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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!
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on January 8, 2003
When asked the hypothetical question, what if you were stranded on a desert island with a portable CD player and could only have one CD, which CD would you want? Without hesitation, my answer is "The Monkees Greatest Hits." Their upbeat music has stood the test of time very well. I have very fond memories of watching their TV show as a young man growing up in the sixties. The Monkees had the best songwriters providing them with hits, and Mike Nesmith developed into a fine songwriter in his own right. Mike's voice was well suited for the brand of country rock he pioneered. Micky Dolenz had the perfect voice for rock and roll, and quickly developed into a decent drummer. Davy Jones was an accomplished actor who ably handled the pop tunes and ballads. Peter Tork's voice and guitar style seem best suited to folk music. Although he only provided the occasional lead vocal, as a trained musician, Peter always provided fine musical backing. The Monkees may have started out as a fictitious group assembled for a TV series, but they evolved into a real band. I feel that Rhino's compilation is the best single-disc collection of the Monkees.
1. "(Theme From) The Monkees" - The unforgettable theme song from their TV series is the obvious choice for the first song on this collection.
2. "Last Train To Clarksville" - Their first hit, written by Boyce and Hart, has one of the best opening guitar riffs in rock history.
3. "I Wanna Be Free" - A melodic ballad sung by Davy Jones, warning his female fans not to fall in love with him.
4. "I'm A Believer" - A #1 smash hit, written by Neil Diamond. One of the best hit songs from the sixties, period.
5. "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" - A socially conscious song, with a scorching lead vocal by Micky Dolenz.
6. "Mary, Mary" - Another melodic masterpiece sung by Micky.
7. "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" - Another tune penned by Neil Diamond, with Davy Jones on lead vocal.
8. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" - A perfect pop song about a lost love. Micky sings lead and Mike Nesmith provides backing vocals.
9. "Randy Scouse Git" - A fine song written by none other than Micky Dolenz. By the way, Randy Scouse Git is a vulgar English phrase describing a very stupid person.
10. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" - Gerry Goffin and Carole King's condemnation of suburbia sounds celebratory when performed by the Monkees.
11. "Words" - Written by Boyce and Hart, this songs features Micky on lead vocals, with Peter Tork providing backing vocals.
12. "Daydream Believer" - "Cheer up, sleepy Jean. Oh, what can it mean to a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?" Davy Jones manages to make sense of nonsensical lyrics. It's the best song he ever performed with the group.
13. "Goin' Down" - A jazzy blues number, with Micky performing vocal gymnastics that rivaled the best scat singers.
14. "Valleri" - A very melodic tune with great guitar riffs. Originally featured on an episode of the Monkees TV show, it's popularity with viewers prompted the record company to release it as a single.
15. "D.W. Washburn" - A novelty number written by Lieber and Stoller, who also wrote many hit songs for Elvis Presley. Micky infuses the vocals with his good natured humor.
16. "It's Nice To Be With You" - A nice ballad, pleasantly performed by Davy Jones.
17. "Porpoise Song" - This Goffin/King song was the theme to the Monkees' movie Head. Micky Dolenz did not manage to make sense of nonsensical lyrics. For that matter, the movie didn't make much sense.
18. "Listen To The Band" - Mike Nesmith wrote and sang lead on this outstanding song. At the time, it seemed to be the final hit song from the Monkees.
19. "That Was Then, This Is Now" - Credited to Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork only, the song title was a sly reference to the glory days of the Monkees and foreshadowed their imminent reunion.
20. "Heart And Soul" - This hit song further solidified the triumphant return of the Monkees and is the obvious choice for the last song on this collection.
LONG LIVE THE MONKEES!
