Stranger Things Have Happened (Peter Tork album)

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Stranger Things Have Happened
Stranger Things Have Happened Peter Tork.JPG
Studio album by
Released 1994
Genre Pop rock, Folk rock
Label Beachwood
Producer James Lee Stanley, Peter Tork

Stranger Things Have Happened is a 1994 album by former Monkees member Peter Tork. Although he had been performing since the 1960s, this was his first solo album. The album is out of print on CD but is currently sold online as a digital download, on websites such as iTunes.

The album includes some of Peter Tork's own songwriting, and for the unusual range of styles he performs from folk ("Giant Step") to hard rock ("Miracle") to pop ("MGB-GT").

Track listing

  1. "Stranger Things Have Happened" (3:14) (Michael Levine)
  2. "Get What You Pay For" (2:50) (Peter Tork)
  3. "Sea Change" (4:02) (Peter Tork)
  4. "Giant Step" (2:16) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) (remake of "Take a Giant Step", featured on the Monkees' debut album The Monkees)
  5. "Milkshake" (3:07) (Martin Briley)
  6. "MGB-GT" (2:44) (Peter Tork) (A live version of this song originally appeared as the B-side to "Heart and Soul" from the album Pool It! This is a new studio recording.)
  7. "Miracle" (2:30) (Peter Tork)
  8. "Pirates" (3:50) (Nick Thorkelson)
  9. "Gettin' In" (3:35) (Peter Tork) (originally appeared on the Monkees album Pool It!)
  10. "Tender Is" (3:20) (Peter Tork)
  11. "Higher and Higher" (3:51) (Jackson, Miner, Smith)

Guests

The album features several notable guest musicians including James Lee Stanley, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Mackenzie Phillips, and Timothy B. Schmit.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stranger Things Have Happened received generally high praise from critics. Bruce Eder of AllMusic wrote "No one's going to believe it, but this is a good album, from Peter Tork no less. Most of the songs are sung with passion and the voice is much better than it was on, say, 'Shades of Gray' 28 years earlier. What's more, Tork reveals himself as a solid rocker, starting from a folk idiom but working with lots of wattage on the instruments and no trace of wimpy singer/songwriter affectation in the playing. A few notable friends are aboard in addition to his direct collaborator and co-producer, James Lee Stanley—Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Mackenzie Phillips, and Timothy B. Schmit among them. There are songs drawn from across the spectrum of Tork's career, including a gorgeous, folk-style cover of 'Take a Giant Step' that made this reviewer smile so emphatically it was mixed with tears of joy; the exquisitely funny 'Milkshake', a delightfully wry account of life on the road that includes Nesmith and Dolenz and some of the most charmingly silly choruses ever heard in a legitimate rock song; 'MGB-GT', a very personal car song that may be particularly potent to middle-aged survivors of the 1960s; and 'Higher and Higher', a folk/gospel song on which Tork mostly plays acoustic banjo, and which is so beguiling that one wishes he'd do an entire album in that idiom, style, and sound. Not every song here is quite that good, and three of the numbers probably could have been dispensed with, but eight out of 11 isn't bad.[2]

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ allmusic.com
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