The Best of the Monkees [Rhino]

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The Best of the Monkees compiles 25 remastered Monkees favorites on one disc. Included are chart hits such as "Last Train to Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and "Daydream Believer," along with standout album tracks such as "She," "Your Auntie Grizelda," and "Mary, Mary"; the B-side "Goin' Down"; and "Porpoise Song," written by Carole King/Gerry Goffin for the cult movie Head. The set also features a five-song bonus disc, playable on all home karaoke machines.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Best of the Monkees compiles 25 remastered Monkees favorites on one disc. Included are chart hits such as "Last Train to Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and "Daydream Believer," along with standout album tracks such as "She," "Your Auntie Grizelda," and "Mary, Mary"; the B-side "Goin' Down"; and "Porpoise Song," written by Carole King/Gerry Goffin for the cult movie Head. The set also features a five-song bonus disc, playable on all home karaoke machines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227387525
  • Catalog Number: 73875
  • Sales rank: 985

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist
Michael Nesmith Organ, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Davy Jones Organ, Percussion, Chimes, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Micky Dolenz Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Zither, Moog Synthesizer, Timpani
Peter Tork Organ, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Carole King Producer
The Monkees Producer
Michael Nesmith Producer
Gerry Goffin Producer
Don Nix Composer
Davy Jones Contributor
Jeff Barry Producer
Tommy Boyce Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Owen "Boomer" Castleman Composer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Ritchie Cordell Composer
Chip Douglas Producer
Ray Hall Engineer
Bobby Hart Producer
David Hassinger Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Chris Hinshaw Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Jeff Katz Composer
Jack Keller Producer
Henry Lewy Engineer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Richard Podolor Engineer
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes, Discographical Annotation
Richie Schmitt Engineer
Peter Tork Composer
Mike Vale Composer
Douglas Farthing Hatlelid Producer
Tommy James Composer
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Joey Richards Composer
Jeff Kasenetz Composer
J. Rod Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The right size and the right versions.

    This is pretty much what one would expect from a Monkees greatest hits album: the standard versions of these songs, and a complete enough collection to cover the best singles that never appeared on the regular albums, without unnecessary clutter. The only oddity is the extra karaoke disk, which is fun but seems a little misplaced for most buyers. (The CD back cover misspells the Japanese word as "karaokee.") The CD booklet has some nice photos I haven't seen before. Some comments on the versions of the songs used: "The Monkees" & "I Wanna Be Free" are the standard album versions, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" is the softer (non-single) version, "Steppin' Stone" is the usual stereo version with the vocals on the break, "Goin' Down" is the standard single version, "Pleasant Valley Sunday" & "Words" are the standard album versions, "Valleri" is the standard album version except that it has a clear-cut ending instead of the usual fadeout, "Porpoise Song" is the complete version from the single that has all the ending music. The first 5 Monkees albums are all good, but this compilation culls the highlights from them all, plus is a convenient source for the singles that were never on those albums.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Disc, same songs

    First of all, Monkees music is genuinely pretty good, despite the fact they were basically singers. However, in case you were wondering, Mike Nesmith's mother invented white out and Mike wore the hat. Buy this if you have never bought any Monkees music. All the hits are on it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check out this album

    Hello, fans. I thought it might be nice if I reviewed this album for you to tell you a little bit about it, hoping you might buy it. I must say all of us in the band are very proud of this compilation. We wanted to pick some of our favorite tracks to share with you, the listener, in a collection that we can all love and appreciate. Did you know that my mom invented White-Out? It's true. Did you also know that I have horns growing out of my head and that's why I always wore that cap? Well, I'm kidding about that, but not about the white-out thing. Please buy this cd. The songs really aren't that bad and if you don't like it, you can always give it to a loved one. Please, don't make me beg you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Monkees are the greatest band ever!!!!!

    I have always enjoyed listening to the Monkees since I was a little girl and now I am 15 years old,and I don't listen to the music now days.I have all but 1 of their cd's.Great job monkees!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Samantha, the Monkees bigest fan

    I give the monkees 2 thumbs up. Cause i love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pleasant surprise

    Bought this on a whim, having heard the usual 2 or 3 songs on the radio, and having enjoyed the band on TV when I was a kid. It was a very pleasant surprise when I played this. These guys are actually pretty good; and probably more deserving of respect from the music industry than what they received. Many of the songs I had forgotten almost completely, it was a pleasure to hear them again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Of the Best Ofs IF You Love Best Ofs, got it?

    I don't believe the good to excellent quality of the sound on this actually single CD (with 25 great songs). Just listen with quality headphones (not the ones that came with your portable, friends) and you will hear the real-live finger-snaps (not digital back then boss) on the very first (THEME) cut and go like I did, "Wow!" The stereo from the era is stark at best (bass in one speaker the whole song, and single channel vocals), but it does show you how the boys got around the lack of the digit-able; they used hired guns in the studio. You can REALLY appreciate the backing vocals, too, and like me hear them for the very first time. I wore out my vinyl copies of the groups first LPs (and still have them!)...it is a wonderful trip back home to the 60s, and the first "boy band" long before cable and sat-tv-land took over America. Note: the bonus instrumental CD does play in a CD player too, and is at best a curiosity, but way cool too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The above reviewer is full of it.

    If you're gonna pretend you're one of the Monkees and tell stories... get them right. It was *me* who wore the wool cap and *my* mother that invented white-out. You're supposedly Peter Tork, n'est-ce pas?

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    Posted February 21, 2009

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    Posted October 19, 2010

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