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Album Review

This four-disc package gathers the only known professionally documented concerts by the Monkees on their 1967 summer tour. Each of the four discs contains a complete performance — hence the repetition of material. Disc one contains a monophonic demo recording made by crew member/photographer Winton Teel. The results of which were the criterion in whether or not it would be feasible to send a crew and equipment to sonically capture later dates on the tour. It becomes obvious that the results, while favorable, were far from optimal. The set list and stage antics were similar on every stop of the Monkees '67 tour. The "Theme From 'The Monkees'" would blare from the PA system and the lads would bound out of two mock Vox audio speaker cabinets. The self-contained quartet would then churn through hit singles as well as a few choice album cuts. Each band member is likewise featured in a spotlight performance; "Cripple Creek" being the most solo of them all, as Peter Tork was usually accompanied by nothing more than his own banjo. Backing up the other three soloists is the five-piece pop combo the Sundowners. They are particularly effective on Michael Nesmith's cover of Willie Dixon's "You Can't Judge a Book (By Looking at the Cover)." The show wraps up with the return of the self-contained quartet grinding through garage rock renditions of hits such as "I'm a Believer" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone." The recordings are an engineering nightmare. Buzzes, pops, and musicians performing into microphones that don't work all together...seemingly everything that could, does go wrong at some point. However, the massive transfer of energy between audience and performer — especially under the circumstances — can't be buried in the mix. Spontaneity and reinvention night after night likewise can't be faked. Summer 1967: The Complete U.S. Concert Recordings is a vital pop/rock relic available in a limited edition of 3500 from Rhino HandMade.

Customer Reviews

i love this album

i was so happy when they released this cd......Buy this only if you are a monkees fan, because otherwise you probably will not get much joy out of hearing Micky talking about how the drum is not mounted to the ground and what not. I could just imagine how tough it was for Micky, Mike, Peter and Davy to go out there and perform with the kind of equipment they were giving. And alot of the songs sound great. Especially the songs that get played from the Headquarters album. Because basically it is just the 4 guys on that album and in concert it sounds exactly the same. Not much more to say than just really loved hearing all the problems the guys were facing while putting on a really entertaining show.


We've largely forgotten that The Monkees, for a while, generated nearly as much hysteria at their live shows as the Beatles (did as recently as a year earlier). The screams in the background are real. Like when Davy Jones sang "I Wanna Be Free" and dropped to his knees, the girls nearly passed out. But a collection only for a diehard, an attendee, or an historian.

The Monkees Captured Live

At the height of their popularity, "The Monkees" embarked on a summer tour that played for two months with great success. After the Beatles retired from touring, "The Monkees" filled the need for the teeny bopper audiences that screamed for the past three years. RCA/Colgems, their record label, had the good idea to capture "The Monkees" live for a possible record release. Unfortunately technical problems along with the fact that most of the songs played were already recently released on "Headquarters" nixed this idea. Twenty years later, Rhino Records, who currently owns "The Monkees" catalogue released this record with mixed success. "The Monkees Live 1967" was remixed and songs from 3 concerts were pulled to make a complete one. A few years ago, Rhino Handmade released the entire concerts along with a test concert in a limited edition CD to Monkees fans delight. What makes this version so much better than "The Monkees Live 1967" is the fact that I'm hearing four entirely different performances, not just the best recorded. Today's live concerts sound too much like an album and not a performance. Who cares if there are some gliches? This always happens at concerts. In 1989 I saw "The Monkees" perform live when a mishap happened. Peter Tork's mike for his banjo went out and Micky Dolenz joked about it. Things like this make live albums so special. Unfortunately Record Companies and Artists today don't understand the appeal of these goofs.


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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