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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 68 - The Monkees

Today is the 71st Birthday of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees. Big congratulations on making it this far!

2016 is also the 50th Anniversary of the band and the TV Series (You can watch all the Episodes here!). They are due to release a brand new album in June this year entitled Good Times

There's going to be a tour (see link above) in the States (no word of elsewhere yet). Michael Nesmith will not be on the tour and it will be just Micky and Peter Tork. Nesmith had joined them on some dates in 2012 following the death of Davy Jones, these had been his first shows with the band since 1997 Justus Tour (the last to feature all four Monkees). He did a couple of more tours but after the 2014 dates he stepped aside and so the 2015 shows just featured Tork and Dolenz.

Anyway, it gives a good excuse to post some music from The Monkees.

There are many compilations of the music of The Monkees but this 57 Track 2CD set is a real cracker.

 Monkeemania (The Very Best of The Monkees) - The Monkees
Released 9th May 2011

 Disc 1 - Track listing
    "(Theme From) The Monkees" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) – 2:20
    "Last Train to Clarksville" (Boyce, Hart) – 2:46
    "Take a Giant Step" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:31
    "Saturday's Child" (David Gates) - 2:44
    "Papa Gene's Blues" (Michael Nesmith) - 1:59
    "I Wanna Be Free" [Album Version] (Boyce, Hart) – 2:26
    "I'm a Believer" (Neil Diamond) – 2:46
    "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Boyce, Hart) – 2:23
    "She" (Boyce, Hart) – 2:39
    "Mary, Mary" (Nesmith) - 2:17
    "Your Auntie Grizelda" (Diane Hilderbrand, Jack Keller) - 2:29
    "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" [Extended Mix] (Diamond) – 2:49
    "Sometime in the Morning" (Goffin, King) - 2:29
    "When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)" (Neil Sedaka, Carole Bayer Sager) - 1:48
    "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" (Diamond) – 2:48
    "She Hangs Out" (Single Version) (Jeff Barry) - 2:34
    "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" (Nesmith) – 2:33
    "All of Your Toys" (Bill Martin) - 3:09
    "Randy Scouse Git (Alternate Title)" (Micky Dolenz) – 2:34
    "You Just May Be the One" (Nesmith) - 2:04
    "Forget That Girl" (Douglas Farthing Hatlelid) - 2:26
    "Shades of Gray" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 3:23
    "For Pete's Sake" (Peter Tork, Joey Richards) – 2:11
    "Sunny Girlfriend" (Nesmith) - 2:33
    "You Told Me" (Nesmith) - 2:25
    "No Time" (Hank Cicalo) - 2:09
    "Salesman" (Craig Vincent Smith) - 2:36
    "The Door into Summer" (Douglas, Martin) - 2:49
    "Daily Nightly" (Nesmith) - 2:32
    "Star Collector" (Goffin, King) - 4:24

Disc 2 - Track listing
    "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (Goffin, King) – 3:08
    "Words" (Boyce, Hart) – 2:51
    "What Am I Doing Hanging 'Round" (Michael Martin Murphey, Owen Castleman) – 3:08
    "Cuddly Toy" (Harry Nilsson) – 2:40
    "Daydream Believer" (John Stewart) – 2:58
    "Goin' Down" (Dolenz, Hilderbrand, Davy Jones, Nesmith, Tork) - 4:23
    "Valleri" (Boyce, Hart) – 2:14
    "I'll Be Back up on My Feet" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) - 2:28
    "P.O. Box 9847" (Boyce, Hart) - 3:15
    "Tapioca Tundra" (Nesmith) - 3:06
    "D.W. Washburn" (Leiber & Stoller) - 2:48
    "Daddy's Song" (Nilsson) – 3:28
    "Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")" (Goffin, King) – 4:13
    "As We Go Along" (King, Toni Stern) – 3:54
    "Can You Dig It?" (Tork) – 3:24
    "Circle Sky" (Alternate Mix) (Nesmith) - 2:31
    "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?" (Tork) – 2:39
    "Tear Drop City" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:01
    "A Man Without a Dream" (Goffin, King) – 3:03
    "Someday Man" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 2:40
    "Listen to the Band" (Nesmith) – 2:28
    "Some of Shelly's Blues" (Nesmith) - 2:30
    "How Insensitive" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicus DeMoraes, Norman Gimbel) - 2:32
    "Good Clean Fun" (Nesmith) - 2:18
    "Mommy and Daddy" (Dolenz) - 2:13
    "Oh My My" (Barry, Andy Kim) - 3:01
    "(Theme from) The Monkees" (TV Version) (Boyce, Hart) – 0:50

The sound and visual quality is not great on this but it is the first full concert performance of all four of The Monkees since 1968!

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