"I'll Be True To You"-not half bad, a bit too "Davy-slush" to me.
"Sweet Young Thing"-oh yeah! rockin' fiddle! This is a great song!
"Gonna Buy Me A Dog"-hilarious! "Boop boop she-bop-bop ramelam!"
The 1994 reissue bonus tracks aren't amazing, but they're okay. "I Don't Think You Know Me" is a great song. Get this album for some fun rock!
Released in 1966, this album contains a lot of great memories, with two versions of the Monkees theme, and Gonna Buy Me A Dog, which features Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz humorously bouncing off one another! The liner notes have a lot of great information on the band, plus a group of great pictures - a nice bonus! Oh, by the way, as apposed to the 1966 album, this CD has three bonus tracks: I Can't Get Her Off My Mind, I Don't Think You Know Me, and the early, unreleased Monkees theme. This is a great album, one I highly recommend!
On this debut CD we get to hear Tommy Boyce and Bobby lead a team of writers and musicians to back a group of guys to create good music; perhaps not great music, but certainly good. The concept that creation of a musical team could generate good music was taken to the ultimate conclusion by The Alan Parsons Project, where Alan Parsons selected singers and musicians for each of his compositions, and there is little doubt that some of Alan Parson's music is great. I think that because The Monkees were the first created group, and they were created for a comedy show targeted for a young audience, they caught a lot of undeserved heat. There was a lot of talent in this group, most especially that of Michael Nesmith, who has been called "the greatest musician you've never heard" because he has created excellent, non-commercial music for many years since The Monkees.
On this CD, we kick off with the theme from The Monkees' TV show; catchy and memorable, and actually pretty good for pop music of the mid-60s. The David Gates' penned "Saturday's Child" is pretty standard pop fare, and had a Beatles flavor to it. The guitars and drum styling is lifted right from The Beatle's playbook. "I Wanna Be Free" is a slower and more mellow song, uncharacteristic of the typical manic Monkees' song.Read more ›