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Recording Sessions for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

April 26, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Cuddly Toy"
P: Chip Douglas
Soon after the Headquarters sessions ended, The Monkees were back in the recording studio working on their fourth LP. This second Harry Nilsson song fared better than the first and was released on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. While Micky played the drums on every Headquarters track, this is the only one he plays drums on for the fourth album. Davy sings.

May 5, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"A Man Without A Dream"
P: Chip Douglas
Apparently, the group attempted this Goffin/King song but did not complete it. The song would later be cut for Instant Replay.

May 6, 1967
Concert - Field House-State University in Wichita, KS.

May 8, 1967
Song debut on TV show - "You Told Me".

May 22, 1967
Album release - Headquarters.

May 28, 1967
Davy Jones TV appearance - "Secombe & Friends" (England).

May 29, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"The Door Into Summer"
P: Chip Douglas
This excellent Bill Martin (Chip Douglas denies any writing contribution) song was recorded with Mike on lead vocals, although the group did try it with Micky singing. Further work was to be done on the song in August. The song was released on the album, and an alternate version with a different vocal was added as a bonus track to the CD.

June 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Symphony Is Over"
P: Chip Douglas
This song may have been recorded during June, but nothing is known about it.

June 4, 1967
Emmy Awards
The Monkees' TV show received two Emmy Awards, one for "Best Comedy Show" and another for James Frawley's "Outstanding Directorial Achievement" for the debut episode, "Royal Flush". Footage from this ceremony can be seen in Davy's video for his 1995 remake of "Daydream Believer" as well as Rhino/Disney's 1997 documentary, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees.

June 9, 1967
Concert - Hollywood Bowl in California.

June 10, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky"
P: Chip Douglas
"Pleasant Valley Sunday", written by Goffin/King, became The Monkees' fourth single. This excellent song was sung by Micky and featured a guitar riff written by Douglas (influenced by The Beatles' "I Want To Tell You") and played by Nesmith. A second session was necessary to complete this track. The group would recut the song in 1997 as part of a medley for their TV special. "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky" was a public domain novelty song performed by Peter who also ended up receiving writer's credit. It immediately preceded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" on the album. The mono and stereo mixes of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" differ considerably. A karaoke version (apparently yet another mix) of the recording was released on the Japanese The Monkees Rule.

June 11, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
P: Chip Douglas
The song was finished.

June 14, 1967
RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood
"Salesman", "Words", "Daydream Believer"
P: Chip Douglas
"Salesman" was written by Craig Vincent Smith and was another one of four Nesmith-sung songs not written by him on this album. This is quite an interesting fact about the fourth album, that Nesmith sang the most number of songs (five) out of the four members, yet he only cowrote one of these five. The other song Nesmith penned was the Micky-sung "Daily Nightly". An extended mix of "Salesman" was included on the box set and the reissue CD (in a mono mix). The group also recut a version of "Words" with a very similar arrangement to the Boyce/Hart version. "Words" became the B-side for the fourth single. "Daydream Believer" was recorded on this day and became the fifth single A-side as well as being released on the fifth album. Overdubs would be placed on "Daydream Believer" at a later session in August. In 1997, the group would remake this song as a part of their medley for a TV special. An instrumental version would also be included in the TV special.

June 16-18, 1967
Monterey Pop Festival - California
Although The Monkees did not perform at this event, Peter and Micky did attend, and Peter introduced some bands and also controlled the crowd while rumours of The Beatles' presence stirred. Peter was also seen practicing an acoustic version of "Take A Giant Step" on Paul Simon's guitar, though he never performed it. Peter did eventually record his own version of "Take A Giant Step" on his debut album in 1994 called Stranger Things Have Happened.

June 19, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Love Is Only Sleeping", "Daily Nightly"
P: Chip Douglas
"Love Is Only Sleeping" is an excellent Nesmith-sung Mann/Weil song, while "Daily Nightly" was the Nesmith-composed song sung by Micky. After further overdubs in August, when eight-track tape decks were available, the songs would be ready for release on the album. Rhino did however include early mixes of these two songs as bonus tracks on the reissue CD. The early mix of "Love Is Only Sleeping" features different backing vocals, while the early mix of "Daily Nightly" does not contain the Moog synthesizer.

