More of the Monkees

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More of the Monkees
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 9, 1967
RecordedJune–November 1966
GenrePop rock
LabelColgems (original U.S. release)
RCA Victor (original release outside U.S.)
Arista (1987 LP reissue + 1990 CD reissue)
Rhino (1986 LP reissue + 1995 & 2007 CD reissues)
Sundazed (1996 LP reissue)
ProducerTommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Sedaka, Carole Bayer Sager, Michael Nesmith, Jeff Barry, Jack Keller, Gerry Goffin, Carole King
The Monkees chronology
The Monkees
More of the Monkees
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

More of the Monkees is the second studio album by the American pop rock band 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.


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".[4]

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.[4]


The original pressing catalog number is COM/COS 102. When the album was reissued in 1968 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1967 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."She"Tommy Boyce, Bobby HartMicky Dolenz2:40
2."When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)"Carole Bayer Sager, Neil SedakaDavy Jones1:49
3."Mary, Mary"Michael NesmithMicky Dolenz2:16
4."Hold on Girl"Billy Carr, Jack Keller, Ben RaleighDavy Jones2:29
5."Your Auntie Grizelda"Diane Hildebrand, Jack KellerPeter Tork2:30
6."(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"Tommy Boyce, Bobby HartMicky Dolenz2:25
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"Neil DiamondDavy Jones2:16
2."The Kind of Girl I Could Love"Michael Nesmith, Roger AtkinsMichael Nesmith1:53
3."The Day We Fall in Love"Sandy Linzer, Denny RandellDavy Jones2:26
4."Sometime in the Morning"Gerry Goffin, Carole KingMicky Dolenz2:30
5."Laugh"Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Hank Medress, Jay SiegelDavy Jones2:30
6."I'm a Believer"Neil DiamondMicky Dolenz2:50
Total length:28:34

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "Don't Listen to Linda" (Boyce, Hart) (First Recorded Version) – 2:28
  2. "I'll Spend My Life with You" (Boyce, Hart) (First Recorded Version) – 2:30
  3. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Goffin, King) (Second Recorded Version) – 2:19
  4. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (Diamond) (Extended Mix) – 2:53
  5. "I'm a Believer" (Diamond) (Early 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[6]

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 (Teeny Tiny Gnome)" (Lynn Castle, Wayne Erwin) – 2:32
  8. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (With Peter's Narration) (Diamond) – 3:08
  9. "I'm a Believer" (Early Version – 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. "Valleri" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) – 2:30
  2. "Words" (First Recorded Version) (Boyce, Hart) – 2:58
  3. "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (TV Version) (Diamond) – 2:50
  4. "I'll Be Back Up on My Feet" (First Recorded Version) (Linzer, Randell) – 2:37
  5. "Tear Drop City" (Early Mix) (Boyce, Hart) – 2:18
  6. "Of You" (Mono Mix) (Bill Chadwick, John Chadwick) – 2:01
  7. "Hold on Girl" (First Recorded Version) (Keller, Raleigh, Carr) – 2:44
  8. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (Michael Martin Murphey) – 02:59

Session information[edit]



Chart (1967) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[11] 4
Canadian Albums (RPM)[12] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 25
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 16
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[16] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 1


Year Single Chart Peak
1966 "I'm a Believer" Billboard Hot 100 1[19]
1966 "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" Billboard Hot 100 20[19]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[20] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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Works cited

  • More of the Monkees CD liner notes
  • The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation by Andrew Sandoval