Here's my copy of the 1970 Monkees album, Changes. Still a fairly challenging find, this is an original Colgems issue that I consider to be in great condition.
A big thanks to Monkees author and collector Ed Reilly for sharing a great piece from his personal collection. This is the extremely rare postcard sent out by The Monkees' fan club in early 1970, urging fans to get behind what turned out to be the group's last original single, "Oh My My." The Monkees' fanbase had shrunk considerably by this time, and the song received limited airplay and suffered even worse sales figures. Debuting on the Billboard chart on June 6, 1970 at #99, it peaked at #98 the following week.
Note how the song is mistitled in the body of the postcard's message (as "Oh My, Oh My"). Thanks again, Ed!
This review of the Changes album comes from the June 13, 1970 issue of Billboard.
UPDATED 5/27: Thanks to Gilbert Matthews for some further information about Changes on the Billboard charts that appears in the comments section of this post. Though Changes didn't chart when it was originally issued (it finally made an appearance on Billboard upon its 1986 re-release), Gilbert mentioned that he saw the album listed in a chart called "Action Records" in the July 11, 1970 issue of Billboard. I was able to track down an image of it below:
What are Action Records? In the book The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums, author Joel Whitburn describes Action Records as "stereo/mono albums charted nine weeks or less." So, perhaps Changes ended up in this category at the time since it was a new release (having been issued in June 1970). Based on my research, it doesn't have anything to do with sales. Nonetheless, very interesting! Thanks, Gilbert, for this tidbit.
UPDATED 4/16/14: "Oh My My," the first and only single from the Changes album, made an indent on the charts, even if it was only regional in nature.
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