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The Definitive Monkees [CD]

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.

The music for the series had been created by Don Kirschner and throughout the life of the band, many more esteemed songwriters added their input to The Monkees phenomenon, including Neil Diamond ("A Little Bit ... Read more in Amazon's Monkees Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Strategic Marketing
  • ASIN: B000059QBZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Monkees (Theme From)
2. Last Train To Clarksville
3. Take A Giant Step
4. Saturday's Child
5. I'm A Believer
6. I Wanna Be Free
7. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
8. She
9. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
10. Mary, Mary
11. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
12. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
13. Shades Of Gray
14. Sometime In The Morning
15. For Pete's Sake
16. Forget That Girl
17. Randy Scouse Git
18. You Just May Be The One
19. Pleasant Valley Sunday
20. Words
See all 29 tracks on this disc

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Recruited through a trade advertisement placed in a Hollywood showbiz paper asking for "four insane boys" to make that call, the Monkees are now widely acknowledged as being the first wholly manufactured pop band to really make an impact. Seen as a direct, home-grown response to the English Beat invasion that that had so transformed the US charts in the 1960s, the tidal wave of publicity that their tie-in TV show invaluably afforded them meant that Mickey Dolenz, Peter Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork were immediate stars. Indeed, for a few crazy months the Monkees were easily as big as the Beatles had ever been when they themselves had made their own shrill-screamed, mop-topped breakthrough and started the whole thing off. This new Definitive collection contains everything that even the worryingly obsessive fan might need. From the recognised karaoke classics like "Daydream Believer" and "Last Train to Clarkesville" to the quirkier, less well-known material like "Mary, Mary" and "For Pete's Sake", there are 70 tracks here to confirm that The Monkees were far more than just a soulless exercise in hype and hope. The gently frazzled psychedelia of "Porpoise Song" and "Randy Scouse Git"s rinky-dink racket also included go some way to proving in fact that they are worthy of comparison with any other pop group of the period. --Sean Price

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(2001/Warner) 29 tracks (79:56)Medium 1
  1. (Theme From) The Monkees
  2. Last Train To Clarksville
  3. Take A Giant Step
  4. Saturday's Child
  5. I'm A Believer
  6. I Wanna Be Free
  7. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  8. She
  9. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  10. Mary, Mary
  11. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
  12. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
  13. Shades Of Gay
  14. Sometime In The Morning
  15. For Pete's Sake
  16. Forget That Girl
  17. Randy Scouse Git
  18. You Just May Be The One
  19. Pleasant Valley Sunday
  20. Words
  21. Daydream Believer
  22. Goin' Down
  23. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'round?
  24. Cuddly Toy
  25. Valleri
  26. Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)
  27. Listen To The Band
  28. That Was Then, This Is Now
  29. Heart And Soul

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but curious compilation 6 Sep 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This compilation of Monkees recordings was released in Britain for the price as a single CD so most people who bought this did so just for the main CD, which contains all the hits and the best album tracks and B-sides. Among the classics to be found here are Monkees theme, Last train to Clarksville, I'm a believer (written by Neil Diamond, and a bigger hit than any of his own singles), I'm not your stepping stone, A little bit me a little bit you (another Neil Diamond song), Randy Scouse git, Pleasant valley Sunday, Daydream believer, Valleri and Listen to the band. The CD, presented in chronological order, concludes with two tracks from their eighties comeback – That was then this is now and Heart and soul. The other tracks on this CD are of a high quality though lacking the instant appeal of the hits – but if you play them often enough, they will grow on you. As a hits collection, this (on its own) is as good as I've seen by the Monkees.
The bonus CD is culled from three compilations of rarities previously released in America as Missing links volumes 1 2 and 3. These tracks have never been made available previously in Britain, though I suspect that diehard Monkees fans in Britain will prefer to import the other compilations anyway. Actually, more than half those Missing links tracks have been included here and that will be enough for most people. The standard is surprisingly high.
The packaging is lavish, with a booklet printed on high quality paper and including extensive liner notes that tell the truth about the band (not as jolly as their image suggests) and pictures of all their original LP covers. The main CD is in a standard single CD jewel case, with the bonus CD comes in a separate cardboard case and the whole is housed in a cardboard slipcase.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, hey - it's nostalgia! 26 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you ever watched 'The Monkees' tv show or sang along to 'Day Dream Believer', then this CD collection is a must have. You may be astounded by just how many tracks the Monkees recorded in their short shelf life. The CD also contains a comprehensive booklet which gives the entire low-down on the Monkees from their conception to their death and recent rebirth. Some of the information in that will probably surprise you too. The extra CD so proudly boasted about is somewhat odd compared with the main one. It contains some truly weird tracks that will probably take some getting used to - but as a whole these two CD's are a fascinating tribute to an unique band.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm a Believer! 12 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like I suspect many people did, I bought the limited edition release of the Definitive Monkees simply because I saw it reduced in a shop, and it contained all of the universally loved songs like Daydream Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Last Train...blah blah blah.
Once I'd listened to these most famous of pop songs, I turned my attention to the rest of the collection, firmly expecting it to be awful. To my surprise, I found some of the best songs I've heard in years. Alright, there are some real stinkers on there which sound like template for every manufactured group since, but for the most part, the "manufactured" music is OK, while some of the group's "own" songs are superb. Amazingly, Dolenz manages to make jazz sound good on songs like "Goin' Down" or "Midnight Train", while Nesmith pulls off the equally tough task of making me enjoy country singing on "What Am I Doing Hanging Round", "Listen to the Band", and "Circle Sky".

