Alternate/Fantasy MONKEES albums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by VeeFan64, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. VeeFan64

    VeeFan64 A 60s Music Kind of Guy Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    The "Missing Links" thread started me thinking about re-creating Monkees albums. I've been at it all day, it's not as easy as you think! It's pretty fun, though, to try to sequence it and make it seem like it's the real album.

    Here's my take on The Monkees. Short and sweet, ten tracks. I really like the way it flows. I didn't want to change this one around a heck of a lot, just to keep it a simple, introductory Meet The Monkees or Introducing The Monkees sort of thing.

    Side One

    1.(Theme From) The Monkees
    2.I Wanna Be Free (faster version w/ Micky and Davy lead vocs)
    3.Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day
    4.Papa Gene's Blues
    5.Take A Giant Step

    Side Two

    1.Saturday's Child
    2.All The King's Horses
    3.This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day
    4.Sweet Young Thing
    5.Last Train To Clarksville

    I'm still working on my More Of The Monkees, meanwhile, feel free to post your own fantasy/alternate first album!
     
  2. Hamhead

    Hamhead Sinatra promo specialist

    10 tracks?

    Make it 12 and give more bang for the buck
    add:
    Let's Dance On
    Gonna Buy Me A Dog
     
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  3. StewMac

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    Chip TRG Senior Member

  5. MusicFan76

    MusicFan76 Forum Resident

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    I wouldn't change the cover to the first album...great album cover!

    I'd tweak the play order to something like this:

    The Monkees
    Side A
    1. (Theme From) The Monkees
    2. Saturday's Child
    3. I Wanna Be Free (fast version)
    4. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day
    5. Papa Gene's Blues (with Monkees backing vocals)
    6. Take a Giant Step

    Side B
    7. Last Train to Clarksville
    8. This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day
    9. All the King's Horses
    10. I'll Be True To You
    11. Sweet Young Thing
    12. Let's Dance On

    Singles:

    Last Train to Clarksville/Take a Giant Step
    I Wanna Be Free (slow version, maybe???)/Sweet Young Thing
     
  6. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

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  7. VeeFan64

    VeeFan64 A 60s Music Kind of Guy Thread Starter

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Here's my More Of The Monkees alternate album. I changed it around more than the first album, but the nucleus is still there :)

    Side One

    1.She
    2.When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)
    3.I'll Spend My Life With You (1966 version)
    4.Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
    5.You Just May Be The One (1966 verson)
    6.I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone

    Side Two

    1.Mary Mary
    2.Hold On Girl (slow version)
    3.I Don't Think You Know Me (Peter lead voc.)
    4.Sometime In The Morning
    5.The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
    6.I'm A Believer
     
  8. Galley

    Galley Forum Resident

  9. Pawnmower

    Pawnmower Forum Resident

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    My version of "More of the Monkees"

    Side 1
    1. She
    2. When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)
    3. The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
    4. Hold On Girl
    5. Your Auntie Grizelda
    6. I'm A Believer

    Side 2
    1. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
    2. (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
    3. Sometime In The Morning
    4. Of You
    5. (I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love
    6. Mary Mary

    My version of "Headquarters"

    Side 1
    1. You Told Me
    2. I'll Spend My Life With You
    3. Forget That Girl
    4. You Just May Be The One
    5. Shades Of Gray
    6. All Of Your Toys

    Side 2
    1. For Pete's Sake
    2. Mr. Webster
    3. Sunny Girlfriend
    4. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
    5. I Can't Get Her Off My Mind
    6. Randy Scouse Git
     
  10. StewMac

    StewMac Member

    No Early Morning Blues and Greens? It's one of my fav songs off HQ and I'm not even a huge fan of Davy tracks..

    To each is own tho, right?
     
  11. Pawnmower

    Pawnmower Forum Resident

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    I like song.. The only song on that album I don't like is "No Time."
    But I wanted to keep it to 12 tracks and I didn't want to lose any
    of the 11 others. Andrew
     
  12. VeeFan64

    VeeFan64 A 60s Music Kind of Guy Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    "Headquarters"

    Here's my fantasy take on this album. The Monkees go ahead and compile what we know as "Headquarters", but Colgems/RCA rejects it. Instead, they truncate the album, add single tracks, and also re-arrange it. The Monkees don't even know about this until their summer 1967 tour and have to buy a copy themselves.

    (By the way, in my alternate world, "She's So Far..." was cut with a Mike Nesmith vocal.)

    Side One

    1.For Pete's Sake
    2.Forget That Girl
    3.She's So Far Out, She's In
    4.A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
    5.You Told Me (without count-in)

    Side Two

    1.All Of Your Toys
    2.Sunny Girlfriend
    3.The Girl I Knew Somewhere
    4.I Can't Get Her Off Of My Mind
    5.Randy Scouse Git

    My alternate/fantasy aftermath----the album makes #1, and then, in a week, gets knocked off my Sgt. Pepper (which actually happened in real life). Colgems then releases "All Of Your Toys" as a single, which bumps the album (and single) to the #1 spot. In my view, this album is geared toward the teenyboppers, where Sgt Pepper wasn't, hence "Headquarters" being #1.
     
  13. Pawnmower

    Pawnmower Forum Resident

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    to each his own, man.. but that version is terrible! haha.
     
  14. VeeFan64

    VeeFan64 A 60s Music Kind of Guy Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    Hey, that's what makes this fun! No worries :)
     
  15. StewMac

    StewMac Member

    I always wished You Told Me / Randy Scouse Git was a single..
     
