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25 action-packed tracks boasting all the must-have Monkees music on one CD; PLUS a bonus CD+G of interactive karaoke favorites.

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!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. [Theme From] The Monkees
  2. Last Train To Clarksville
  3. I Wanna Be Free
  4. Papa Gene's Blues
  5. I'm A Believer
  6. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  7. She
  8. Mary, Mary
  9. Your Auntie Grizelda
  10. Look Out [Here Comes Tomorrow]
  11. Sometime In The Morning
  12. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  13. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
  14. Shades Of Gray
  15. Randy Scouse Git
  16. For Pete's Sake [Closing Theme]
  17. You Just May Be The One (TV Version)
  18. Pleasant Valley Sunday
  19. Words
  20. Daydream Believer
  21. Goin' Down
  22. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round
  23. Valleri
  24. Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
  25. Listen To The Band

Disc: 2

  1. (Theme From) The Monkees (TV Version) (Karaoke Version)
  2. I'm A Believer (Karaoke Version)
  3. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Karaoke Version)
  4. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Karaoke Version)
  5. Daydream Believer (Karaoke Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00008V5SD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rhino Records has released countless Best of collections by The Monkees. From two separate box sets, to several greatest hits collections, they have constantly repacked the band's hits. The Best of The Monkees is yet another such collection. If you are a fan of the Monkees, then there is no real need to buy this collection as you probably have the songs on several different compilations. The only reasons to get this collections is if you are a completist or you want the bonus karaoke disk that contains five songs. If you are a new fan of the band or are interested in sampling their music, then this set is a generous collection of twenty-five songs. The album includes all the Monkees' essential tracks including the mega-hits like "I'm A Believer", "Last Train To Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer", album tracks like "Mary, Mary", "You Just May Be The One", "For Pete's Sake" and "What Am I Doing Hangin' `Round" and lesser known tracks like "Listen To The Band", "Porpoise Song" and "Randy Scouse Git". The album, despite Rhino's recycling, is still a superb collection, because the songs that are included are 60's pop classics.
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By A Customer on January 31, 2004
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It has been almost 20 years since Rhino Records reissued the original Monkees albums on vinyl. Immediately after this occurrence, the Monkees reunited for their extremely successful 20th anniversary reunion tour. Ten years after that tour, Rhino had given us a box set, rarities collections, a live recording, and the original albums now on compact disc, digitally remastered with bonus tracks. And ever since the Monkees originally disbanded in 1970, there have been numerous 'greatest hits' compilations put on the market. If you are deciding which one to purchase, I would go with this one, slightly favoring it over 1995's "Greatest Hits" (the flower cover).
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.
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By A Customer on March 31, 2004
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It seems fitting that the first time I heard a Monkees song ("Last Train to Clarksville") was on the way to the Beatles last concert in Detroit on their last tour anywhere in August, 1966.
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.
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The Monkees should be taken more and less seriously. From the sixties they're popularity has ebbed and flowed probably more than any other band. This collection does them justice. It has all of their hits, plus all the songs that made it on their TV show. The selection and order are impeccable. Some of the songs are likable fluff; others are formidable power pop classics. They even have some social commentary that often gets under the radar. Any way you view it, there isn't one bad song, subjectively. Although objectively, some will have qualms with a few of the sentimental ballads (usually sung by Davy Jones). Admirably, the Monkees themselves hated the pretenses of having a back-up band to play their music, but they manfully, but sometimes less skillfully, took over the helm of the music and ripped the control of their music from their able, but headstrong producer Don Kirschner, who gave us appealing pop like "Sugar Sugar," as well as produced the Monkees first hits.

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.
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