Which Monkees Album Is Their Masterpiece?

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  1. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Senior Member

    Some of my favorite songs are on this album. But "Birds/Bees" is a really good example when I say some of the later albums don't really "gel" when listening all the way through. "Headquarters" and "Pisces" sound like the work of one group. "Birds/Bees" doesn't.
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  2. Grand_Ennui

    Grand_Ennui Forum Resident


    I actually like the 'Davy songs' on 'Pisces'... Well, 'Hard to Believe' is a bit on the iffy side, but the others are decent to my ears: Much better than what's on the follow-up album...
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  3. D-rock

    D-rock Senior Member

    Columbus, Ohio
    But especially .. PAC&J, Ltd.
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  4. fortherecord

    fortherecord Senior Member

    Rochester, NY
    The Birds the Bees and the Monkees is my favorite
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  5. DaveJ

    DaveJ Senior Member

    Manchester, UK
    Pisces is the best for the songs and overall production. It’s cohesive and classy, and has a great sleeve.

    I’m surprised there’s limited love for Instant Replay. Even with only two Nesmith tracks I really enjoy it. It flows nicely and Davy’s five songs are fine and I’m by no means a big fan of his music. The album has a nice cover and I’ve never had a problem with Shorty Blackwell in 50+ years. Teardrop City is the fly in the ointment but I’ve mellowed with that over the years.
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  6. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    The first two albums are underrated, the essence of The Monkees. Head“ I used to rate, but it’s just got the Goffin -King Song.
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  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    What’s the best sounding original vinyl.
    USA’s Colgems or UKs RCA?
  8. UnderTheFloorboards'66

    UnderTheFloorboards'66 Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    I voted for everything between Headquarters and Instant Replay. Personally, I'd say their masterpiece is Head because how of ambitious and unorthodox it was for them.
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  9. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Album covers - Top 3

    Birds and Bees
    Instant Replay

    Music / albums Top 3

    More The Monkees
    The Monkees
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  10. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    No masterpiece but the best one would be either Monkees or More Of The Monkees.
  11. Gary_Stewart

    Gary_Stewart Forum Resident

    West Hollywood, CA
    That's kind of like asking which Chipmunks album is their masterpiece.
  12. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    My vote would be this underrated classic

  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Is there a Monkees album by album thread?

    if not ..shouldn’t there be one ?
  14. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Shouldn’t this be in a Beatles thread ? :D
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  15. Cledwyn

    Cledwyn Forum Resident

    North Wales
    The King-Stern song is the standout one for me!

    Yes, here you go.

    Rate and Review the songs of The Monkees Thread

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  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

  17. SJB

    SJB Beloved Parasitic Nuisance

    I went with PAC&J, but Head would have taken the prize if it were an entire album of songs of equal strength. As it is, it's basically a very strong EP, padded out to (barely) LP length with sound collages from the film. It's another example of the Monkees following in the Beatles' footsteps: an inscrutable film with a better soundtrack than it deserves.

    PAC&J is not a perfect album, but it benefits from creative control and allowing all interested band members to play. The band hadn't yet destabilized and begun spinning off in disparate directions.
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