The Monkees - Music Box (2001) (4CD Box Set)
Genre: Rock, Pop | Label: Rhino | 4CD | MP3 320 kbps | 632 MB
It's hard not to wonder why the four-disc Music Box even exists. After all, Rhino has not only released definitive reissues of all of the Monkees' studio albums, complete with bonus tracks, but the label has a series devoted to rarities (Missing Links), a single-disc greatest hits album, a double-disc anthology, and another four-disc box, Listen to the Band, which is excellent. So where does that leave Music Box? Well, it is "reconfigured" into a booklike box, which must appeal to somebody, but more importantly, it tries to pull off a nifty trick -- providing an exhaustive overview for the casual listener, while filling in the holes for those serious fans who only have the proper reissued albums. On both counts, this works well. Let's get the basics out of the way: This sounds great, and Andrew Sandoval's liner notes are terrific, particularly the song-by-song breakdown that not only includes the Monkees' reflections, but also those of various producers and songwriters. Then, there's the song selection, which is impeccable for the first three discs, which devote a year each to 1966, 1967, and 1968, blending hits with rarities, album versions, and alternate takes, never once seeming like a sop to collectors. The fourth disc is a little more problematic, just because it spans from 1969 to 1996, containing reunion tracks that some fans may rather not hear, but it still has more than enough minor gems that will please the dedicated. And, when it gets right down to it, Music Box succeeds on two counts: Everyone who needs to plug in gaps will be satisfied with this (plus they'll like the fine flow of the songs) and, more importantly, this is a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a good, thorough overview of the Monkees' best, delving far deeper than the hits. It doesn't really trump Listen to the Band, but it's nearly an equal.
Tracklist CD1:
01 - (Theme From) The Monkees
02 - I Wanna Be Free (Fast Version)
03 - Let's Dance On
04 - Last Train To Clarksville
05 - Take A Giant Step
06 - All The King's Horses
07 - Saturday's Child
08 - Papa Gene's Blues
09 - I Wanna Be Free (Album Version)
10 - Sweet Young Thing
11 - Gonna Buy Me A Dog
12 - I Don't Think You Know Me (First Recorded Version)
13 - I'm A Believer
14 - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
15 - She
16 - Mary, Mary
17 - Your Auntie Grizelda
18 - Of You (Previously Unissued Mix)
19 - Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (Previously Unissued Extended Version)
20 - The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
21 - Sometime In The Morning
22 - When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)
23 - Do Not Ask For Love (First Recorded Version)
24 - Valleri (First Recorded Version)
25 - I'll Be Back Upon My Feet (First Recorded Version)
Tracklist CD2:
01 - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (mono)
02 - She Hangs Out (early version) (short edit)
03 - The Girl I Knew Somewhere (stereo)
04 - All Of Your Toys (stereo)
05 - Love To Love (stereo)
06 - You Told Me
07 - I'll Spend My Life With You
08 - Forget That Girl
09 - 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 (mono)
16 - Words (stereo)
17 - Daydream Believer (stereo)
18 - Goin' Down (stereo) (4 25 edit)
19 - Salesman
20 - The Door Into Summer
21 - Love Is Only Sleeping
22 - Cuddly Toy
3 - What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
24 - Daily Nightly
25 - Star Collector
Tracklist CD3:
01 - Valleri
02 - Tapioca Tundra
03 - Dream World
04 - Auntie's Municipal Court
05 - P.O. Box 9847
06 - Zor And Zam
07 - Carlisle Wheeling (First Recorded Version)
08 - Tear The Top Right Off My Head
09 - The Girl I Left Behind Me (First Recorded 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 (Theme From Head) (Single Version)
16 - As We Go Along
17 - Ditty Diego-War Chant
18 - Circle Sky (Live)
19 - Can You Dig It
20 - Daddy's Song (Previously Unissued Long Version)
21 - Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
Tracklist CD4:
01 - Tear Drop City
02 - A Man Without A Dream
03 - Through The Looking Glass
04 - I Won't Be The Same Without Her
05 - You And I
06 - While I cry
07 - Shorty *****ell
08 - If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again
09 - Smile
10 - Listen To The Band (Single Version)
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
23 - That Was Then, This Is Now
24 - Heart And Soul
25 - MGBGT (Live)
26 - Every Step Of The Way (Single Version)
27 - Oh, What A Night
28 - You And I
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