Stu Phillips is a composer of film scores and television series theme music, conductor, and record producer. In addition to composing and conducting the background music heard on The Monkees' TV show, Stu is also responsible for the themes to 1980s shows like Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica.
For years, Monkees fans have wondered whether Stu's background music from the TV show would ever see some sort of formal release. On the discussion forum of the Film Score website, a Monkees fan posted a question for Stu asking if such a release would ever come to fruition. A response, signed by Stu Phillips, was posted:
The Flip article talks about Stu producing the LP featuring the Golden Gate Strings playing The Monkees' songbook. The Live Almanac highlighted this release a couple of years ago.
In 1967 at the height of Monkeemania, an album featuring instrumental arrangements of the Monkees songbook was released. It was produced by Stu Phillips, who composed and conducted the background music heard on The Monkees' television series.
From the collection of Scott Catton comes this scan of the rare radio station only promo 45 for the album. Below that you will find pictures of the labels for each side of the single, thanks to JD McCutcheon at Monkee45s.net.