From the Stacks

From the Stacks: Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart is a 1976 album from two of The Monkees and the writing partners who for all intents and purposes were The Monkees, at least at first.

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote the theme song for the popular television show,  along with “Last Train To Clarksville” and many others, They also were   the backing band for The Monkees’ first album,  and they recorded all of the music for the pilot episode.

Which is all to say that Boyce & Hart were as important to The Monkees’ sound as Dolenz and Jones were.  Sure enough, DJB&H feels like a lost Monkees album.  The songs are sugary-sweet pop confections of the period, which is a bit disappointing as the liner notes promise that we’re getting a peek at what pop music is going to sound like in the future.  I guess they could still be right — everything comes back around eventually.

As for me, I bought this one for the “futuristic” graphics on the cover, which look a lot like what we did at science camp in 1981 or so, and of course the promise of MUSIC OF THE FUTURE (read that with in a commanding voice with an echo).

I don’t see any recent sales for this one on the auction sites, but merchants seem to think it’s worth somewhere in the 25-35 dollar range.  My guess is that five to ten bucks is probably more realistic.  Happy hunting.

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