Missing Links (album)

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Missing Links
Compilation album by The Monkees
Released July 1987
Recorded 1966-1969
Genre Rock
Length 41:56
Label Rhino
The Monkees chronology
Pool It!
(1987)
Missing Links
(1987)
Missing Links Volume Two
(1990)
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Missing Links a 1987 compilation album by The Monkees. While "Apples, Peaches, Bananas And Pears" was featured in their 1960s television series, none of the tracks had ever been issued commercially. Missing Links is the first volume of a three-volumes (Missing Links Volume 2 and Missing Links Volume 3).

"All Of Your Toys", written by Bill Martin, was the first recording to feature all four Monkees actually playing on the track, and was intended by the band to become their third single. (A publishing snag kept "Toys" from being released, and Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", already scheduled for release, was chosen instead.)

Michael Nesmith re-recorded "Nine Times Blue" for his Magnetic South album and "Carlisle Wheeling" (as "Conversations") for his Loose Salute album.

Tracks 7, 8, 15 and 16 do not appear on the vinyl copies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart)
  2. "If You Have the Time" (Bill Chadwick, David Jones)
  3. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (First Recorded Version) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
  4. "Party" (David Jones, Steve Pitts)
  5. "Carlisle Wheeling" (First Recorded Version) (Michael Nesmith)
  6. "Storybook of You" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart)
  7. "Rosemarie" (Micky Dolenz)
  8. "My Share Of The Sidewalk" (Michael Nesmith)
  9. "All of Your Toys" (Bill Martin)
  10. "Nine Times Blue" (Michael Nesmith)
  11. "So Goes Love" (Second Recorded Version) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
  12. "Teeny Tiny Gnome" (Wayne Erwin, Linda Castle)
  13. "Of You" (Bill Chadwick, John Chadwick)
  14. "War Games" (David Jones, Steve Pitts)
  15. "Lady's Baby" (Peter Tork)
  16. "Time and Time Again" (Bill Chadwick, David Jones)

Session information[edit]

"Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for More of the Monkees
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, October 28, 1966

"If You Have the Time"

  • Written by Bill Chadwick and David Jones
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, Bill Chadwick, and Unknown
  • Guitar: Unknown
  • Electric Guitar: Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: John Guerin
  • Piano: Michel Rubini
  • Moog Synthesizer: Paul Beaver
  • Produced by Bill Chadwick and Davy Jones
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Monkees Present
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, May 1, 1969

"I Don't Think You Know Me" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: James Burton, Glen Campbell, and Al Casey
  • Organ: Larry Knechtel
  • Drums: Hal Blaine and Jim Gordon
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, June 25, 1966 (7:30 pm– 12:15 am)
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Arranged by Don Peake
  • Two mixes were made of this song. The first featured Micky on vocals and was mixed by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Mike recorded his own vocals later that year.
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Monkees (album)

"Party"

  • Written by David Jones, and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Al Casey, Mike Deasey, and Howard Roberts
  • Bass: Lyle Ritz
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Organ: Don Randi
  • Marimba: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Tambourine: Gary Coleman, and Gene Estes
  • Trombone: Milt Bernhart, Richard Leith, Lew McCreary, and Frank Rosolino
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Clyde Reasinger, Jack Sheldon, and Anthony Terran
  • Saxophone: John Lowe
  • Woodwind: John Lowe
  • Violin: Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, and Ambrose Russo
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, February 15, 1968
  • This song has an almost identical music track to another Jones/Pitts song "I'm Gonna Try" which was recorded on the same day. However the vocals and lyrics were completely different, making "I'm Gonna Try" the more superior outtake of the two.
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees

"Carlisle Wheeling" [First Recorded Version]

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Banjo: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Organ: Michael Nesmith
  • Percussion: Michael Nesmith
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • This is the first known recording of Carlisle Wheeling. The second one would be released as a bonus track on Instant Replay later on.
  • This version would later be included on the Music Box.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, November 18 and 19, 1967
  • This version was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees.

"Storybook of You"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart
  • Electric Guitar: Unknown
  • Acoustic Guitar: Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, and Billy Lewis
  • Piano: John Gallie
  • Tack Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Violin: Bill Kursach, Jerome Reisler, Ralph Schaeffer, Sidney Sharp, and Shari Zippert
  • Cello: Jesse Ehrlich
  • Saxophone: Jay Migliori
  • Trumpet: Jules Chaikin, Oliver Mitchell
  • Trombone: Dick Nash
  • Unknown: William Pening
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Monkees Present
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, May 30 and 31, 1969

"Rosemarie"

  • Written by Micky Dolenz
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Electric Guitar: Keith Allison
  • Acoustic Guitar: Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork
  • Bass: Chip Douglas
  • Drums: Jim Gordon
  • Tambourine: Larry Bunker
  • Piano: Michel Rubini
  • Saxophone: Bill Hood
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Carroll Lewis, Oliver Mitchell, and Stu Williamson
  • Trombone: Lou Blackburn, Herbie Harper, and Lew McCreary
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees and Head
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, March 1, 14 and June 7, 1968

