The Monkees (album)

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The Monkees
The Monkees Album.jpg
Studio album by The Monkees
Released October 10, 1966
Recorded July 1966
Genre Pop rock
Length 29:24
Label Colgems (original U.S. release)
RCA Victor (original release outside U.S.)
Arista (1987 LP reissue + 1988 CD reissue)
Rhino (1986 LP reissue + 1994 & 2006 CD reissues)
Sundazed (1996 LP reissue)
Producer Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller, Michael Nesmith
The Monkees chronology
The Monkees
(1966)
More of the Monkees
(1967)
Singles from The Monkees
  1. "Last Train to Clarksville" / "Take a Giant Step"
    Released: August 16, 1966
  2. "I Wanna Be Free"
    Released: May 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[3]

The Monkees is the first album by the band The Monkees. It was released in October 1966 by Colgems Records in the United States and RCA Victor in the rest of the world. It was the first of four consecutive U.S. number one albums for the group, taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks, after which it was displaced by the band's second album.[4] It also topped the UK charts in 1967. The Monkees has been certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA, with sales of over five million copies.

The song "Last Train to Clarksville" was released as a single shortly before the release of the album and went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the only hit single from the album. "I'll Be True to You" was previously released as a single by The Hollies in January 1965 under the title "Yes I Will".

History[edit]

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded in several separate sessions around Los Angeles from July 5–25, 1966. The earliest sessions were produced by the trio of Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart and Jack Keller, while later sessions were produced by the team of Boyce and Hart. Michael Nesmith also produced two sessions scheduled around the work done by Boyce, Hart and Keller.

Famously, The Monkees were not permitted by their management to function as a working band for this album, with the group's contributions limited almost entirely to vocal tracks. Eight of the original LP's twelve tracks feature one lone Monkee singing lead vocal over instrumentation (and even backing vocals) recorded entirely by session musicians. Other tracks feature multiple Monkees singing over session players; only on the two tracks produced by Michael Nesmith does a Monkee (Peter Tork) get to play an instrument (guitar). (Note that Nesmith also wrote or co-wrote these two tracks.) No tracks on the original LP feature participation from all four Monkees.

Artwork[edit]

The photos in the "film strip" on the left side of the back cover are from two episodes of the Monkees' TV show. The first three photos are from "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers", the other two are from the episode "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool". Also included are brief stats of the Monkees.

Early pressings of the LP cover as well as side 1 of the label featured the misspelled song "Papa Jean's Blues" (Catalog number COM/COS 101). This was soon corrected as "Papa Gene's Blues" (Catalog number COM/COS 101 RE). It was standard practice for RCA to add an "RE" when any one side of a record sleeve had a revision. Open copies of both versions are easy to find. In addition 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 101 RE2). There were no mono copies issued in 1969 as they were phased out altogether in 1968.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1966 Colgems vinyl issue[edit]

Side 1

All songs written and composed by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, except where noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "(Theme from) The Monkees"   Micky Dolenz 2:18
2. "Saturday's Child" (David Gates) Micky Dolenz 2:43
3. "I Wanna Be Free"   Davy Jones 2:39
4. "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Tommy Boyce, Steve Venet) Micky Dolenz 2:39
5. "Papa Gene's Blues" (Michael Nesmith) Michael Nesmith 1:57
6. "Take a Giant Step" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) Micky Dolenz 2:33
Side 2
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Last Train to Clarksville"   Micky Dolenz 2:44
2. "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day"   Davy Jones 2:09
3. "Let's Dance On"   Micky Dolenz 2:30
4. "I'll Be True to You" (Gerry Goffin, Russ Titelman) Davy Jones 2:50
5. "Sweet Young Thing" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Michael Nesmith) Michael Nesmith 1:56
6. "Gonna Buy Me a Dog"   Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones 2:41

1994 Rhino CD reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12: Original album in stereo

  1. "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" (Early version) - 2:55
  2. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Goffin, King) (Alternate version) - 2:18
  3. "(Theme from) The Monkees" (Early version) - 0:52

1996 Sundazed vinyl reissue[edit]

Bonus track at the end of Side 1: "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" (Prev. unissued early version) - 2:55
Bonus track at the end of Side 2: "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Goffin, King) (Prev. unissued alternate version) - 2:18[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. "(Theme from) The Monkees" (Second Recorded Version) - 1:03
  2. "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" (Alternate Mix) (Nesmith, Roger Atkins) - 2:06
  3. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Micky's Vocal) (Goffin, King) - 2:16
  4. "So Goes Love" (Goffin, King) - 3:31
  5. "Papa Gene's Blues" (Alternate Mix) (Nesmith) - 1:59
  6. "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" - 3:38
  7. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love" (Alternate Mix, Davy's Vocal) (Michael Martin Murphey) - 3:11
  8. "Gonna Buy Me a Dog" (Backing Track) - 2:59
  9. Monkees Radio Spot (Previously Unissued) - 0:53
Disc Two

