26 April 2013 – The Monkees – Valleri & Mary Mary – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

Despite the fact that The Monkees were a manufactured group, built specifically for a television show, these four gentlemen were serious, solid musicians.  A lot of people slag on them for being the Pre-Fab Four – a play on the nickname given to The Beatles – but they all had some chops.

Take this song.  Davy Jones takes the lead vocal on the song.  The verses are short, jangle-pop, but the chorus is 60’s-level bombastic.  The performance is full of emotion from all four members.

On this song, Mickey Dolenz takes the lead vocal, but I want you to pay attention to the serious guitar chops brought by Michael Nesmith.  That gentleman was – IS – a fantastic guitarist, and few songs highlight his skills better than this song.  Pay attention to that and the harmonies provided by bassist Peter Tork.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2013/04/26-april-2013-monkees-valleri-mary-mary.html. Please check it out over there!


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