Monkees – Refocus original Japan 1973 LP with alternate cover and cap obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1973 Japanese pressing of Refocus by the Monkees, including the original “cap” obi and a completely different cover from the U.S. release.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of the compilation album Refocus by the Monkees, including the rare “cap” obi.

This album has a gatefold cover and completely different cover art from the U.S. release.

About this copy: This copy of Refocus is an original 1973 pressing on the Bell label.

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with trace edge and corner wear.  The “cap” obi is VG++, with a few minor wrinkles.

This LP was issued without an insert, as it has a gatefold cover with a lyric booklet.

The disc is M- with a single spindle mark on one label.  It looks like it may have been played once. Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Monkees LP and the only copy of this version that we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: 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.

Tracks are:

  • Monkee’s Theme
  • Last Train To Clarksville
  • She
  • 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

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Bell
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in