The Monkees - Greatest Hits
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"(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.Read more ›
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.
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.)
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.Read more ›
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The Monkees have such great pop rock songs and personality it's easy to see why and how they took the pop world by storm. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Musicality
The Monkee's were a wonderful groups from the 60's whose music still carries on today. This CD is the best of the best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myke
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|Favorite 10 Monkees songs||
1. Sometime in the Morning
2. Randy Scouse Git
3. I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
5. Goin' Down
6. Can You Dig It
7. Take A Giant Step
8. Cuddly Toy
9. She Hangs Out
Aug 18, 2010 by ck | See all 9 posts
|Out of the four Beatles, who was the best solo artist?||
From a commercial point of view it's definitely Paul. From an artistic point of view it was absolutely John.
Oct 3, 2009 by John Crotty | See all 4 posts