The Monkees Anthology is a two-CD compilation set by The Monkees that was released in April 1998 by Rhino Records. It is the first collection to feature material from the group's last original studio album, Justus, recorded in 1996. The track listing includes almost all of the original Monkees singles and B-sides, excluding "Tapioca Tundra," "D.W. Washburn," "It's Nice to Be with You," "Tear Drop City," "A Man Without a Dream," "Someday Man," the single version of "Mommy and Daddy," and "I Love You Better."
One of the reasons I like to showcase these old collections on the blog is because of Andrew Sandoval's liner notes. In the current download and file sharing era, liners and CD booklets are seemingly (an unfortunate) representation of the past. In a recent interview, Andrew said that when it comes to each new Monkees collection, he feels obliged to craft fresh liner notes for the fans. Be sure to read his work for the Anthology release below, which includes quotes from Brian Wilson, Neil Diamond, Harold Bronson, Stan Freberg, and Neil Sedaka.
This collection features a near perfect track listing, but songs like "Tapioca Tundra," "Someday Man," and both of Peter's contributions to the Head soundtrack ("Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again" and "Can You Dig It") are missed.
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