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Missing Links 3
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Amy I. (aymee) from HENDERSON, NV
Reviewed on 3/1/2010...
Lots of unusual and not normally heard music.
QUANTITY OVER QUALITY BUT STILL A VERY GOOD QUANTITY!
Jared Insell | Canada | 05/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quantity over quality of recordings seem to be what grace the third volume of the Monkees popular Missing Links series. Not to take anything away from this great compilation of rarities for it is still essential for all fans of The Monkees music. There are actually some superb gems between others tracks that range from standard to trivial. That is what makes Missing Links 3 a uneven hodge podge of great Monkees songs.The album kicks off appropriately with the TV version of The MONKEES THEME. Suprisingly this is the first time the actual version you heard every week back in the 60's has been released on CD! The rest of this compilation is filled with some excellent unreleased David Jones and Peter Tork tracks, Nesmith with the usual collection of great country rock songs, a few excellent Micky Dolenz outtakes and the rest of the album is trivial filler that was questionable for release. The filler are tracks like KELLOGG'S JINGLE, WE'LL BE BACK IN A MINUTE #1 AND #2, and TEMA DEI MONKEES which is the Monkees theme in Italian. Nesmith offers us his standard of excellence with songs like PROPINQUITY(I'VE JUST BEGUN TO CARE) one of his finest love songs, the funky LITTLE RED RIDER and the bouncy HOLLYWOOD both of these as well as PROPINQUITY are early takes from Nesmith's solo years. We also get a polished studio version of CIRCLE SKY where the vocals can actually be heard. Nez covers a classic with the eerie HOW INSENSITIVE. The final track here is Nesmith's experiment with gospel music called ANGEL BAND. Sadly this one doesn't really work but it's one of the few failures of Nez. Jones has some suprisingly good material here! PENNY MUSIC fits well in with his form of broadway rock and it's catchy too! He shows of soul in the upbeat r&b hook, LOOK DOWN. He also sings a nice early version of SHE HANGS OUT which has some contrversey around it (see my Headquarters review for further info). LOVE TO LOVE is his final track here which is an excellent Neil Diamond track and I don't know if anyone could do it better than Davy! Micky Dolenz material here has some good stuff and some bad. The first track here is an early 1966 version of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS which was recorded again later in 1968. This early version is okay but I find it too choppy sounding. YOU'RE SO GOOD is his next track which shows the Monkees venturing further into r&b music. A lot of people find this track disappointing however I thought it was pretty good. Sure the lyrics are pretty stupid but the song itself has a great beat. Two demos here really do justice for Micky musically here. The charming MIDNIGHT TRAIN and SHE'LL BE THERE demos are just Micky on guitar singing with his sister Coco. SHAKE `EM UP is somewhat similar DW WASHBURN which is necessarily breath taking but still fun. The last two tracks here of Mick's are excellent though. STEAM ENGINE is a fantastic 1969 outtake which for whatever reason never made commercial release. It sounds like the Monkees doing punk rock or something. The TV version of ZOR AND ZAM (the stark arrangemed version) finally makes it's appearance on an album. I still cannot figure out which version of this track is better but both are fantastic. Even thoguh he has only two songs here, the Peter Tork tracks are some of the best he ever did for the group on this album. TEAR THE TOP RIGHT OFF MY HEAD should have been released on `The Birds and The Bees And The Monkees' and the haunting MERRY GO ROUND definetly deserved a commercial release back in 1968 as well. Bottom line: It may not be the best of the three volumes but Missing Links 3 has some essential tracks that make this well, an essential cd for Monkees fans. It brings out many musical styles the Monkees toyed with from 1966-1970. This is a great compilation. Highly recommended!"
So much range in one album
Kay | Bucktown, PA USA | 07/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't as good as Missing Links 2, but still great. At last, the far better tv version of the Monkees theme is here. The great little "We'll Be Back in a Minute" jingles are interesting, and I use them on my answering machine. "Propinquity" is a beautiful Mike tune. "Penny Music" is a great little tune that's somewhat Broadwayesque. "Tear the Top..." is so much fun and one of the best Peter Tork songs. "Little Red Rider" is just more great Nesmith and it has the best ending I've ever heard for a song. "You're So Good" is a little disappointing, and "Look Down" is Davy's best vocal performance on a recording. "Hollywood" is more Nesmith. "Midnight Train" and "She'll Be There" are 2 great Micky songs he sings w/ sis Coco. "She Hangs Out" is better than the Pisces version. "Shake 'Em Up" is along the same lines as D.W. Washburn, but better. "Circle Sky" is a great studio version. "Steam Engine" is WONDERFUL! Micky's great, story's great, lyrics are great, instruments are great. "Love to Love" is a greatly missed Neil Diamond song, and better than I'm a Believer. "How Insensitive" is another wonderful Nesmith sung tune. "Merry Go Round" is classic Peter and very haunting. "Angel Band" is a disappointment, one of the few for Papa Nez. "Zor And Zam" is the tv version, which was always much better than the studio version. "Tema Dei Monkees" is just fun. Unfortunate that the bulk of this material didn't get out in the mainstream back in the 60's. Probably would've given this understated band more credit to their name."