ARTIST: The Monkees
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: Randy Scouse Git (#2 UK), A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You is a bonus track (#2 US, #3 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: For Pete’s Sake – you know it as the closing theme from season of the TV show.
LINEUP: Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz (for reals this time) with Chip Douglas handling a lot of the bass work.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a showdown with the record company and network, the Monkees are determined to record an album on their own, and it succeeds despite the gloomy predictions.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After Mike Nesmeth punched a wall and the suits backed down, the Monkees went about to make their own album. Using self-penned songs and others from the Tommy Boyce / Bobby Hart well, they assembled a very listenable and enjoyable album of 1967 pop and rock.
A lot of the songs are a lot more mature and deep than the songs on the first two albums. The Monkees were writing for a more mature audience – an audience like themselves, and not the pre-teens. This may be the reason why there’s no single from the album, per se (though there are a few that definitely could have charted).
It’s an experiment and it worked. It’s a better record than their first two, that’s for sure. Going forward, the Monkees would control their own recording destiny, even though the four of them were rarely in the studio together.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Instead of “Randy Scouse Git” in the UK, the song was called “Alternate Title” so as not to offend anyone, since that phrase never appears on the record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: As usual with the Monkees, they have deluxe versions and super-deluxe versions. They kept everything!
GRADE: A-: All of the anger, energy and songs that the group had stockpiled went into this record.