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Genre: Popular Music
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Release Date: 27-FEB-2001
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Some Unadvertised Oddities
John Peterson | Marinette, WI USA | 03/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I pretty much agree with my fellow Wisconsinite's review of this box set, I would like to point out that there are a number of oddities on here besides the unissued mix of Of You and the unissued extended version of Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)(thank you, Rhino, it's about time!) that are not advertised on the package that this information might be useful to potential buyers. For instance, the following tracks carry the same mixes on the Listen To The Band box set but are different on the rereleases of the individual CDs of the mid 90's; they are: Tapioca Tundra, Auntie's Municipal Court, Listen To The Band (stereo single mix), and Steam Engine. All The King's Horses is a mono mix which has a better sound balance than the one found on Missing Links vol 2. Do Not Ask For Love has a "guide" vocal along with Micky that's not present on Missing Links vol 2. All Of Your Toys is a stereo mix that's not available anywhere else. Carlisle Wheeling has an extended ending not found on Missing Links. The Girl I Left Behind Me has a much better mix than the version that's on The Birds The Bees And The Monkees and has a guitar intro that's also missing on that particuliar CD. For those that are frustrated with the Head CD version of Ditty Diego-War Chant here it is corrected at the proper speed and has a much better resolution. Daddy's Song is indeed the long version, but is NOT the film version; this version modulates into a different key and has an additional verse that's not in the film. Along with MGBGT making its official CD debut this pretty much rounds out the package. All the songs I mentioned benefit with the additional mixing with the exception of Carlisle Wheeling (the conventional fade would have been prefered) and Do Not Ask For Love where the guide vocal ruins Micky's reading of the song. This information might seem like overkill but that's what happens when you get mixed up with Monkeemaniacs!!!;)~ As you can probably tell, I do recommend this box set!"
A worthy starting point for the Monkee's novice
William J. Eichelberger | Ft. Thomas, KY | 06/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to find fault with Rhino for the constant repackaging of the Monkee's catalog when they do it as well as this. I bought the 1991 Listen To The Band box set when it came out and was thrilled with it, even with it's heavy reliance on the inferior product of the band's later years. This one is pretty much the same way, with some decent cuts from the excellent Missing Links discs thrown in for something different. I tend to think of Rhino's never ending repackaging as a good thing because of the problems I had finding anything Monkee's related in the early 80's before Rhino had the rights to the music. Back then I had a collection of badly treated vinyl albums that I had scrounged from record shows and dollar bins of used record stores. From these albums I had assembled what I thought was a pretty nice 90 minute cassette filled with what I considered the best of the band's recorded output. Once I was in downtown Cincinnati to pick my mom up from work and I had my Monkees tape blaring as I drove around looking for a parking spot on a beautiful sunny afternoon. As I was sitting at a light waiting to turn with "Papa Gene's Blues" playing at full volume, a woman walked up to my car and motioned for me to turn down the music. I thought she needed directions, but it turned out that she had heard my tape as I had passed her a block or so back and had chased me down. She was a Monkee's fan from the television days who had long since lost all of her old albums to life and wanted to know where I came by the tape I was listening to. When I told her I made it she asked how much it would cost to have me make a tape for her. When I popped the tape out of the player and gave it to her, I swear I thought she was going to cry. She was still thanking me as I drove off. The point? If a poorly made analog recording made from a Frisbee looking album collection could bring a smile like that to a woman's face almost twenty years after she first heard the music, the occasional excellent digital collection from Rhino is never a thing to be scoffed at. Keep sweeping the vaults, Rhino. The whole world's listening."
The definitive box set
Shane D. Worden | Oshkosh, WI United States | 03/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to dislike this box set. As a long time fan of the Monkees who feels like he has been screwed over by Rhino's constant repackaging of Monkee material just one too many times, I honestly didn't feel that I needed to add yet another copy of the Monkee hits to my library, and probably wouldn't have had I not recieved "Music Box" as a gift.Having said that, I have to admit that "Music Box" fairly blows it's predecessor, the "Listen To The Band" box set clear out of the water. All but 4 of the tracks on "LTTB" are included in the new set, and there are enough extras in "Music Box" in the way of additional album cuts, and the occasional alternate mix that I would not hesitate in recommending this compliation to any fan who didn't have the opportunity to catch the first set originally, and may be wondering which of the two held the advantage.But for those of us who are completists out there, there isn't going to be a whole lot in "Music Box" that will justify the heftier price tag. The liner notes are insightful, but they can be accessed online at Rhino Record's website. There are a few alternate mixes and versions included in this new repackaging, the most notable of which is a longer version of "Daddy's Song" which features David's slower rendition of the last verse, as seen on film in HEAD. But other than that, the remastered sound and sharp packaging are really the only things that this set has going for it.Buy it if you're a completist, or if you are in need of a great, comprehensive musical anthology. Otherwise, for the casual fan who already has bought Rhino's reissue albums, take heart that you aren't missing much."