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More of the Monkees
Studio album by The Monkees
Released January 9, 1967
Recorded June - November 1966
Genre Pop rock
Length 33:00
Label Colgems (original US release)
RCA (original release--rest of the world)
Arista (1987 LP reissue + 1990 CD reissue)
Rhino (1986 LP reissue + 1995 & 2007 CD reissues)
Sundazed (1996 LP reissue)
Producer Various Producers
The Monkees chronology
The Monkees
(1966)
More of the Monkees
(1967)
Headquarters
(1967)
Singles from More of the Monkees
  1. "I'm a Believer" / "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
    Released: November 21, 1966
  2. "Mary, Mary"
    Released: 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

More of the Monkees is the second full-length album by the Monkees. It was recorded in late 1966 and released on Colgems label #102 on January 9, 1967. It displaced the band's debut album from the top of the Billboard 200 chart and remained at No.1 for 18 weeks—the longest of any Monkees album. Combined, the first two Monkees albums were at the top of the Billboard chart for 31 consecutive weeks. More of the Monkees also went to No.1 in the UK. In the U.S. it has been certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA with sales of more than five million copies. More of the Monkees is also notable for being the first pop/rock album to be the best-selling album of the year in the U.S.

History[edit]

Monkeemania had reached full swing by the time the album was released. The Monkees' second single, "I'm a Believer"—included on this album—held the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and they were about to embark on a highly successful concert tour.

The release of More of the Monkees was rushed to capitalize on the band's popularity, catching even its members by surprise. The band learned of the album's existence while on tour in Cleveland, Ohio, discovering it had already been released. They were dismayed by the cover image of them and offended by production overseer Don Kirshner's liner notes, which praised his team of songwriters before mentioning, almost as an afterthought, the names of the Monkees. The band, particularly Nesmith, was also furious about the songs—selected for the record from 34 that had been recorded—leading Nesmith to later tell Melody Maker magazine that More of the Monkees was "probably the worst album in the history of the world".[2]

The group began to grow concerned over their musical output, since this album and their debut, The Monkees, featured them limited to just vocals with scattered instrumental contributions. Kirshner had a strict rule that the Monkees were to provide only vocals on his productions, though separate sessions produced by Michael Nesmith himself usually featured Peter Tork on guitar. More of the Monkees has Nesmith limited to one song as lead vocalist.

Within weeks of the release of More of the Monkees, Nesmith lobbied successfully with the group's creators, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, for the Monkees to be allowed to play their instruments on future records, effectively giving the quartet artistic control. To make his point clear to Kirshner, who was balking at the idea, Nesmith proceeded to punch a hole in the wall of a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel during a group meeting with Kirshner and Colgems lawyer Herb Moelis, declaring to the latter: "That could have been your face!". This outburst came after Moelis snapped to Nesmith, "You'd better read your contract", when Nesmith threatened to quit. Kirshner was later dropped from the project altogether.[2]

Artwork[edit]

The original pressing catalog number is COM/COS 102. When the album was reissued in 1969 the Colgems symbol replaced the word "Colgems" on the bottom right-hand corner of the reverse side (Catalog number COS 102 RE). It was standard practice for RCA to add an "RE" when any one side of a record sleeve had a revision. There were no mono copies issued in 1969 as they were phased out altogether in 1968.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1967 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1
  1. "She" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 2:40
  2. "When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)" (Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka) - 1:49
  3. "Mary, Mary" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:16
  4. "Hold On Girl" (Billy Carr, Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh) - 2:29
  5. "Your Auntie Grizelda" (Diane Hildebrand, Jack Keller) - 2:30
  6. "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:25
Side 2
  1. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (Neil Diamond) - 2:16
  2. "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" (Nesmith, Roger Atkins) - 1:53
  3. "The Day We Fall in Love" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) - 2:26
  4. "Sometime in the Morning" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:30
  5. "Laugh" (Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Hank Medress, Jay Siegel) - 2:30
  6. "I'm a Believer" (Diamond) - 2:50

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Boyce, Hart) (Alternate version) - 2:28
  2. "I'll Spend My Life With You" (Boyce, Hart) (Alternate version) - 2:30
  3. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Goffin, King) (Alternate mix) - 2:19
  4. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (Diamond) (Alternate long mix) - 2:53
  5. "I'm a Believer" (Diamond) (Warly version) - 2:53

1996 Sundazed vinyl reissue[edit]

Bonus track at the end of Side 1: "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Prev. unissued mix) - 2:19
Bonus track at the end of Side 2: "Don't Listen to Linda" (Prev. unissued version) - 2:28, "I'll Spend My Life With You" (Alt. version) - 2:30[1]

2006 Rhino deluxe CD reissue[edit]

The following tracks were included on the 2006 deluxe edition of the album. Some were previously unreleased, while others were on the 1994 Rhino reissue or the Missing Links series. Studio chatter is included between some bonus tracks.

