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SpartyScott Post subject: Mickey Dolenz cover of "Lullaby To Tim"
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In the early 90'a, ex-Monkee Mickey Dolenz released a children's album of bedtime songs. The album was called "Mickey Dolenz Puts You To Sleep."

On it, Mickey sings a very nice version of Lullaby To Tim, and more than one instrument closely follows the Hollies original.

Hey, I've always liked Graham Nash's work with the Hollies, and will always defend almost every thing he put down on record as a member of the Hollies.

HOWEVER, there's no question that the weird recording technique used for Lullaby to Tim is unfortunate, as Graham turned Allan's sweet song into a novelty piece. I'll always wonder what that song would have sounded like with a straight-ahead Clarke vocal.

Anyway, Mickey doesn't use any strange technique on his vocal performance, and the song sounds great.
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Dennis Post subject: Re: Mickey Dolenz cover of "Lullaby To Tim"
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SpartyScott wrote:
In the early 90'a, ex-Monkee Mickey Dolenz released a children's album of bedtime songs. The album was called "Mickey Dolenz Puts You To Sleep."

On it, Mickey sings a very nice version of Lullaby To Tim, and more than one instrument closely follows the Hollies original.

Hey, I've always liked Graham Nash's work with the Hollies, and will always defend almost every thing he put down on record as a member of the Hollies.

HOWEVER, there's no question that the weird recording technique used for Lullaby to Tim is unfortunate, as Graham turned Allan's sweet song into a novelty piece. I'll always wonder what that song would have sounded like with a straight-ahead Clarke vocal.

Anyway, Mickey doesn't use any strange technique on his vocal performance, and the song sounds great.


Several cover versions of Hollies songs I prefer over the originals. I think The Posies' version of "King Midas in Reverse" (which opens the "Sing Hollies in Reverse" tribute CD) is an improvement over The Hollies' 1967 arrangement. On the same CD, E's slow take of "Jennifer Eccles" is really nice. I also favor Keith's Top 40 charter "Tell Me to My Face" over The Hollies' version.
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DistantLight Post subject: Re: Mickey Dolenz cover of "Lullaby To Tim"
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Dennis wrote:
I also favor Keith's Top 40 charter "Tell Me to My Face" over The Hollies' version.


I've never heard that version but I really love the way the Hollies did it. In my opinion one of the best songs and arrangements they have ever recorded - I can't imagine this song done better by anyone else. I must listen to the cover when I find it somewhere.
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holliesfan Post subject: Re: Mickey Dolenz cover of "Lullaby To Tim"
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Dennis wrote:
SpartyScott wrote:
In the early 90'a, ex-Monkee Mickey Dolenz released a children's album of bedtime songs. The album was called "Mickey Dolenz Puts You To Sleep."

On it, Mickey sings a very nice version of Lullaby To Tim, and more than one instrument closely follows the Hollies original.

Hey, I've always liked Graham Nash's work with the Hollies, and will always defend almost every thing he put down on record as a member of the Hollies.

HOWEVER, there's no question that the weird recording technique used for Lullaby to Tim is unfortunate, as Graham turned Allan's sweet song into a novelty piece. I'll always wonder what that song would have sounded like with a straight-ahead Clarke vocal.

Anyway, Mickey doesn't use any strange technique on his vocal performance, and the song sounds great.


Several cover versions of Hollies songs I prefer over the originals. I think The Posies' version of "King Midas in Reverse" (which opens the "Sing Hollies in Reverse" tribute CD) is an improvement over The Hollies' 1967 arrangement. On the same CD, E's slow take of "Jennifer Eccles" is really nice. I also favor Keith's Top 40 charter "Tell Me to My Face" over The Hollies' version.


What really stands out for me on [Sing Hollies In Reverse] is the Wondermints version of "You Need Love".
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Dennis Post subject: Re: Mickey Dolenz cover of "Lullaby To Tim"
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DistantLight wrote:
Dennis wrote:
I also favor Keith's Top 40 charter "Tell Me to My Face" over The Hollies' version.


I've never heard that version but I really love the way the Hollies did it. In my opinion one of the best songs and arrangements they have ever recorded - I can't imagine this song done better by anyone else. I must listen to the cover when I find it somewhere.


Keith (whose biggest hit was "98.6") made No. 37 in 1967 with his version of "Tell Me To My Face". The arrangement on his version really plays up the exotic flavor of the tune, with an India-sounding backing. Excellent cover version, worth seeking out. (The highest charting cover version of a Hollies tune, if I'm not mistaken.) You can get it on a Keith CD that's currently available.
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Thanks fot the info. I've looked on Amazon but I didn't find anything - just a Japanese import with no tracklisting and no cover picture shown but for a very high price.
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DistantLight wrote:
Thanks fot the info. I've looked on Amazon but I didn't find anything - just a Japanese import with no tracklisting and no cover picture shown but for a very high price.


The Keith CD is on the UK label RPM, called "Ain't Gonna Lie" (which was his first solo single). His two Mercury LPs are both on it.
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I haven't seen that in the first place but this CD would be a better buy than the other ones I've found. Not too expensive... I'll eventually get that.
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I went to a 10CC show on Friday in Lillehammer. Graham Gouldman saluted the Hollies highly, and played acoustic versions of Bus stop and Look through. I can recommend his recorded version of Bus stop on his first solo album, originally only released in the US, but now reissued on CD in the UK, The Graham Gouldman thing (Edsel).
It's a beautiful version with strings. Hollies should do a strings version sometime, too!

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