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The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees [Box set]

Monkees Audio CD
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The Monkees (Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) were pulled together in order to star in a successful comedy television show first aired on NBC in 1966.

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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0038ASECU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dream World
2. Auntie'S Municipal Court
3. We Were Made For Each Other
4. Tapioca Tundra
5. Daydream Believer
6. Writing Wrongs
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Disc: 2
1. Dream World [Mono Album Version]
2. Auntie'S Municipal Court [Mono Album Version]
3. We Were Made For Each Other [Mono Album Version]
4. Tapioca Tundra [Mono Album Version]
5. Daydream Believer [Mono Album Version]
6. Writing Wrongs [Mono Album Version]
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Disc: 3
1. Monkees Adult Stereo 8 Spot
2. Tear The Top Right Off My Head [Peter'S Vocal]
3. Auntie'S Municipal Court [Mike'S Vocal]
4. P.O. Box 9847 [1968 Alternate Stereo Mix]
5. War Games [Version One]
6. Lady'S Baby
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Important 3 July 2012
By Pete
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is not the three disc box set, as one reviewer wrote. You won't get mono and you will feel a bit burned. Monkees good / stereo version bad
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 CD set of Monkees sessions for Album 30 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
This 3 cd Set is amazing features both mono and Stereo versions of Album together with lots of unrealeased tracks a great booklet and Badge ,
Disc 1 - The Original Stereo Album & More
1. Dream World
2. Auntie's Municipal Court
3. We Were Made For Each Other
4. Tapioca Tundra
5. Daydream Believer
6. Writing Wrongs
7. I'll Be Back Up On My Feet
8. The Poster
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Magnolia Simms
11. Valleri
12. Zor And Zam
13. Through The Looking Glass (1968 Stereo Mix)
14. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again (Alternate Mix)
15. D.W. Washburn (1968 Stereo Mix)
16. It's Nice To Be With You (1968 Stereo Mix)
17. Carlisle Wheeling (1967 Stereo Mix)
18. Rosemarie (1968 Stereo Mix)
19. My Share Of The Sidewalk (1968 Stereo Mix)
20. Alvin (Alternate Take)
21. We Were Made For Each Other (Alternate Backing Track)
22. The Girl I Left Behind Me (1967 Stereo Mix)
23. Little Red Rider (Acoustic Version)
24. Lady's Baby (1968 Stereo Mix)
25. Ceiling In My Room (1967 Stereo Mix)
26. I'm A Man (Backing Track)
27. Me Without You (1968 Stereo Mix)

