin" (Alternate Take) (Nicholas Thorkelson)
  9. "We Were Made for Each Other" (Alternate Backing Track) (George Fischoff/Carole Bayer Sager)
  10. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Carole Bayer Sager/Neil Sedaka)
  11. "Little Red Rider" (Acoustic Version) (Michael Nesmith)
  12. "Lady's Baby" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Peter Tork)
  13. "Ceiling in My Room" (1967 Stereo Mix) (Don DeMieri/Robert Dick/David Jones)
  14. "I'm a Man" (Backing Track)
  15. "Me Without You" (1968 Stereo Mix) (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
Disc Two

Tracks 1-12: Original Album in Mono

Tracks 13-30: Bonus Tracks

  1. "Alvin" (1968 Mono Mix)
  2. "While I Cry" (1968 Mono Mix) (Michael Nesmith)
  3. "D.W. Washburn" (Mono Single Mix)
  4. "It's Nice to Be With You" (Mono Single Mix)
  5. "Come On In" (1968 Mono Mix) (Jo Mapes)
  6. "Carlisle Wheeling" (1968 Mono Mix)
  7. "Rosemarie" (1968 Mono Mix)
  8. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1967 Mono Mix)
  9. "Seeger's Theme" (Alternate Version) (Pete Seeger)
  10. "Tear the Top Right Off My Head" (Micky's Vocal) (Peter Tork)
  11. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (1968 Mono Mix)
  12. "Lady's Baby" (1968 Mono Mix)
  13. "Ceiling in My Room" (1968 Mono Mix)
  14. "Merry Go Round" (1968 Mono Mix) (Peter Tork)
  15. "Don't Listen to Linda" (1968 Mono Mix) (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
  16. "Me Without You" (1968 Mono Mix)
  17. "Zor and Zam" (TV Version)
  18. "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees Teen Radio Spot"
Disc Three - The Birds, The Bees & The Raritees
  1. "Monkees Adult Stereo 8 Spot"
  2. "Tear The Top Right Off My Head" (Peter's Vocal)
  3. "Auntie's Municipal Court" (Mike's Vocal)
  4. "P.O. Box 9847" (1968 Alternate Stereo Mix)
  5. "War Games" (Version One) (Davy Jones/Steve Pitts)
  6. "Lady's Baby" (Acoustic Version)
  7. "Tapioca Tundra" (1967 Alternate Stereo Mix)
  8. "D.W. Washburn" (Alternate Mix With Bass Vocal)
  9. "Nine Times Blue" (Version Two - Davy's Vocal) (Michael Nesmith)
  10. "Lady's Baby" (Acoustic Version)
  11. "While I Cry" (Alternate Mono Mix)
  12. "Shorty Blackwell" (Rehearsal) (Micky Dolenz)
  13. "Laurel And Hardy"
  14. "Seeger's Theme" (Acoustic Version)
  15. "Tapioca Tundra" (Acoustic Version)
  16. "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)"
  17. "War Games" (Version Two)
  18. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (Second Recorded Version) (Michael Martin Murphey)
  19. "My Share of the Sidewalk" (Mike's Vocal Version)
  20. "Shake 'Em Up and Let 'Em Roll" (Alternate Vocal Version) (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
  21. "Changes" (2009 Mix) (David Jones/Steve Pitts)
  22. "Merry Go Round" (Version One)
  23. "Magnolia Simms" (Acoustic Version)
  24. "I'm Gonna Try" (David Jones/Steve Pitts)
  25. "Seeger's Theme" (Electric Version)
  26. "Magnolia Simms" (Stereo Remix)
  27. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (Third Recorded Version)
  28. "Merry Go Round" (Third Recorded Version)
  29. "Nine Times Blue" (Version Two - Mike's Vocal)
  30. "The Party" (2009 Mix) (David Jones/Steve Pitts)
  31. "I Wasn't Born to Follow" (Backing Track)

Session Information[edit]

Dream World

  • Lead Vocal: Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Michael Deasy, Al Hendrickson, Gerry McGee
  • Harpsichord: Don Randi
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Brendan Cahill, Teresa Helfer, Milt Holland, Jerry Williams
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, Martin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Feram, Edgar Lustgarten, Jacquelyn Lustgarten, Fredrick Seykora
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Jack Shelton
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • Horns: John Cave, Don Duke, 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

  • Lead Vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony Vocals: Mike Nesmith
  • Guitars: Mike Nesmith, Keith Allison, Bill Chadwick
  • Bass: Richard Dey
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, 6 January, 15, and 16, 1968
  • The mono mix puts more emphasis on the guitar accompaniment.

We Were Made for Each Other

  • Lead Vocal: 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
  • 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 Shelton
  • Trombone: Lewis McCreary
  • Horn: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Richard Preissi
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Intended for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Tapioca Tundra

  • Lead Vocal, Whistling, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar: Mike Nesmith
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Lyrics are from a poem Nesmith wrote prior to composing the music
  • Recorded 11 November 1967

Daydream Believer

  • Lead and Backing Vocal: Davy Jones
  • Harmony Vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Electric Guitar: Mike Nesmith
  • Piano: Peter Tork
  • Bass, Keyboards, Percussion: Chip Douglas
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Percussion: Bill Martin
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld
  • Trumpet: Pete Candoli, Al Porcino, Manuel Stevens
  • Trombone: Richard Noel
  • Bass trombone: Richard Leith, Philip Teele
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, June 14 and 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

  • Lead Vocal, Piano, Electric guitar, Organ: Mike Nesmith
  • Bass: Richard Dey
  • Drums, 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

  • Lead and Backing Vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Al Casey, Michael Deasy, Dennis Budimir
  • Harpsichord: Michael Melvoin
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Brendan Cahill, Milt Holland, Stan Levey
  • Sax: William Hood
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Oliver Mitchell
  • Trombone: Louis Blackburn, 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

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

P.O. Box 9847

  • Lead Vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Tack Piano: Bobby Hart
  • Drums, Percussion: Billy Lewis
  • Violin: Victor Arno, Jack Pepper
  • Viola: Philip Goldberg
  • Cello: Raymond Kelley
  • Arrangement: Don McGinnis
  • Inspired by an idea by Bob Rafelson

Magnolia Simms

  • Lead Vocal, Guitar: Mike 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

  • Lead Vocal: Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborne
  • Drums, Tambourine: Billy Lewis
  • Sax: Jim Horn, Jay Migliori
  • Trumpets: Ollie Mitchell, Roy Caton
  • Trombone: Lew McCreary
  • Arrangement: Don McGinnis
  • 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

  • Lead Vocal, Percussion: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing Vocals: Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith
  • Guitars: Keith Allison and Bill Chadwick
  • Piano: Michael Melvoin
  • Bass: Chip Douglas, Richard Dey and Max Bennett
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Additional Drums and percussion: Hal Blaine, Henry Diltz, Milt Holland and Stanley Levey
  • Additional Personnel on horns, strings, etc.
  • Arrangement: Shorty Rogers
  • A different version of the song was used on the episode "Mijacogeo (The Frodis Caper)".
Bonus tracks

Lady's Baby

  • Lead Vocal, Guitar: Peter Tork
  • Backing Vocal: Karen Harvey Hammer
  • Electric Guitar: Stephen Stills
  • Bass: Lance Wakely
  • Drums: Dewey Martin
  • Sound Effects: Justin Hammer
  • Recorded at various California studios between January and March 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
Other personnel
  • 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

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