99 Songs, 4 Hours 28 Minutes

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4.5 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

butter ,

Goin' Down

I discovered the Monkees in 1987 when I was in 7th grade. It's been a while since I listened to them... This is a great collection - really brings back a lot of memories!

Goin' Down is still one of the most awesome songs of all time. You should totally check it out!

FSB Ohio ,

Essential collection for the casual/typical fan.

This is an excellent compilation. Music Box is well worth owning, particularly if you do not currently have their studio releases on CD's or as downloads. There are a few songs missing that were included on their studio albums (such as "The Poster", from The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees) but those omissions do not appear to be significant. Start here, and add those songs to your collection indivdually via iTunes if you want.

True fans also should also own the excellent Rhino DVD box sets of the series (Season 1 and Season 2). Owning all three of these items should satisfy the overwhelming majority of fans.

Music Monger ,

99 Songs...Everything That Matters

The thing about The Monkees was that, even though they were an exceptional band, they don't really deserve this type of special treatment. A four-disc box set (shaped like a book, including a 97 page booklet), consisting of 99 songs. That's right. 99 songs. Until seeing the Music Box, I didn't think that they did 99 songs. But they did. And it's 99 of their best. Every Monkees song that matters (and then some) is included on Music Box. Also, it's in chronological order and it flows nicely. Usually it's just one or the other on a greatest hits compilation, let alone a box set.
Disc 1 contains The Monkees' music from 1966. It has their earliest music, including the beloved theme song to their TV show, their best song "Last Train to Clarksville," a fast (and slow) version of "I Wanna Be Free," and several good album cuts from their first two LP's. It also has some unnecessary first recorded demo versions and previously unissued mixes of songs. Still, it stands out as one of the best discs.
Disc 2 contains The Monkees' music from 1967. It is probably the best disc (Next to the first one), simply because it contains a great deal of underplayed Monkees' songs. Some are: "Randy Scouse Git," "No Time," "Star Collector," and "Salesman." Of course, they haven't forgotten to include the big its, such as "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer."
Disc 3 contains The Monkees' music from 1968. Of course, as any rabid Monkees cultist knows, 1968 was a bit of a letdown for the band. They released their first album not to hit number one (The Birds, the Bees, and the Monkees), and they released a box office bomb: Head. Of course, the people who made Music Box were still able to add the best music from that era (But that's not really saying much), including some underrated and overrated cuts from The Birds, the Bees, and the Monkees as well as a nice live version of "Circle Sky."
Disc 4 contains The Monkees' music from 1969-1996. This is probably the most disappointing disc on the entire box set. It's mainly comprised of lukewarm music after Peter Tork left the band. It also has way too much stuff from their countless reunion specials (Pool It!, to name one). It's got some good stuff, but for the most part, it's not worth your time.
Music Box, while it truly, truly, TRULY sums up the band's career, can't really be recommended as a good starting point for a beginner to The Monkees, or indeed a beginner for music from the 1960s. However, if you are a cultist, or grew up watching the TV show, listening to the songs, and loving every minute of it, Music Box is for you.
Recommended Tracks:
Disc 1:
"The Monkees (Theme Song from the Show)"
"I Wanna Be Free (Fast Version)"
"Last Train to Clarksville"
"When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)"
Disc 2:
"A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"
"Randy Scouse Git"
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"Daydream Believer"
Disc 3:
"Auntie's Municipal Court"
"The Girl I Left Behind Me (First Recorded Version)"
"Circle Sky (Live)"
"Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again"
Disc 4:
"Listen to the Band"
"That Was Then, This Is Now"
"Oh, What a Night"
"You And I ("Justus" Version)"

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