Best Of The Monkees, The
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Delivers previously unreleased karaoke versions (playable on all home karaoke machines with follow-along lyrics) of five signature songs for interactive enjoyment: "Daydream Believer," "I'm A Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and "(Theme From) The Monkees," all of which appear in original form as well.
All their top chart hits plus favorites including the album cuts "She," "Your Auntie Grizelda," "Mary, Mary," and the stellar B-side "Goin' Down."
Also features the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned "Penguin Song," the theme for the 1968 cult film Head - starring The Monkees and cowritten by Jack Nicholson!
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Why? This CD prominently features selections of the Monkees' finest recorded output that the other disc omits. Songs like "You Just May Be the One" and "For Pete's Sake" from HEADQUARTERS are here, and overall this collection highlights more the music the Monkees made together as a functioning studio unit---and the quality is impressive. (Take that Don Kirshner!)
My only complaint: Rhino chose to delete the two chart hits from the '80s reunion: "That Was Then, This Is Now" and "Heart and Soul." Successful in their own right (the former being a top 20 hit), and for pure nostalgic reasons, I wish these two great pop songs had been kept in the lineup.
I personally prefer the 2-disc set THE MONKEES ANTHOLOGY over any of the 'greatest hits' packages, as it explores fully the wealth of the Monkees catalog, showing how many great songs the band truly created. More hardcore fans should seek out the 4-disc box set MUSIC BOX. And, as with any modern release from Rhino, the sound quality and packaging on all of these collections is superb.
Also included are liner notes by Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, detailed chart positions, and a colorful collection of photos from the band's heyday. Recommended.
I remember riding with my big brother on I-94, playing around with radio stations, then hearing that distinctive intro to "Clarksville" on guitar. I dug it right away. I was vaguely aware that NBC was premiering a new series on a rock group, loosely based on the Beatles, to air in the Fall. I thought to myself that if "Clarksville" was any indication of the music we could expect from this prefab group, it should be a pretty good show.
Little did I know, on that trip to see the Fab Four, that they would play their last public appearance in August, 1966. The Beatles had soured on trekking around the globe playing music that couldn't be heard. They were growing restless with their lack of independence and needed a chance to all do some individual soul searching.
I think the enormous popularity of the Monkees can be linked to the changes the Beatles were experiencing in late 1996-early 1967. The Monkees couldn't have asked for better timing. There is no way NBC or the producers of their show could've known that the Beatles were going to stop touring and go into hibernation around the time of the show's premiere. The Beatles' hibernation and their transformation into a more "mature" group of mustache-wearing soul-seekers in 1967 left a huge gap in the teenybopper music market. The Beatles weren't making music for teenyboppers anymore. They didn't look like cuddly, fresh-scrubbed teen idols anymore. The Monkees did.
Unfortunately, the Monkees teenybopper hysteria came at the time when rock started to be taken seriously by critics.Read more ›
The very best songs are among the most appealing of the sixties. (Although it should be said that they couldn't entirely be pigeon-holed, like, say, The Association.) "I'm a Believer," "A Little Bit You, A Little Bit Me," "The Last Train to Clarksville," and "Another Pleasant Valley Sunday," should keep them on the map for years to come. Furthermore, the riveting "I'm Not Your (Stepping Stone)" has to be one of their very best songs. Before punk was invented, it's fast-forward appeal is still formidable. Adding to the variety are lesser known songs, like "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," which is a bit dated, but one of their most pleasing. "Randy Scouse Git," "Mary Mary," "Words," and the country "Listen to the Band," should make them be known as more than a novelty band.Read more ›
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I borrowed this from a local library for "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for a CD I was making for my wife... anyway I thought ah, I'll listen to the whole CD. So I did... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin M. Antonio
Was a great blast from the past. Songs I hadn't heard in years now on CD --I heard chords that never heard on the ol' vinyl. :)Published 4 months ago by DDL
I've owned a bunch of Monkees compilations since compact discs were first introduced in the eighties. This one is by far the best and most complete. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adipocere
I loved this more than I thought I would. Oh, how the memories from the 60's/70's came flooding back. I'd forgotten how good The Monkees really were. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Poe