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on October 24, 2002
I strongly suggest every monkee-fan to have this wonderful cd in their collection,Nobody should miss out!It has a number of great Songs like:
"Randy Scouse Git"
"Mary,Mary"
"Goin' Down"
"I'm a believer"
And these three songs that i really love that no one agrees w/ me about:
"That was then, this is now"
"D.W. Washburn"
"Porpoise Song"
But the songs i choose to avoid are:
"I wanna be free"
"Steppin' Stone"
And the only real dud i found on this cd was:
"It's nice to be with you"
I just think that it could have sounded better if Micky sang it not that i have anything aginast Davy but Micky sings much better! This cd is a wonderful addition for a monkee-fan of any age! Oh and if you get a chance go check out the cd by Micky Dolenz called "Micky Dolenz puts you to sleep"
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on May 7, 2001
The fact that this is highly available here on the internet is proof that these guys were not just a manufactured TV Show. The Theme Song is permanently associated in my mind with that Monkee Mobile with the blown hemi in front and the station wagon in back. And I actually saw a vision one night of the Monkee brass bed in a Georgetown Halloween parade. According to a late night documentary (documenting a recent tour which Mike actually deigned to join), somewhere in the middle of their initial popular burst of Monkee-ness, these guys actually started singing their own stuff. Think what they could have done if Mike's mom hadn't invented "White Out" and killed his incentive to fight starvation as a key member of this band. This CD is must listening in our house.
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on February 21, 2001
People like to bash The Monkees and put them down, but there really is no denying that their music is catchy, fun and singable. I'm sure that most people enjoy their music, although most would probably deny it to the end. All four Monkees were/are very talented individuals, and musicians in their own right. And over 35 years later they are still very popular .. kids still watch the tv shows and know most of the songs. Which is more than can be said for The Partridge Family and other such shows. This album contains 20 songs including 5 single versions of songs that were never on an album. A must-have collection for all Monkees fans. The 16 page booklet contains photos and an 11 page essay on this album, the songs and The Monkees themselves, plus track-by-track annotations.
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on February 18, 2003
Rhino does a great job condensing what they did with the box set, the Anthology set, and the Monkees' 9 original albums all down to 1 cohesive bare bones but hit packed CD.
This CD is great for the newcomer just getting into the Monkees' music.
All the major and minor hits are here along with a few album/b-side nuggets to give the listener a general sense of what this Monkeemania IS - not was about.
Yes folks, Monkeemania is still alive and well with Rhino's excellent job of covering the material fully as well as preparing to give the TV show proper treatment for DVD release.
Till then bask in the sounds of their music starting with this set.
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on February 18, 2003
Rhino does a great job condensing what they did with the box set, the Anthology set, and the Monkees' 9 original albums all down to 1 cohesive bare bones but hit packed CD.
This CD is great for the newcomer just getting into the Monkees' music.
All the major and minor hits are here along with a few album/b-side nuggets to give the listener a general sense of what this Monkeemania IS - not was about.
Yes folks, Monkeemania is still alive and well with Rhino's excellent job of covering the material fully as well as preparing to give the TV show proper treatment for DVD release.
Till then bask in the sounds of their music starting with this set.
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on August 7, 1999
Who needs an inventive group like The Beatles writing their own highly diverse tunes and exploring the potential of all the latest recording technology, all while giving the world around them some intelligent consideration, when he could have the latest Neil Diamond tune recorded by a group of studio musicians and released under the name "The Monkees," complete with a Dolenz lead vocal? Wow, these guys are really great! Why only compare them to The Beatles when they could easily stand with Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach? Give me "The Monkees," Bill Clinton and a tabloid newspaper, and I'm all set for America in the '90s!
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on June 6, 2002
What is the difference between Beatles and the Monkees? That the Monkees totally rock! Who cares if a few songs are by the Beatles? Did the Beatles get the credit? No, and they didn't sing these songs either. They just didn't take the chance. Some of the greatest are on this C.D. Micky does wonderfully on 'I'm a Believer', 'Randy Scouse Git,' Goin' Down', and many more. Davy has all his greatest on this. 'Daydream Believer,' 'I Wanna Be Free', and 'It's Nice to Be with You'. This is a must C.D. for any Monkees fans. I may not have been a fan for long, but I'm already buying their stuff....
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on June 4, 2002
I would have given this four stars, but four or five of my fav. songs are on this c.d. The songs are great, but some aren't really their greatest. Some aren't what I'd call the style I'm used to sinde I got introduced by their television series. All the mostly known songs are on this. Davy Jones has five songs on this c. d. and that is why I like it so much. Don't get me wrong, I like the Monkees, but they could have used some better songs. Monkees Rule! : )
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