Disc 2 - The Original Mono Album & More
1. Dream World
2. Auntie's Municipal Court
3. We Were Made For Each Other
4. Tapioca Tundra
5. Daydream Believer
6. Writing Wrongs
7. I'll Be Back Up On My Feet
8. The Poster
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Magnolia Simms
11. Valleri
12. Zor And Zam
13. Alvin (1968 Mono Mix)
14. While I Cry (1968 Mono Mix)
15. D.W. Washburn (Mono Single Mix)
16. It's Nice To Be With You (Mono Single Mix)
17. Come On In (1968 Mono Mix)
18. Carlisle Wheeling (1968 Mono Mix)
19. Rosemarie (1968 Mono Mix)
20.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkees CD Review 9 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I heard the song "Daydream Believer" Played several times on BBC Radio 2 during the summer of 2003. It really grew on me, and so I bought this Album. Although the Monkees is not from my generation I enjoyed many of the tracks. This CD is a worthwhile buy for any music fan, its great to listen to in the car, many of the songs are quite uplifting and also relaxing.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Ever Title 31 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was quite good, its tune was just a great hit. If you want some quality music with a good beat to follow this is the one. You will neveer get fed up with it and as soon as it comes on youll know what mucis it is! Have a go and buy it!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but not ideal for a new fan 18 July 2004
By Anyechka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a really finely crafted album, with lots of different types of songs--psychedelic, schmaltzy Davy ballads, Mike's country-western-type music, and the peppy pop The Monkees got famous for. As other reviewers have pointed out, it's kind of like their White Album, and even more out there than PAC&J, which plays like The Monkees on acid. It's one of those albums that, while great, isn't ideal for a new fan, one that even for an old fan like myself (I've been a fan since their 1986 revival) needs multiple playings for it to really sink in and grow to appreciate and really really love. I have a 1996 vinyl reissue with two bonus tracks, the first two bonus tracks on the CD remaster.
My faves on here are "Dream World" (Davy has been my favourite since I first got into them at six years old; otherwise I might very well not think that highly of the schmaltzy songs he's usually stuck singing!), "We Were Made for Each Other," "Tapioca Tundra" (it reached #34 on the charts), "Daydream Believer" of course, "Writing Wrongs" (I seem to be in the minority of people who like this weird trippy song, but then again, I also love the weird Beatles' sound collage "Revolution No. 9"), "I'll Be Back Up on My Feet," "P.O. Box 9847," "Valleri," and "Zor and Zam." The lattermost always gives me chills; the ending line is just as eerie and pertinent today, considering what's going on in the world now. It was played during the last episode of their tv show as well.
The two bonus tracks I have are an alternate version of "P.O. Box 9847" with a synth instead of strings, and a cute schmaltzy co-written Davy number, "I'm Gonna Try." I got into The Monkees for their upbeat happy pop songs, songs which I would probably hate were they coming from most other bands or groups, but even these more mature, introspective, and trippy songs are happy and fun. The Monkees are known for their fun pop, which makes it harder for a new fan or a non-fan to appreciate the beauty and genius on this album.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange 30 May 2005
By Rocker84 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The only thing I could think of to say about this album is "strange". This album was the in-between point of when the Monkees went from being on top of the world to the bottom of the pile. The previous Monkees album (Pisces Aquarius Capricorn and Jones) was #1, and the album that followed this one (Head) was a disaster, sales wise anyway. This was also the first album to be released after their TV show was cancelled. The Birds The Bees and The Monkees really reflects their in-between period, as there are huge hits such as Daydream Believer, and Valleri, then there's a lot of odd songs not typical of the Monkees style at the time, such as Magnolia Simms and Writing Wrongs. It's not one of my favorite Monkees albums, but it's still very good. Here are my reviews of the songs:

1. Dream World - Not a very good way to start the album. It's not a horrible song, but it's definitely not one of Davy's best efforts. 5/10

2. Auntie's Municipal Court - They pick it back up here with a very good Mike song. All of Mike's songs on this album are very different sounding and experimental. He puts on a great showing. Micky on vocals and Mike backing always sounds great. 8/10

3. We Were Made For Each Other - Sometimes I don't mind the sappy Davy songs, but I'm just not a big fan of this one.

3/10

4. Tapioca Tundra - Interesting choice to go with this as the flip side of Valleri. It's an excellent song, but I don't think that the young Monkees fans of the time were in to this stuff. However, I think this is yet another great Mike song, with some great lyrics, and actually really catchy after a while. 9/10

5. Daydream Believer - I won't really say much about this. Obviously one of their biggest hits. 10/10

6. Writing Wrongs - Once again Mike comes with a great song, and one which sounds different from his previous two. Some people may get bored with this, considering it's a little over 5 minutes long, with about 3 minutes being instrumental. I think it's amazing, although I'm partial to Nesmith's songs. 8/10

7. I'll Be Back Upon My Feet - Classic Monkees song that they brought back and re-recorded from the early days. Personally I like the original version (which was on the TV show) better. This one's real good too, just a little faster, and some horns added in. 9/10

8. The Poster - All I could say is that I just can't get into the songs that Davy writes. This song is kind of catchy, but the lyrics are just so dumb. There's only about 1 or 2 songs Davy wrote that I like. 6/10

9. PO Box 9847 - Well it's not exactly a Boyce/Hart masterpiece, but it's not bad. I think it grows on you after time. 7/10

10. Magnolia Simms - The worst of the four Nesmith songs, in my opinion and not one of my favorites of his. This is another one that kind of grows on you after a while. Either that or the fake record skipping in the middle of the song will drive you nuts after a while.

11. Valleri - Another big hit for the Monkees and a very cool song. I actually like this better than the original version they used for the TV show.

9/10

12. Zor and Zam - For some reason I just love this song. It's just some intense vocals from Micky, and it tells a story. I've always liked it since I was a little kid.

Nothing really stands out too much on the bonus tracks. I like the version of Lady's Baby with the sounds effects of a baby crying at the beginning.

So with the mixture of pop hits, and experimental songs, this album gets a strange, but good review.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track listing 21 Feb 2010
By Great Lakes Media - Published on Amazon.com
Disc 1 - The Original Stereo Album & More

1. Dream World
2. Auntie's Municipal Court
3. We Were Made For Each Other
4. Tapioca Tundra
5. Daydream Believer
6. Writing Wrongs
7. I'll Be Back Up On My Feet
8. The Poster
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Magnolia Simms
11. Valleri
12. Zor And Zam
13. Through The Looking Glass (1968 Stereo Mix)
14. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again (Alternate Mix)
15. D.W. Washburn (1968 Stereo Mix)
16. It's Nice To Be With You (1968 Stereo Mix)
17. Carlisle Wheeling (1967 Stereo Mix)
18. Rosemarie (1968 Stereo Mix)
19. My Share Of The Sidewalk (1968 Stereo Mix)
20. Alvin (Alternate Take)
21. We Were Made For Each Other (Alternate Backing Track)
22. The Girl I Left Behind Me (1967 Stereo Mix)
23. Little Red Rider (Acoustic Version)
24. Lady's Baby (1968 Stereo Mix)
25. Ceiling In My Room (1967 Stereo Mix)
26. I'm A Man (Backing Track)
27. Me Without You (1968 Stereo Mix)

Disc 2 - The Original Mono Album & More

1. Dream World
2. Auntie's Municipal Court
3. We Were Made For Each Other
4. Tapioca Tundra
5. Daydream Believer
6. Writing Wrongs
7. I'll Be Back Up On My Feet
8. The Poster
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Magnolia Simms
11. Valleri
12. Zor And Zam
13. Alvin (1968 Mono Mix)
14. While I Cry (1968 Mono Mix)
15. D.W. Washburn (Mono Single Mix)
16. It's Nice To Be With You (Mono Single Mix)
17. Come On In (1968 Mono Mix)
18. Carlisle Wheeling (1968 Mono Mix)
19. Rosemarie (1968 Mono Mix)
20. The Girl I Left Behind Me (1967 Mono Mix)
21. Seeger's Theme (Alternate Version)
22. Tear The Top Right Off my Head (Micky's Vocal)
23. My Share Of The Sidewalk (1968 Mono Mix)
24. Lady's Baby (1968 Mono Mix)
25. Ceiling In My Room (1967 Mono Mix)
26. Merry Go Round (1968 Mono Mix)
27. Don't Listen To Linda (1968 Mono Mix)
28. Me Without You (1968 Mono Mix)
29. Zor And Zam (TV Version)
30. Teen Radio Spot