Disc One

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. ""Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears" (Boyce, Hart) - 02:18
  2. "Ladies Aid Society" (Original Mono Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 3:27
  3. "I'll Spend My Life with You" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:28
  4. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Second Recorded Version) (Goffin, King) - 2:20
  5. "Through the Looking Glass" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart, Red Baldwin) - 2:31
  6. "Don't Listen to Linda" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:28
  7. "Kicking Stones" (Lynn Castle, Wayne Erwin) - 2:32
  8. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (With Peter's Narration) (Diamond) - 3:08
  9. "I'm a Believer" (Alternate Mix) (Diamond) - 2:51
  10. "Mr. Webster" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:47
Disc Two

Tracks 1-12: Original album in mono

  1. "I'm a Believer" (1967 Mono Mix) (Diamond) - 2:51
  2. "Valleri" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:30
  3. "Words" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:58
  4. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (TV Version) (Diamond) - 2:50
  5. "I'll Be Back Up on My Feet" (First Recorded Version) (Linzer, Randell) - 2:37
  6. "Tear Drop City" (Alternate Mix) (Boyce, Hart) - 2:18
  7. "Of You" (Mono Mix) (Bill Chadwick, John Chadwick) - 2:01
  8. "Hold on Girl" (First Recorded Version) (Keller, Raleigh, Carr) - 2:44
  9. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (Michael Martin Murphey) - 02:59

Session information[edit]

"She"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones & Peter Tork
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Organ: Bobby Hart
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Norm Jefferies
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, August 15, 1966
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Covered by The Dickies in 1978 on their debut LP The Incredible Shrinking Dickies.

"When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)"

  • Written by Neil Sedaka and Carole Bayer Sager
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Al Gafa, Willard Suyker and Donald Thomas
  • Piano: Neil Sedaka
  • Bass: Russell Savakus
  • Drums: Herbert Lovell
  • Recorded on November 23, 1966 along with The Girl I Left Behind Me, which popped up on the Monkees' Instant Replay album in 1969
  • Produced by Neil Sedaka and Carole Bayer
  • Engineered by Ernie Olerich

"Mary, Mary"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead and backing vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Michael Deasy, and Don Peake
  • Piano: Michael Cohen
  • Bass: Larry Knechtel and Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine and Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Cary Coleman
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood, July 25, 1966
  • Arrangement: Don Peake
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • The 1990 Arista CD Version features the Extended Stereo Mix, the same that appears in the More Greatest Hits CD Version.
  • "Mary Mary" appeared on the Paul Butterfield Band's "East-West" release a year before the Monkees' version was released.
  • "Mary, Mary" became a rap hit for Run-DMC in 1988

"Hold on Girl"

  • Written by Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh and Billy Carr
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals by Micky Dolenz
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, September 10, 1966 and American Studios, Studio City, October 23, 1966
  • Slower version can be found on Missing Links Vol. 2

"Your Auntie Grizelda"

  • Written by Jack Keller and Diane Hildebrand
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
  • Engineered by Richard Podolor
  • Recorded at American Studios, Studio City, October 23, 1966

"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Tommy Boyce
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Organ: Bobby Hart
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Henry Levy
  • Produced and Arranged by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at Western Recorders, Studio #1, Hollywood, July 26, 1966
  • Appeared on the flip side of "I'm a Believer"
  • Reached number 20 on the pop charts, making it the first Monkees b-side to chart
  • The original mono and stereo mixes differ slightly in two spots. On the stereo mix, Micky's vocal is dubbed in at the end of the instrumental bridge just before the second verse; this vocal bridge does not appear on the mono mix. During the fade, Micky's repeated, "Not your steppin' stone" begins sooner on the stereo mix than on the mono mix. The mono single fades out earlier than the track from the mono album, despite that both versions are shown with a playing time of 2:25.

"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"

  • Written by Neil Diamond
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals by Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork
  • Organ: Maurgan Cheff
  • Percussion: Kauren Seguer
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Produced by Jeff Barry
  • Recorded in New York City, October 15 and 23, 1966 (studio unknown)
  • First of the two Neil Diamond songs performed by the Monkees on this album

"The Kind of Girl I Could Love"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith and Roger Atkins
  • Lead vocal by Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocals by Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones & Peter Tork
  • Guitar: James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Michael Deasy, and Don Peake
  • Bass: Larry Knetchtel and Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine and Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman
  • Arrangement: Don Peake
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, June 25, 1966
  • Last Nesmith collaboration with another composer

"The Day We Fall in Love"

  • Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Al Casey
  • Harpsichord and Organ: Don Randi and Michael Rubini
  • Bass: Carol Kaye and Ray Pohlman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Frank Capp and Julius Wechter
  • Violin: Louis Haber, Irving Spice, and Lousi Stone
  • Viola: David Sackson and Murray Sandry
  • Cello: Seymour Barab
  • Conductor: Arthur Butler
  • Arranged and Produced by Jeff Barry
  • Engineered by Ray Hall
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios Hollywood, October 28, 1966 and RCA Victor Studio B, New York, November 23, 1966

"Sometime in the Morning"

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals by Micky Dolenz & Carole King
  • Other personnel unknown
  • Produced by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Jeff Barry
  • Recorded at New York City, October 13 and 25, 1966 (studio unknown)

