15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent value for money!,
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
After carefully reading all previously posted reviews for this Monkees set I decided to give it a try. As many have noted it is an overall excellent set including the 5 core Monkee albums from the 60's. I am adding my review to address the quality control issues. I have listened to all 5 albums twice and the only actual 'defects' seem to occur on two songs within the 'More of the Monkees' album with "Sometime in the Morning" being the worst offender. It is hard to know the actual source of what sounds like a cross between a harsh instance (1 second and occurring at least twice in the song) of digital clipping and/or a bad edit of the existing masters. I owned the original Vinyl back in the 60's and this was not part of the original recording. In my opinion I don't think this is a direct result of bad manufacturing other than whoever was in charge of this product just didn't LISTEN to the final product before releasing it for sale.
This audio defect was surely on the master tape they used for duplication. This is a problem I have noticed more and more lately with Rhino products. Bummer, as they used to put out a superior product.
For this reason I have deducted one star as I will need to purchase "More of the Monkees" separately if I want a glitch free audio rendering. Other than that, the rest of the albums all play fine. Yes, some are very distorted at times, mainly the early albums and this is part of the original master as the earlier recordings were rushed and not well recorded to begin with. Once you get to "Headquarters" the overall quality increases greatly with much higher fidelity in the actual tracking and resulting mixes.
For the money this set can't be beat and even with the inherent problems of rushed 60's recording, it is still very nice to own and a pleasure to listen to, instantly taking me back to a happier and simpler time. And the songs surprisingly Do hold up very well, much better than I had expected actually.