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20 tracks that include every Top 10 single and a booklet...'nuff said! Includes single versions of Pleasant Valley Sunday; (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone; Porpoise Song , and Listen to the Band; Last Train to Clarksville; (Theme from) The Monkees; I'm a Believer; A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You; Daydream Believer; Valleri; Words; D.W. Washburn , and more.

Unless you're a snob, a good Monkees collection belongs on your shelves, not too far from discs by the Turtles, the Lovin' Spoonful, and other avatars of clean, occasionally rocking '60s Top 40 pop. Greatest Hits is a more than generous stack, bringing together not only the obvious megahits ("I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the incredibly propulsive "Valleri") but also a number of tunes that had the bad luck to fall on the wrong side of the act's swift rise and fall. Foremost among these is "Porpoise Song," a lyrically incomprehensible Goffin/King stab at psychedelia that's at once a crass cash-in and one of the loveliest, most fragile sounds to emerge from the American hippie dream. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Theme From) The Monkees
  2. Last Train To Clarksville
  3. I Wanna Be Free
  4. I'm A Believer
  5. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Single Version)
  6. Mary, Mary
  7. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  8. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
  9. Randy Scouse Git
  10. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Single Version)
  11. Words (Single Version)
  12. Daydream Believer
  13. Goin' Down
  14. Valleri
  15. D.W. Washburn
  16. It's Nice To Be With You
  17. Porpoise Song (Theme From 'Head') (Single Version)
  18. Listen To The Band (Single Version)
  19. That Was Then, This Is Now - Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork
  20. Heart And Soul

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033O3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on January 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When asked the hypothetical question, what if you were stranded on a desert island with a portable CD player and could only have one CD, which CD would you want? Without hesitation, my answer is "The Monkees Greatest Hits." Their upbeat music has stood the test of time very well. I have very fond memories of watching their TV show as a young man growing up in the sixties. The Monkees had the best songwriters providing them with hits, and Mike Nesmith developed into a fine songwriter in his own right. Mike's voice was well suited for the brand of country rock he pioneered. Micky Dolenz had the perfect voice for rock and roll, and quickly developed into a decent drummer. Davy Jones was an accomplished actor who ably handled the pop tunes and ballads. Peter Tork's voice and guitar style seem best suited to folk music. Although he only provided the occasional lead vocal, as a trained musician, Peter always provided fine musical backing. The Monkees may have started out as a fictitious group assembled for a TV series, but they evolved into a real band. I feel that Rhino's compilation is the best single-disc collection of the Monkees.

"(Theme From) The Monkees" - The unforgettable theme song from their TV series is the obvious choice for the first song on this collection.

"Last Train To Clarksville" - Their first hit, written by Boyce and Hart, has one of the best opening guitar riffs in rock history.

"I Wanna Be Free" - This melodic ballad sung by Davy Jones, slyly warning his female fans not to fall in love with him.

"I'm A Believer" - This #1 smash hit was written by Neil Diamond. It's one of the best hit songs from the sixties, period.
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88 of 102 people found the following review helpful By M. J KILLEEN on July 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an odd collection to call "Greatest Hits". It doesn't contain a complete collection of singles... Its debatable whether an album-only track like 'I Wanna Be Free' deserves inclusion over say, 'For Pete's Sake', or 'Cuddly Toy'. Likewise, 'D.W. Washburn' -- which was assuredly never a hit -- stands out from the rest of the tracks like a pothole in the road.
If you?re a completist, you may want to buy this if only because its the only single disc that contains 'Washburn' and 'Its Nice To Be With You'.
If you?re looking for a single-disc collection of the best Monkees songs, go for 'Best of The Monkees" which has 25 songs on one disc, and a much more balanced selection of songs that represented The Monkees's best work from their original run.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As we have seen through numerous attempts since 1969 (the year of the Monkees' very first 'hits' collection ever released), the Monkees simply had too many charted hits and equally famous album cuts to be covered in a single collection, so no one-disc set could ever give you all the essentials. However, this particular collection will give you almost all the, er, essential essentials. I question the omission of 'For Pete's Sake'and 'She,' but the wise move by Rhino to include the actual single versions of certain songs (for their first time on CD) attests that logical thought went into this collection.
If you're just looking for the basic hits, this is a good way to go. I will say though that if you want to go a little deeper, the Anthology paints a bigger overall picture (and collects most of the missing essentials.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Monkees had an incredibly good sound and their musical legacy is a fine one. This CD gives us twenty tracks by The Monkees that proves their capability as musicians. They were one awesome group!

The CD starts with the theme from "The Monkees." This catchy tune has them harmonizing and the guitars, drums and percussion work very well. The beat shifts from time to time to make the song bouncy and energetic; it's a great song to start off the album. "Last Train To Clarksville" follows and again The Monkees never cease to amaze me. They harmonize so well on this song as they sing of a woman taking a train to Clarksville to be with her sweetheart. The electric guitars on "Last Train To Clarksville" really help this number rock!

"I'm A Believer" is good rock even though the first few bars have that "bubblegum" flavor. They sing this with style and the guitars, percussion and drums carry the bulk of the musical arrangement. "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" is a great song about a relationship between a man and a woman when the man wants to try patch up their love affair. The background harmonizing is flawless and the guitars and even the handclapping make "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" a very strong number. Great!

The single version of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" continues the big hits and The Monkees make great use of the modulations between major and minor keys; and listen also for "Daydream Believer" with an awesome spoken intro. "Daydream Believer" is my very favorite tune by The Monkees; this sweet love ballad also rocks well and the musical effects are very nicely done.

The single version of "The Porpoise Song" is a somewhat lesser known tune by this group; but it has a stunning beginning and the melody is beautifully arranged and performed.
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