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The Monkees

the Monkees Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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A TV show might have spawned it, but the Monkees' 1966 debut is still one of the most perfect pop albums of its day. Last Train to Clarksville helped send the LP to #1; it joins the rockers Saturday's Child and Sweet Young Thing ; gentle gems like I Wanna Be Free and I'll Be True , and more!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tripfest Feb. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Monkees weren't exactly a real group when their first and second albums came out, but they sing true and the music is great!
"The Monkees"-great theme! Micky is a great singer!
"Saturday's Child"-classic 60s "silly love song."
"I Wanna Be Free"-gentle ballad. Beautiful music.
"Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day"-best song! Love the harmonica and Micky sings it perfectly!
"Papa Gene's Blues"-Mike's fun little country song. Peter plays guitar, the poor guy's only credit on the album! JJust wait Pete and you'll be blowin' them away!
"Take A Giant Step"-folksy little number with thick drums and cool lyrics. Gotta love it.
"Last Train To Clarksville"-an overrated song, but still catchy and fun!
"This Just Doesn;t Seem To Be My Day"-nice fuzz guitar, indian style riff, and pretty sweet lyrics! Not bad!
"Let's Dance On"-ho-yeah! Raves baby! Love the "Cheesy" vox organ! Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart's backing vocals are hilarious!
"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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album contains a lot of great memories! Oct. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1966, the United States saw the first episode in a soon-to-be-classic series, the Monkees, which followed the wacky psychedelic adventures of a rock-and-roll band. The show became a phenomenon, fondly remembered by just about everyone who was alive then (or saw it in reruns). To accompany the show, this album was cut, with the Monkees providing the vocals and a completely different set of musicians providing the music. (That changed with later albums, but the band was still pretty new at this point.)
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Más Hart y Boyce que The Monkees Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Para nadie es un misterio que la participación de los Monkees en este disco se reduce a las voces y un par de temas de Nesmith (y por cierto las sonrisas en la portada). El crédito lo merecen Bobby Hart y Tommy Boyce, quienes además de componer la mitad de los temas produjeron al álbum y por si fuera poco también participaron agregando voces y órgano. (Theme From) The Monkees con su guitarra trémolo y Last Train to Clarksville son los números más conocidos, pero hay otros buenos temas como las rockeras Saturday's Child y Let's Dance On, que podrían pasar como acepatables temas garajeros, en tanto Sweet Young Thing muestra indicios de sicodelia. Dentro de los puntos bajos, la version de I'll Be True to You no se acerca ni un poco a la de los Hollies, por su parte Gonna Buy Me a Dog no alcanza ni para broma. No parece justo que discos como este hayan sido número 1 en su época, pero la industria musical en Estados Unidos es capaz de lograrlo todo si se lo propone, contando con músicos y compositores de primera linea detrás de un cuarteto de sonrientes actores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being Created Means Nothing July 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Monkees and The Moody Blues share an unlikely characteristic. Each group has been incredibly successful, and both have been maligned by the musical "establishment," especially by so-called musical critics. What do they know, because The Monkees created good music, with catchy tunes and lyrics. Occasionally throughout their musical career The Monkees achieved a musical excellence the reached a level of greatness.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, But Pretty Good
This is a fine debut album by the Monkees. Nesmith's "Sweet Young Thing" and Boyce/Harts "Last Train to Clarksville" alone make it worth the price. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by Glenn Willingham
3.0 out of 5 stars Monkees cookie cutter debut
Granted,this is the very pop music machinery that continue to this day at its worse.In all, this is a very entertaining album. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by DEAN M. Dent
3.0 out of 5 stars Whoda Thunk It?
Who would have ever thought that this would be the beginnings of a major pop phenomenon, one that to this day has actually grown beyond its original popularity? Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Wil
5.0 out of 5 stars Weeeeeeeeee! Monkees Rule!
God, I love this album! So niceness...anyone who's ever said a bad word about the Monkees can just...do stuff. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Weeeeeeeeee! Monkees Rule!
God, I love this album! So niceness...anyone who's ever said a bad word about the Monkees can just...do stuff. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars STRONG POP ROCK DEBUT ALBUM!!!
By the time the Monkees debut album hit the record stores on October 10th 1966, there had already been a huge buzz over them. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003 by Jared Insell
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly mixed CD
This is certainly a good album, but I can't believe what a horrible job Rhino did with the audio! Most notably is "Papa Gene's Blues". Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by nothingt5
2.0 out of 5 stars Better off dead!
Listening to the music now after all of these years really shows that the Monkees had no original talent when they were first grouped together. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by Monkeyman
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful cd
I had alot of fun with this cd when i first got it because it was the first cd of The Monkees that i got and it has quite a few great songs on it like:
"saturdays... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by Jenni
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