June 20, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?", "Don't Call On Me", "Goin' Down"
P: Chip Douglas
The excellent Murphy/Castleman song "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" was recorded on this day with Nesmith on lead vocals. "Don't Call On Me", cowritten by Nesmith and John London was also started on this day, but the vocal would be later recorded in Nashville. "Don't Call On Me" was another pre-Monkees song that had been demoed by Nesmith around 1963. Michael must have been particularly fond of this song, as he and Peter can be seen playing an instrumental version (similar to the early demo) of the song during the March 20, 1967 "Monkee Mother" TV show episode. The two songs were released on the album. "Goin' Down", a variation of Mose Allison's "Parchment Farm", was credited to the group and Diane Hilderbrand. The song was started on this day with further overdubs occurring in September. This song was released as the flip side to "Daydream Believer", and an alternate mix is a bonus on the fourth album. Also, an alternate vocal version was used in the TV show several times.  This vocal was recorded "live" to ensure synchronization of Micky's singing and lip movements.

June 21, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"The Love Song From 'Tippy The Toiler'"
Although this song was performed by Peter in November 1966, the track does not seem to exist any longer.

June 22, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Star Collector", "Yours Until Tomorrow"
P: Chip Douglas
"Star Collector" was recorded on this day with the exception of the Moog. This Davy-sung Goffin/King track was released on the album, and two different extended mixes have been released, one on the '86 release of Monkee Business and the other as a bonus track on the fourth album. A mix without the synthesizer was aired on the TV show. "Yours Until Tomorrow" is another Goffin/King song, but nothing is known about this track. A break in recording occurred as the group traveled to England to perform live.

June 24-28, 1967
The Monkees spent several days in Paris and shot some footage for the TV show.

Summer 1967 UK/US Tour
June 30, 1967
July 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30, 1967
August 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 1967
Set List:
"Last Train To Clarksville"
"You Just May Be The One"
"The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
"I Wanna Be Free"
"Sunny Girlfriend"
"Your Auntie Grizelda"
"Forget That Girl"
"Sweet Young Thing"
"Mary, Mary"
"Cripple Creek"
"You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover"
"Gonna Build A Mountain"
"I Got A Woman"
"I'm A Believer"
"Randy Scouse Git"
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"

Mike: guitar, harmonica
Peter: bass, keyboards, banjo
Micky: drums
Davy: percussion, drums
UK solo set backup: Epifocal Phringe
US solo set backup: The Sundowners

The Monkees continued to prove their musicianship with this second tour. The Monkees' summer tour began at Wembley and then worked its way through the US. The group kept a similar stage show to their first tour with the substitution of newer songs and played the same instrumental roles as on the previous tour with Epifocal Phringe and The Sundowners taking the place of The Candy Store Prophets in backing up Mike's, Davy's, and Micky's solo sets.

Although a live album from this tour was not released until 1987's Live 1967, the final three concerts were recorded. The album contained the best takes of songs from the three concerts combined into one set. The Seattle version of "Steppin' Stone" was released on Rhino's box set. Also, the Mobile concert has been bootlegged. It had been recorded for testing purposes.

Throughout this tour, The Monkees worked on their fourth album.

June 29, 1967
Micky Dolenz TV appearance - "The Top of the Pops" (England).

June 30, 1967
Concert - Wembley Pool in London, England.

July 1, 1967
Single release (England) - "Alternate Title" ["Randy Scouse Git"]/"Forget That Girl"
Concert - Wembley Pool In London, England.

July 2, 1967
Concert - Wembley Pool In London, England.

July 5, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Goin' Down"
P: Chip Douglas
Work on this song was done, most likely mixing.

July 7, 1967
TV appearance - "The Top of the Pops" (England).

July 8, 1967
Concert - Sports Coliseum in Jacksonville, FL.

July 9, 1967
Concert - Miami Beach Convention Hall in Florida.

July 10, 1967
Single release - "Pleasant Valley Sunday"/"Words".

July 11, 1967
Concert - The Coliseum in Charlotte, NC.

July 12, 1967
Concert - The Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.

July 14-16, 1967
Concert - Forest Hills Stadium in New York, NY.

July 20, 1967
Concert - Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.

July 21, 1967
RCA Victor Studio B, New York City
"She Hangs Out"
P: Chip Douglas
While on tour, the group made use of recording studios across the nation to continue working on their album. In New York, they remade "She Hangs Out" which made the album. A mix without brass was aired on the television show. The mono mix of this song lasts longer than the stereo.

Concert - Memorial Auditorium in Baltimore, MD.

July 22, 1967
Concert - Boston Garden in Massachusetts.

