Missing Links Volume Two

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Missing Links Volume Two
Missing Links Volume Two - The Monkees.jpg
Compilation album by The Monkees
Released January 1990
Recorded 1966 - 1969
Genre Rock
Length 47:41
Label Rhino
Producer Various
Compiler Bill Inglot and Andrew Sandoval
The Monkees chronology
Missing Links
(1988)
Missing Links Volume Two
(1990)
Listen to the Band
(1991)

Missing Links Volume Two is the second of three rarity albums by the Monkees (Missing Links Volume 1 and Missing Links Volume 3). It was released in 1990. The album contains several tracks that had been featured in the television series but had never before been available commercially.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All the King's Horses" (Nesmith)
  2. "Valleri" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  3. "St. Matthew" (Nesmith)
  4. "Words" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  5. "Some of Shelley's Blues" (Nesmith)
  6. "I Wanna Be Free" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  7. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Jack Keller & Bob Russell)
  8. "Come On In" (Jo Mapes)
  9. "I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (TV version) (Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell)
  10. "Down the Highway (Michigan Blackhawk)" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Toni Stern)
  11. "Hold On Girl" (Help is on its Way) (First Recorded Version) (Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh, & Billy Carr)
  12. "The Crippled Lion" (Nesmith)
  13. "Changes" (Pitts & Jones)
  14. "Mr. Webster" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce & Hart)
  15. "You Just May Be the One" (TV Version) (Nesmith)
  16. (I Prithee) "Do Not Ask for Love" (First Recorded Version) (Michael Murphy)
  17. "Circle Sky" (Live version from "Head") (Nesmith)
  18. "Seeger's Theme" (Second Recorded Version) (Seeger)
  19. "Riu Chiu" (Studio version with Chip Douglas filling in for Davy Jones on vocals) (traditional)

Session information[edit]

"All the King's Horses"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork
  • Guitar: James Burton, Glen Campbell, and Al Casey
  • Bass: Larry Knechtel, and Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, and Jim Gordon
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Monkees"
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, June 25, 1966 (7:30 pm– 12:15 am)
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith

"Valleri" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "More of the Monkees". It was later re-cut for '" The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees '".
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, August 6, 1966

"St. Matthew"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Harold Bradley, and Wayne Moss
  • Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Bass: Norbert Putnam
  • Banjo: Bobby Thompson
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Percussion: Unknown
  • Organ: Unknown
  • Piano: David Briggs
  • Violin: Buddy Spicher
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for 'Head".
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN, June 2, 1968

"Words" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocals by Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Norm Jeffries
  • Flute: Ethmer Roten
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded in October, 1966
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "More of the Monkees". It was later re-cut for "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd."

"Some of Shelly’s Blues"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic Guitar: Billy Sanford
  • Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Banjo: Sonny Osborne
  • Bass: Bobby Dyson
  • Drums: Willie Ackerman
  • Organ: Larry Butler
  • Harmonica: Charlie McCoy
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith and Felton Jarvis
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "Head".
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, May 29, 1968

"I Wanna Be Free" (Television Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz, and Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tambourine: Gene Estes
  • Organ: Michel Rubini
  • Two versions were made for this song. This version, featuring Micky and Davy on lead vocals was featured in "The Monkees TV series ". The slower version was released on the Monkees’ debut album.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, July 19, 1966 (2– 7:30 PM)
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

"If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again"

  • Written by Jack Keller and Bob Russell
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Del Kacher
  • Electric Guitar: Louie Shelton
  • Acoustic Guitar: Dennis Budimir, Al Casey, and Mike Deasy
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Tambourine: Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Vibes: Milt Holland, and Stan Levey
  • Harpsichord: Michael Melvoin
  • Violin: Jack Gootkin, Bob Jung, George Poole, Heimann Weinstine, and William Weiss
  • Viola: Garry Nuttycombe
  • Cello: Douglas Davis
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees".
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, February, 1968

"Come On In"

  • Written by Jo Mapes
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Electric Guitar: Stephen Stills, and Lance Wakely
  • Bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Dewey Martin
  • Tack Piano: Peter Tork
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees".
  • The songwriting credit for "Come On In" is mistakenly credited to Steven Dubof and Neil Levonsen.
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood, February 8, 1968

"I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Guitar: Al Casey and Carol Kaye
  • Bass: Ray Pohlman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Frank Capp and Julius Wechter
  • Piano: Don Randi and Michel Rubini
  • Produced by Jeff Barry
  • Recorded on October 26, 1966
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "More of the Monkees". It was later re-cut for "The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees".