  16. TimM

    TimM Senior Member

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    The problem with these is that fixing one album always messes up another one.
    For example: I have always thought the original Valleri should go on "More of the Monkees". But if you do that, it needs to be taken off of "The Birds,the Bees". I would also like to put the original "You Just May Be the One" on the first album, but I love it as is on Headquarters.
     
  17. Jason Penick

    Jason Penick Forum Resident

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    Holy crap, now that's incredible work!! That lady definitely should pursue a career in graphic design if she isn't already in that field. Nice track selections too.

    Anyway I always wondered what would have happened if the Monkees had gone through with their idea of a double album featuring each member on one side. I basically re-did Instant Replay in this fashion, using only cuts that would have been available to them at the time (very early 1969):

    1a. Listen to the Band
    2a. St. Matthew (alt. mix)
    3a. I Won't Be the Same without Her
    4a. While I Cry
    5a. Carlisle Wheeling Effervescent Popsicle
    6a. Nine Times Blue

    1b. Come on In
    2b. Tear the Top Right Off My Head
    3b. Seeger's Theme
    4b. I Don't Think You Know Me (Peter vocal)
    5b. Lady's Baby
    6b. Merry-Go-Round

    1c. Look Down
    2c. Someday Man
    3c. You and I
    4c. Smile
    5c. A Man without a Dream
    6c. Looking for the Good Times

    1d. Through the Looking Glass
    2d. Just a Game
    3d. Teardrop City
    4d. Mommy and Daddy (alt. version w/ intro)
    5d. Rose Marie
    6d. Shorty Blackwell

    Try this line-up at home and see if you don't wind up loving it as much as I do! :goodie:
     
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  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Agree inspired album covers.:love:
     
  19. BobT

    BobT Resident Monkeeman

    Those are great covers, and the detail to match Colgems covers and labels is spot on :righton:
    I think this one is my favorite one of the bunch (so far)
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  20. Jason Penick

    Jason Penick Forum Resident

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    Just finished with the cover for my double LP version of Instant Replay. What do you all think?

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  21. Antifrodis

    Antifrodis Forum Resident

    Very nice, but can you find a pic of Tork from the era? (altho' I'm not sure that the Nez pic used there is from the era either. Hard to tell.) Anyhow, Peter was parting his hair down the middle at that time and had a beard at one point. See if you can work Peter into the background photos as well! :) Good luck!
     
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  22. Jason Penick

    Jason Penick Forum Resident

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    Couldn't find a good color pic from that era of Peter... Believe me, I tried! I may take a screen shot of him doing "Prithee" from 33 1/3 and use some variations of that in the background pics, but I think that pic I used works okay for the cover. (Like you said the Nez one might not be vintage either!)
     
  23. VeeFan64

    VeeFan64 A 60s Music Kind of Guy Thread Starter

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    Philadelphia, PA
    Looks good, got a tracklisting??
     
  24. Jason Penick

    Jason Penick Forum Resident

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    1a. Listen to the Band
    2a. St. Matthew (alt. mix)
    3a. I Won't Be the Same without Her
    4a. While I Cry
    5a. Carlisle Wheeling Effervescent Popsicle
    6a. Nine Times Blue

    1b. Come on In
    2b. Tear the Top Right Off My Head
    3b. Seeger's Theme
    4b. I Don't Think You Know Me (Peter vocal)
    5b. Lady's Baby
    6b. Merry-Go-Round

    1c. Look Down
    2c. Someday Man
    3c. You and I
    4c. Smile
    5c. A Man without a Dream
    6c. Looking for the Good Times

    1d. Through the Looking Glass
    2d. Just a Game
    3d. Teardrop City
    4d. Mommy and Daddy (alt. version w/ intro)
    5d. Rose Marie
    6d. Shorty Blackwell
     
  25. readr

    readr Forum Resident

    1966

    SINGLE - 8/66 (RCA UK Release)
    Last Train To Clarksville
    b/w
    Saturday's Child


    THE MONKEES - LP 9/66 (RCA European Release)

    SIDE ONE
    (Theme From) The Monkees
    Saturday's Child
    I Wanna Be Free
    Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day
    Papa Gene's Blues
    So Goes Love
    Take A Giant Step

    SIDE TWO
    Last Train To Clarksville
    This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day
    I Don't Think You Know Me
    Let's Dance On
    I'll Be True To You
    Sweet Young Thing
    Gonna Buy Me A Dog


    I WANNA BE FREE - EP 10/66 (RCA European Release)

    SIDE A
    I Wanna Be Free
    You Just May Be The One (early version)

    SIDE B
    Take A Giant Step
    I Can't Get Her Off My Mind (early version)


    THE MONKEES EARLY RECORDINGS - LP 12/66 (RCA European Release)

    SIDE ONE
    (Theme From) The Monkees (tv version)
    All The King's Horses
    Dream Girl
    Just A Little Love
    What Are We Going To Do
    Don't Do It

    SIDE TWO
    It Ain't Me Babe
    How Can You Kiss Me
    Take Me To Paradise
    Huff Puff
    I Wanna Be Free (fast version)
    Until It's Time For You To Go


    SINGLE - 12/66 (RCA UK Release)
    I'm A Believer
    b/w
    (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone


    I really didn't have much to change from the US version, just upgraded the tracks to 14 for the UK version. I only use what's available at the time of the release. Fantasy, yes, but reality is also a factor. I always think of the US VJ Beatles thing going on and thought this might have happened in with The Monkees (early recordings coming over after they hit). It probally should have happened here. It was/is my job to compile an album for rush release, so I culled the early singles and added a few outtakes. Always, EP's are compiled for overseas consumption, I just like to make them more appealing by adding some previously unavailable material -- a standard practice used today.
     
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