Ahem. As attentive readers obviously already know, The Monkees have a delightful new album out, produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne (and have I mentioned that Adam Schlesinger is a goddamn genius?).
That being the case, we continue our week-long celebration of all-things Monkees with one of my fave tracks from the CD, a Peter Tork-sung cover of Goffin and King's perennially gorgeous "Wasn't Born to Follow."
The track for the above was recorded in 1968 with a lot of Wrecking Crew stalwarts, including Earl Palmer on drums; Peter's lead vocal was added earlier this year, and I think he really sings it quite beautifully. BTW, Carole King herself (doing business with her band The City) also recorded the song in 1968; as you'll hear, the arrangement on her version...
...is more or the less the template for the one the Monkees' backing musicians cut.
The song itself, of course, is, deservedly best known in the more psychedelically pop-country version by The Byrds; getting incredibly meta, here's a less familiar, but fabulous, 1996 cover of the Byrds' cover by the wonderful Canadian band The Sadies.
Bottom line: Another great song, and yes, two of my old bands used to do great versions of it, but no, I won't make you listen to them until a more appropriate time.
Oh, by the way -- have I mentioned fuck Jann Wenner?
Tomorrow: Listen to the band live (yes, another Mike Nesmith song, but not the one you might think).