Tracks 1-12: Original album in mono

  1. "Kellogg's Jingle" - 0:20
  2. "All The King's Horses" (Nesmith) - 2:21
  3. "You Just May Be the One" (TV Version) (Nesmith) - 1:59
  4. "I Wanna Be Free" (Fast Version) - 2:46
  5. "I Don't Think You Know Me" (Mike's Vocal) - 2:16
  6. "I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (Mono Mix) (Goffin, King) - 2:41
  7. "Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)" (Demo Version) (Nesmith) - 2:27
  8. "(Theme from) The Monkees" (TV Version) - 0:50

2014 Rhino Super Deluxe 3 CD reissue[edit]

The following tracks were included on the 2014 Super Deluxe edition of the album.

Disc One

The Original Mono Album

  1. "(Theme From) The Monkees"
  2. "Saturday’s Child"
  3. "I Wanna Be Free"
  4. "Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day"
  5. "Papa Gene’s Blues"
  6. "Take A Giant Step"
  7. "Last Train To Clarksville"
  8. "This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day"
  9. "Let’s Dance On"
  10. "I’ll Be True To You"
  11. "Sweet Young Thing"
  12. "Gonna Buy Me A Dog"
    The Original Stereo Album
  13. "(Theme From) The Monkees"
  14. "Saturday’s Child"
  15. "I Wanna Be Free"
  16. "Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day"
  17. "Papa Gene’s Blues"
  18. "Take A Giant Step"
  19. "Last Train To Clarksville"
  20. "This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day"
  21. "Let’s Dance On"
  22. "I’ll Be True To You"
  23. "Sweet Young Thing"
  24. "Gonna Buy Me A Dog"
    Bonus Material
  25. "(Theme From) The Monkees" (second Version)
  26. "You Just May Be The One" (mono Tv Version) †
  27. "This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day" (mono Tv Version) †
  28. "Take A Giant Step" (mono Tv Version) †
  29. "All The King’s Horses" (mono Tv Version) †
  30. "I Wanna Be Free" (fast Version – Mono Tv Mix) †
  31. "The Kind Of Girl I Could Love" (alternate Mono Mix) †
  32. "Monkees Nbc Promo Spot" †
  33. "Saturday’s Child" (mono Tv Version) †
  34. "Kellogg’s Jingle"
  35. "Monkees Radio Spot"
  36. "(Theme From) The Monkees" (tv Version)
Disc 2

The Monkees - Sessions

  1. "I Wanna Be Free" (overdubbed Demo – Take 2) †
  2. "All The King’s Horses" (alternate Vocal Take) †
  3. "The Kind Of Girl I Could Love" (alternate Vocal Take) †
  4. "I Don’t Think You Know Me" (stereo Remix – Micky’s Vocal) †
  5. "(Theme From) The Monkees" (version One - Master Backing Track) †
  6. "Let’s Dance On" (master Backing Track) †
  7. "This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day" (master Backing Track) †
  8. "Gonna Buy Me A Dog" (version One - Backing Track Take Five) †
  9. "So Goes Love" (take One) †
  10. "So Goes Love" (alternate Vocal Take) †
  11. "Papa Gene’s Blues" (backing Track - Take One) †
  12. "Papa Gene’s Blues" (alternate Vocal Take) †
  13. "I’ll Be True To You" (stereo Remix) †
  14. "I Won’t Be The Same Without Her" (backing Track - Take Six) †
  15. "I Won’t Be The Same Without Her" (stereo Remix) †
  16. "Sweet Young Thing" (backing Track - Take One) †
  17. "Sweet Young Thing" (stereo Remix) †
  18. "You Just May Be The One" (rehearsal & Backing Track – Take Nineteen) †
  19. "You Just May Be The One" (stereo Remix) †
  20. "I Wanna Be Free" (version Two - Backing Track Take Six) †
  21. "I Wanna Be Free" (version Three - Backing Track Take Three) †
  22. "I Wanna Be Free" (version Three – Stereo Remix) †
  23. "Jokes" (backing Track) †
  24. "Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day" (master Backing Track) †
  25. "Gonna Buy Me A Dog" (version Two – Backing Track Take Two) †
  26. "I Can’t Get Her Off Of My Mind" (version One – Stereo Remix) †
  27. "Mary, Mary" (backing Track – Take One) †
  28. "Of You" (backing Track – Take One) †
  29. "Of You" (stereo Remix) †
  30. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love" (rehearsal) †
  31. "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love" (stereo Remix Of Davy’s Vocal) †
Disc 3

