Missing Links Volume Two

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Missing Links Volume Two
Missing Links Volume Two - The Monkees.jpg
Compilation album by The Monkees
Released January 1990
Recorded 1966 - 1969
Genre Rock
Length 47:41
Label Rhino
Producer Various
Compiler Bill Inglot and Andrew Sandoval
The Monkees chronology
Pool It!
(1987)String Module Error: Match not found1987
Missing Links Volume Two
(1990)
Listen to the Band
(1991)Listen to the Band1991

Missing Links Volume Two is the second of three rarity albums by the Monkees (Missing Links Volume 1 and Missing Links Volume 3). It was released in 1990. The album contains several tracks that had been featured in the television series but had never before been available commercially.

As this compilation was released on both vinyl and CD, tracks 7, 11, 14 and 15 do not appear on the original vinyl album version.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All the King's Horses" (Nesmith)
  2. "Valleri" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  3. "St. Matthew" (Nesmith)
  4. "Words" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  5. "Some of Shelley's Blues" (Nesmith)
  6. "I Wanna Be Free" (TV version) (Boyce & Hart)
  7. "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" (Jack Keller & Bob Russell)
  8. "Come on In" (Jo Mapes)
  9. "I'll Be Back Up on My Feet" (Mono TV version) (Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell)
  10. "Down the Highway (Michigan Blackhawk)" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Toni Stern)
  11. "Hold on Girl" (Help is on its Way) (First recorded version) (Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh, & Billy Carr)
  12. "The Crippled Lion" (Nesmith)
  13. "Changes" (Pitts & Jones)
  14. "Mr. Webster" (First recorded version) (Boyce & Hart)
  15. "You Just May Be the One" (TV version) (Nesmith)
  16. (I Prithee) "Do Not Ask for Love" (First recorded version) (Michael Murphy)
  17. "Circle Sky" (Live version from "Head") (Nesmith)
  18. "Seeger's Theme" (Second recorded version) (Seeger)
  19. "Riu Chiu" (Studio version with Chip Douglas filling in for Davy Jones on vocals) (Traditional)

Session information[edit]

"All the King's Horses"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork
  • Guitar: James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey
  • Bass: Larry Knechtel, Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Jim Gordon
  • Recorded during sessions for The Monkees at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; June 25, 1966 (7:30 pm–12:15 am)
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith

"Valleri" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Bobby Hart, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees; re-recorded for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, California; August 6, 1966

"St. Matthew"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Electric guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Harold Bradley, Wayne Moss
  • Steel guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Bass: Norbert Putnam
  • Banjo: Bobby Thompson
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Percussion/Organ: Unknown
  • Piano: David Briggs
  • Violin: Buddy Spicher
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded during sessions for Head at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; June 2, 1968

"Words" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocals: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Bobby Hart, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Norm Jeffries
  • Flute: Ethmer Roten
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded in October 1966
  • Recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees; re-recorded for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

"Some of Shelly’s Blues"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic guitar: Billy Sanford
  • Steel guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Banjo: Sonny Osborne
  • Bass: Bobby Dyson
  • Drums: Willie Ackerman
  • Organ: Larry Butler
  • Harmonica: Charlie McCoy
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith and Felton Jarvis
  • Recorded during sessions for Head at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; May 29, 1968

"I Wanna Be Free" (fast version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tambourine: Gene Estes
  • Organ: Michel Rubini
  • Recorded during sessions for The Monkees at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 19, 1966 (2–7:30 PM)
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

"If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again"

  • Written by Jack Keller and Bob Russell
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitar: Del Kacher
  • Electric Guitar: Louie Shelton
  • Acoustic Guitar: Dennis Budimir, Al Casey, Mike Deasy
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Tambourine/Vibes: Milt Holland, Stan Levey
  • Harpsichord: Michael Melvoin
  • Violin: Jack Gootkin, Bob Jung, George Poole, Heimann Weinstine, William Weiss
  • Viola: Garry Nuttycombe
  • Cello: Douglas Davis
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • Recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; February 1968

"Come On In"

  • Written by Jo Mapes
  • Lead vocal: Peter Tork
  • Electric guitar: Stephen Stills, Lance Wakely
  • Bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Dewey Martin
  • Tack piano: Peter Tork
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • Recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California; February 8, 1968
  • Mistakenly credited to Steven Dubof and Neil Levonsen

