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The Monkees at Hammersmith

So along with being ill and trying (and largely failing) to finish up California Dreaming (though that will be done Real Soon Now — it really is just a matter of pulling stuff together, and it’s a matter of days, … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: You And I

Davy Jones invented grunge. Even before Peter Tork left the Monkees in late 1968, the writing was on the wall for the band. The hits were drying up, the TV show was gone, and most of the band members were … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Daddy’s Song

The Monkees were at a crossroads in their career. The second series of their TV show had been just as popular as the first, but as with the records, they’d wanted more control, and so by the last episode Micky … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Different Drum

The Stone Poneys had broken up several times. The Stone Poneys had started out as a folk group, focussing equally on their three members; Linda Ronstadt on vocals, and guitarist/vocalists Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards. But the band had been … Continue reading

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The Monkees: Super Deluxe Edition

Yes — SUPER Deluxe. Eight years ago, Rhino records started putting out deluxe editions of the Monkees’ albums on CD — double-CD sets with mono and stereo versions of the albums, plus bonus tracks. However, when they got to the … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Pleasant Valley Sunday

With Headquarters, the Monkees had become a real band at last. Every guitar, keyboard, drum, or percussion part on the album, and all the vocals, was performed by one of the Monkees, with only bass, strings, and horns performed by … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

The Monkees wanted to be real boys. Or, at least, some of them did. Peter Tork had joined the band in the belief that he would actually be joining a band — a group of people who would play music … Continue reading

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