The Monkees – More of the Monkees

ARTIST: The Monkees 220px-Moreoftm
TITLE: More of the Monkees
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: I’m a Believer (#1 US, #1 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: She, Mary Mary, (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, Your Auntie Grizelda
LINEUP: Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and most of the Wrecking Crew as musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second smash release from the Monkees has some bright moments, but lacks some oomph from what their first album did.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You know, a record with “I’m a Believer”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”, and the other songs is definitely one to have in your collection. However, unlike their debut, this record had some big down spots, and they weren’t all Davy Jones joints.

His ‘recitiation’ of “The Day We Fall in Love” is excruciating, but the filler cuts sung by Mickey and Davy were all second-rate compared to the fun and sunshine of the first record.

One could probably blame the assembly line production of the first two albums, where Don Kirchner basically recorded a whole bunch of songs and picked what he wanted and used them on the TV show and the album. One could also blame that Kirchner picked dud songs this time around. You really can’t blame the Monkees; they just sung what was given to them.

Still, you should have this album, along with some of the extras, because it’s good enough.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the record that set Mike Nesmeth and the rest of the Monkees off. They had no idea this was going to be released until they saw it in a record shop on tour. Nesmeth said they picked the wrong songs (they had 34 in the can) and they had no say in it. The showdown between Kirchner and Nesmeth and the band is one that has gone down in history – with the Monkees being victorious.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. The latest version has both the mono and stereo mixes and a lot of extra cuts.

GRADE: B- : Some great songs dragged down by half-hearted filler. Some of the bonus cuts are much better than what made it on album.

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