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Posted October 1, 2010
A manufactured image? Who cares?
Here are the Monkees during their rapidly rising popularity in the '60s, so you know it has to be good. It is: two songs were hits ('I'm a Believer,' 'Steppin' Stone'), virtually all songs were written by some of the best songwriters of the time (Boyce & Hart, Neil Diamond, Carole King, etc.), and I even heard an obscure one on a background music system nearly a decade later ('When Love Comes Knockin''). The Monkees have been lambasted for being so commercial, but if it's great music written by the best songwriters and performed by great vocalists (the Monkees themselves), who cares? Some of the non-hit songs here that are especially good are 'Mary Mary,' 'Look Out,' 'Sometime in the Morning,' 'She.' One amusing quirk: 'Hold On Girl' has the drum roll badly out of rhythm!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.