More Of The Monkees
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I own a copy of the original vinyl mono release of this album, and have been hoping for years that Rhino would release this intriguing variation of "Stepping Stone". It's similar to the mono single mix ( previously released on the Rhino greatest hits CD ) with deleted background vocals, but the ending of the song is longer before the final fade-out. This version was heard twice on the television series (in the episodes "Monkees A La Carte", and "The Case Of The Missing Monkee") and only was released on the mono album. I'm thrilled to finally have it on CD!
The bonus tracks are quite interesting. `I Don't Think You Know Me' (a song they did not release in the sixties, but have seen FOUR versions of plucked from their archives since 1987) is solid bubblegum, but Peter Tork's shaky lead vocals, and the equally shaky backing vocals from his three mates, will make you smile and root for them. An alternate mix of `Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)' contains a thankfully rejected idea that will make you laugh (if only in a `What were they thinking?' style.) And it's neat to hear another pass at `I'm A Believer.'
So, in short, not quite as strong as their debut album, but well worth a listen.
Stylistically speaking. "More of the Monkees" duplicates the layout of their first album, but with exaggerated characteristics. The good bits are much better, while the bad bits are almost unbearable. Neil Diamond and the team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin provide some of the best songs of their careers ("I'm a Believer" and "Sometime in the Morning", respectively). Monkee Mike Nesmith proves that he is exceptionally qualified to write his own material for the band, too. "Mary Mary" and "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" are album highlights, with a countrified, rocking edge that must have put some doubt in the minds of those who claimed that the bandmembers could not play their own instruments.Read more ›
Andrew Sandoval and others at the Rhino staff have put a lot of work into these reissues. The last time the original 9 Monkees albums were remastered and released was in 1994 and 1995. This time around, Rhino will release the first 8 albums as more session tapes and information has been found in the past decade.
This set is definitely an upgrade: double disc set, better sound, better packaging, and more extensive liner notes.
The liner notes and package itself show lots of rare photographs; you can see some of the photos used for this release online at the newly launched Rhino Monkees' website: [...]
Musical highlights: I want to mention the songs which were brought out of the can and used for the later Monkees albums in 1969 as the group's popularity was waning. Most interesting is the release of "Teardrop City" at its original recorded speed. This track was sped up a bit (maybe 8%?) for its release in 1969. "Ladies Aid Society" - this original mono outtake is more fun than the original release in 1969. You hear more of Micky clowning around at the end, with a canned audience responding to him. It is simply delightful.
Micky's lead on (I Prithee) Do not Ask For love" is a wonderful track that Donnie Kirshner shamefully ignored. As we know, this song was unreleased for 2 decades until the Missing Links series was released by Rhino. Notably, on the Monkees Deluxe Set, we have a version of "Prithee" with Davy singing lead.Read more ›
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When I first relieved this albums I was VERY excited, considering the fast delivery. When I opened it up, the vinyl was scratched and warped. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Hannah
50 years of The Monkeys. Must have replaced this Album many many times due to wearing them out. Monkee Mania is Back!Published 1 month ago by Dottie
After this I'm taking a Monkees break! I've heard quite a bit of their albums in the last week (like almost all of them!) and it's time to take a break for real. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryan
Terrible. I got ripped off the album label was NOT Colgems. I had the original album back in the day. Several songs were different. I am so disappointed.Published 4 months ago by lynn weichmann
Getting this album on CD with bonus tracks was a real treat being the Monkee's fan that I am. The Monkee's were a group that spanned time from the 60's, with classic music that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Myke
Childhood revisited! Mary, Mary - why on earth has Mike Nesmith not had a bigger career???Published 8 months ago by S. Boul
The blitzkrieg known as The Monkees swept over America in the Autumn of 1966. They were conceived as America's answer to The Beatles, a tall order to live up to. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven Haarala