Monkees Getting New 3-CD Career Compilation and Single CD Hits Set

by VVN Music

The Monkees are riding their biggest wave since the days of their television show. Their latest album, Good Times!, debuted at 14 on the Billboard 200 and became their highest charting album in 48 years. Plus, their latest tour is doing huge business coast-to-coast.

On Tuesday, Rhino announced a new series of releases highlighting the groups career. Out on August 26, the company goes deep with Monkees 50 which includes their hits plus many album tracks from throughout their career starting with, of course, (Theme From) The Monkees and running through two tracks from their latest album.

On the same day, the group will release Forever, a single CD hits set that will also be put out on vinyl LP.

Monkees 50 is a fine collection of the Monkees best music including every charting single, a few non-album b-sides and non-charting tracks from every one of their albums. Presented in chronological order, there's more than enough here to keep a serious fan happy.

On the other hand, Forever seems to bit of a random mixture of music. While all the top ten hits are here, it skips songs like D.W. Washburn, which went to number 19 in the U.S. and, instead, includes lesser hits like Porpoise Song and non-charting tracks.

The track list for Monkees 50 with original albums and U.S. chart positions:

Disc 1
  • The Monkees
    • (Theme From) The Monkees
    • Last Train To Clarksville (1966 / #1)
    • Take A Giant Step
    • Papa Gene's Blues
  • More of the Monkees
    • I'm a Believer (1966 / #1)
    • (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (1966 / #20)
    • She
  • Non-Album single
    • A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Stereo Remix) (1967 / #2)
    • The Girl I Knew Somewhere (1967 / #39)
  • More of the Monkees (cont.)
    • Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
    • Mary, Mary
    • Sometime In The Morning
  • Headquarters
    • Randy Scouse Git
    • You Told Me
    • Shades Of Gray
    • For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme)
Disc 2
  • Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones
    • Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967 / #3)
    • Cuddly Toy
    • Words (1967 / #11)
    • Love Is Only Sleeping
  • The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees
    • Daydream Believer (1967 / #1)
  • Non-Album single (b-side of Daydream Believer)
    • Goin' Down (1967 / #104)
  • The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees (cont.)
    • Valleri (1968 / #3)
    • Tapioca Tundra (1968 / #34)
    • P.O. Box 9847
    • Auntie's Municipal Court
  • Non-Album single
    • D.W. Washburn (1968 Stereo Mix) (1968 / #19)
    • It's Nice To Be With You (1968 Stereo Mix) (1968 / #51)
  • Head
    • Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head") (1968 / #62)
    • As We Go Along (1968 / #106)
    • Circle Sky (Live)
Disc 3
  • Instant Replay
    • Tear Drop City (1969 / #56)
    • A Man Without A Dream
    • You And I
  • The Monkees Present
    • Listen To The Band (1969 / #63)
  • Non-Album single (b-side of Listen to the Band)
    • Someday Man (1969 / #81)
  • The Monkees Present (cont.)
    • Good Clean Fun (1969 / #82)
    • Mommy And Daddy (1969 / #109)
    • French Song
  • Changes
    • Oh My My (1970 / #98)
    • I Love You Better
  • Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees
    • That Was Then, This Is Now (1986 / #20)
  • Pool It!
    • Heart And Soul (1987 / #87)
  • Non-album single (b-side of Heart and Soul)
    • MGBGT (Live)
  • Pool It! (cont.)
    • Every Step Of The Way
  • Justus
    • You And I
    • Regional Girl
  • Good Times!
    • You Bring the Summer
    • She Makes Me Laugh

The track list for the single CD Forever:
  • I'm A Believer
  • Valleri
  • You Just May Be The One (TV Version)
  • That Was Then, This Is Now
  • (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday
  • Daydream Believer
  • Last Train To Clarksville
  • She Makes Me Laugh
  • A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  • Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
  • Heart And Soul
  • Words
  • Goin' Down

The track list for the vinyl LP edition of Forever:
  • Side 1
    • I'm A Believer
    • Valleri
    • You Just May Be The One (TV Version)
    • That Was Then, This Is Now
    • (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
    • Pleasant Valley Sunday
    • Daydream Believer
  • Side 2
    • Last Train To Clarksville
    • She Makes Me Laugh
    • A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
    • Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")
    • Heart And Soul
    • Words
    • Goin' Down


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