So, I was a feeling a bit down, and I found a few charming folks to cheer me up. So as a gratitude, I’m uploading one of my favorites of my most favorite person,Mike Nesmith, from one of my most favorite bands.
On this day in music history: December 2, 1967 - “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.”, the fourth album by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 5 weeks. Produced by Chip Douglas, it is recorded at RCA Victor Studios A, B, & C in Hollywood, CA from June - October 1967. After the chart topping success of their third album “Headquarters”, the first in which The Monkees have creative input and play their own instruments, they return to the studio in the Summer of 1967 with producer Chip Douglas to work on the follow up. Unlike the band’s first three albums which prominently featured Micky Dolenz on lead vocals, guitarist Mike Nesmith takes a more proactive role in the production of “Pisces”, writing two songs and singing lead on five tracks. The album takes its title from the members astrological signs. Nesmith and Davy Jones, both being Capricorn places Jones’ surname at the end of the title to avoid confusion. “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
I’m back to this concert again. I wanted to share another video from that night because of how happy it makes me (and Michael Nesmith too by the looks of that grin on his face!) When they launched into What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round everyone was singing along and enjoying themselves to no end. My husband had played this song a couple of times for me so I knew the refrain. I happily joined in singing and missed his comments. I’m glad this video is out there for me to relive the moment and see his happy smile during the song.
That all sounds incredibly cheesy but I don’t care. Also, Peter Tork on banjo was fantastic.