Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the scarce 1972 compilation LP Re-Focus by the Monkees.
The last original Monkees album of new material was released in 1970, and that album, Changes, didn’t even make a dent in the charts. Shortly after that, even reruns of their 1966-1968 television show were nowhere to be found. Their original label, Colgems, had gone out of business and their American rights had been acquired by Bell Records.
Bell released a number of Monkees albums in Japan, where the band remained popular, but in the United States, the band’s lone release on the label was a compilation album entitled Re-Focus, which was released in 1972.
As the Monkees had largely been forgotten by the time the album came out, the release came and went without notice and was likely hard to find in stores even at the time of release. We were trying to find a copy for our own collection in the late 1970s and found it to be a surprisingly difficult album to find, even then.
Re-Focus was re-issued by Arista Records in 1976 with a new cover photo and a new title, The Monkees Greatest Hits. That version of the album is much easier to find.
- Monkee’s Theme
- Last Train To Clarksville
- Daydream Believer
- Listen To The Band
- A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
- I’m A Believer
- I Wanna Be Free
- Pleasant Valley Sunday
- (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
- Shades Of Gray
About this copy: This copy of Re-Focus by the Monkees is an original, still sealed 1972 pressing on the Bell label. The record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is tight and fully intact except for a 1″ split at the opening of the cover and small “bald” spots at each of the four corners.
There are no drill holes, punch holes, cut corners are saw marks. It’s the nicest copy of this scarce LP that we have ever seen.
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