"Michigan Blackhawk"

  • Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Toni Stern
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Al Casey and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Monkees Present".
  • While some sources claim that the track was recorded in June 1969, others claim that the song may actually have been recorded in June 1968.[1]
  • "Michigan Blackhawk" is a mistitled track; the song included here is a Goffin/King/Stern country-rock tune, "Down The Highway," that Mike recorded in 1969; the mistitling comes from the use of the title "Michigan Blackhawk" on an unfinished Nesmith track from 1969.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, June 5 and 10, 1969.[2]

"Hold On Girl" (Help is on its Way) (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh, and Billy Carr
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Alan Estes
  • Oboe: Norman Benno
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, September 10, 1966
  • Later re-recorded for More of the Monkees

"The Crippled Lion"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic Guitar: Harold Bradley
  • Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Banjo: Sonny Osborne
  • Bass: Bobby Dyson
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Organ: David Briggs
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "Head".
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith and Felton Jarvis
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, May 29, 1968

"Changes"

  • Written by David Jones and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Mike Deasy, Al Hendrickson, and Gerry McGee
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Milt Holland, and Jerry Williams
  • Piano: Don Randi
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, and Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Fera, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Edgar Lustgarten, and Frederick Seykora
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Jack Sheldon
  • French Horn: John Cave, David Duke, and Arthur Maebe
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees".
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Studio 2, Hollywood, February 6, 1968

"Mr. Webster" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Acoustic Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Percussion: Alan Estes
  • Oboe: Norman Benno
  • Cello: Maggie Aue
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, September 10, 1966
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "More of the Monkees". It was later re-cut for "Headquarters".

"You Just May Be The One" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocals by Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals by Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, and Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Robert West
  • Dano Bass: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, and Mike Deasy
  • Drums: Hal Blaine and Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Gene Estes and Frank DeVito
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, July 18, 1966 (8:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M.)
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • The song features the doubling of regular bass with Danelectro or "dano" bass, played by one of the other guitarists; the dano bass' distinctive twang gave Mike's 1966 tracks a country flavor. The doubling of bass proved difficult to master as some 35 takes were needed before the backing track was completed.
  • The song was featured on three episodes of the TV series - "The Chaperone," "One Man Shy," and "Monkees A La Mode."
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Monkees". It was later re-cut for "Headquarters".

(I Prithee) "Do Not Ask For Love" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Michael Martin Murphy
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, and Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman and Jim Gordon
  • Piano: Michael Cohen and Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded on November 17, 1966
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.
  • Two sessions for Micky's vocals were made. The second (which Micky believed was "terribly out of sync") came in October 1966 and was the basis for the song's 1990 release. A different vocal by Micky was recorded earlier that summer.
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "More of the Monkees".

"Circle Sky" [Live Version]

  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Electric Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Micky Dolenz
  • Percussion: Davy Jones
  • Organ: Davy Jones
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "Head".
  • Recorded at Valley Auditorium, and Lagoon Park Amusement Center, Salt Lake City, UT, May 21, 1968

"Seeger’s Theme" [Second Recorded Version]

  • Written by Pete Seeger
  • Whistling by Peter Tork
  • Guitar: Peter Tork and Lance Wakely
  • Banjo: Peter Tork
  • Bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Buddy Miles
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "The Birds, The Bees and the Monkees". Peter Tork had originally recorded it acoustically during the sessions for "Headquarters". The acoustic version was eventually released on "The Headquarters Sessions"
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, January 20, 1968

"Riu Chiu" [Studio Version]

  • Traditional
  • Lead vocals by Chip Douglas, with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork
  • Produced by Chip Douglas
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd". It was a traditional Spanish Christmas carol chosen by Producer Douglas who had performed it with the Modern Folk Quartet. This version features Douglas filling in for Davy Jones on lead vocals, along with Dolenz, Nesmith and Tork. The Monkees also performed it on their Christmas 1967 TV episode.
  • Recorded on August 21, 1967

Notes[edit]

  • "You Just May Be the One," "Hold On Girl," "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again," and "Mr. Webster" are CD Only Tracks
  • The TV version of "Words" featured here includes a quick backwards tape segment not included in the lone episode the track appeared in ("Monkees Manhattan Style")
  • "All the King's Horses," "You Just May Be the One," and "Do Not Ask for Love" were all 1966 tracks produced by Mike that feature bassist Robert West with a Danelectro "dano" bass; the "dano" bass accounts for the distinctive twang these songs have on bass.

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