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Here No Evil: A Tribute to the Monkees

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Here No Evil, a predominantly New South and roots rock tribute to the Monkees, was released on an Atlanta, GA, label and displays a distinct regional sensibility. Contributors include Peter Holsapple ("You Just May Be the One"), Mitch Easter (a great version of "Valleri" on which he plays all the instruments), Bob Rupe (not too long after he had left the Silos), and what may have been the last appearance of the Chant. The Vulgar Boatmen provide a strummy rendition of "The Kind of Girl I Could Love," and Magnapop turns "Pleasant Valley Sunday" into a crunchy rocker. Many of the artists are local and/or unknown, and the song list is unusual -- no one remakes "I'm a Believer" or "Words," for example. Here No Evil was made a couple of years before Rhino reissued all of the Monkees' original albums, which may account for something. In any case, Here No Evil is interesting for its handful of rarities rather than its overall quality.

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