The Monkees

Live Summer Tour

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The Monkees 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour was initially a fluke whose runaway success delighted fans and shocked naysayers. However, it has been well over a decade since that reunion and road weariness has caught up with the guys. It can be heard on "Last Train to Clarksville"as Micky Dolenz's vocals intone tedium instead of the passionate warmth associated with that tune. That's not to say this disc is filled with second-rate performances; this is a slick production with some fun moments, especially for the tried-and-true fans. It's the first time Peter Tork's compositions "Can You Dig It?" and "For Pete's Sake" have been officially released on a live album. Dolenz can still pull off vocal hysteria when winding down "I'm a Believer" and "Goin' Down." And, yes, Davy Jones remains the graceful showman with a voice that has matured nicely (although that doesn't make hitting those high notes on "Daydream Believer" any easier). The question remains, however: With the glut of Monkees material available (including numerous live shows from the original Mike Nesmith days) was Live Summer Tour really necessary?

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