- Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
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- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B0000032HE
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow I didn't know this was still available I bought this way back in 1991 when it was first released From Tower Records i think I paid About $50 for this I'm not sure But I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by dwayne gaither
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 morePublished on December 16, 2013 by greyhoundude
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 morePublished on October 21, 2013 by angelmom
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 on September 7, 2013 by George Holland
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 on September 23, 2012 by John T. Zipple
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
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 morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Johnny Heering
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 morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Davidp.