Then & Now...The Best of The Monkees was later certified platinum in January 1987.
As previously reported, Summer of Love, advertised as a collection highlighting the psychedelic side of The Monkees, will be released on July 18, 2017. It will be available on both Red/White Splatter Vinyl and Compact Disc. Rhino Records issued an official press release to announce the compilation.
Here's the track listing for both the LP and the CD:
Reaction to the Summer of Love compilation from the Monkees fan community has been mixed, with a sizable portion taking issue with certain songs ("She" and "Saturday's Child," in particular) being selected to represent the group's "psychedelic" output in lieu of other options, such as "Daily Nightly," "The Door Into Summer," "Do I Have To Do This All Over Again," "Auntie's Municipal Court," etc. Rhino's John Hughes commented on Facebook about the track listing:
"This [the Summer of Love compilation] was meant to satisfy a few different masters - a marketing focus on 1967 specifically, leaning towards the psychedelic side to make it somewhat unique from other comps,
but it had to have enough 'familiar' songs for the casual fan. We did our best."
Here's one from 1986 and The Monkees' 20th Anniversary, courtesy of the great website Monkee45s.net.
A brand new career-spanning collection of Monkees music will be issued on August 26 by Rhino Records. Entitled The Monkees 50 and spread over 3 CDs, the track listing includes songs from The Monkees' 1960s heyday, the 1980s reunion singles, both "Regional Girl" and "You and I" from Justus, along with "She Makes Me Laugh" and "You Bring the Summer," the first two singles from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! What does everyone think of the selections?
UPDATE: The original track listing only included 49 tracks. John Hughes of Rhino Records has now confirmed that the 50th track will be 1986's "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere."
1. (Theme From) The Monkees
2. Last Train To Clarksville
3. Take A Giant Step
4. Papa Gene's Blues
5. I'm a Believer
6. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone [2006 Remastered]
7. She (2006 Remastered)
8. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Stereo Remix)
9. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
10. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) [2006 Remastered]
11. Mary, Mary (2006 Remastered)
12. Sometime In The Morning (2006 Remastered)
13. Randy Scouse Git (2007 Remastered Version)
14. You Told Me (2007 Remastered Version)
15. Shades Of Gray (2007 Remastered Version)
16. For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme) [2007 Remastered Version]
1. Pleasant Valley Sunday
2. Cuddly Toy (2007 Remastered Version)
3. Words (2007 Remastered Version)
4. Love Is Only Sleeping (2007 Remastered Version)
5. Daydream Believer
6. Goin' Down
8. Tapioca Tundra
9. P.O. Box 9847
10. Auntie's Municipal Court
11. D.W. Washburn (1968 Stereo Mix)
12. It's Nice To Be With You (1968 Stereo Mix)
13. Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
14. As We Go Along
15. Circle Sky (Live)
1. Tear Drop City
2. A Man Without A Dream
3. You And I
4. Listen To The Band
5. Someday Man
6. Good Clean Fun
7. Mommy And Daddy
8. French Song
9. Oh My My (2015 Remastered)
10. I Love You Better (2015 Remastered)
11. That Was Then, This Is Now
12. Heart And Soul
13. MGBGT (Live)
14. Every Step Of The Way
15. You And I
16. Regional Girl
17. You Bring the Summer
18. She Makes Me Laugh
A brand new Monkees hits collection dubbed Forever will be made available from Rhino Records on both compact disc and vinyl, with a scheduled release date of August 26. Rhino's John Hughes explained on Facebook that this item is "very much for the super casual fan/discovery."
Here is the track listing:
1. I'm A Believer
3. You Just May Be The One (TV Version)
4. That Was Then, This Is Now
5. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
6. Pleasant Valley Sunday
7. Daydream Believer
8. Last Train To Clarksville
9. She Makes Me Laugh
10. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
11. Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
12. Heart And Soul
14. Goin' Down
In 1976, a low budget company, Laurie House, released a 2-LP Monkees set that was available via mail order. The front and back covers were the same, and no track listing was offered on the album jacket.
Check out the songs included and more at Monkee45s.
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.
Released on October 24, 1995 by Rhino Records, Greatest Hits was certified gold by the RIAA in August 2000.
The Monkees Greatest Hits was released by Arista Records in 1976. As Monkees albums were hard to come by in the mid-1970s, and possibly due to other factors like the return of the group's TV show in syndication repeats and the activities of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart, Greatest Hits sold well and peaked at #58 on the Billboard chart that year. It remained in print through the 1980s, when it was treated to cassette and compact disc editions.
In 1982, Arista finally released a follow-up, More Greatest Hits of The Monkees. This collection, while containing chart hits like "Valleri," "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," and "Words," concentrated more on songs often heard on the television series, which was still in syndication at the time.
(My copy is a Canadian pressing, as you'll see in the liner notes on the back cover of the album. I'm still not sure why my music store carried a non-U.S. pressing!)