Now, I would never say that I loved the Monkees' music, but, then again, I wouldn't say that I hated it, either. From a purely nostalgic point of view, I'd say that a good number of the Monkees' songs were actually OK.
Back in the mid-1960's, the Monkees were an incredibly popular, American, teeny-bopper band whose records (believe it or not), actually outsold the Beatles.
During the height of their popularity, the Monkees also starred in their own TV series, which was a light-hearted comedy that regularly showcased their latest hit songs that were playing on the radio.
This CD contains 20 tracks in all, which includes such #1 hits as - I'm A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville (watch video) and I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone, to name but a few.
(Lyrics excerpt) - "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees.... And people say we monkey around.... But we're too busy singing.... To put anybody down!"
Long-long before The New Kids On The Block came onto the scene - And, yes, long before The Bay City Rollers were around - And, even before The Partridge Family - There was, of course, The Monkees.
And, in the beginning (with The Monkees) - American, manufactured, assembly-line pop music was already well on its way to becoming a very lucrative business venture for its promoters (particularly for those who had great, big dollar-signs glistening in their eyes).
Believe it, or not - At the absolute peak of their phenomenal popularity (1967), The Monkees' albums and singles actually outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined. And, to date, their records have sold over 75 million copies, worldwide.
This Monkees' "Greatest Hits" CD contains 20 tracks in all which were recorded by the boys between the years of 1966-1970. Many of these tunes were composed by the song-writing duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
*Note* - In 2012, Davy Jones (singer for The Monkees) died (at the age of 66) from a heart attack. The 3 remaining Monkees (Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith) are all now in their early-70s.
With the passing of lead vocalist, Dave Jones, in February 2012, there has been a renewed interest in the music of the Monkees. Not that they were not that famous. On the contrary, they have been a close competition to the Fav Four and even had a TV series in the US. Although they would pale in comparison to the Beatles' musical output, their music can be at par with them in melody and harmony both in the ballads and the fast tempo songs. I Wanna Be Free - a haunting ballad - is just soul-wrenching. These songs would surely be a part of the iconic 60s music scene and history.
The Monkees is e a great band and this CD would attest to their great pop rock contribution. I Wanna Be Free is haunting (Dave Jones, their lead singer and who passed away this Feb 2012 admitted this is his favorite). Dream Believer. and their TV theme are likewise great tunes.
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