The Monkees

Music Box

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

It's hard not to wonder why the four-disc Music Box even exists. After all, Rhino has not only released definitive reissues of all of the Monkees' studio albums, complete with bonus tracks, but the label has a series devoted to rarities (Missing Links), a single-disc greatest hits album, a double-disc anthology, and another four-disc box, Listen to the Band, which is excellent. So where does that leave Music Box? Well, it is "reconfigured" into a booklike box, which must appeal to somebody, but more importantly, it tries to pull off a nifty trick -- providing an exhaustive overview for the casual listener, while filling in the holes for those serious fans who only have the proper reissued albums. On both counts, this works well. Let's get the basics out of the way: This sounds great, and Andrew Sandoval's liner notes are terrific, particularly the song-by-song breakdown that not only includes the Monkees' reflections, but also those of various producers and songwriters. Then, there's the song selection, which is impeccable for the first three discs, which devote a year each to 1966, 1967, and 1968, blending hits with rarities, album versions, and alternate takes, never once seeming like a sop to collectors. The fourth disc is a little more problematic, just because it spans from 1969 to 1996, containing reunion tracks that some fans may rather not hear, but it still has more than enough minor gems that will please the dedicated. And, when it gets right down to it, Music Box succeeds on two counts: Everyone who needs to plug in gaps will be satisfied with this (plus they'll like the fine flow of the songs) and, more importantly, this is a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a good, thorough overview of the Monkees' best, delving far deeper than the hits. It doesn't really trump Listen to the Band, but it's nearly an equal.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Monkees 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Monkees 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Monkees 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Monkees 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Monkees 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Monkees 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Monkees 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Monkees 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Monkees 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Monkees 01:56 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Monkees 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Monkees 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Monkees 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Monkees 02:19
15 The Monkees 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Monkees 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Monkees 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Monkees 01:58
19 The Monkees 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Monkees 01:53
21 The Monkees 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Monkees 01:48
23 The Monkees 03:00
24 The Monkees 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
25 The Monkees 02:35 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Monkees 02:49
2 The Monkees 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Monkees 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Monkees 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Monkees 02:28
6 The Monkees 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Monkees 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Monkees 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Monkees 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Monkees 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Monkees 02:11 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Monkees 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Monkees 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Monkees 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Monkees 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Monkees 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Monkees 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Monkees 04:23 SpotifyAmazon
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The Monkees 02:36
20 The Monkees 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Monkees 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Monkees 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
23 The Monkees 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
24 The Monkees 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
25 The Monkees 04:24 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Monkees 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Monkees 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Monkees 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Monkees 04:04 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Monkees 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Monkees 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Monkees 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Monkees 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Monkees 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Monkees 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Monkees 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Monkees 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Monkees 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Monkees 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Monkees 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Monkees 03:52 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Monkees 00:49 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Monkees 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Monkees 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Monkees 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Monkees 02:38 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Monkees 02:01 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Monkees 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Monkees 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Monkees 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Monkees 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Monkees 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Monkees 05:39 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Monkees 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Monkees 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Monkees 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Monkees 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Monkees 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Monkees 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Monkees 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Monkees 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Monkees 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Monkees 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Monkees 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Monkees 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Monkees 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Monkees 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Monkees feat: Micky Dolenz / Davy Jones 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
23 The Monkees feat: Micky Dolenz / Peter Tork 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
24 The Monkees 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
25 The Monkees 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
26 The Monkees 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
27 The Monkees 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
28 The Monkees 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
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