In February 2010, Rhino Handmade, the internet order-only label of Rhino Records that deals in rare, out of print, and unreleased material from various artists, issued a 3-CD deluxe version of The Monkees' fifth million-selling album, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. The LP, first released by Colgems in April 1968, featured a trio of Top 40 hits, including "Tapioca Tundra," the gold single "Valleri," and the #1 blockbuster, "Daydream Believer."
The limited edition Rhino Handmade set for Birds was housed in a box with a 3D lenticular cover. It contained the original stereo and U.S. mono versions of the album in miniature vinyl replica sleeves, over 60 alternate versions, rehearsals, and outtakes from the album's sessions, a commemorative pin, and a booklet with an essay and recording session information written and compiled by Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, who also acted as producer of the box set. The first 1,000 orders included a bonus vinyl single featuring two more unreleased tracks, acoustic versions of "St. Matthew" and "Lady's Baby." Both of those single sides are unique and have not been made available on CD or in digital format.
The Birds deluxe box was sold out by February 2011. Today, it commands exorbitant prices on eBay and other second-hand markets.
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
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