The Monkees 50

The Monkees 50

by The MonkeesThe Monkees


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Various record company folks have been trying to assemble the ideal Monkees collection since their first "Greatest Hits" album came out in 1969. With the greatest rock band in television history celebrating the 50th anniversary of their debut in 2016, it seemed only fitting that Rhino Records, who owns the group's back catalog, would take another stab at the definitive overview of the band's career. The Monkees 50 celebrates the band's Golden Anniversary in appropriate fashion, featuring 50 songs that run the gamut of the band's history. All of the Monkees' familiar hits are included here, and so are some little known tunes from their original run, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork's duo singles from the group's mid-'80s comeback, and tracks from the reunion albums Pool It! (1987), Justus (1996), and Good Times! (2016). Monkees 50's first two discs feature the songs Monkees fans know best, along with a few worthy obscurities, and they're a marvelous reminder of just how great their work was, representing some of the finest pop record making of the '60s. Disc three is for more committed fans, though there are certainly songs worth hearing there, especially "Listen to the Band" and "Mommy and Daddy." Monkees 50 is a better than the average Monkees collection, and any album with "Last Train from Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer," and "Porpoise Song" is a rewarding listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227947347
catalogNumber: 554390
Rank: 7766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monkees   Primary Artist
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Ray Kelley   Cello
Neil Diamond   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Nesmith   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Leon Russell   Keyboards
Bob Cooper   Oboe
Matt Harris   Background Vocals
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Tim Weisberg   Flute
Stan Free   Clavinet
Keith Allison   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Davy Jones   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Laurence Juber   Electric Guitar
Micky Dolenz   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Gordon   Percussion
Michael Cohen   Keyboards
Larry Taylor   Bass
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums
Max Bennett   Bass
Tommy Boyce   Acoustic Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Denny Bruce   Percussion
Artie Butler   Organ
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Bill Chadwick   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Christian   Guitar
Mark Clarke   Bass
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Jim Cox   Piano
Rick Dey   Bass
Henry Diltz   Banjo
Chip Douglas   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Egizi   Keyboards
Wayne Erwin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Gene Estes   Percussion,Tambourine,Mallets
Bobby Hart   Organ,Background Vocals
Bill Hood   Saxophone
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Jack Keller   Piano
Larry Knechtel   Keyboards
Paul Leim   Drums
John London   Bass,Tambourine
John Lowe   Bass Saxophone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Don McGinnis   Brass
Mike Melvoin   Keyboards
Jay Migliori   Saxophone
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Kevin Osborne   Trombone
Earl Palmer   Percussion,Drums
Dean Parks   Bass
Jack Pepper   Violin
Bill Pitman   Bass
John Raines   Percussion
Michel Rubini   Organ,Piano
Buddy Salzman   Drums
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Curly Smith   Drums
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Russ Titelman   Conductor,Cymbals
Peter Tork   Organ,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Yester   Bass
Brian Young   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Zyne   Drums
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Tom Cerone   Tambourine
Gerry McGee   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bobby Helfer   Trumpet
Mike Viola   Guitar
Pete Min   Guitar
Jim Decker   French Horn
Jody Porter   Guitar
David Briggs   Piano
Joe Osborne   Bass
Bill Martin   Percussion
James Decker   French Horn
Billy Lewis   Drums
Craig Ostbo   Percussion
Eddie Hoh   Percussion,Drums
Dick Nash   Trombone
David Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Ney   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Stewart   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Ian Hunter   Composer
Carole King   Composer,Producer
Monkees   Producer
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Keith Allison   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Andy Partridge   Composer
Davy Jones   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Andy Kim   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Micky Dolenz   Composer
Simon Byrne   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Roger Bechirian   Producer
Tommy Boyce   Composer,Producer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Bill Chadwick   Composer,Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Mark Clarke   Composer
Chip Douglas   Producer,Engineer
Michael Egizi   Programming
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Scott Gordon   Engineer
Bobby Hart   Composer,Producer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Chris Hinshaw   Engineer
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Howell   Composer
Jack Keller   Producer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Michael J. Lloyd   Producer
Don McGinnis   Arranger
Jay Messina   Engineer
Mike Moran   Engineer
Pachucki   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Peter Tork   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Adam Schlesinger   Producer,Engineer
Vance Brescia   Composer
Robert Salcedo   Engineer
Pete Min   Engineer
Joseph Richards   Composer
Toni Stern   Composer
Dick Eastman   Composer
Roger Nichols   Composer
Mike McDonald   Engineer
Jonathan Lane   Art Direction
Cliff Kane   Engineer
Dave Hassinger   Engineer
David Jones   Producer

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