David Jones - The Original Mono Album

  1. "What Are We Going To Do?"
  2. "Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner"
  3. "Put Me Amongst The Girls"
  4. "Any Old Iron"
  5. "Theme For A New Love"
  6. "It Ain’t Me Babe"
  7. "Face Up To It"
  8. "Dream World"
  9. "Baby It’s Me"
  10. "My Dad"
  11. "This Bouquet"
    David Jones - The Singles
  12. "Take Me To Paradise"
  13. "The Girl From Chelsea"
    David Jones - The Original Stereo Album
  14. "What Are We Going To Do?"
  15. "Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner"
  16. "Put Me Amongst The Girls
  17. "Any Old Iron"
  18. "Theme For A New Love"
  19. "It Ain’t Me Babe"
  20. "Face Up To It"
  21. "Baby It’s Me"
  22. "My Dad"
  23. "This Bouquet"
    Michael Blessing - The Singles
  24. "The New Recruit"
  25. "A Journey With Michael Blessing"
  26. "Until It’s Time For You To Go"
  27. "What Seems To Be The Trouble Officer"
  28. "Who Do You Love" †
  29. "Get Out Of My Life Woman" †
    The Monkees – Demos
  30. "I Wanna Be Free" (rehearsal) †
  31. "I Wanna Be Free" (demo – Take Twelve) †
  32. "I Wanna Be Free" (demo Remake – Take One) †
  33. "I Wanna Be Free" (demo Remake – Take Five) †

† Previously Unissued Recording

Session information[edit]

"(Theme From) The Monkees"

"Saturday's Child"

  • Written by David Gates
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Wayne Erwin, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louis Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tambourine: Gene Estes
  • Organ: Bobby Hart
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 9, 1966 (2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)
  • Produced by Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller

"I Wanna Be Free"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Acoustic guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Harpsichord: Michel Rubini
  • Violins: Bonnie Douglas, Paul Shure
  • Viola: Myra Kestenbuam
  • Cello: Fred Seykora
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 19, 1966 (2:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart

"Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Steve Venet
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Acoustic guitar: Tommy Boyce
  • Electric guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Harmonica: Keith Allison
  • Tambourine: unknown
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio #1, Hollywood, California; July 23, 1966 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart

"Papa Gene's Blues"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitars: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, James Helms, Don Peake
  • Bass: William Pitman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Frank DeVito,
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Jim Gordon (vibraslap)
  • Recorded at Western Recorders Studio 2, Hollywood, California; July 7, 1966 (8:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith
  • First album pressing features title incorrectly listed as "Papa Jean's Blues"

"Take a Giant Step"

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz and Unknown
  • Acoustic guitar: Tommy Boyce
  • Electric guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Piano: Jack Keller
  • Harpsichord: Michael Rubini
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Glockenspiel: Bobby Hart
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Oboe: Bob Cooper
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio C, Hollywood, California; July 9, 1966 (2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
  • Alternate mix appears in The Monkees episode "The Chaperone," featuring single vocal track and different backing vocals

"Last Train to Clarksville"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Unknown
  • Acoustic guitar: Tommy Boyce
  • Electric guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes, David Walters
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, Hollywood, California; July 25, 1966 (7:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart

"This Just Doesn't Seem to be My Day"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Wayne Erwin, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Cello: Joseph Ditullio
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 5, 1966 (2:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)[7]
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller
  • Longer version with an extended instrumental break featured in The Monkees episodes "Royal Flush" and "The Chaperone"

"Let's Dance On"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Wayne Erwin, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Organ: Bobby Hart
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 5, 1966 (2:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)[7]
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller

"I'll Be True to You"

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Russ Titelman
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Glockenspiel: Bobby Hart
  • Percussion: Gene Estes
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio C, Hollywood, California; July 9, 1966 (2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jack Keller
  • Mono version features double-tracked vocals
  • Originally titled "Yes I Will".
  • Different version appears on Rhino/Flashback CD Last Train From Clarksville and Other Hits

"Sweet Young Thing"

  • Written by Michael Nesmith, Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  • Lead vocal: Michael Nesmith
  • Backing vocals: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Unknown
  • Guitars: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Michael Deasy
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Dano bass: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Frank DeVito, Jim Gordon
  • Violin: Jimmy Bryant
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 18, 1966 (8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith

"Gonna Buy Me a Dog"

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocals: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones
  • Guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Organ: Bobby Hart
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studio #1, Hollywood, California; July 23, 1966 (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
  • Davy can be heard saying "They're Coming to Take Us Away, Ha Ha.." at end; this refers to the July 1966 novelty hit by Napoleon XIV, "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!"

