Friday, March 27, 2009

Colgems Mystery: Second Greatest Hits LP?

According to a March 21, 2009 Wikipedia entry, Colgems was slated to release a second Monkees greatest hits LP, but the plans were scuttled when the label folded.

The Wikipedia entry said that prior to the eventual closing of the Colgems record label in 1971, a test-pressing of another Monkees hits LP — called "Greatest Hits, No. 2" — was planned. Like its predecessor, it contained 14 songs: four of these songs were key album tracks; five songs were issued on both singles and albums; the remaining five selections were previously released only as singles and would have made their album debut on this collection.

The entry goes on to say that once again, the Top 40 hits "Words" and "Tapioca Tundra" were overlooked for this compilation.

While no official catalog number was ever assigned, the track listing was in place right from the start. Further documentation reveals that all 14 songs were in true stereo. The track line-up was as follows;

Side 1:
"(Theme From) The Monkees"
"Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)"
"Someday Man"
"Good Clean Fun"
"Oh My My"
"What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"
"D.W. Washburn"

Side 2:
"For Pete's Sake"
"Listen To The Band"
"It's Nice To Be With You"
"The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
"Tear Drop City"
"Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again"
"Goin' Down"

This is interesting, because I heard that the soundtrack album for the failed film musical "Lost Horizon" was also originally slated to be a Colgems release too, but again, the Colgems release was shelved when the label went under.

Does anyone have any further information about either the Monkees LP or the "Lost Horizon" album, or planned releases from Colgems that never saw the light of day?


Blogger Mark Lungo said...

I doubt that the Lost Horizon remake soundtrack was planned for Colgems, because the film wasn't released until 1973, long after the Colgems label had been replaced by Bell.

6:20 AM

Blogger Larry said...

Very true. But you might remember that the movie actually was planned for release much earlier, probably in 1971, and due to cost overruns and other delays, was pushed back--and based on the results, should have been shelved altogether.

9:50 AM

Blogger Will Cate said...

That's a great song sequence. Just might have to turn that into a playlist here.

4:49 AM

Blogger Larry said...

Well, it never saw the light of day, so it really can't be considered a Colgems release. However, that wouldn't stop me from posting it, probably sometime in the future.

8:19 PM

Blogger sRw said...

I would curious to know where a true stereo mix of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" would have been found in 1971, and if it still exists. It never appeared in true stereo anywhere until CD remixing in the 1980s, and has been remixed for stereo numerous times since then.

5:26 PM


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