"I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (mono television version)

  • Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocal: Unknown
  • Guitars: Al Casey, Carol Kaye
  • Bass: Ray Pohlman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Frank Capp, Julius Wechter
  • Piano: Don Randi and Michel Rubini
  • Produced by Jeff Barry
  • Recorded on October 26, 1966
  • Recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees; re-recorded for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees

"Michigan Blackhawk" (a.k.a. Down The Highway)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Toni Stern
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitars: Al Casey, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded during sessions for "The Monkees Present" in June 1969,;[1] several sources erroneously document the song recorded in June 1968.[2]
  • "Michigan Blackhawk" is mistitled; the song included here is a Goffin/King/Stern song tiutled "Down The Highway"; recorded on June 5, 1969; the mistitling comes from the use of the title "Michigan Blackhawk" on an unfinished Nesmith track recorded on June 10, 1969.[3]
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; June 5, 1969.[4]

"Hold On Girl" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh, Billy Carr
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Alan Estes
  • Oboe: Norman Benno
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
  • Recorded for More of the Monkees at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; September 10, 1966

"The Crippled Lion"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Acoustic guitar: Harold Bradley
  • Steel guitar: Lloyd Green
  • Banjo: Sonny Osborne
  • Bass: Bobby Dyson
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan
  • Organ: David Briggs
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith and Felton Jarvis
  • Recorded during sessions for Head at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; May 29, 1968

"Changes"

  • Written by David Jones and Steve Pitts
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Mike Deasy, Al Hendrickson, Gerry McGee
  • Bass: Max Bennett
  • Drums: Earl Palmer
  • Percussion: Milt Holland, Jerry Williams
  • Piano: Don Randi
  • Violin: Sam Freed, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld
  • Cello: Marie Fera, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Edgar Lustgarten, Frederick Seykora
  • Trumpet: Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon
  • French Horn: John Cave, David Duke, Arthur Maebe
  • Trombone: George Roberts
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • Recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees at Western Recorders, Studio 2, Hollywood, California; February 6, 1968

"Mr. Webster" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead/backing vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Acoustic guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Percussion: Alan Estes
  • Oboe: Norman Benno
  • Cello: Maggie Aue
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees; re-recorded for Headquarters
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; September 10, 1966

"You Just May Be The One" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar/Dano bass: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Robert West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Gene Estes, DeVito
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 18, 1966 (8:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M.)
  • Recorded during sessions for The Monkees; re-recorded for Headquarters
  • Featured doubling of regular bass with Danelectro bass. The doubling of bass proved difficult to master as some 35 takes were needed before the backing track was completed.

"(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Michael Martin Murphy
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitar: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Jim Gordon
  • Piano: Michael Cohen, Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Michael Nesmith
  • Recorded on November 17, 1966
  • Two sessions for Micky's vocals were made. The second was recorded in October 1966 and was the basis for the song's 1990 release. A different vocal by Micky was recorded earlier that summer.
  • Recorded during sessions for More of the Monkees

"Circle Sky" (live version)

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Electric guitar: Michael Nesmith
  • Bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Micky Dolenz
  • Percussion/Organ: Davy Jones
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • Recorded live at Valley Auditorium and Lagoon Park Amusement Center, Salt Lake City, Utah; May 21, 1968; performance featured in the film Head

"Seeger’s Theme" (second recorded version)

  • Written by Pete Seeger
  • Whistling: Peter Tork
  • Guitars: Peter Tork, Lance Wakely
  • Banjo/bass: Peter Tork
  • Drums: Buddy Miles
  • Produced by The Monkees
  • Originally recorded during sessions for Headquarters; released in 2000 on The Headquarters Sessions
  • Recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; January 20, 1968

"Ríu Chíu" (studio version)

  • Lead vocals: Chip Douglas, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork
  • Produced by Chip Douglas
  • Recorded during sessions for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. on August 21, 1967
  • Douglas substitutes for Davy Jones on lead vocals

Notes[edit]

  • "You Just May Be the One," "Hold On Girl," "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again," and "Mr. Webster" are CD Only Tracks
  • The television version of "Words" includes a backwards tape segment not included in episode the track appeared in ("Monkees Manhattan Style")

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