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4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings
Velvet99 ,

Where are the mono mixes?

The new stereo remasters are great, the best so far (5 stars worth), but charging $15.99 without including the remastered mono mixes of the deluxe CD package is a rip off which I blame Rhino/Warner for more than Apple. This is a great album, the Monkees best and the mono mixes are worth having if you are a fan of this album as I have been since 1972 when I taped The Door Into Summer on to my dad's reel to reel from the family TV by holding a microphone to the teeny tiny speaker. That's low tech as you get. The Door Into Summer mono mix is superior to the stereo mix due to limitations of 1967 studio technology, more punch, clearer vocals, the piano riff front and center. The mono mixes of Star Collector, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daily Nightly are slightly different than the stereo mixes. For those who grew up with the mono albums, the full featured CD version of this package, which includes nice new liner notes as well, is a better investment.

readrober ,

Essential Tracks Here

ESSENTIAL:
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin-King) / Words (Boyce-Hart) / Cuddly Toy (Nilsson) / The Door Into Summer (Douglas-Martin) / Love Is Only Sleeping (Mann-Weil)
OTHERS:
Star Collector (Goffin-King) / She Hangs Out (Jeff Barry) / Goin' Down (Dolenz-Jones-Nesmith-Tork-Hilderbrand)

GretschViking ,

Best Monkees Album

The iTunes review of this album isn't entirely correct. Yes, the Monkees brought in session players to help augment them on this but Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz all play guitar throughout the album. Tork also plays bass and keyboards and Dolenz is definitely playing drums on "Cuddly Toy" and possibly "The Door Into Summer". Either way, this is easily their best album which features a rather innovative instrument for it's day: the Moog synthesizer. Micky Dolenz purchased one of the very first ones built and supposedly, this is the first pop album to feature it. Michael Nesmith shines as a songwriter / producer on many of the tracks- hence the reason this is the Monkees' finest achievement. As one reviewer asked: where are the mono mixes?!

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