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The Monkees formed in 1966 when Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork were picked out of a mass casting call to portray a band on a zany T.V. sit-com designed to mimic the madcap spirit of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. The brainchild of producer/directors Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, the show was a ratings phenomenon and won 1967's Outstanding Comedy Series Emmyr. Through the efforts of music industry legend Don Kirshner, who employed the biggest Brill Building songwriters of the day to pen hits for the group, The Monkees' records were a smash as well. Their first two LPs 1966's TheMonkees and 1967's More Of The Monkees each scored #1 on Billboardr's album chart, and delivered the #1 hits Last Train To Clarksville and I'm A Believer. They both sound better than ever on new 2-CD Deluxe Limited Editions, expanded with bonus rarities. Originally released in 1966, The Monkees scored an amazing 78-week run on the Billboardr album chart, with 13 weeks at #1. Includes the #1 smash Last Train To Clarksville and the infectious (Theme From) The Monkees, both written for the band by hit songwriting team Boyce & Hart. Also features Goffin & King's Take A Giant Step and David Gates' Saturday's Child. Disc 1's nine bonus tracks include previously unreleased alternate mixes of The Kind Of Girl I Could Love and Papa Gene's Blues plus a take of I Don't Think You Know Me featuring Micky Dolenz on vocals. Disc 2's eight bonus cuts include a previously unreleased demo version of Propinquity (I've Just Begun To Care) and a rare Kellogg's jingle.
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This record is overflowing with hits that everyone can sing along with. The original release tracks all appear in various episodes of the television series (some more than once!), while the deluxe version boasts previously unissued tracks that are a must for the true Monkees fan. Plus, noted Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval provides tales and trivia in the liner notes that enrich the package beyond your typical record buying expectations.
Buy this record! Whether you thought you were a Monkees fan or not, this album will make you smile.
But what really is the reason to buy this deluxe issue are the bonus tracks. They are really interesting to hear. I Don't Think You Know Me At All by Micky, The Kind of Girl I Could Love, I Can't Get Her Off My Mind, Kellogg's jingle, and All The King's Horses are my favorites.