More of the Monkees

More of the Monkees

by The Monkees
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More of the Monkees

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/1996
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771504616
catalogNumber: 5046
Rank: 75840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Neil Sedaka   Piano
Michael Nesmith   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Capp   Percussion
Don Randi   Organ,Harpsichord
Julius Wechter   Percussion
James Burton   Guitar
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Davy Jones   Vocals
Micky Dolenz   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Michael Cohen   Piano
Larry Taylor   Bass
Hal Blaine   Drums
Seymour Barab   Cello
Artie Butler   Conductor
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Wayne Erwin   Guitar
Alexander Gafa   Guitar
Louis Haber   Violin
Bobby Hart   Organ
Norm Jeffries   Percussion
Carol Kaye   Bass
Larry Knechtel   Bass
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Donald Peake   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Michel Rubini   Organ,Harpsichord
David Sackson   Viola
Murray Sandry   Viola
Russell Savkas   Bass
Irving Spice   Violin
Louis Stone   Violin
Don Thomas   Guitar
Peter Tork   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Gerry McGee   Guitar
Jim Seals   Saxophone
Louis Shelton   Guitar
Nillard Suyker   Guitar
Casey   Guitar
Bill Lewis   Drums
Bob West   Bass

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer,Producer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Carole King   Producer
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Producer
Gerry Goffin   Producer
Jeff Barry   Producer
Tommy Boyce   Producer
Bobby Hart   Producer
Jack Keller   Composer,Producer
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
Jay Siegel   Composer
Hank Medress   Composer
Billy Carr   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!