1994 bonus tracks session information[edit]

"I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" (first recorded version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Davy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Unknown
  • Guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Tack piano: Bobby Hart
  • Auto harp: Bobby Hart
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Percussion: Gene Estes, David Walters
  • Marimba: Gene Estes
  • Recorded at RCA Victor studios, Hollywood, California; July 25, 1966 (7:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
  • Re-recorded for Headquarters

"I Don't Think You Know Me" (Micky Dolenz vocal version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony/backing vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitars: James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey
  • Organ: Larry Knechtel
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; June 25, 1966 (7:30 p.m.–12:15 p.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith
  • Arranger: Don Peake
  • Alternate versions featuring Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork on lead vocals also exist.

"(Theme From) The Monkees" (second recorded version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocal: Micky Dolenz
  • Harmony vocals/producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart

2006 bonus tracks session information[edit]

"I Don't Think You Know Me" (Michael Nesmith vocal version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead/harmony/backing vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Guitars: James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey
  • Organ: Larry Knechtel
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; June 25, 1966 (7:30 p.m.–12:15 a.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith
  • Arranger: Don Peake
  • Alternate versions featuring Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on lead vocals also exist.

"So Goes Love" (second recorded version)

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Lead/backing vocals: Davy Jones
  • Guitars: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Jim Helms
  • Bass: Bill Pittman
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Electric Piano: Billy Preston
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Jim Gordon
  • Recorded July 7–25, 1966
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith
  • Arranger: Don Peake

"(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love" (alternate mix)

  • Written by Michael Martin Murphey
  • Lead vocal by Davy Jones
  • Harmony vocal by 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

"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 at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California;June 25, 1966 (7:30 p.m.–12:15 p.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith

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

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitars/dano basses: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Robert West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon
  • Percussion: Gene Estes, Frank DeVito
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 18, 1966 (8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith
  • The song features the doubling of regular bass with Danelectro or "dano" bass; the dano bass' distinctive twang gave Nesmith's 1966 tracks a country flavor. The doubling of bass proved difficult to master as some 35 takes were needed before the backing track was completed.
  • The song was featured on three first-season episodes of The Monkees: "The Chaperone," "One Man Shy," and "Monkees A La Mode."

"I Wanna Be Free" (fast version)

  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Lead vocals: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz
  • Guitars: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
  • Bass: Larry Taylor
  • Drums: Billy Lewis
  • Tambourine: Gene Estes
  • Organ: Michel Rubini
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 19, 1966 (2:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)
  • Producers: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart

"I Won't Be the Same Without Her" (mono mix)

  • Written by Michael Nesmith
  • Lead/backing vocals: Michael Nesmith
  • Harmony vocals: Micky Dolenz
  • Guitars/dano basses: Peter Tork, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Mike Deasey
  • Bass: Bob West
  • Drums: Hal Blaine
  • Percussion: Gary Coleman, Frank DeVito
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California; July 18, 1966 (8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.)
  • Producer: Michael Nesmith

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1966 Billboard 200 1[8]
1967 Billboard 200 1[8]
1968 UK Charts 1[9]

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1966 "Last Train to Clarksville" Billboard Hot 100 1[8]
1967 "Last Train to Clarksville" UK Charts 3[9]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 553. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Lefcowitz, Eric (2011). Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band. Port Washington, NY: Retrofuture Products. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-943249-00-7. 
  5. ^ "Monkee45s - Albums - The Monkees". Monkee45s.net. Retrieved 18 September 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ stevehoffman.tv
  7. ^ a b Some sites like the Monkees Music Vault claim that the song was recorded on July 6, while other sites like the Sunshine Factory and Monkees Sessionography claim July 5.
  8. ^ a b c "The Monkees - Charts and Awards". Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – 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
  • Liner notes, 2006 reissue of The Monkees
  • The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation by Andrew Sandoval

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dr. Zhivago (soundtrack) by Maurice Jarre
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 12, 1966 - February 10, 1967
Succeeded by
More of The Monkees by The Monkees
Preceded by
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)
UK Albums Chart number-one album
February 4, 1967 - March 18, 1967
Succeeded by
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)