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The Best of the Monkees

The Monkees

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Album Review

With such a vast array of Monkees compilations easily available, another best-of would seem unnecessary. But on closer inspection, Rhino's Best of the Monkees is a superior set, improving on the label's 20-track Greatest Hits released in the mid-'90s. Two songs recorded during the MTV reunion during the '80s — "That Was Then, This Is Now" and "Heart and Soul" — have been deleted, making room for excellent heyday material: "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?," "Your Auntie Grizelda," "Papa Gene's Blues," "She," and "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)." Keeping in line with Rhino's infinite care pertaining to Monkees reissues, this collection has informative liner notes, lots of pictures, and a bonus five-song karaoke disc that's a lot of fun as well.

Customer Reviews

Monkees are underated because they will always be in the shadow of the beatles.

The monkees are a very very very talented group, has many great hits. I'm a believer is probably the most famous. this album truly has the great hits of the monkees. even though they will always be in the shadow of the legendary beatles, that dosn't mean they dont have good songs!!!

Great

I had never heard of the Monkees, but this comepletely blew me away. Definitly worth your money!

Songs still relevant today

I discovered The Monkees as a little kid growing up in the 70's watching reruns of their t.v. show (which I would love to watch again!). As a result, I ended up with the albums (pre-cd of course) and listened to all the songs on this release, relishing them all. If anyone thinks The Monkees music is just frivolous bubblegum music with nothing to contribute to society, listen to Pleasant Valley Sunday, Shades of Grey or (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone. All of these songs having relevance to the state of our world today, locally and globally. Showing us that although some things change, our youngsters are always going to go the same thought processes, discoveries, questions, etc., that we went through, our parents went through, and our grandparents and so on. Just different clothes, different types of music. And all this music is just plain FUN! I love the Last Train..., Valleri, She, Mary, Mary, Your Auntie Grizelda, Listen to the Band, Words, For Pete's Sake and the Monkees Theme...heck, I really love them all!! The sixties were all about making statements and some of the most poetic, political lyrics were penned then. There was no need to scream, swear, threaten or say hateful things. Much of the music and lyrics of this era were simple (not simplistic), beautiful, meaningful. The Monkees contributed greatly to that genre and I love them as much today as I did thirty years ago.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

"Hey hey, we are the Monkees/You know we love to please/A manufactured image/With no philosophies." In 1968, the Monkees addressed their own reputation in the song "Ditty Diego (War Chant)," which summed up the bad rap they'd received in the music press since they first emerged in the summer of 1966. The Monkees were talented singers, musicians, and songwriters who made a handful of the finest pop singles of their day (as well as a few first-rate albums) and delivered exciting, entertaining live...
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