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album by The Monkees

Pool It!

Release Date 1987
Released33 years (approx) ago
Performer The Monkees
Pool It!
Pool It!
Davy Jones of the Monkees at a press conference in Sydney, 1968, photographed by Greg Lee for Australian Photographic Agency.

About Pool It!

Pool It! is the tenth studio album by the Monkees, issued by Rhino Records in 1987. It was the first Monkees studio album of new material since Changes in 1970 and the first Monkees album to feature Peter Tork since the 1968 Head soundtrack. While Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork had reunited the previous year for a 20th anniversary tour, with Micky and Peter contributing vocals to three tracks for the 1986 compilation album Then & Now... The Best of The Monkees, Pool It! served as the band's first proper "reunion album." Much like the group's early work, the writing of the album was largely handled by outside writers and the instrumentation by session musicians, with the Monkees themselves contributing lead vocals and Peter Tork providing guitar for his own song, "Gettin' In." Michael Nesmith chose not to participate in the album, although he had made a surprise appearance on stage with the band at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 7, 1986.The album was not a particular commercial or critical success, only reaching No. 72 on the Billboard 200. Only one single from the album, "Heart and Soul," managed to make Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 87. The follow-up single, a remixed version of "Every Step of the Way," failed to chart. The book The Monkees Tale by Eric Lefcowitz claims Pool It! and its two singles were recorded by "Dolenz, Tork & Jones," as opposed to "The Monkees." However, the billing on the LP itself is attributed to "Peter, Micky, Davy — The Monkees." A deluxe CD/DVD version of this album was released on April 24, 2012, by Friday Music. Along with the original tracks, this version included Peter Tork's "MGBGT" (the live B-side to the "Heart and Soul" single) and the remixed single version of "Every Step of the Way" as bonus tracks. The DVD includes the contents of the 1988 video cassette Heart & Soul: The Official Monkee Videography, featuring videos for "Heart and Soul," "Every Step of the Way" and "Don't Bring Me Down," along with interviews and more.The album cover was featured in Pitchfork Media's list of "The Worst Record Covers of All Time."

Extra Info

Record label Rhino Entertainment
Follows Live 1967
Followed by Missing Links