"Laugh"

  • Written by Hank Medress, Phil Margo, Mitchell Margo and Jay Siegal
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Al Casey
  • Harpsichord and Organ: Don Randi and Michael Rubini
  • Bass: Carol Kaye and Ray Pohlman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Frank Capp and Julius Wechter
  • Produced and Arranged by Jeff Barry
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, October 28, 1966

"I'm a Believer"

  • Written by Neil Diamond
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Backing Vocals by Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones & Peter Tork
  • Guitar: Al Gorgoni and Sal Ditroia
  • Organ: Artie Butler
  • Piano and Tambourine: Jeff Barry
  • Bass: Dick Romoff
  • Drums: Buddy Salzman
  • Produced by Jeff Barry
  • Recorded in New York City, October 15 and 23, 1966
  • Reached number 1 on the pop charts

1994 Bonus tracks[edit]

"Don't Listen to Linda" (Previously Unissued Version)

"I'll Spend My Life With You" (Alternate Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky Dolenz
  • Guitars by Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton
  • Bass by Larry Taylor
  • Drums by Billy Lewis
  • Percussion by Gene Estes and David Walters
  • Recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, October 26, 1966
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Unused until Headquarters, when it was re-recorded by the Monkees

"I Don't Think You Know Me" (Previously Unreleased Version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Backing vocals: Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith
  • Intended for use for the television series, but never broadcast

"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (Previously Unreleased Version)

  • Includes an organ solo
  • Used in the episode "Monkees in Manhattan"

"I'm a Believer" (Previously Unreleased Early Version)

  • Take 4A, which is slightly slower and features raw vocals from Micky

2006 Bonus tracks[edit]

"Apples, Peaches, Bananas & Pears"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Featured on Missing Links Volume 1

"Ladies Aid Society" (Original Mono Mix)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy
  • Previously Unissued

"I'll Spend My Life With You" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Unused until Headquarters, when it was re-recorded by the Monkees/On the 1994 reissue

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

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal by Peter Tork
  • Backing vocals: Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Mike Nesmith
  • Intended for use for the television series, but never broadcast/On the 1994 reissue

"Through The Looking Glass" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Backing vocal by Davy
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 3

"Don't Listen To Linda" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Backing vocal by Davy
  • Originally on the 1994 reissue

"Kicking Stones"

  • Written by Lynn Castle and Wayne Erwin
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 1, titled "Teeny Tiny Gnome."

"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"

  • Features a narration by Peter Tork. This was intended to give Peter a bigger role in the album

"I'm a Believer" (Alternate Mix)

  • Same track from 1994 reissue, but in stereo and different studio chatter.

"Mr. Webster" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.

"Valleri" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Davy
  • Backing vocal by Micky
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.

"Words" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky and Peter
  • Backing vocal by Davy
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.

"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (TV Version)

  • Written by Neil Diamond
  • Lead vocal by Davy
  • Backing vocal by Micky and Peter
  • Originally featured on the Music Box set, remixed in stereo.
  • Same version on the 1994 release

"I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (TV Version)

  • Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.

"Tear Drop City" (Alternate Mix)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Later sped up (and mixed in stereo) for Instant Replay in 1969. Previously unissued.

"Of You" (Mono Mix)

  • Written by Bill and John Chadwick
  • Lead vocal by Mike
  • Originally featured on the Music Box set. A stereo mix with backing vocals from Micky Dolenz featured on Missing Links Volume 1.

"Hold On Girl" (First Recorded Version)

  • Written by Jack Keller, Ben Raleih, and Billy Carr
  • Lead vocal by Davy
  • Backing vocal by Micky and Davy
  • Later re-recorded for More of the Monkees.
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.

"(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love"

  • Written by Michael Martin Murphy
  • Lead vocal by Micky
  • Originally featured on Missing Links Volume 2.
  • Two sessions for Micky's vocals were made. The second (which Micky believed was "terribly out of sync") came in October 1966 and was the basis for the song's 1990 release. A different vocal by Micky was recorded earlier that summer.

Other personnel[edit]

  • Music supervisor: Don Kirshner
  • Music coordinators: Lester Sill and Emil LaViola

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard 200 1[4]
1967 UK Albums Chart 1[5]

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1966 "I'm a Believer" Billboard Hot 100 1[4]
1966 " (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" Billboard Hot 100 20[4]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ More of the Monkees at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Lefcowitz, Eric (2011). Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band. Port Washington, NY: Retrofuture Products. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-943249-00-7. 
  3. ^ "Monkee45s - Albums - The Monkees". Monkee45s.net. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "More of The Monkees - Charts and Awards". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - The Monkees - More of the Monkees". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – More of The Monkees – The Monkees". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 23 June 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  • More of the Monkees CD liner notes
  • The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation by Andrew Sandoval
Preceded by
The Monkees by the Monkees
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 11 - June 16, 1967
Succeeded by
Sounds Like... by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Preceded by
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)
UK Albums Chart number-one album
13 May 1967 - 20 May 1967
27 May 1967 - 3 June 1967
Succeeded by
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)