Friday, September 5, 2014

Sunshine, ragtime blowing in the breeze (The Monkees) # 289

The Monkees  Valleri/ Tapioca Tundra (RCA, 60437, 1968)

Although The Monkees were a band, it's well known that they didn't play much on their early stuff.

By 1968 this was less true. 

Valleri from 1968, and their fifth album The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees, featured a lead vocal from Davy Jones and little else from the other fab four, but the B side was heavily a Mike Nesmith song.

It is a little random, isn't it, that I have this single of The Monkees, because it's hardly one of their big hits - there are plenty of those to choose from. But, instead, I have Valleri.

Isn't that pretty much what happens in collections though? Over time weird things that you may not even like creep into your stuff and settle down for a quiet life. Seldom, if ever played... just loitering around with intent.

Hidden gem: The B side is a Mike Nesmith vehicle. He wrote it, provides the lead vocal and is responsible for the whistling, percussion, electric guitar and acoustic guitar. It's rather wonderful too!

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