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The Monkees (More of the Monkees) – Review

April 13, 2011 by  
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The Monkees (More of the Monkees)

        Original Tracks
                She (Boyce & Hart)
                When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) (Sedaka & Bayer)
                Mary, Mary (Nesmith)
                Hold on Girl (Keller, Raleigh, & Carr)
                Your Auntie Grizelda (Keller & Hilderbrand)
                (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Boyce & Hart)
                Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (Diamond)
                The Kind of Girl I Could Love (Nesmith & Atkins)
                The Day We Fall in Love (Linzer & Randell)
                Sometime in the Morning (Goffin & King)
                Laugh (Medress, Margo, Margo, & Siegal)
                I'm a Believer (Diamond)
        Bonus Selections
                Don't Listen to Linda (Boyce & Hart)
                I'll Spend My Life With You (Boyce & Hart)
                I Don't Think You Know Me (Goffin & King)
                Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (Boyce & Hart)
                I'm a Believer (Diamond)

The rushed follow-up to the Monkees' premiere album contains some true
classics, despite the producers' blatant disregard for band member input.
Like the first album, this one mixes up big hits like "I'm a Believer" and
"Steppin' Stone" with lesser known brilliance ("When Love Comes Knockin'"
and "Sometime in the Morning").  The album also contains Peter's singing
debut in the bizarre "Your Auntie Grizelda."

Unfortunately, with the money-hungry producers wanting to cash in quickly
on the band's initial success, a couple of tracks were included that might
have otherwise been replaced.  "The Day We Fall in Love," falls far short
of its predecessor, "I Wanna Be Free," and it's a true wonder that it took
four people to write "Laugh."

The bonus selections, while not significantly different from the album
cuts, still provide an interesting look into the studio recording sessions,
with Peter's unnecessary interruptions during "Look Out" and Micky's first
time through "I'm a Believer."

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