Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Destroys A Myth
Brent Evans | Rockhampton, Australia | 04/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The great myth of 1966-67 was that the Monkees could not play their own instruments.LIVE(1967) destroys that theory.It was a challenge to Mike, Mickey,Peter and Davy to be a true rock group and make it live.There were a lot a detractors begging for them to fail.Happily the Monkees came through with no second guitarist,an inadequate sound system, and a liberal douse of on-stage banter.If mike was tuning up, a joke would be made out of it.The ad-libbing the boys got up to was a joy to hear.The music sounds a little ragged,but as said,the sound system was quite primitive;and anyway,who can compete with over 10000 screaming teenyboppers! This album was kept in the can until the music could be separated from the screams(it was originally was to be released in 1967).Every member was given a solo spot to shine.Concert highlights include:YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE,FORGET THAT GIRL,CRIPPLE CREEK,YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY LOOKING AT THE COVER,I WANNA BE FREE,RANDY SCOUSE GIT.This is a great addition to any Monkees collection."
The best from 3 shows + post-production
Philip A.Cohen | Bay Harbor Islands, Florida United States | 07/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I was 11 years old(1967),I attended a Monkees concert about a month before the shows summarized on this disc.The setlist here is similar(if not identical) to what I heard at The Miami Beach Convention hall.As ragged as the performances in "Live 1967" are,it should be explained that Rhino compiled the best performances from three shows with identical song lists.Furthermore,though Rhino Handmade(Rhino's mail-order division) released "Summer 1967:The Complete U.S. Concert Recordings" 4-CD set, of the complete Spokane,Portland and Seattle shows(plus a mono soundboard from Mobile,Alabama),that these mixes in "Live 1967" have been extensively (but skillfully)polished with post-production(I.E. splicing between several renditions and/or having the Monkees overdub to correct the recordings).Though ostensibly from the same shows in the Rhino Handmade set,none of these recordings match exactly with the undoctored tapes.What you get here is infinitely more listenable than the undoctored recordings.The Monkees musicianship was ragged,and even considering the technological limitations of live recording circa 1967,the engineering work from the normally skillful Hank Cicalo(who later engineered "Carole King-Tapestry"),is wretched.Many of the overdubs/corrections were neccessitated by problems with the recording quality.On the first of the 3 nights that Cicalo taped,Peter Tork's bass guitar is barely audible.Of course,all those recording problems are corrected in this set.This is an idealized version of what the Monkees could and should have sounded like on a typical night in this tour,provided decent recording quality,and the group's best efforts....something that they didn't always give to an audience who were there to scream and merely SEE the four Monkees."
It's really quite good
Philip A.Cohen | 09/17/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Critics of the Monkees who claimed the group "couldn't play their own instruments" may or may not be convinced by this album, but probably wouldn't listen to this anyway. As a first-generation fan from September 1966 until now, this release confirmed what I always believed: the Monkees as a self-contained, 4-member group were able to successfully perform a decent selection of their hit songs in concert. Oh, sometimes there are some flaws, like Micky losing his tempo now and then, but folks, it's damned hard to be a drummer and sing at the same time. I think Micky does a great job on songs like "You Just May Be the One," and "I Wanna Be Free," and it surprised me as his drumming on "Headquarters" sounded more tentative. Peter's bass really drives the group, though, and it's too bad that there's not a little more "bottom" or bass sound to it. Mike's guitar playing I thought was disappointing on these recordings. He may have had a "new guitar", but it just doesn't "ring," and sounds slushy and lackluster, totally unlike his crisp studio guitar work. It would have been a good idea in 1966-67 to have Davy take guitar lessons so he could have played rhythm guitar in concert to fill out the sound. I bought this album when it came out as an LP a decade ago, and the CD to get the "solo" performances (with a back-up band). I'm pleased with most of the performances and it does verify the legitimacy of the Monkees as a "real group," one that was highly influential by the inroads they made into middle America's homes and mass acceptance of rock music, and for that - even if they were contrived or "manufactured" - they really do belong in the Rock Hall of Fame, moreso than some of the performers who have been included."