More of the Monkees

Genre: Reissues, Rock

The Monkees’ first two albums contain such a wealth of artistic delights and pop epiphanies that double-disc reissues like More of the Monkees — complete with rarities, outtakes, and alternate mixes — are long overdue. Or so the revisionists at Rhino would have you believe. In truth, the band’s truly enduring contributions don’t extend much further than hits like ”I’m a Believer” and ”Last Train to Clarksville.” Still, some of these trifles do seem more engaging than you might remember (e.g., ”Take a Giant Step”). And admit it: ”(Theme From) The Monkees” is probably playing in your head right now.

Originally posted August 11 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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