Review: The Monkees – 50 (Rhino/Warner Music Canada)

themonkeesArguably one of the most comprehensive retrospectives on the legendary Monkees, this impressive three-disc set kicks off with the group’s iconic theme song and wraps up 48 songs later with a pair of tracks – “You Bring The Summer,” written by XTC’s Andy Partridge and “She Makes Me Laugh,” written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo – taken from the group’s May 2016 effort Good Times. In between, listeners are treated to pop classics like “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “Daydream Believer.” Where other hits packages may have shied away from what some consider to be the group’s lesser-appreciated albums like 1969’s Instant Replay, 50 leaves no stone unturned when revisiting The Monkees’ colourful history.