I still have a soft spot for the very first Monkees box set ever issued by Rhino Records on September 24, 1991. Listen to the Band was a 4-CD collection that included a memorabilia poster and a detailed booklet written and compiled by Andrew Sandoval, and it featured many songs that had not been previously released on compact disc. The September 1991 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, which celebrated The Monkees' 25th Anniversary, previewed the box with comments by Sandoval and more. Note the discussion about live tapes from the 1969 tour. You can read a more current take of those tapes on the '69 tour page here on the site.
The Best of The Monkees was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 1, 2012. The Monkees were presented with Gold records at the Greek Theatre before their performance there on November 10, 2012.
Monkee Flips was a 1984 singles and rarities compilation album issued by Rhino Records. Labeled as the "Best of The Monkees, Volume Four," it followed the two Arista compilations (released in 1976 and 1982, respectively) and Rhino's 1982 Monkee Business picture disc. Monkee Flips was available in both LP and cassette formats, and was one of the first Monkees albums I owned. It was reisused in 1986 during The Monkees' 20th Anniversary.
Thank you very much to Ben Belmares who provided the scans seen below.
This afternoon I'm featuring two albums that I purchased as a brand new Monkees fan after watching the Pleasant Valley Sunday MTV marathon in February 1986. Monkee Business and Monkee Flips were the earliest Monkees-related releases on Rhino Records. I've profiled both albums previously on the blog, but thanks to Ben Belmares, I can post upgraded scans of each LP. Let's take a look at Monkee Business first.
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 Monkees' blockbuster 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour. 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.
Thanks again to Ben Belmares for the great scans!
Last week, Ben Belmares was kind enough to share his scans of the recently released Summer of Love vinyl collection. Today he provided the Live Almanac with images from the CD package. Thanks again, Ben!
As always, Ben Belmares delivers with scans of the vinyl edition for the newly issued Summer of Love collection. Thanks, Ben!
Originally advertised as being pressed on "red & white splatter vinyl," note that the sticker of the official release denotes the color scheme as "pink & green splatter."
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 the LP and CD, both of which are slated (at least initially) to be a brick & mortar retail exclusive:
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.