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Listen to the Band:25th Anniversary [Box set]

MonkeesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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The Monkees (Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) were pulled together in order to star in a successful comedy television show first aired on NBC in 1966.

The music for the series had been created by Don Kirschner and throughout the life of the band, many more esteemed songwriters added their input to The Monkees phenomenon, including Neil Diamond ("A Little Bit ... Read more in Amazon's Monkees Store

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000032HE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. (Theme From) The Monkees
2. Last Train To Clarksville
3. Take A Giant Step
4. Saturday's Child
5. I Wanna Be Free
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
2. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
3. She Hangs Out
4. All Of Your Toys
5. Love To Love
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Valleri
2. Tapioca Tundra
3. P.O. Box 9847
4. Auntie's Municipal Court
5. Zor And Zam
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Listen To The Band
2. Someday Man
3. Good Clean Fun
4. Mommy And Daddy
5. Looking For The Good Times
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing overview November 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The Monkees are my #1 all-time favorite band. And this package may be the best overview of their material to be found in one place. Certainly, it's more than worth it for the large book with all those great photographs alone! But for the absolute purists, I should warn you-- many of the tunes here are somewhat remixed, and that can be jarring if you're used to what they "should" sound like. My recommendation is, if you're REALLY a Monkees fan-- skip this box, GO the whole route and get ALL the Rhino Monkees CDs! They were done after this, when Rhino had aquired all the master tapes, and are better in sound quality. Plus, how can you NOT want ALL their songs? I sure did!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Overview Of An Institution December 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It amazes me that to this day there are still those who dismiss the Monkees as "the cut price fab four who had everything handed to them on a silver platter".True,studio musicians were often employed;but these same musicians also played on recordings by The Beach Boys and The Mamas And the Papas(to name but two).It is true also that their first hits were written by professional songwriters;but,if this is such a crime,then I would like to be locked up for it.This box set takes us through the evolution of the Monkees:from the Don Kirshner years,up through the "band" period of HEADQUARTERS,journeying throgh the mindtrip of HEAD,and ending at the reunion of 1986-1987.LISTEN TO THE BAND contains all the hits,classic album tracks,unreleased songs and alternate versions that any Monkeephile would go ape for.As you listen to the songs you can hear the growth of Mickey,Mike,Peter and Davy as performers and songwriters/interpreters.The box set also includes an informative booklet with comments on the selected tracks,group history and never before seen pictures. LISTEN TO THE BAND gives a complete picture of who the Monkees were and their effect on the sixties rock scene;in a way that a mere "greatest hits" package never could.Invest in LISTEN TO THE BAND for a beginner's course in Monkeemania.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the Title Says it All: Listen to the Band. July 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this box set in the early 90's with the complete and unapologetic intention of getting back to my roots. As the youngest of four siblings, the others all being much older than myself, I was exposed to the Monkees, Beatles, etc., for as long as I can remember. We always want to embrace our best memories, especially as we grow older and experience more of what life has in store for us. The Monkees are truly an ear candy happy place for a lot of people, and yours truly is no exception. I'm also happy to see that a so-called caricature band is being embraced by a lot of very young people here! Congratulations for discovering some very good music, regardless of what you may have heard.

It doesn't matter that the band started out as somebody's idea for a TV show aimed at the youth of the 60's. They had great songwriters like Boyce and Hart, King and Goffin, David Gates, and so on writing some very well-crafted, catchy-to-this-day songs that are still not being forgotten. That alone is proof positive against the arguments of all those dismissive naysayers. Let that make you say "I'm a Believer!"

The hits are all here from the TV show theme to 1986's not-so-great "Heart and Soul." I would like mostly to direct your attention to the first two discs in this four-cd collection, because there's not one bad song on either of them. Even the album tracks from that era are great, including when the band finally took over and began to write and play their own music under the tutelage of former Turtles member Chip Douglas (No, he is not the middle boy on My Three Sons, and he's not the brainchild behind Manheim Steamroller--his name is Chip Davis. And, yes, I write this because I kept getting confused about the name myself!:-D).
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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As a group, the Monkees defied either description or classification. Their music was too sterile and too obviously manufactured to be considered rock, but too well done to simply be brushed off as many in the music industry of the time tried to do.
This superb boxed set shows the many facets of the television inspired quartet. The music progresses from the bubble gum sound of the early days to the more mature and somewhat more polished productions of the middle years. It also includes the chaotic final year, when the group didn't seem to be quite able to figure out where or what they wanted to be musically.
There are many hidden gems in this collection. Most people are familiar with the major hits (I'm a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, Not Your Steppin' Stone, et al), but the greatest enjoyment here will be in discovering the varied talents revealed in the secondary hits.
Mike Nesmith's country-flavored vocals are featured in cuts like You Just May Be the One, You Told Me and What Am I Doing Hanging Round?, while his insightful and questioning lyrics highlight offerings such as Love is Only Sleeping and Door Into Summer.
Mickey Dolenz is the true rocker of the quartet, or as close as any of them got, and his evolution from syruppy (but very good) harmonies like Sometime in the Morning to the psychedelic near-miss of Daily-Nightly clearly depicts the honest but sometimes clumsy efforts the group made to be taken seriously as rock musicians and lyricists.
Peter Tork is best known as the clown of the group, but listen carefully to his skilled banjo work in the aforementioned You Told Me and his soul-searching vocal in Shades of Grey.
Davy Jones was the teeny-bopper heartthrob of the Monkees, and that's about all he brought to the group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best of the re-issues/compilations
Despite its age (this was issued in 1991), the versions and overall re-mastering on this collection pretty much blows away all of the other reissues (up to and including the 2013... Read more
Published 9 months ago by greyhoundude
5.0 out of 5 stars hay hay
I just love my monkees dont remember if i've rated this before if not sorry took so long album was GREAT it was exactly what was described got here very quickly really happy with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by angelmom
5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA LOVE THE MONKEES
Four Disks, plus a well done book. Everything an old Monkees fan needs to relive the younger years, great songs, great music. Set was as advertised.
Published 12 months ago by George Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Monkees hits!
Item as described. Great collection of hits. Has everything a Monkees fan could hope for in a four-disc set. I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past.
Published 24 months ago by John T. Zipple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item and great price
Received this item promptly and looks brand new. The price was EXCELLENT for the entire set of 4 CD's, including the original box. Seller communicated well.
Published on April 30, 2009 by Deborah K. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Weren't they good, they made me happy.
This four CD box set is devoted to everyone's favorite make believe band, the Monkees. It features the a-sides and b-sides of their singles, the best album tracks, and a few... Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Johnny Heering
4.0 out of 5 stars Find This Out Of Print Box Set!!
It's not the perfect overview, as later editions of The Monkees albums would yield even more rarities, but this box set contains unique mixes of several songs, not be found... Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Davidp.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets five stars despite...
The fact that I don't like the 4th cd AT ALL. CDs 1,2 and 3 are filled with great, quality tunes which I've been listening to for years. Read more
Published on August 31, 2006 by R. Chikos
5.0 out of 5 stars Monkees Get Their Due
The debate of whether the Monkees played their own instruments or wrote their own songs ..yada, yada, yada...will go on forever. Read more
Published on April 9, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fun and the usual Monkee mayhem...
I bought this box set after watching the Monkees TV show on VH1 during a marathon. I fell in love with them and with their music. Read more
Published on July 13, 2002 by Miss Laura
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