Alternate/Fantasy MONKEES albums

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

  1. Ram On 1971

    Ram On 1971 Active Member

    Dallas, TX
    My version of The Birds, The Bees, The Monkees looks like this.

    Side 1:
    Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears
    Writing Wrongs
    Lady’s Baby
    Tapioca Tundra
    I’m Gonna Try
    Nine Times Blue
    P.O. Box 9847

    Side 2:
    I’ll Be Back Upon My Feet
    Carlisle Wheeling
    Alvin/Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
    Magnolia Simms
    Daydream Believer
    Zor And Zam
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  3. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
  4. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    Oh my God - it is!

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  5. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

    Golden, CO USA
    and . . .

    "Both Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith auditioned for the role of Arthur Fonzarelli for the television program Happy Days before they became members of The Monkees."

  6. Michael2damax

    Michael2damax Well-Known Member

    I have finally decided to make an all new alternate album list and I have gone back to the 12 album track listings for most albums.

    Single #1 - Last Train To Clarksville/I Wanna Be Free (Slow Version) (8/66)

    I changed the B-side of this single to the slow version of I Wanna Be Free because it was featured in the TV show and that I want both versions to be released in 1966.

    The Monkees (Self-Titled) (10/66)
    Side A
    1. (Theme From) The Monkees
    2. Saturday's Child
    3. I Wanna Be Free (Fast Version) (ML2 Mix)
    4. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day
    5. Papa Gene's Blues
    6. Take A Giant Step
    Side B
    1. Last Train To Clarksville
    2. This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day
    3. Kind of Girl I Could Love
    4. Let's Dance On
    5. All The King's Horses
    6. Gonna Buy Me A Dog

    My decision in swapping Kind of Girl I Could Love and Sweet Young Thing came from both Kind of Girl being featured earlier in the TV show and also the fact it was recorded first. I also wouldn't of put Gonna Buy Me A Dog on the album if there wasn't an entire episode of the show dedicated to the song itself. I would have put either So Goes Love or I'll Be True To You in its place.

    Single #2 - I'm A Believer/Steppin' Stone (11/66)
    Single #3 - Valleri/I'll Be Back Upon My Feet (1/67)

    I made a second single for More of the Monkees since Valleri should have been a single in 1967 and not 1968.

    More of the Monkees (1/67)
    Side A
    1. She
    2. When Love Comes Knockin'
    3. Mary, Mary
    4. Your Auntie Grizelda
    5. Steppin' Stone
    6. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
    Side B
    1. Valleri (ML2 Mix)
    2. I'll Be Back Upon My Feet
    3. Sometime in the Morning
    4. Laugh
    5. Sweet Young Thing
    6. I'm A Believer

    I moved Look Out onto Side A because I feel it's a better closer to a side than an opener.

    Single #4 - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You/99 Pounds (3/67)

    I made the B-side 99 Pounds as it was originally going to be the B-side. I felt it was stronger than the original version of She Hangs Out

    After These Messages (3/67)
    Side A
    1. Apples, Peaches, Bananas, And Pears (ML Mix)
    2. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Headquarters Deluxe Mix)
    3. I Won't Be The Same Without Her
    4. Through The Looking Glass (MotM SD Mix)
    5. 99 Pounds (Headquarters Deluxe Mix)
    6. Looking For The Good Times
    Side B
    1. So Goes Love
    2. I Don't Think You Know Me (Peter's Vocal) (MotM SD Mix)
    3. I'll Be True To You
    4. Of You (ML Mix)
    5. Hold On Girl (Slow Version) (MotM SD Mix)
    6. I Prithee (Micky's Vocal) (ML2 Mix)

    I decided to create a 3rd album of the best stuff from the Kirshner era. In my world, this was what got him fired as he released a whole album and a single all in the span of a few days just so he could fully cash in one more time before he was fired.

    Single #5 - The Girl I Knew Somewhere/All Of Your Toys (4/67)

    I disregarded the copyright on All of Your Toys as I didn't want this great outtake to go to waste

    Single #6 - Randy Scouse Git/Forget That Girl (5/67)

    Headquarters (5/67)

    Side A
    1. You Told Me
    2. I'll Spend My Life With You
    3. Forget That Girl
    4. Band 6/You Just May Be The One
    5. Shades of Gray
    6. I Can't Get Her Off Of My Mind
    7. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
    Side B
    1. All Of Your Toys (Headquarters Deluxe Mix)
    2. Mr. Webster
    3. Sunny Girlfriend
    4. Zilch/No Time
    5. Early Morning Blues And Greens
    6. Randy Scouse Git
    7. For Pete's Sake

    I combined Band 6 and Zilch with You Just May Be The One and No Time just like how they combined Peter Percival and Pleasant Valley Sunday on Pisces on vinyl. I also moved For Pete's Sake to the closing spot on the album because it was the song that closed the show in syndication and in Season 2.

    Single #7 - Pleasant Valley Sunday/Words (8/67)
    Single #8 - Daydream Believer/Goin' Down (10/67)

    Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones (11/67)

    Side A
    1. Salesman
    2. She Hangs Out
    3. The Door Into Summer
    4. Cuddly Toy
    5. Words
    6. Daydream Believer
    7. Goin' Down
    Side B
    1. Hard To Believe
    2. What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round
    3. Love Is Only Sleeping
    4. Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky/Pleasant Valley Sunday
    5. Daily Nightly
    6. Don't Call On Me
    7. Star Collector

    On this album, I just added Daydream Believer and Goin' Down.

