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The Monkees 8/26/2016

Review

The Monkees were, of course, assembled more for their acting and comedic abilities than any musical ones, and many of their songs were simply disposable vehicles for a huge marketing machine, but the group eventually developed musical aspirations that yielded some strikingly good pop songs, including capable covers of Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" and Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy," as well as Michael Nesmith's own "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," the pop gem "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and the pleasantly psychedelic "Porpoise Song," all of which are included in this three-disc collection (at 30 tracks total, this could have easily been a double disc, or with a little editing, a super single disc). Also here is the Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," which in retrospect was a pretty good debut (even if they didn't play their own instruments on it). This isn't the perfect introduction to the Monkees, but it does do a decent job of spotlighting a group that was, in hindsight, no worse than -- and in many cases, better than -- what passed for cool and hip at the close of the 1960s. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'm a Believer The Monkees 2:44
  3. 2 Valleri The Monkees 2:18
  4. 3 You Just May Be the One [TV Version] The Monkees 2:0
  5. 4 That Was Then, This Is Now The Monkees 3:59
  6. 5 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone The Monkees 2:21
  7. 6 Pleasant Valley Sunday The Monkees 3:13
  8. 7 Daydream Believer The Monkees 2:53
  9. 8 Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees 2:43
  10. 9 She Makes Me Laugh The Monkees 2:59
  11. 10 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You [Stereo Remix] The Monkees 2:48
  12. 11 Porpoise Song [Theme From "Head"] The Monkees 4:6
  13. 12 Heart and Soul The Monkees 3:52
  14. 13 Words The Monkees 2:48
  15. 14 Goin' Down The Monkees 3:53

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