Music Box ( 4 CD Box Set ) - Rhino 2001 ( 66-70 )
Tracks: 1. (Theme From) The Monkees / 2. I Wanna Be Free [Fast] / 3. Let's Dance On / 4. Last Train to Clarksville / 5. Take a Giant Step / 6. All the King's Horses / 7. Saturday's Child / 8. Papa Gene's Blues / 9. I Wanna Be Free / 10. Sweet Young Thing / 11. Gonna Buy Me a Dog / 12. I Don't Think You Know Me [First Vers.] / 13. I'm a Believer / 14. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / 15. She / 16. Mary, Mary / 17. Your Auntie Grizelda / 18. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) [Prev. Unissued Extended Vers.] / 19. Of You [Prev. Unissued Mix] / 20. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) [Prev. Unissued Extended Vers.] / 21. Sometime in the Morning / 22. When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) / 23. Do Not Ask for Love [First Vers.] / 24. Valleri [First Vers.] / 25. I'll Be Back up on My Feet // 1. Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You / 2. She Hangs Out [Single] / 3. Girl I Knew Somewhere / 4. All of Your Toys / 5. Love to Love / 6. You Told Me / 7. I'll Spend My Life With You / 8. Forget That Girl / 9. You Just May Be the One / 10. Shades of Gray / 11. For Pete's Sake / 12. Sunny Girlfriend / 13. No Time / 14. Randy Scouse Git / 15. Pleasant Valley Sunday [Single] / 16. Words / 17. Daydream Believer / 18. Goin' Down / 19. Salesman / 20. Door into Summer / 21. Love Is Only Sleeping / 22. Cuddly Toy / 23. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? / 24. Daily Nightly / 25. Star Collector // 1. Valleri / 2. Tapioca Tundra / 3. Dream World / 4. Auntie's Municipal Court / 5. P.O. Box 9847 / 6. Zor and Zam / 7. Carlisle Wheeling [First Version] / 8. Tear the Top Right off My Head / 9. Girl I Left Behind Me [First Version] / 10. Nine Times Blue / 11. Come on In / 12. D.W. Washburn / 13. It's Nice to Be With You / 14. St. Matthew / 15. Porpoise Song / 16. As We Go Along / 17. Ditty Diego -- War Chant / 18. Circle Sky [Live] / 19. Can You Dig It? / 20. Daddy's Song [*] / 21. Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All over Again // 1. Tear Drop City / 2. Man Without a Dream / 3. Through the Looking Glass / 4. I Won't Be the Same Without Her / 5. You and I / 6. While I Cry / 7. Shorty Blackwell / 8. If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again / 9. Smile / 10. Listen to the Band [Single] / 11. Someday Man / 12. Some of Shelly's Blues / 13. Mommy and Daddy / 14. Good Clean Fun / 15. Looking for the Good Times / 16. Steam Engine / 17. I Never Thought It Peculiar / 18. Midnight Train / 19. Oh My My / 20. I Love You Better / 21. Do You Feel It Too? / 22. Do It in the Name of Love - Micky Dolenz / 23. That Was Then, This Is Now - Micky Dolenz / 24. Heart and Soul / 25. MGBGT [Live] / 26. Every Step of the Way [Single] / 27. Oh, What a Night / 28. You and I
This is really a great box-set. I think it has it all - 99 tracks!! Obviously all the hit-singles, the majority of their best album tracks, rare b-sides, lots of outtakes, alternate versions and even tracks that have never before been commercially available.
The Monkees made some great recordings: especially from 1966-68. They released at least two classic albums, ( 1967's "Headquarters" and "Pisces, Aquarious, Capricorn and Jones Ltd." . Bandmember Mike Nesmith was/is a terrific songwriter and producer, and he was one of the often overlooked pioneers of country-rock. As TV-stars they were supplied with great material by some of America's most talented songwriters like Goffin/King and Neil Diamond.
The 100 pages CD book contains a very detailed band-history, great photos and extensive notes about every song. Unfortunately the book is not made very solid; it has to be treated very carefully or the pages will get loose and fall out.
If you are not a completist, this box is actually all you need if you want the essence of the Monkees.
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