    Single #9 - P.O. Box 9847/Tapioca Tundra (2/68)

    With the old version of Valleri being now the released version, I decided that P.O. Box 9847 was the best suitor for the A-side as it was also a Boyce and Hart contribution

    The Birds, The Bees, And the Monkees (4/68)
    Side A
    1. Dream World
    2. Auntie Municipal Court
    3. Carlisle Wheeling (BB SD Mix)
    4. Tapioca Tundra
    5. P.O. Box 9847
    6. Writing Wrongs
    Side B
    1. The Poster
    2. My Share of the Sidewalk (Davy's Vocal)
    3. Come On In (ML 2 Mix) (Pitch Shifted Down to Match Mono Mix)
    4. Ceiling in My Room (BB SD Mix)
    5. Zor and Zam
    6. The Girl I Left Behind Me (BB SD Mix) (Has A Shorten Version of Girl Named Love tag)

    The original Birds and Bees had a lot of great material shelved in place of duds like Magnolia Simms and We Were Made For Each Other. My version has a lot more Nesmith flare, but shows all of the highlights and not the lowlight that is Magnolia Simms. I also feature a Peter song as I want Lady's Baby to be featured on a later album instead.

    Single #10 - Circle Sky (Studio Version)/It's Nice To Be With You (6/68)

    To me, D.W. Washburn is probably the worst released Monkees song. I hate whenever I hear the song, so to replace it, I put the studio version of Circle Sky because it has A-side single merit and it also can move the live version to Head.

    Single #11 - Porpoise Song/As We Go Along (10/68)

    Head (12/68)

    Side A
    1. Opening Ceremony/Porpoise Song
    2. Ditty Diego/Circle Sky (Live)
    3. Can You Dig It?
    4. As We Go Along
    5. Daddy's Song/Happy Birthday Mike
    6. Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?/Closing Ceremony
    Side B
    1. War Games (Fast Version)
    2. Lady's Baby (ML Mix)
    3. It's Nice To Be With You
    4. Nine Times Blue (ML Version)
    5. Tear the Top Right Off Of My Head (Micky's Vocal)
    6. St. Matthew (IR Mix)

    As Birds and The Bees featured a lot of Mike tracks, this featured Peter tracks. Knowing Peter was thinking of leaving, they decided to put his best work on this album and let him leave on a high note. I also love the fact I made the album very Beatles moive soundtrack like, the only issue I have with this album is that Side A is much longer than Side B.

    Single #12 - Teardrop City/A Man Without A Dream (2/69)

    Instant Replay (3/69)

    Side A
    1. Someday Man
    2. Don't Listen To Linda
    3. Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)
    4. Just A Game
    5. Me Without You
    6. A Man Without A Dream
    Side B
    1. You And I
    2. Don't Wait For Me
    3. Smile
    4. Teardrop City
    5. Mommy and Daddy (Uncensored)
    6. While I Cry

    I took out Shorty Blackwell as I find it long and dreadful to listen to. Some songs that were also featured on here were put on earlier albums because their early versions were superior.

    Single #13 - Listen to the Band/Mommy and Daddy (Uncensored) (5/69)

    I couldn't decide on a B-side so I decided to feature a previous album track as its B-side

    Single #14 - Down The Highway/Little Girl (9/69)

    It makes me wonder what exactly the people at Colgems were thinking when they kept Down the Highway in the vaults for so many years. This song not only deserved a release back then, but it definitely was A-side material.

    The Monkees Present (10/69)
    Side A
    1. Opening Night
    2. Little Girl
    3. Good Clean Fun
    4. If I Knew
    5. Little Red Rider
    6. Storybook of You
    Side B
    1. You're So Good
    2. Down The Highway
    3. French Song
    4. Oklahoma Backroom Dancer
    5. Rosemarie (1969 Mix)
    6. Listen to the Band

    I really loved the outtake Opening Night and felt it was appropriate to make it the leadoff track. This album also features a lot of Nesmith, but he was the only one making truly good material during this time in my opinion.

    Single #15 - Steam Engine/Time and Time Again (1/70) (With Mike)
    Single #16 - Oh My My/Love To Love (4/70) (With Mike)

    Changes (6/70) (With Mike)

    Side A
    1. Oh My My
    2. If You Have The Time (Present Deluxe Mix)
    3. If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again
    4. You Can't Tie A Mustang Down (Headquarters Deluxe Mix)
    5. Do You Feel It Too?
    6. I Love You Better
    7. Time And Time Again (Present Deluxe Mix)
    Side B
    1. Steam Engine (Present Deluxe Mix)
    2. Love To Love (ML 3 Mix)
    3. Changes
    4. Angel Band
    5. I Never Thought It Peculiar (Present Deluxe Mix with no overdubs)
    6. Midnight Train
    7. How Can I Tell You?

    Changes had some really bad songs put in and it was hard to find which ones were appealing to me. I feel the 5 I picked were the only true gems and even in the case of Midnight Train and I Never Thought It Peculiar, it was pushing it. I think ending with How Can I Tell You is a perfect end to the band as a whole. The outtakes featured, including the title track was fitting to me and the 1967 songs since the vocals were added in 1969 right as Present came out, so they were very fresh.


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