The Monkees

Listen to the Band

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One of the Monkees' final singles, "Listen to the Band" set the stage for Michael Nesmith's future career as a pioneer of what was to be called country-rock. A cross between country, rock & roll, and big-band jazz music, it's a sterling recording and has all of the expanse and width of any great 1969 pop record. As the title implies, it's about the power of music itself, and considering the band's problems with respect and actual musicianship, it's a great statement and sendoff, especially since Nesmith left the band soon after the recording. The song was number 63 in spring of 1969 on the pop charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Monkees Present 1969 Rhino 2:41
Barrel Full of Monkees [Colgems] 1971 Colgems
No Image 1980 EMI Music Distribution 2:45
Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees 1986 Arista 0:00
Listen to the Band 1991 Rhino 2:28
Greatest Hits [Rhino] 1995 Rhino 2:33
I'm a Believer and Other Hits 1997 Rhino Flashback 2:29
The Very Best of the Monkees 1997 Bellaphon Records 2:30
Here They Come: The Greatest Hits of the Monkees 1998 WEA International 2:30
20 Greatest Hits 2000 2:28
Music Box 2001 Rhino 2:29
The Definitive Monkees 2002 WEA / WEA Int'l 2:31
The Best of the Monkees [Rhino] 2003 Rhino 2:28
Monkeemania: The Very Best of the Monkees 2011 Rhino 2:28
The Monkees 50 2016 Rhino 2:28