Rate and Review the songs of The Monkees Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Turk Thrust, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. marc with a c

    marc with a c Forum Resident

    Orlando, FL
    Oh, my mistake.
  2. JJR

    JJR Forum Resident

    I like 99 pounds enough to give it a low 3. It is not as good as say You and I but might fall right behind Valleri in the Davy "rock" tunes. Even without knowing all the background of say any song or who was playing: Changes is viewed differently because, well, it is different and actually remains different to this day. It is the only LP with just two guys and for me, my perception of the LP, maybe you can even call it a bias, is formed because of it. Having said that, I probably gave better marks to the tracks than most people. I like both Micky and Davy as vocalist - you can not be much of a Monkees fan if you don't but the material is far from King/Diamond/B&H. Earlier someone said they did like most of Jeff Barry's stuff but not this so much. Everyone has their tastes and opinions. If Peter had written some piano parts or played bass, I bet I would pay more attention; if Nez was involved, I pay way more attention but the Monkees were at a low point, both in popularity and number of group members. 50 years later we are talking about Changes, that in itself is pretty amazing since it didn't even chart until 1986.
  3. Hooperfan

    Hooperfan Your friendly neighborhood candy store owner

    New York
    True. I was really surprised when it got issued on CD in '94-'95.
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  4. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    At her height and young age she would be a healthy weight, but definitely on the very low end of the scale.

    I give this track a 3/5 too. One of the best tracks on the album, but that's not saying a lot.
  5. Turk Thrust

    Turk Thrust Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The ratings for 99 Pounds:

  6. Turk Thrust

    Turk Thrust Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Today’s song is Tell Me Love:

    I prefer this to several of the songs that we’ve discussed recently. Again it feels very derivative, but it has a little more ambition that most of the Jeff Barry material. It’s Micky’s voice that really makes it though and again this shows what a loss it was that he somewhat disappeared from the music industry.

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  7. FredV

    FredV Forum Resident

    ‘Tell Me Love’ - A song I really like. Micky gives a good performance on this song, a nice example of what he can do with better material and he sells it. The background vocals are a bit annoying but Micky’s performance makes up for it. 4/5.
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  8. RobRoyF

    RobRoyF Forum Resident

    Tell Me Love
    Agreed with the others here, this one is a decent song. I listened to it a bit to make sure I recalled the correct one. It is a bit forgettable in a way, even if this is among the better tracks for this album. A majority of this album does seem to be "phoned in" due to low budget and so on. Micky does handle this one well and it has a solid melody.
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  9. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident

    I'm sorry. I can see that others like this song, but I don't find it to be among The Monkees better material. Mickey sings it OK, but I find the song unimpressive and Mickey's performance just OK. I was trying to decide between 2/5 and 3/5, and did note the higher scores. However, my personal highly subjective, opinion is that this song doesn't make 'good' status. Hence:

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  10. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    "Tell Me Love" -- 3/5

    I like this song a bit more than the 3/5 rating might indicate, but I didn't feel a 4/5 was really warranted. Those over-the-top backing vocals are certainly enough to justify docking it a point. I would love for the album masters to be located and for Andrew Sandoval to give Changes a much needed remix with those voices either removed or given a more sympathetic treatment.

    "Tell Me Love" has grown on me quite a bit over the years, and now I consider it to be one of Changes' high points.
  11. BobT

    BobT Resident Monkeeman

    Tell Me Love-One of the better songs on Changes. Micky sings with such tenderness that you really believe that he is so in love with the character in the song that he would do just about anything to please her. The chorus is a nice change in tempo and power. Just a really nice song. 3.5/5
  12. BigManRestless

    BigManRestless Forum Resident

    Nope, doesn't do anything for me. There's much better to come on side 2 though!

  13. FJFP

    FJFP Host for Podcasts 'Back to Mono' & 'MIxology'

    2/5. Again, it’s fine.
  14. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley America’s Favorite Game Show Host

    Sesame Street
    “Tell Me Love”: Neither love it or hate it. It just... Is. Micky gives it a good go though. 2/5.
  15. Glass Candy

    Glass Candy Forum Resident

    3/5. This would have been a great Partridge Family record. This is a better Changes track, still lacking in character and distinction.
  16. DaveJ

    DaveJ Forum Resident

    Manchester, UK
    Tell Me Love - 2/5

    The thing is, I know Micky can sing but the material is, at best, inconsequential.
  17. spsimmons

    spsimmons Forum Resident

    Peoria Illinois
    Tell Me Love - a high 4/5. Micky does a fantastic job.
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  18. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
    One of my favorite Monkees songs.
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  19. Deano6

    Deano6 Forum Resident

    Plymouth, NC, USA
    No......just no. 1/5
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  20. wino14

    wino14 Forum Resident

    Edenton, NC
    Good God...no wonder I hardly listen to Changes.
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  21. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    I rarely listen to Changes but the 4 songs I’m really familiar with I’ll vote for.
  22. Hooperfan

    Hooperfan Your friendly neighborhood candy store owner

    New York
    Tell Me Love

    My favorite track on the album. I'm surprised at the low scores it's garnering. Micky gives such a great performance. Again, the backing singers are a bit too loud in the mix but it's not as bad as others on this album.

  23. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    Slightly better that the garden variety Changes dreck. Mick goes for whatever meat is on that bone.

    A very generous 3/5.
  24. Laineycrusoe

    Laineycrusoe Forum Resident

    Tyne and Wear, UK
    Tell Me Love - 3/5
    This one is decent, I think. It's kind of forgettable and it drags a little, but at the same time I think this is one of the better new songs on the album.
  25. JJR

    JJR Forum Resident

    A low 3 for me. Not much to add to what everyone has said and I have said throughout this LP: Middle of the road stuff as the band disappeared for awhile but they will come back and ratings, I predict will be all over the place for about 40 years.

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