Best of the Monkees - (Import CD)


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The Best of the Monkees [Rhino]

Includes a bonus karaoke disc.
The Monkees: Michael Nesmith (vocals, guitar, pedal steel guitar, organ); Peter Tork (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, celeste, electric piano, harpsichord, keyboards, bass); Micky Dolenz (vocals, guitar, zither, Moog synthesizer, drums, timpani, percussion); Davy Jones (vocals, organ, maracas, percussion, chimes).
Producers include: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller, The Monkees, Carole King.
Compilation producers: Andrew Sandoval, Bill Inglot.
Recorded between 1966 & 1968. Includes liner notes by Andrew Sandoval.
Personnel: Peter Tork (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, celesta, electric piano, harpsichord, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Micky Dolenz (vocals, guitar, zither, Moog synthesizer, drums, timpani, percussion, background vocals); Michael Nesmith (vocals, guitar, organ); Davy Jones (vocals, organ, maracas, tambourine, percussion, chimes, background vocals).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Andrew Sandoval.
Photographer: Henry Diltz.
Unknown Contributor Role: Davy Jones.
This is as fine a job as anyone could look for in a single-disc Monkees career summary. Over the course of this generous 25-song disc, all of the Monkees numerous hits are included ("Last Train to Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," etc.), but perhaps more significantly, many lesser-known songs of equal quality can be heard. While the Monkees' many unforgettable hits were generally written by great pop composers of the day like Neil Diamond ("I'm a Believer"), Gerry Goffin & Carole King ("Pleasant Valley Sunday"), and the team of Boyce & Hart (damn near everything else), that's not the whole story.
Though the Monkees were criticized for being merely actors playing a band, Mike Nesmith was in fact a superb songwriter. He's represented by several songs here (the garagey "Mary Mary," the expansive "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," et al), and went on to release some of the best country-rock albums ever made. And though most of the playing on Monkees tracks was done by L.A. studio musicians, the blend of British-Invasion and pop-psych is totally convincing in a manner not unlike self-contained fellow Californians the Beau Brummels. Besides, as great as the Brummels were, would you really want to put their rhythm section up against the likes of Carole Kaye and Hal Blaine?

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WEA (Distributor)
The Monkees
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] (Theme From) The Monkees
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Last Train to Clarksville
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I Wanna Be Free
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Papa Gene's Blues
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I'm a Believer
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] She
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mary, Mary
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Your Auntie Grizelda
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Sometime in the Morning
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, A
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Girl I Knew Somewhere, The
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Shades of Grey
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Randy Scouse Git
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] For Pete's Sake
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] You Just May Be the One
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Pleasant Valley Sunday
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Words
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Daydream Believer
  21. [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Goin' Down
  22. [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] What Am I Doing Hangin' Around?
  23. [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Valleri
  24. [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] Porpoise Song
  25. [ Disc 01 Track 25 ] Listen to the Band
  26. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] (Theme From) The Monkees
  27. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] I'm a Believer
  28. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  29. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Pleasant Valley Sunday
  30. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Daydream Believer
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  2. The Monkees
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Chris Hinshaw; Dave Hassinger; Hank Cicalo; Henry Lewy; Al Pachucki; Ray Hall; Richard Polodor; Richie Schmitt
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