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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Reconsidering The Monkees, Part 3: WALKING DOWN THE STREET [A Two-CD BEST OF THE MONKEES]

Continuing a 50th anniversary reassessment of the best of The Monkees, factoring in tracks from the group's splendid 2016 album Good Times! alongside the rest of The Monkees' recorded legacy. We began with the four-disc Rows Of Houses That Are All The Same, followed that with the three-disc Only True In Fairy Tales, and continue today with the two-disc Walking Down The Street.

Oh, and we've retroactively added a bonus 45 of "Sunny Girlfriend [Acoustix Remix Of Master Vocal]"/"Me & Magdalena [Version 2]" to our four-disc Rows Of Houses That Are All The Same. Ah, the sheer, sweet power of the omnipotent blogger--take that, Wizard Glick!

With this set, we throw aside all notion of chronology in pursuit of a compact but comprehensive Best-Of-The-Monkees listening experience:

Walking Down The Street (Carlgems 004)
A Two-CD Set Of The Best Of The Monkees

Disc 1

1. (Theme From) The Monkees
2. You Bring The Summer
3. The Door Into Summer
4. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
5. Words
6. Forget That Girl
7. Sweet Young Thing
8. Regional Girl
9. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
10. Cuddly Toy
11. I Wanna Be Free
12. Me & Magdalena
13. Sometime In The Morning
14. Sunny Girlfriend
15. Oh My My
16. Daily Nightly
17. All Of Your Toys
18. Shades Of Gray
19. Tapioca Tundra
20. Mary Mary
21. I Don't Think You Know Me [Nesmith vocal]
22. Goin' Down
23. You Told Me
24. Daddy's Song
25. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
26. Love Is Only Sleeping
27. If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again

Disc 2

1. Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head")
2. Birth Of An Accidental Hipster
3. Heart And Soul
4. She
5. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
6. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
7. Papa Gene's Blues
8. As We Go Along
9. Nine Times Blue
10. Someday Man
11. She Makes Me Laugh
12. Valleri
13. You Just May Be The One
14. Steam Engine
15. Early Morning Blues And Greens
16. Circle Sky [live]
17. Love To Love [Good Times! mix]
18. Pleasant Valley Sunday
19. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
20. You And I (from Instant Replay)
21. Randy Scouse Git
22. Some Of Shelly's Blues
23. Last Train To Clarksville
24. Daydream Believer
25. I'm A Believer
26. Listen To The Band
27. For Pete's Sake

Tracks lost in the transition from three discs to two:

"That Was Then, This Is Now"
"Good Clean Fun"
"Time And Time Again"
"Looking For The Good Times"
"I'll Be Back Up On My Feet"
"Auntie's Municipal Court"
"The Kind Of Girl I Could Love"
"Star Collector"
"St. Matthew"
"Can You Dig It"
"A Man Without A Dream"
"Little Girl" (from The Monkees Present)
"You And I" (from Justus
"No Time"

"Mommy And Daddy"
"D.W. Washburn"
"Your Auntie Grizelda"
"Take A Giant Step"
"I Love You Better"
"Every Step Of The Way"
"Zor And Zam"
"Of You"
"Our Own World"

NEXT: Aw man, this was already too hard! Nonetheless, on Saturday we'll complete the journey to our ultimate goal: a single-disc Best Of The Monkees.  And what will we call it?

What else?

Be here Saturday for THE MONKEES: Hall Of Fame! The evil Wizard Wenner...er, Wizard Glick be damned!