Disc 3 - The Birds, The Bees & The Raritees

1. Monkees Adult Stereo 8 Spot
2. Tear The Top Right Off My Head (Peter's Vocal)
3. Auntie's Municipal Court (Mike's Vocal)
4. P.O. Box 9847 (1968 Alternate Stereo Mix)
5. War Games (Version One)
6. Lady's Baby
7. Tapioca Tundra (1967 Alternate Stereo Mix)
8. D.W. Washburn (Alternate Mix With Bass Vocal)
9. Nine Times Blue (Version Two - Davy's Vocal)
10. Lady's Baby (Acoustic Version)
11. While I Cry (Alternate Mono Mix)
12. Shorty Blackwell (Rehearsal)
13. Laurel And Hardy
14. Seeger's Theme (Acoustic Version)
15. Tapioca Tundra (Acoustic Version)
16. Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
17. War Games (Version Two)
18. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love (Second Recorded Version)
19. My Share Of The Sidewalk (Mike's Vocal Version)
20. Shake 'Em Up And Let 'Em Roll (Alternate Vocal Version)
21. Changes (2009 Mix)
22. Merry Go Round (Version One)
23. Magnolia Simms (Acoustic Version)
24. I'm Gonna Try
25. Seeger's Theme (Electric Version)
26. Magnolia Simms (Stereo Remix)
27. The Girl I Left Behind Me (Third Recorded Version)
28. Merry Go Round (Third Recorded Version)
29. Nine Times Blue (Version Two - Mike's Vocal)
30. The Party (2009 Mix)
31. I Wasn't Born To Follow (Backing Track)

Bonus 45-RPM Vinyl Single (early editions only)

A. St. Matthew (acoustic version)
B. Lady's Baby (alternate acoustic version)
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded version of "The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees" but this is available for less at Rhino.com 26 Feb 2010
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not adverse to someone making a profit but this set as of 2/26/10 is STILL available from Rhino Handmade for around $59.00. It seems excessive and greedy to be selling something STILL in print for 4x what it cost. That said, we get both the stereo and mono versions of the album, bonus tracks/demos/alternate takes/instrumental unfinished tracks.

"The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees" was the band's last top 10 album (it reached #3 in the U.S.)and while it isn't as consistent as the two preceding albums ("Headquarters" and "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd"), it does have quite a few gems including Mike Nesmith's highest charting song (the b-side "Tapioca Tundra" a brilliant slice of quirky pop which reached #34 on Billboard's singles chart), "Valleri", "Daydream Believer" (two of Davy Jones' best vocal performances), the quirky vintage sounding "Magnolia Sims" again by Nez (which actually "skips" on purpose and reminds me a bit of McCartney's "Honey Pie" in that it evokes the music of a bygone era but still has a 60's quality to it), the experimental "Writing Wrongs", Mickey Dolenz performing "Zor and Zam" an anti-war song that was originally intended for an unmade children's cartoon show.

You get both the mono (some of the tracks are needle drops) and remastered stereo versions of the albums, demos for songs some of which would end up on later Monkee releases ("Instant Replay"). The oversize booklet is quite nice with plenty of info on the recording of the album and the 3D lenticular cover a big plus as well. The CDs are stored (for the mono and stereo versions of the albums)in cardboard replicas of the original vinyl packaging. My only complaint is that Rhino went to so much effort but couldn't give us plastic inserts to safely keep the CDs in without them becoming scratched. The packaging is oversized about the same dimensions as a 45 when housed in its sleeve.

Overall Andrew Sandoval producer of this set gets an A+ for his efforts and for also digging out a variety of interesting demos and rarities with some pulled from rare acetates. The mastering by Sandoval and Dan Hirsch is pretty good overall and the CDs aren't brickwalled. The original album would earn a 3 star rating but when you add in all the bonus tracks and exceptional packaging (missing plastic sleeves aside), the set earns an extra star for all the love that clearly went into this set. If you can order it from Rhino Handmade--it's less expensive.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! Buy it from Handmade, not here! 31 Mar 2010
By feltonfan - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great 3-CD set of the Monkees' fifth album. All the stereo tracks. All the mono tracks. And loads of bonus tracks. Awkward packaging. Rhino seems obsessed with putting Monkee CDs (and DVDs) into the kind of packages that might cause scratches each time you remove the discs. Bypass the gougers who want to charge you $100 and up for this collection before it goes out of print. Go right to Rhinohandmade and order it directly. It's still in print. You'll save lots of money.
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