Spotify Monkees Playlists

I finished the draft of the Monkees book yesterday, and sent it out to my proof-readers, so I’ve not posted much here for a few days because I’ve been working on that. To celebrate completing it, and to show I know better than all those important record producers, I thought I’d do what every Monkees fan seems to do, and put together tracklists for how I would have sequenced the albums.

I’ve limited myself to the material that’s on Spotify, which is not quite everything (some of the deluxe versions are missing, and More Of The Monkees isn’t on there at all), and added a few other rules. Each album has to be twelve tracks long, and consist of material that was available to be released at the time. And there can only be six albums total – the number released before Tork quit – though the last album in my timeline would have been released a few months later than in reality, to get the last few scraps of good material.

If you’ve not listened much to the Monkees, I think these come out as more listenable albums than the original ones:

The Monkees

Tracklist:
Side 1:

Theme From The Monkees
Saturday’s Child
Papa Gene’s Blues
Take A Giant Step
Let’s Dance On
Sweet Young Thing

Side 2:
Last Train To Clarksville
I Don’t Think You Know Me
Propinquity
I Won’t Be The Same Without Her
(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love
All The King’s Horses

We might as well call this one The Mi(c)ke(y)s actually, given that Davy only gets one lead vocal on this version. My review of the original is here.

More Of The Monkees
Side 1:
She
Mary, Mary
Your Auntie Grizelda
The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
Sometime In The Morning
Valleri

Side 2:
I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone
Of You
Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow
Tear Drop City
Looking For The Good Times
I’m A Believer

It was really hard to get anything at all listenable for this one, but I think I managed – and not only that, I got a better balance of leads – six for Micky, three for Davy, two for Mike and one for Peter. My review of the original album is here.

Headquarters
Side 1:
You Told Me
Forget That Girl
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
Zilch
Sunny Girlfriend
Randy Scouse Git

Side 2:
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
You Just May Be The One
Early Morning Blues And Greens
No Time
Nine Times Blue
For Pete’s Sake

With this one I’ve changed very little – I’ve just cut out the filler Band 6 and a couple of the weakest tracks, and added in the contemporary hit single and Nine Times Blue (one of the greatest songs ever written). Review of the original here.

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd

Side 1:
Salesman
She Hangs Out
The Door Into Summer
Love Is Only Sleeping
What Am I Doing Hanging Round
Cuddly Toy

Side 2
Words
Goin’ Down
Daily Nightly
Don’t Call On Me
Riu Chiu
Pleasant Valley Sunday
(hidden track – Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky)

This was *hard* to cut down to twelve tracks – the original 13-track album is near perfect, and I desperately wanted to get both Goin’ Down and Riu Chiu, two of my very favourite tracks, on there too. My review of the original is here.

The Birds, The Bees And The Monkees

Side one:
Daydream Believer
Auntie’s Municipal Court
Can You Dig It?
Tapioca Tundra
PO Box 9847
Writing Wrongs

Side two:
DW Washburn
Magnolia Simms
My Share Of The Sidewalk
Lady’s Baby
Zor And Zam
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?

And this one bears essentially no resemblance to the album as released. I’d actually have made even more changes, but the box set version of this album isn’t on Spotify. Review of the original here.

Head
Side One:
Porpoise Song (single version)
Ditty Diego War Chant
Daddy’s Song (Nesmith vocal)
As We Go Along
If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again
Shorty Blackwell

Side Two:
Listen To The Band
Circle Sky (live version)
Rosemarie
Pillow Time
Some Of Shelly’s Blues
Someday Man

Unfortunately, in salvaging The Birds, The Bees… I somewhat gutted this album, and while I’ve done my best to add as many good tracks from the period and straight after as I can, this still feels a little like a collection of good tracks rather than a coherent whole. My review of the original here.

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2 Responses to Spotify Monkees Playlists

  1. TAD says:

    I think you’re forgetting that the “Head” album needed to reflect what was in the movie.

    • Songs for the film were only chosen after The Birds, The Bees… was released, so if that had had the two Tork songs, different songs would have been used in the film. And then I’m just assuming they fill the album with non-film songs, like the Beatles did.

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