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My Favorite Album* From the Best Band Put Together By TV Executives

The asterisk is there because this was my favorite album from age zero until age nine. It’s from the greatest band ever put together by television executives… Hey! Hey! It’s The Monkees!! This show was always on Channel 56 and/or Channel 38 in the early 80’s and despite it being 15 years old at the time, it seemed timeless and fresh to my 8 year old brain.

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Their debut album “The Monkees” was the only album I cared about playing prior to age 10 and was amazed to find it in my Aunt Pam’s collection. I stole it and she knows not of my thievery to this day.

(From Wikipedia)

Side 1

  1. “(Theme From) The Monkees” – 2:18
  2. “Saturday’s Child” (David Gates) – 2:43
  3. “I Wanna Be Free” – 2:24
  4. “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” (Boyce, Steve Venet) – 2:39
  5. “Papa Gene’s Blues” (Michael Nesmith) – 1:57
  6. “Take a Giant Step” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:33

Side 2[edit]

  1. “Last Train to Clarksville” – 2:44
  2. “This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day” – 2:09
  3. “Let’s Dance On” – 2:30
  4. “I’ll Be True to You” (Goffin, Russ Titelman) – 2:50
  5. “Sweet Young Thing” (Goffin, King, Nesmith) – 1:56
  6. “Gonna Buy Me a Dog” – 2:41


I loved the theme song and of course “Last Train To Clarksville” which is still in rotation here on The Shark. But the hook of “Papa Gene’s Blues” is undeniable! If a decent bluegrass band covered it … look out Billboard Hot 100!!

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I thought this would be a great idea for a Throwback Thursday and come to find out it wasn’t embarrassing at all. What was your first favorite album?



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