Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 10/12/2016 Update

Today, we return to our 1967's Super Spectacular Singles Superstars mix, and have a listen to one of the greatest syrupy bubblegum ballads of all-time, The Monkees Daydream Believer.

Shockingly though, given one's hindsighted impressions of the band, the Daydream Believer, originally written by folk-singer John Stewart of The Kingston Trio, was the lowest charter of four hits in 1967 for everyone's favorite manufactured television band, finishing at #94 in the 1967 Billboard year-ends behind their #74 Carole King-penned Pleasant Valley Sunday, their #58 Neil Diamond-penned A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, and their monster 1966 carry-over I'm A Believer (also written by Neil Diamond), which finished #5 in 1967.

That said, it stands today as one of the band's truest efforts from a recording standpoint, with most of the instrumentation being handled by the four rather than their typical assortment of session hands, and with Peter Tork himself creating that well known piano intro.

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