The Monkees – You Just May Be The One

• “You Just May Be The One” as it first appeared in December 1966 on their TV show. Thanks to themonkeesrule12345’s channel.

8.0 “Fantastic Folk Rock / Americana from the USA”

Fantastic song, written and sung by Michael Nesmith, clearly a talented lad. Have a listen to the Lemonhead’s doing his “Different Drum”; I give you exhibit A.

I should point out straight away that my rating for this one refers to the slightly more refined version which was re-recorded for their third LP, “Headquarters”, (Colgems COS-103) released in May 1967. The initial TV version was recorded by session musicians including a certain Glen Campbell. You can hear the proper Monkees version here. On the definitive album version, they were: Michael Nesmith (lead vocals, electric 12 string); Micky Dolenz (drums, zither, backing vocals); Peter Tork (banjo, backing vocals); Davy Jones (tambourine, backing vocals) and Chip Douglas (bass).

It’s interesting to see the original context of the song though, first showcased in the new Monday TV series, “The Monkees”, on Episode 13, “One Man Shy”.

What with all that monkeying around, and the doubt as to whether they themselves were playing or not, it was difficult for them to be taken seriously amongst the critics, but there’s no doubt they were a giant hit with the record-buying public.

“Headquarters” went to No.1 in the US Charts, before settling for a run of 11 consecutive weeks in the No. 2 position, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band commanding the top spot all the while.

Following two LPs where the quartet were limited to vocals only, “Headquarters” was the first-time they had managed to attain some degree of artistic control, and all four were finally free to play their own instruments. Almost surreally, a TV fantasy had become a reality.

For me, the third album wasn’t all that, but then, I’m more Monks than Monkees in my sensibilities. Still, I know a fine song when I hear one and there were at least two fine efforts on this album; the groovy “Early Morning Blues and Greens” as well as the anthemic “You Just May Be The One”.

I was actually first aware of the song through the Bongwater version of ’88. Such is the rich and deep tapestry of the world of Rock n Roll.

In the immortal words of MC900ft Jesus: “I’ll get there when I get there, ain’t no need to push

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