Over the years. there have been several Monkees multi-disc box set retrospectives. The first was Japanese Arista's 1989 three-CD set, The Monkees By Request . In 1991, Rhino/Arista released a four-disc box set, Listen to the Band . In 1998, Rhino issued the 2-CD The Monkees Anthology . In 2001, Rhino replaced LISTEN TO THE BAND with another four-disc set, Music Box .
For The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, Rhino has taken a back-to-basics approach. THE MONKEES 50 contains all of the group's single A- and B-sides issued from 1966 to 1970, along with selected cuts from each of their original albums (although why "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day," one of my favorites from the first album, keeps eluding the "best-of" compilers is rather puzzling - it's a great track. The song does appear on THE MONKEES BY REQUEST, and on the 1985 Arista/Pair Records budget 2-LP compilation
). There is one error: "Pleasant Valley Sunday" is listed as the "Single Version," but is actually the stereo LP mix from
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. [Deluxe Edition
]. Unlike LISTEN TO THE BAND and MUSIC BOX, there are no unreleased rarities or selections from the MISSING LINKS series, save for the live movie version of "Circle Sky," originally issued on the 1979 Australian Arista compilation
Monkeemania: 40 Timeless Hits From The Monkees [Vinyl LP
], and later issued Stateside on 1990's
Missing Links, Volume Two
. The collection also includes two of Micky and Peter's 1986 "reunion" recordings, the single "That Was Then, This Is Now," and "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere," which makes its first Rhino appearance since LISTEN TO THE BAND. The third 1986 track, Micky and Peter's remake of Paul Revere And The Raiders' "Kicks," has never appeared on ANY Rhino release; you'll have to find a copy of the Japanese THE MONKEES BY REQUEST set, or an out-of-print copy of Arista's 1986 CD release,
Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees
, to obtain that one.
Rounding out the collection are the singles from 1987's
Pool It!: The Deluxe Edition
, "Heart And Soul," its live B-side, "MGBGT," and "Every Step Of The Way." (The live version of "(I'll) Love You Forever," the B-side of "Every Step Of The Way," has yet to be issued on CD - that tape must be lost). There are also two tracks from 1996's
Justus: The Deluxe Edition
: "Regional Girl" and "You And I." Finally, the set concludes with "You Bring The Summer" and "She Makes Me Laugh," from the excellent new album,
The packaging is very basic: a fold-out digipak and a booklet with only a few photos, track listings, and musician credits - no essays or extensive liner notes, unlike the previous box sets. Still, it's a very nice, reasonably priced overview of The Monkees' career. Maybe The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will come calling at last. Four stars.
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THE MONKEES 50, a three-CD set packed with 50 unforgettable songs from the band’s historic career, including “She Makes Me Laugh” and “You Bring The Summer” from Good Times!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 5.08 x 0.75 inches; 5.5 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Rhino Records - No SAI
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : July 13, 2016
- Label : Rhino Records - No SAI
- ASIN : B01ICFQH8I
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,434 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
Rhino Records acquired the rights to the Monkees' catalog, and reissued all of their regular albums, each with several bonus tracks. Rhino Records also released the 4-CD box set "Listen To The Band" in 1991, and the 4-CD box set "Music Box" in 2001, along with three volumes of "Missing Links." Being a huge fan of the Monkees, I had to get their 3-CD collection "50," released in 2016. The 50-song collection is nearly perfect, starting with "Theme From The Monkees" (1966), to "She Makes Me Laugh" (2016). My ideal compilation would have excluded "French Song" in favor of "I Wanna Be Free," and excluded "Auntie's Municipal Court" in favor of "Your Auntie Grizelda." That did not detract in the slightest from the complete enjoyment I had listening to this outstanding overview of the Monkees. I strongly advise that all fans of the Monkees, from the casual to the fanatic, purchase this excellent 3-CD collection. Voting members should listen to this 3-CD set, and induct the Monkees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith are able to attend, and pay tribute to Davy Jones and Peter Tork.
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these four still played musical instruments as evidenced by Peter Tork's brilliant piano playing for "Shades of GrayReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
The Monkees were vilified as some talentless hacks thrown together for a TV program, but surprise they were the real deal--they could actually sing. Even with the backing of the wrecking crew, these four still played musical instruments as evidenced by Peter Tork's brilliant piano playing for "Shades of Gray."This album covers their biggest hits including their best works "'Shades of Gray" and "Listen to the Band." These songs are the original releases and not some lesser versions. For those who are unfamiliar with the Monkees, they are a lesson in how hard work can result in great music.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2019
I’d always liked the Monkees and was a devotee of the TV show as a kid. Buying into the conditioning of the “Pre-Fab 4” & being a huge Beatles fan, it wasn’t until I was grown that I discovered these guys could actually bring something to the Pop table. Some great cuts are on this collection & even a couple that inspired me to cover them as a singer/ songwriter/ musician myself: “For Pete’s Sake” & “Randy Scouse Git” are classic album cuts IMO! But all the gems are here & sound FAB! I’d say buy this one unless you’re a hardcore fan in which case you probably have all of their catalogue...
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Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2016
The Monkees 50 is a great line up of songs that has stand the test of time. I feel that Rhino could has spend a little bit more in packaging, A nicer liner book with more information. Also it been a long time to hear Anytime,Anyplace,Anywhere that was introduce in the Best Of The Monkees Now And Then in 1986 and also seen on The Monkees Listen to the band CD from rhino. Rhino could have remastered that song. That the only complaint I.As for everything else it's a great CD to hear. Any age group will enjoy it.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2016
Gotta love those Monkees!!! Guaranteed to bring back happy memories of those good old days spending hours on end flipping through Tiger Beat and secretly kissing pictures of your favorite Monkee. May I suggest The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation as your charity of choice on Smile Amazon?
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Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017
The best Monkees anthology available. No unreleased material, but ALL the singles & B-sides plus choice album cuts. If my arithmetic is correct this all could have fit on two CDs or there was room for a few more album cuts, especially from Headquarters. The booklet only gives session dates & personnel. If you're a Monkees fan buy it while it's still in print.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2020
There are songs in this package I've never heard before. I kinda lost track of the Monkees in the early 70's so didn't know they continued to make albums off and on (well, various mixtures of the artists). Plus, some of the older songs have been remastered - fuller dynamics, better bass, etc. If you're a Monkee fan, grab this. I also appreciate the MP3 versions since I mainly listen to music on my computer / phone / tablet these days.
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So fun and upbeat..... brilliantReviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2018
A must for all music fans
Mr. P. Coleman
BrillReviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2019
Brilliant collection - all the favourites are there.
I love this albumReviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2016
I love this album! Actually The Monkees 50 includes three cd's, and they're all great! Great sound and wonderful songs. I highly recommend it!
大事な曲が抜けているReviewed in Japan on November 10, 2016
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