More of the Monkees [Deluxe Edition]

More of the Monkees [Deluxe Edition]

by The Monkees
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More of the Monkees [Deluxe Edition]

The Monkees second album More of the Monkees lived up to its title. It was more successful commercially, spending an amazing 70 weeks on the Billboard charts and ultimately becoming the 12th biggest selling album of all time. It had more producers and writers involved since big-shots like Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Jeff Barry and Neil Sedaka, as well as up-and-comers like Neil Diamond all grabbed for a piece of the pie after Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, the men who made the debut album such a smash, were elbowed out by music supervisor Don Kirshner. The album also has more fantastic songs than the debut. Tracks like "I'm a Believer," "She," "Mary, Mary," " (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," "Your Auntie Grizelda," and "Sometime in the Morning" are on just about every Monkees hits collection and, apart from the novelty "Grizelda," they are among the best pop
ock heard in the '60s or any decade since. The band themselves still had relatively little involvement in the recording process, apart from providing the vocals along with Mike Nesmith's writing and producing of two tracks (the hair-raising rocker "Mary, Mary" and the folk-rock gem "The Kind of Girl I Could Love"). In fact, they were on tour when the album was released and had to go to the record shop and buy copies for themselves. As with the first album though, it really doesn't matter who was involved when the finished product is this great. Listen to Micky Dolenz and the studio musicians rip through "Stepping Stone" or smolder through "She," listen to the powerful grooves of "Mary, Mary" or the heartfelt playing and singing on "Sometime in the Morning" and dare to say the Monkees weren't a real band. They were! The tracks on More of the Monkees (with the exception of the aforementioned "Your Auntie Grizelda " and the sickly sweet "The Day We Fell in Love," which regrettably introduces the smarmy side of Davy Jones) stand up to the work of any other pop band operating in 1967. Real or fabricated, the Monkees rate with any pop band of their era and More of the Monkees solidifies that position. [In 1994 Rhino reissued More of the Monkees with detailed notes from Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval and five bonus tracks, including an early take on "I'm a Believer." It was a fine package and seemingly closed the books on the album. In 2006, Rhino, clearly caught up in the industry mania for releasing Deluxe Editions of albums, again reissued the record as a double-disc set with new notes from Sandoval, mono and stereo versions of the album, the bonus tracks from the original reissue, an armload of rare tracks drawn from the three volumes of Missing Links set and even two previously unreleased recordings. The set looks enticing but to consumers weary of buying the same old rope repackaged as gold, you have to ask: is it worth it? The simple answer is if you are even considering buying the set, you should. The mono version of the record is excellent, the songs burst out of your speakers and sound almost raw in comparison to the softer stereo mixes. The booklet is crammed with amazing photos of the band and the notes from Sandoval cover quite fascinating new ground with quotes from Jeff Barry, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith, among others. It's nice to have the rare tracks collected by recording date instead of randomly as they were on Missing Links. The rare tracks are all worth hearing too, especially the brassy "Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears" and early versions of "Words" and "Valleri" (both tracks that would appear on later albums). The set skimps on unreleased tracks offering only a mono mix of "Ladies Aid Society" and an alternate mix of "Tear Drop City," both of which were lackluster Boyce and Hart penned and produced tunes that show a possible reason why Kirshner basically kicked them off the project. Again, if this set even lightly tickles your interest you should get it because you won't be disappointed.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227774424
catalogNumber: 77744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Neil Sedaka   Keyboards
Neil Diamond   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Nesmith   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Frank Capp   Percussion
Don Randi   Keyboards
Julius Wechter   Percussion
James Burton   Guitar
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Davy Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Micky Dolenz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Percussion
Michael Cohen   Keyboards
Larry Taylor   Bass
Hal Blaine   Drums
Seymour Barab   Cello
Norman Benno   Oboe
Tommy Boyce   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Wayne Erwin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Alan Estes   Timpani
Gene Estes   Percussion,Mallets
Gilbert Falco   Trombone
Louis Haber   Violin
Bobby Hart   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Norm Jeffries   Percussion,Tambourine
Larry Knechtel   Bass,Keyboards
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Don McGinnis   Horn
Donald Peake   Conductor
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Emil Richards   Percussion
Michel Rubini   Harpsichord,Keyboards
David Sackson   Viola
Buddy Salzman   Drums
Murray Sandry   Viola
Russ Savakus   Bass
Irving Spice   Violin
Louis Stone   Violin
Don Thomas   Guitar
Peter Tork   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Narrator
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Gerry McGee   Guitar
Willard Suyker   Guitar
Jim Seals   Saxophone
Ethmer Roten   Flute
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet
Glenn Ross Campbell   Guitar
Gafa   Guitar
Bob Jung   Horn
Bob West   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Carole King   Audio Production
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Roger Atkins   Composer
Jeff Barry   Producer,Audio Production
Tommy Boyce   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Artie Butler   String Arrangements
Bill Chadwick   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Wayne Erwin   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Bobby Hart   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Hassinger   Engineer
Diane Hildebrand   Composer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
Jack Keller   Composer,Producer
Don Kirshner   Liner Notes
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Mitch Margo   Composer
Phil Margo   Composer
Ernie Oelrich   Engineer
Richard Podolor   Engineer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Andrew Sandoval   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Richie Schmitt   Engineer
Jay Siegel   Composer
Hank Medress   Composer
Ben Carr   Composer
Steve Stanley   Reissue Design
John Chadwick   Composer
Red Baldwin   Composer

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More of the Monkees 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cinnamin10 More than 1 year ago
I think all the monkees stuff is simply amazing!
APS More than 1 year ago
Strongly recommend this. Very original sounding
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!