Sunday, September 16, 2012

Record #0117: Pleasant Valley Sunday / Words – THE MONKEES

RCA Victor 66-1007 (original) Canada, Jul. 1967
Words & Music by:  Side AGerry Goffin, Carole King; Side BTommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Musicians: Micky Dolenz (lead vocals), Michael Nesmith (lead guitar and b-vocals), Peter Tork (keyboards, co-lead vocals and bass on side B), Davy Jones (b-vocals and maracas), Bill Chadwick (acoustic guitar), Chip Douglas (bass on side A), “Fast” Eddie Hoh (drums)
Recording sessions:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA, Side A - Jun. 10 & 11, 1967, Side B – Aug. 1966
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #3, UK #11, Canada #1; Side B – US #11, Canada #57

This was released about a year later than “Last Train To Clarksville”, which I posted here before. Just like that single, this one also presents songs penned by Goffin & King and Boyce & Hart.
Now all four members appear also on the record with only two major mismatches between the video and record: Dolenz isn’t the drummer and Jones is not playing the bass on the record.

Side A has a quite nice guitar riff by Nesmith.

List price:  Not available for Canada release. US release would be - Very Good+  $7.50, Near Mint  $15

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