Greatest Hits - Monkees (The)

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Greatest Hits - Monkees (The)

1 CD(s) - '60s - Label: East West - Distributor: Cinram Logistics - Released: 06/1996 - 6301217123

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Review of "Greatest Hits - Monkees (The)"

published 13/03/2001 | colinlivingstone
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"The original popstars - a hard act to follow"

Everyone knows at least one Monkees song, and everyone will sing along when it comes on the radio or karaoke machine. But how many people know whether the song they are listening to is really the Monkees at all?

The first totally manufactured band, the Monkees were formed by US television executives seeking personable young men for a TV series inspired by the Beatles movies. The misspelling common to Beatles and Monkees is purely coincidental. (and the tooth fairy is alive and well and shacking up with the Clauses in a bizarre love triangle)

When Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and England's Davy Jones came through the screen tests they were arbitarily given roles in the band. Mickey Dolenz was the only one with a musical skill - he was a passable guitarist. Obvoiusly he was therefore assigned to drums. I mean, he looked like a drummer, right?

On their first seven singles the Monkees did not play a single note. There only contribution was lead vocals from Dolenz on some and Jones on the rest. But at least they proved they could mime and pretendplay with the best of them. Despite this they remain instantly recognisable four decades later. This stands as testiment to the quality of the songwriters who produced perfect pop.

This album is self explanatory - it is a collection of the Monkees greatest hits (and some songs from their later career when the bubble had burst). It opens with the TV theme and then follows a collection of top hits which remain instantly recognisable today - Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, (I'm not Your) Stepping Stone, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer and Listen to the Band. The Beatles influences are strong but the depth is missing, there are no philosophical nuances here.

Add another 13 singles (including two from the ill-fated reunion in the late 80s) and this collection represents excellent value for money at a fiver in the budget section. Enjoy it for what it is; perfect bubblegum pop. It encapsulates the late 60s era with it's belief in the power of love and youth. (In the interest of the common good we will draw a viel over the TV show - you probably still have nightmares about getting up on a Saturday morning to watch it.)

This will liven up any party. Eat your heart out Hear'Say!

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  • AuldAlliance published 22/04/2001
    They were certainly good but not as good as The Carpenters.
  • wiggglypufff published 17/03/2001
    Great review. Your mention of the TV prog brought back some memories that I'd rather forget, like the fact that I used to have a seriously large crush on Davy Jones. Sad or what :)
  • debrini published 15/03/2001
    Thank you for wonderful memories I can still see the TV show now...I loved it, but then I guess that was because I was a young impressionable girly at the time. Great the album is full of "happy" tunes. Deb :0)
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1 CD(s) - '60s - Label: East West - Distributor: Cinram Logistics - Released: 06/1996 - 6301217123

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