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!)
Monkee Business was a singles and rarities compilation issued by Rhino Records in 1982 as a picture disc, and the first Monkees collection on the Rhino label. A cassette version was also made available.
The album was reissued in 1986 during the MTV-inspired revival of The Monkees. The second pressing contained a mono mix of "Someday Man" with studio chatter at the beginning, which wasn't heard on the 1982 edition. (This chatter can now be heard on CD via the Instant Replay deluxe edition). Copies from 1986 can be identified by "RE-1" in the runoff groove. The first and second pressings also featured other variations.
(The above 2 LP images are courtesy of Monkee45s.net)
Originally released by Arista Records in Australia in 1979, and later in New Zealand and Italy, Monkeemania: 40 Timeless Hits from The Monkees became a well-liked compilation that covered a wide spectrum of the group's 1960s output. It was also a coveted import in the United States and elsewhere in the 1980s. A 2-LP set featuring liner notes written by Glenn A. Baker (who later published the book Monkeemania: The True Story of The Monkees), the album package included discographies, a collage of memorabilia and clippings, and color photos of each individual Monkee taken during the 1968 Australian tour on the back cover. Also of note is that a few songs saw official release for the first time on Monkeemania, including "Steam Engine," "Love to Love," and the live concert version of "Circle Sky." However, the tape sources used for these tracks were quite dubious, and those songs were later treated to more professional releases by Rhino Records in the 1990s.
(LP sleeve #1 - click each to enlarge)
(LP sleeve #2 - click each to enlarge)
In a previous blog post, I highlighted the Monkee Flips LP, one of the first albums in my Monkees collection. Hit Factory, released in 1985 on Pair Records, wasn't far behind. Check out the eclectic song list on this 2-LP set (which was also made available on cassette) - fairly progressive for a pre-1986 Monkees collection!
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