Saturday, November 01, 2014

Record #0593: A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You / The Girl I Knew Somewhere – THE MONKEES

Colgems 66-1004 (original) USA, Mar. 18, 1967
Words & Music bySide ANeil Diamond; Side BMike Nesmith
Musicians: Side A - Davy Jones (lead vocals), Al Gorgoni (guitar), Don Thomas (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Louis Mauro (bass), James Tyrell (bass), Herb Lovelle (drums), Stan Free (piano), Arthur Butler (organ), Thomas Cerone (tambourine); Side B - Michael Nesmith (lead vocals, lead guitar), Micky Dolenz (drums), Peter Tork (rhythm guitar, harpsicord), Davy Jones (tambourine), John London (bass)
Recording sessions: Side A - produced by Jeff Barry at RCA Studio B, New York, NY, Jan. 21 & Feb. 4, 1967; Side B - produced by Chip Douglas at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA, Jan. 1967 (multiple sessions)
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #2, UK #3; Side B - US #39

"A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" was initially pressed as Colgems 66-1003 in Feb. 1967 with "She Hangs Out" (another Neil Diamond song; also recorded in NYC) as the flip, but the single was withdrawn and never released. The reason was that The Monkees project had a "50% Monkee-control rule" and the release was breaking it. Don Kirshner (musical director), who was pushing for the release, got fired from the project.

The web sessionographies are a bit vague on the flip-side; which version was released on the single, who played on it, which date was the session on and was it at Goldstar or RCA studios. What I put in the details above is just "one possible scenario".

List price:  Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15. Even though release 66-1003 doesn't exist, the picture sleeve for it does. It is very rare and listed at $1000 for a Near Mint.

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