The Birds, The Bees
& The Monkees

About the Mono Mix


In 1968 Colgems/RCA ended the production of mono LPs and over the years
collectors realized that the mono version was much harder to find. It seems as if only a few
hundred copies were pressed, as most collectors have never even seen one
(except occasional ebay sales).

Some foreign countries also pressed this LP in mono, but not all have the unique
dedicated mix found in this USA pressing. The "fake mono" was created
by condensing the stereo mix into one channel.


The mono mixes had slightly different versions of some songs, but without
doing a side by side comparison, these can be hard to identify.

For me, the easiest way to tell is to listen to the whistling on the introduction to Tapioca Tundra.
The mono lasts about 3 seconds longer, till the very end of the count-in.
This is the same version heard on the single.


Since the USA LP is so hard to find, collectors began looking at the foreign versions
hoping to find that same mix. An exhaustive study of the foreign releases and mixes
is ongoing as these can be hard to find.


Some countries did mono only, some stereo only
and others did both mono and stereo.

True dedicated mono mix:

Australia
India
Israel
Mexico
Philippines
Puerto Rico
South Africa
USA
Venezuela

 

"Fake mono" mix:

Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
UK

 

Only released in stereo:

France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Peru

 

Unknown or unconfirmed:

Bolivia
Greece
New Zealand
Spain
Uruguay