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A great box set,
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)This is a great value product. The box set contains the monkees first five albums and if we are honest the essential albums from the period where there were all 4 original members in the group. Afterwards things fell apart despite attempts at reconciliation and further album releases. We have here the essential original albums from the classic 1966-68 period. Labelled at the time as fake (because of use of session musicians-other bands did this too and the monkees were not 100% in control!) or bubblebum it is extraordinary how the Monkees music has remained fresh and vital whilst much from the same period sounds dated. Much has already been written about how the Monkees (or their management) were able to secure songs from many top songwriting partnerships whilst later on also adding some considerable songs themselves eg Going Down, Randy Scouse Git. The appeal of the monkees lies in some great and distinctive vocals from predominantly Micky Dolenz, whilst being ably backed up by Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. The songs vary in style from garage, psychedelia and country. Notably the band's great sense of humour and comedy shines through too, making sure the music is never too serious or indulgent. It is striking how there is little excess to tracks and very rarely does any song outstay its welcome.
A few words about the packaging. Each album comes in a mini lp replica sleeve. This is a replica of the American sleeve (from Colgems) not the Britsh version (RCA Victor). I have the original British releases on vinyl. Essentially the sleeves and tracklisting are the same though so this is nothing to worry about. Personally I love the idea of the lp sleeves being replicated for discs. Be aware though that the quality of the printing does not match for example the recently released Beatles in mono discs which are also housed in lp replica sleeves. However, this should not put you off because at the price this set is being offered, Rhino music have put out a very good product indeed and I commend them thoroughly.
The sound quality is also excellent. The monkees music was remastered several years ago to a very high standard. I am not clear whether it ha sbeen remastered again but if so it is impossible to tell and it does not say on the packaging. The music is exceptionally clear and dynamic for the period in which is was recorded. Go out and buy this product. It might also be worth checking out the other artists who have been selected for these rhino original albums re-issues.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2010 16:59:03 BDT
M. J. Hampton says:
a very good review. i have been a fan of the monkees since 1967. i saw them in july of that year at wembley empire pool [now of course the arena] . ialso saw them at the bournemouth b.i.c in 1997 and both the concerts were really good. re the box set of c.d's excellent value for money.i also had them all on vinyl, but they have long since gone. i will probably buy this set because of the good price. it will bring back many happy memories.
Posted on 29 Nov 2010 12:12:59 GMT
Unfortunately my copy of More of The Monkees on this Rhino label suffers badly from distortion and poor sound but otherwise a great package.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2011 10:52:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2011 10:53:33 GMT
Raving Russell says:
Many thanks, MJ Hampton, for your kind comments. Hope you are enjoying your purchase!
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2011 10:57:45 GMT
Raving Russell says:
Thanks Topaz. I have noticed some poor digital transfers on the extra tracks of "More of the Monkees", since I wrote my original review. No excuses for that really, even given the price of this set. It is the original albums that I bought this product for and will just about stand by my original 5 stars award, but still annoying that quality control could have been better with the bonus tracks on that particular album.
Still a great purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2011 12:18:49 BDT
Do the albums in this box set contain the same bonus tracks which came with the mid-90s reissues or are there no bonus tracks on each disc?
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