Again, not all of the tracks from this era are classics, and the odd one or two come across as unsuccessful experiments. If this is the price we have to pay for great songs like "Porpoise Song" or "Merry Go Round", I'm happy to pay it.
This collection is such a treasure trove that I actually started to feel ashamed that I, like most people, only thought of the Monkees as a cheesy pop band, a label which is well wide of the mark. It might not be fashionable to say so, but the Monkees are a great band!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Treasure Trove 4 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
This review is for the two-disc "The definitive The Monkees, limited edition"
The following tracks are not available on the expanded editions of The Monkees studio albums original, released in the 1960s (I know!).

Terria Dei Monkees (Nistri/Boyce/Hart)
Teeny Tiny Gnome (Erwin/Castle)
Apples, Peaches, Bananas & Pears (Boyce/Hart)
Riu Chiu (Trad.)
Merry go-round (Tork/Hiderbrand)
War Games (Jones/Pitts)
Seeger's Theme (Seeger)
Party (Pitts/Jones)
Shake `em up (leiber/Stoller)
Propinquity (I've just begun to care) (Nesmith)
Look down (King/Stern)
The Crippled Lion (Nesmith)
Hollywood (Nesmith)
How Insensitive (Jobin/Demoraers/Gimbel)
Michigan Blackhawk (Nesmith)
My Share of the sidewalk (Nesmith)
If you have time (Chadwick/Jones)
Storybook of you (Boyce/Hart)
You're so good (Stone)
Steam engine (Douglas)
Angel Band (Nesmith)
Litter Red Rider (Nesmith)

There really are some outstanding songs on the compilation, with great pop of Boyce/Hart's "Apples, Peaches, Bananas & Pears", "Storybook of you" & King/Stern's
"Look down", to a rare Peter Tork song "Merry go-round" (done in an interesting lullaby style) & Gregorian chant influenced "Riu Chiu".
But the highlights of the album for me, are the Mike Nesmith's Country/Rock composures, a real blueprint to what he would record during his solo career (also worth checking out).
So if you fan of The Monkees studio albums & not just greatest hits, then this album is an essential purchase, but even if you want just the popular songs you have them all on the first disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by MR SIMON ROOKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgiafest
This is a replacement for a CD that I loaned to (but didn't get back from) my brother. The Monkees music and TV programme were part of our formative years and while we laughed at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek W
5.0 out of 5 stars BONUS DISC Monkees(fantastic)
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Published 11 months ago by C. L. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monkies
Loved the CD, there were songs that I didn't have and it brought back memories! I would recommend it to all Monkies fans.
Published 12 months ago by Ms. CR Mushing
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Monkees
Does what it says on the tin.
Had spent a long time trying to find the music that accompanied the end of the TV show & there it was on this CD, if you want the Monkees in a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gordon J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Monkees
Love some of the old time music. I remember the monkees from the early saturday morning TV show. Love the music
Published 15 months ago by tlcjler
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth
Brought back some good memories of when we were young. The songs may not be slick the just have something about them that reflects that era.
Published 15 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
I was around when the Monkees first started, they were always fun but a little bit twee. However once I started playing this compilation I couldn't stop grinning, perfect cure for... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Hills
3.0 out of 5 stars average
I like what I like but I personally think they went to far with the music from Head, they were much better as a pop band
Published 17 months ago by john hughes
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