If you loved "More of the Monkees" when it came out in 1967, you'll find way, way more to love in the 50th anniversary box set.
"More of the Monkees: Super Deluxe Edition," coming December 15 but available now for pre-order, remasters the original mono and stereo mixes of all 12 songs on the second album by Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. The record's two biggest hits, "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "I'm a Believer," are also showcased on a bonus 45 rpm single with a picture sleeve.
But, wait, there's more——much, much "More."
The three-CD package takes listeners into the recording studio with the band at the height of its popularity on the pop charts and TV. There are 55 alternate takes, remixes, backing tracks and overdubs as well as the first recorded versions of later songs like "Valleri," "Mr. Webster" and "I'll Spend My Life With You."
Big-time Monkees fans, however, might be especially interested in the final 10 tracks on Disc 3: the band's earliest-known live recordings, culled from a 1967 concert in Arizona. Highlights include Nesmith's "You Just May Be the One" and "Papa Gene's Blues."
The limited-edition "Super Deluxe" set—4,500 individually numbered copies—is encased in a 7 x 7" hardbound box, along with a photo-laden booklet.
Originally released in January 1967, "More of the Monkees" replaced the quartet's self-titled debut album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a position it would hold for 18 weeks. "More" went on to become the best-selling album of 1967—not bad considering that was the year the Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
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