Although they were a prefab group put together to be a watered-down television version of the Beatles
, the Monkees
, at least viewed backward through the lens of time, turned out to be a pretty fair pop outfit, and this two-disc overview of their career is the proof of that. From their first single, the infectious "Last Train to Clarksville," to later, more experimental fare like the odd but still fascinating "Tapioca Tundra," the Monkees
delivered a pretty impressive legacy of catchy songs, and if many tended to dismiss them back in the day as a media-manufactured joke, it's the Monkees
who've had the last laugh.