"My Share of the Sidewalk"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: Rick Dey
  • Drums: Eddie Hoh
  • Piano: Michael Nesmith
  • Cello: Justin DiTullio, Ray Kramer, Emmet Sargeant, and Eleanor Slatkin
  • Trumpet: Pete Candoli, Buddy Childers, and Anthony Terran
  • Trombone: Dick Leith, and Lew McCreary
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees and The Monkees Present.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA, January 9, 1968

"All of Your Toys"

  • Written by Bill Martin
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork
  • Electric 12-String Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: John London
  • Drums: Micky Dolenz
  • Tambourine: Davy Jones
  • Harpsichord: Peter Tork
  • The song was one of the first tracks recorded during the sessions for Headquarters.
  • Unused track that was the proposed A-side of the next Monkees single, but song was not controlled by the Monkees' publishing company, Screen Gems; publisher Tickson Music refused to sell the copyright
  • The track is also included as a bonus track on Headquarters, and the Listen to the Band and Music Box sets in slightly different mixes, and Monkeemania (The Very Best of the Monkees) in a slightly different mono mix.
  • Recorded at Goldstar Studios, Hollywood January 16 (10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.), and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, January 19, 23, 24, 1967, and 26 (8:00 - 11:00 P.M.), 28 (2:00 - 6:00 P.M.), 30 (10:00 - 12:00 A.M.), 31 (2:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.), and February 2 (8:00 - 10:00 P.M.)

"Nine Times Blue"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Pedal Steel Guitar: Orville "Red" Rhodes
  • Bass: Chip Douglas
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • A Nesmith song which had been around since before he joined The Monkees. It was originally demoed during the sessions for Headquarters, but no completed takes were made. The demo version would later be released a bonus track on Headquarters.
  • This version of the song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Again the song would not be released originally.
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, November 18 and 19, 1967, and February 2, and April 5, 1968

"So Goes Love" (Second Recorded Version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, and Jim Helms
  • Bass: Bill Pittman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Electric Piano: Billy Preston
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, and Jim Gordon
  • Recorded between July 7th and 25th, Summer 1966
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Arranged by Don Peake
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Monkees

"Teeny Tiny Gnome"

  • Written by Lynn Castle and Wayne Erwin
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Bobby Hart, and Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Piano: Bobby Hart
  • Organ: Paul Suter
  • Trumpet: Steve Huffsteter
  • Trombone: Gilbert Falco and Dick Hyde
  • Horn: Bob Jung and Don McGinnis
  • Flute: Paul Suter
  • Vibes: Emil Richards
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio B, Hollywood, August 23, 1966
  • "Teeny Tiny Gnome" is mislabled. The correct title is "Kicking Stones," which can be found on the More of the Monkees Special Deluxe Edition, released in 2006.
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for More of the Monkees

"Of You"

  • Written by Bill and John Chadwick
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, and Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman and Jim Gordon
  • Piano: Michael Cohen and Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood, July 25, 1966
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for More of the Monkees

"War Games"

  • Written by David Jones and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Mike Deasey, Al Hendrickson, and Gerry McGee
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer, and Unknown
  • Tambourine: Unknown
  • Harpsichord: Don Randi
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, and Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Fera, Edgar Lustgarten, Jacqueline Lustgarten, and Frederick Seykora
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, and Jack Sheldon
  • French Horn: John Cave, David Duke, and Arthur Maebe
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. It was Davy’s second song, which was written for the movie Head, but did not make the cut. The track was later considered for, but rejected from Changes .
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA, January 23, 1968

"Lady's Baby"

  • Written by Peter Tork
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Backing vocal: Karen Harvey Hammer
  • Guitar: Peter Tork
  • Electric Guitar: Stephen Stills
  • Bass: Lance Wakely
  • Drums: Dewey Martin
  • Sound Effects: Justin Hammer
  • Produced by Peter Tork
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, December 1, 17, 21, 1967, and January 14, 19, 24, and Western Recorders, Hollywood, February 2 and 7, 1968
  • The song was recorded during the sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. It was originally intended for the album but constant production changes and re-recordings by Tork caused the song to not be finished in time for release.

"Time and Time Again"

  • Written by Bill Chadwick, and David Jones
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, and Bill Chadwick
  • Electric Guitar: Louie Shelton, and Unknown
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: John Guerin
  • Moog Synthesizer: Paul Beaver
  • Calliope: Michel Rubini
  • Produced by Bill Chadwick and Davy Jones
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Sudios, Hollywood, CA, August 14, and November 11, 1969
  • Recorded during the sessions for The Monkees Present
  • Originally considered for, but rejected from Changes.
  • The version presented here has spoken passages at the beginning and end of the song. When the song was released as a bonus track on Changes, the opening and ending dialogues were removed, and the song fades out at the end, whereas the version presented here does not fade.

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