Stranger Things Have Happened (Peter Tork album)

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Stranger Things Have Happened
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Studio album by
Released1994
GenrePop rock, folk rock
LabelBeachwood
ProducerJames Lee Stanley, Peter Tork

Stranger Things Have Happened is a 1994 album by former Monkees member Peter Tork. Although he had been performing since the 1960s, this was his first solo album.

The album includes some of Peter Tork's own songwriting and performs in a range of styles from folk ("Giant Step") to hard rock ("Miracle") to pop ("MGB-GT").

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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Bruce Eder of AllMusic wrote "No one's going to believe it, but this is a good album, from Peter Tork no less. Most of the songs are sung with passion and the voice is much better than it was on, say, 'Shades of Gray' 28 years earlier. What's more, Tork reveals himself as a solid rocker, starting from a folk idiom but working with lots of wattage on the instruments and no trace of wimpy singer/songwriter affectation in the playing." He singles out the track, "'Higher and Higher', a folk/gospel song on which Tork mostly plays acoustic banjo, and which is so beguiling that one wishes he'd do an entire album in that idiom, style, and sound."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stranger Things Have Happened" (3:14) (Michael Levine)
  2. "Get What You Pay For" (2:50) (Peter Tork)
  3. "Sea Change" (4:02) (Peter Tork)
  4. "Giant Step" (2:16) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) (remake of "Take a Giant Step", featured on the Monkees' debut album The Monkees)
  5. "Milkshake" (3:07) (Martin Briley)
  6. "MGB-GT" (2:44) (Peter Tork) (A live version of this song originally appeared as the B-side to "Heart and Soul" from the album Pool It! This is a new studio recording.)
  7. "Miracle" (2:30) (Peter Tork)
  8. "Pirates" (3:50) (Nick Thorkelson)
  9. "Gettin' In" (3:35) (Peter Tork) (originally appeared on the Monkees album Pool It!)
  10. "Tender Is" (3:20) (Peter Tork)
  11. "Higher and Higher" (3:51) (Jackson, Miner, Smith)

Guests[edit]

The album features several guest musicians including James Lee Stanley, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Mackenzie Phillips, and Timothy B. Schmit.[1]

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