The Monkees

Daydream Believer: The Platinum Collection

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The Monkees were, of course, assembled more for their acting and comedic abilities than any musical ones, and many of their songs were simply disposable vehicles for a huge marketing machine, but the group eventually developed musical aspirations that yielded some strikingly good pop songs, including capable covers of Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" and Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy," and Michael Nesmith's own "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," all three of which are included in this compilation. Although there's a lot that isn't here, this set still does an OK job of spotlighting a group that was, in hindsight, no worse than -- and in many cases, better than -- what passed for cool and hip at the close of the 1960s.

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