The sudden passing of Davy Jones is certainly very sad indeed. I have really fond memories of the Monkees, when they appeared in their 58 TV shows for 2 years (from 1966-1968). Beside their irrelevant antics, what I treasured most was their singing during each show. Besides Davy Jones (lead singer), we have Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz.
Monkees has 24 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, with 3 Number 1 songs: Last Train To Clarksville (1966), I'm A Believer (No. 1 for 7 weeks in 1966; written by Neil Diamond), and Daydream Believer. Monkees also has 21 charted albums on Billboard 200.
Original Album Series is a new series of 5 albums of the same artist, released as one set on 5 CDs. In this case, it contains 5 volumes of Monkee's early albums, each with its mini-LP sleeves, with original front and back album covers. There are tons of bonus tracks. The price is also reasonable and is of tremendous value, while the Monkees box set on Rhino Records will cost much more.
The 5 albums by the Monkees are as follows, with chart position and year:
CD 1: The Monkees (No. 1 for 13 weeks with 5 million sold): 01 (Theme From) The Monkees 02 Saturday's Child 03 I Wanna Be Free (my all-time favourite Davy's solo) 04 Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day 05 Papa Gene's Blues 06 Take A Giant Step (b-side)(Colgems 1001) 1966 07 Last Train To Clarksville (Golgems 1001) 1/1966 08 This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day 09 Let's Dance On 10 I'll Be True To You 11 Sweet Young Thing 12 Gonna Buy Me A Dog 13 I Can't Get Her Off My Mind (Early version) 14 I Don't Think You Know Me (alternate version) 15 (Theme From) The Monkees (Early version)
CD 2: More Of The Monkees (No. 1 for 18 weeks with 5 million sold): 01 She 02 When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) 03 Mary, Mary 04 Hold On Girl 05 Your Auntie Grizelda 06 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (b-side)(Colgems 1002) 20/1966 07 Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) 08 The Kind Of Girl I Could Love 09 The Day We Fall In Love 10 Sometime In The Morning 11 Laugh 12 I'm A Believer (Colgems 1002) 1 for 7 weeks in 1966 13 Don't Listen To Linda (Unissued version) 14 I'll Spend My Life With You (Alt. Version) 15 I Don't Think You Know Me (Unissued Mix) 16 Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)(Long Mix) 17 I'm A Believer (Early version)
CD 3: Headquarters (Number 1 for 1 week in 1967): 01 You Told Me 02 I'll Spend My Life With You 03 Forget That Girl 04 Band 6 05 You Just May Be The One 06 Shades Of Gray 07 I Can't Get Her Off My Mind 08 For Pete's Sake 09 Mr. Webster 10 Sunny Girlfriend 11 Zilch 12 No Time 13 Early Morning Blues And Greens 14 Randy Scouse Git 15 All Of Your Toys (Alt. Mix) 16 The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Alt. version)(Colgems 1004) 39/1967 17 Peter Gunn's Gun 18 Jericho 19 Nine Times Blue (Demo version) 20 Pillow Time (Demo version)
CD 4: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones. Ltd. (Number 1 for 5 weeks in 1967): 01 Salesman 02 She Hangs Out 03 The Door Into Summer 04 Love Is Only Sleeping 05 Cuddly Toy 06 Words (b-side)(Colgems 1007) 11/1967 07 Hard To Believe 08 What Am I Doing Hangin' `Round? 09 Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky 10 Pleasant Valley Sunday (Colgems 1007) 3/1967 11 Daily Nightly 12 Don't Call On Me 13 Star Collector 14 Special Annoucement 15 Goin' Down (Alt mix)(Colgems 1012) 104/1967 16 Salesman (Alt mix) 17 The Door Into Summer (Alt mix) 18 Love Is Only Sleeping (Alt mix) 19 Daily Nightly (Alt mix) 20 Star Collector (Alt mix)
CD 5: The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (Number 3 in 1968): 01 Dream World 02 Auntie's Municipal Court 03 We Were Made For Each Other 04 Tapioca Tundra (b-side)(Colgems 1019) 34/1968 05 Daydream Believer (Colgems 1012) Number 1 for 4 weeks in 1967 06 Writing Wrongs 07 I'll Be Back Up On My Feet 08 The Poster 09 P.O. Box 9847 10 Magnolia Simms 11 Valleri (Colgems 1019) 3/1968 12 Zor And Zam 13 Alvin 14 I'm Gonna Try 15 P.O. Box 9847 (Alt mix) 16 The Girl I Left Behind Me (Early version) 17 Lady's Baby (Alt mix)
Rhino Records own the rights to the songs of the Monkees, and have released a few box sets. The sound is very well remastered, nice and clean.
Considering the fact that it will cost you much more trying to buy individual albums separately (if you can find them), this box set is a real bargain. Highly recommended.
I Wanna Be Free by Davy Jones...Davy, you are free now, and you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace!Read more ›
I grew up with these guys - from their posters to all of their albums and of course, the weekly TV show. It's awesome when I have a Monkee's marathon and sing along to all of these great songs. Enjoy the trip back in time - I know I do.
You can't beat the price for these five The Monkees albums. As with any collection, some songs are average, but there are some really memorable songs that remind you of the show and are instantly recognizable. I'm glad I bought it.