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Monkees: Greatest Hits...Nice Single Greatest Hits disc with Davy's I Wanna To Be Free...RIP!
on February 29, 2012
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.
If you are looking for a comprehensive collection of songs by the Monkees, Rhino's 4 CD box set Listen To The Band, released in 1991, is highly recommended, but unfortunately, this box set is hard to find now. If you are looking for a single disc of Greatest Hits, this current set is acceptable. An even better compilation is found in Then & Now: The Best Of The Monkees (with 25 songs, on Arista label, released in 1986), but it is also hard to find.
The song listing with their chart positions and year is as follows:
01. (Theme From) The Monkees (album track)
02. Last Train To Clarksville (1/1966)
03. I Wanna Be Free (album track) My all-time favourite Davy Jones's solo
04. I'm A Believer (1(7)/1966) written by Neil Diamond
05. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Single Version)(b-side) 20/1966
06. Mary, Mary
07. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (2/1967)
08. The Girl I Knew Somewhere (b-side)(39/1967)
09. Randy Scouse Git (b-side) 1986
10. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Single Version)(3/1967)
11. Words (Single Version)(b-side)(11/1967)
12. Daydream Believer (1(4)/1967)
13. Goin' Down (104/1967)
14. Valleri (3/1968)
15. D.W. Washburn (19/1968)
16. It's Nice To Be With You (51/1968)
17. Porpoise Song (Theme From 'Head') (Single Version)(62/1968)
18. Listen To The Band (Single Version)(63/1969)
19. That Was Then, This Is Now - Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork (20/1986)
20. Heart And Soul (87/1987)
For a single Greatest Hits, this set is adequate. The sound is also very good, as per great Rhino standards. I also appreciate Rhino put in "single versions" of many hits. Highly recommended.
I Wanna Be Free by Davy Jones...Davy, you are free now, and you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace!