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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Monkees' first album was a huge success, following on the number one single "Last Train to Clarksville." The Monkees spent 78 weeks on the Billboard chart including an astounding 13 weeks at number one. The record wasn't only a commercial juggernaut, it also stands as one of the great debuts of all time, and while the record and the group have faced criticism from rock purists through the ages, it stands the test of time perfectly well, sounding as alive and as much fun 40 years later. Prefabricated? Yes. After a fast buck? Yes. Exhilarating? Yes! Fab? Definitely! The music may have been created by studio cats instead of the band themselves but the pros weren't merely ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Monkees' first album was a huge success, following on the number one single "Last Train to Clarksville." The Monkees spent 78 weeks on the Billboard chart including an astounding 13 weeks at number one. The record wasn't only a commercial juggernaut, it also stands as one of the great debuts of all time, and while the record and the group have faced criticism from rock purists through the ages, it stands the test of time perfectly well, sounding as alive and as much fun 40 years later. Prefabricated? Yes. After a fast buck? Yes. Exhilarating? Yes! Fab? Definitely! The music may have been created by studio cats instead of the band themselves but the pros weren't merely phoning it in. Listen to the aggressive guitars on "Saturday's Child," the raw romp of "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day," or the cascading wall of guitars and fiddles on "Sweet Young Thing," and you know they weren't just padding their bank accounts. They were playing some real rock & roll and you can credit the producers for that. Producers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart aren't craftsmen on the level of Phil Spector who was actually approached to produce the band but probably laughed the Monkees' team right out the door, but they knew how to craft razor-sharp and exciting pop tunes with lots of spark, soul, and the occasional psychedelic touch. And they knew how to get great vocals from their group. While the Monkees themselves didn't do much more than sing, the singing they did was first-rate. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better pop
ock vocalist than Micky Dolenz; his work on "Take a Giant Step" and "Last Train to Clarksville" is thrilling and bursting with life. The other lead vocalist, Davy Jones, thankfully doesn't get a chance to show off his full range of annoyingly whimsical mannerisms; Boyce and Hart keep him under wraps and his vocals on "I Wanna Be Free" and "I'll Be True to You" are achingly sweet, even a little soulful in a very British way. Boyce and Hart weren't the only great producers involved with the record, as a listen to "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Sweet Young Thing" show that Mike Nesmith also knew how to produce great pop music, despite what Don Kirshner may have thought. The various producers, supervisors, and coordinators were also savants when it came to both writing in Boyce, Hart, and Nesmith's case and picking songs for the group. Indeed, the only songs that feel like filler are the rudimentary rocker "Let's Dance On" and the silly "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," but even these throwaways are charming and stand up to repeated listens. It's easy to see why kids were buying this record as fast as the label could press them up. Despite the origins of the group and the behind-the-scenes machinations, the music itself is young, exciting, and free. Who cares who did what and who didn't do what when the results are as rock-solid as "Last Train to Clarksville" or "Sweet Young Thing"? You could stack The Monkees up against almost any record of 1966 and the competition would be fierce, with this record coming out on top except in only a few cases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227978006
  • Catalog Number: 527078
  • Sales rank: 4,867

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Monkees Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Michael Nesmith Vocals
Bob Cooper Oboe
Keith Allison Harmonica
James Burton Guitar
Davy Jones Vocals
Louie Shelton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Micky Dolenz Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Gordon Drums
Jimmy Bryant Fiddle
Larry Taylor Bass
Hal Blaine Drums
Tommy Boyce Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Frank DeVito Drums
Bonnie Douglas Violin
Wayne Erwin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gene Estes Percussion, Tambourine
Bobby Hart Organ, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Jack Keller Piano
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
William Pitman Bass
Paul Shure Violin
Peter Tork Guitar
David Walters Percussion
Joseph Ditullio Cello
Gerry McGee Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Al Casey Guitar
Jim Helms Guitar
Bob West Bass
Don Peake Guitar
Fred Seykora Cello
Billy Lewis Drums
Michael Rubini Harpsichord
Michael Deasy Guitar
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer, Producer
David Gates Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer, Producer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Bobby Hart Composer, Producer
David Hassinger Engineer
Jack Keller Producer
Russ Titleman Composer
Steve Venet Composer
Bernard Yeszin Cover Photo
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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Hey, Hey, they're the Monkees!

    Before A Hard Day's Night and MTV, there was a show about a pop group of Beatles wannabes. I had fond memories watching the Monkees television show when I was a kid. The Monkees, their first self-titled album, was the beginning before the television series made its premiere on NBC. Now that I am an adult, it's time for me sell in the old LP vinyl and replace it with a digitally remastered version. It sounded a lot better, bigger, and louder than its vinyl counterpart. I love this album. It's one of my favorite Monkees albums.

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