July 23, 1967
Concert - Civic Center in Philadelphia, PA.

July 27, 1967
Concert - Rochester War Memorial in New York.

July 28, 1967
Concert - Cincinnati Gardens in Ohio.

July 30, 1967
Concert - The Stadium in Chicago, IL.

July 1967
Sometime in July, Micky joined the Buffalo Springfield on stage at an Indian Reservation near Hayward, WI.

Summer 1967
Chicago
"Salesman"
P: Chip Douglas
Recording sessions for this album were held in Chicago and may have included work on "Salesman".

August 4, 1967
Concert - Municipal Auditorium in St. Paul, MN.

August 5, 1967
Concert - Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO.

August 6, 1967
Concert - Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA.

August 9, 1967
RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, TN
"Daydream Believer"

P: Chip Douglas
The vocal was recorded, and the song was finished on this day.

Concert - Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, TX.

August 10, 1967
Concert - Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, TX.

August 11, 1967
Concert - State Fair Coliseum in Shreveport, LA.

August 12, 1967
Concert - Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, AL.

This concert has been bootlegged. It was recorded by soundman Winton Teel on a reel-to-reel machine directly from the mixing desk as a test recording before serious concert recording began.

August 13, 1967
Concert - Olympia Stadium in Detroit, MI.

August 17, 1967
Concert - Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN.

August 18, 1967
Concert - Assembly Center Arena in Tulsa, OK.

August 19, 1967
Concert - State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.

August 20, 1967
Concert - Denver Coliseum in Colorado.

August 1967
RCA Victor "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville
"Don't Call On Me"
P: Chip Douglas
The vocal was recorded during this session.

August 21, 1967
"Riu Chiu"
P: Chip Douglas
This traditional Spanish Christmas carol was chosen by Producer Douglas who had performed it with the Modern Folk Quartet. This studio version featured Micky, Michael, Peter, and Chip, and was not released until Missing Links, Vol.2, though the four Monkees did perform it on their Christmas 1967 TV episode.

August 23, 1967
"The Door Into Summer", "Hard To Believe"
P: Chip Douglas
"The Door Into Summer" was finished, and "Hard To Believe", cowritten by Davy, Kim Capli, Eddie Brick, and Charlie Rockett, was recorded on this session. Kim Capli played all instruments on the latter which made the album as well.

August 25, 1967
Concert - Seattle Center Coliseum in Washington.
This concert was recorded, and segments were included in Live 1967, released in 1987.

August 26, 1967
Concert - Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR.
This concert was recorded, and segments were included in Live 1967, released in 1987.

August 27, 1967
Concert - The Coliseum in Spokane, WA.
This marked the end of the Summer 1967 tour, and The Monkees returned to Hollywood to go back to filming the TV series and recording their album. This concert was also recorded with segments included in the live album.

August 1967
"Love Is Only Sleeping"
P: Chip Douglas

"Daily Nightly"
P: Chip Douglas

Sometime this month, "Love Is Only Sleeping" and "Daily Nightly" were transferred to eight-track tapes which allowed further overdubbing. This is when Micky provided the Moog on "Daily Nightly".

September 1967
Filming - TV series.

September 11, 1967
Song debut on TV show - "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"

September 15, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Goin' Down"
P: Chip Douglas
The song was finished on this day with the vocals and horn overdubs.

September 25, 1967
Song debut on TV show - "Love Is Only Sleeping", "Cuddly Toy".

October 4, 1967
American Recorder, Studio City
"Star Collector"
P: Chip Douglas
With the Moog synthesizer, this song was completed.

October 9, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"Don't Call On Me", "Special Announcement"
P: Chip Douglas
The mock club setting intro and outro for "Don't Call On Me" plus the dog barking on "Special Announcement", released as a bonus track, were recorded at this session for the album. Apparently Bob Rafelson played piano on the "Pump Room" segment of "Don't Call On Me".

Song debut on TV show - "Daydream Believer".

October 17, 1967
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
"I'm A Man"
P: Chip Douglas
Apparently, this Mann/Weil song was attempted on this day, the last session for the fourth album. The track was attempted again at the beginning of the next album sessions. Chip intended for Davy to sing this song.

October 25, 1967
Single release - "Daydream Believer"/"Goin' Down".

Spring/Fall 1967
"I'll Be Back Up On My Feet"
P: Chip Douglas
Sometime during the fourth album sessions, the group started but did not complete a remake of this song. The group would try it a third time and finally release it on the fifth album.