POLL: Best track on The Monkees' "Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones"

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Their best overall album, in my opinion, and lots of gems: the folky "Door Into Summer", the melody of which seems to presage CSN's "Southern Cross"; the Revolver-era psyche-rock of "Love Is Only Sleeping", with a riff as great as "Lucifer Sam"; the countrified Byrds-rock of "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round"; the Moog-drenched "Star Collector", also popular cuts like "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Words".

For me, I would have to ultimately give it to "Love Is Only Sleeping", followed very tightly by "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round".

Poll Results

Pleasant Valley Sunday 6
Daily Nightly 3
The Door Into Summer 2
Love Is Only Sleeping 2
Words 2
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round 1
Star Collector 1
Love Is Only Sleeping (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix) 0
Salesman (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix) 0
Daily Nightly (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix) 0
Goin' Down (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix) 0
Special Announcement (Prev. Unissued) 0
The Door Into Summer (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix) 0
Don't Call On Me 0
Salesman 0
Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky 0
Hard To Believe 0
Cuddly Toy 0
She Hangs Out 0
Star Collector (Prev. Unissued Alternate Mix)0

Joe, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

I need a change of scener


Mark G, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Nesmith ftw.

Pancakes Hackman, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

So what's left? Head soundtrack, this one, and "Changes"

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

I prefer Headquarters to this.

As it is, I agree with Joe but with a reversed order.

aldo, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 15:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Love this rec, which, if I'm not mistaken, was #1 the day I was born.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 18:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Damn, this one's hard.

Eric H., Wednesday, 9 July 2008 18:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I guess "Star Collector."

Eric H., Wednesday, 9 July 2008 18:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Daily Nightly" is in a league of its own here.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 19:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 12 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Their best album, but some of the lyrics are really dodgy.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 13 July 2008 00:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really love a bunch of these songs to bits. Kind of shocked that I don't know the non-singles.

HI DERE, Sunday, 13 July 2008 01:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sure you do! (I think "Words" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" were the only literal singles.)

"Daily Nightly" for me.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 13 July 2008 03:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think of everything that was played on the show as a single.

HI DERE, Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

I can understad why "Pleasant Valley Sunday" has it here. After all it's one of their best singles.

"Daily Nightly" has the uniqueness of being the first "rock" song ever with a Moog though, and it's a great psych-pastiche.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 14 July 2008 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

this record is really wonderful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 17 July 2017 12:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

I rep hard for all of the quartet's original albums. And I unaccountably enjoy Pool It! even while acknowledging that (but also largely because) it's irredeemably awful.

Dippin' Sauce on my Nice New Slacks (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 July 2017 12:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

Would have voted for "Pleasant Valley Sunday," which I'd easily take over "A Well Respected Man" or "Ballad of a Thin Man" or "Nowhere Man," but I also keep "The Door Into Summer" on my hard-drive.

clemenza, Monday, 17 July 2017 13:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

Funny, I was just listening to this a couple of days ago. Was talking with a friend about the introductory guitar lead of "Pleasant Valley Sunday," which is just so sophisticated. Sort of a backwards "Paperback Writer."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 July 2017 13:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

I thought I read once that the riff actually WAS based on "Paperback Writer," but wiki says it was "I Want To Tell You."

smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Monday, 17 July 2017 14:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

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