4-3-08 The Monkees
Never a big fan of The Monkees, apart from their film “Head”. But I do have a small Monkees collection:
GREATEST HITS RHINO US R2 72190 CD
HEAD (O.S.T.) RHINO US R2 71795 CD
HEAD (O.S.T.) promo ARISTA JPN 25RS-125 LP
I'M A BELIEVER / (I'M NOT YOUR) STEPPING STONE RCA
MONKEES, THE ARISTA DE DARTY 12 LPx2
These days, a “Greatest Hits” CD by The Monkees suffices my needs – usually when assembling a 60’s compilation. The hits are pretty good, but album-wize, I am really only good with the cut-up technique used on the “Head” OST. Yes, even have a DVD of this film!
I once read Mickey Dolenz’s autobiography – let’s just say he was not a happy guy. The book seemed very bitter about his lack of success after the end of their TV series. I guess he’s rich enough – but money can’t buy you love or happiness, I guess.
Rhino Records pretty much built their foundation on re-issues of Monkees LP’s & CD’s – long before they were a Grammy-winning company, under the wing of WEA. Folks in the
Trainspotter’s corner: The very first blog I ever wrote and posted was about The Monkees – I had yet to decide if I was going to be snotty about everything or occasionally admit my ignorance. So, I was fairly dismissive of The Monkees, in July ‘02.
They’re OK – but I do not feel the need to have real original LP’s or even CD’s of the individual albums. The hits are good, and the Rhino ‘Best of’ CD with 20 or so tracks does the job.
Remember Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart? They toured
There’s a book all about ‘fake bands’ – bands created fior TV shows etc. – I bet Chapter 1 is on The Monkees. Were they the template for The Partridge Family? No, wait – that was The Cowsills!
Can You Dig It?