Candy Store Prophets
Rare & Unreleased
(Monkees Recordings)

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The Candy Store Prophets were a 1960s rock band, headed by singer-songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Their lineup included Boyce and Gerry McGee on guitar, Hart on keyboards, Larry Taylor on bass guitar and Billy Lewis on drums.

After Boyce and Hart wrote and recorded the songs for the pilot episode of The Monkees, they were asked by the show's producers, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, to name five 'professional' record producers who could create the music for the series, once it went into production. Their answer "Boyce and Hart, Hart and Boyce, Tommy and Bobby, Bobby and Tommy, TB & BH" was laughed off, and they were asked a second time. They named some current hit producers: "Snuff Garrett, Mickie Most, Gerry Goffin and Carole King — and don't ever speak to me again!"

While Most passed on Rafelson and Schneider's offer, and tryouts with Garrett, Goffin and King proved disastrous (with King reportedly walking out of the studio in tears), Boyce and Hart contacted Screen Gems music supervisor Don Kirshner, who was put in charge of delivering the songs for the show, and asked to audition for him. Kirshner accepted, and was treated to a performance by the Candy Store Prophets, who delivered a nonstop set of all the songs Boyce and Hart had written to date for the Monkees. Kirshner was impressed, and officially named the pair as producers.

The Candy Store Prophets recorded the bulk of the backing tracks for the first Monkees album, and for the show's first season, with help from guitarists Louie Shelton and Wayne Erwin. When the Monkees began to perform publicly late in 1966, the Prophets toured with them as their opening act.

01 All The King's Horses (demo).mp3
02 Don't Call On Me (demo).mp3
03 Searching (demo).mp3
04 How Can You Kiss Me (demo).mp3
05 Just A Little Love.mp3
06 Curson Terrace.mp3
07 A Journey With Michael Blessing.mp3
08 The New Recruit.mp3
09 Until It's Time For You To Go.mp3
10 What Seems To Be The Trouble, Officer.mp3
11 Don't Do It.mp3
12 Huff Puff.mp3
13 (Theme From) The Monkees (pilot version).mp3
14 I Wanna Be Free (pilot version).mp3
15 Take A Giant Step (alternate vocal).mp3
16 You Can't Tie A Mustang Down (demo).mp3
17 If I Learned to Play the Violin (demo).mp3
18 Bumper #1.mp3
19 Mr Not-What-What.mp3
20 Different Drum (TV version).mp3
21 I Love You Really.mp3
22 Keemosabe.mp3
23 Tear The Top Right Off My Head (TV version).mp3
24 Goin' Down (TV version - alternate vocal).mp3
25 Same As A Jew.mp3
26 Iranian Tango.mp3
27 So How's By You.mp3
28 Girl Named Love.mp3
29 Mother People.mp3
30 Riu Chiu (TV version).mp3
31 I Hate The Monkees.mp3
32 Bumper #2.mp3
33 Outro.mp3

(Disc 1)

01 Japanese Head Promo.mp3
02 Daddy's Song (film version).mp3
03 The Song Was Pretty White.mp3
04 You Look Weird, Peter.mp3
05 I'm A Believer (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
06 Prithee (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
07 Naked Persimmon (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
08 Goldilocks Sometimes (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
09 A String For My Kite (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
10 Solfeggietto (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
11 Listen To The Band (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version - edit).mp3
12 California Here It Comes (33 13 Revolutions Per Monkees version).mp3
13 Ceiling in My Room (demo).mp3
14 The Girl I Left Behind Me (instrumental).mp3
15 If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again (demo - Davy vocal).mp3
16 Laurel & Hardy (demo).mp3
17 Opening Night (demo).mp3
18 Man We Was Lonely (demo).mp3
19 Rainy Jane (demo).mp3
20 Leavin' Here This Morning (demo).mp3
21 Rainmaker (demo).mp3
22 Easy On You.mp3
23 Oh Someone.mp3
24 Unattended In The Dungeon.mp3
25 Rubberene.mp3
26 MGBGT (live).mp3
27 Save the Texas Prairie Chicken.mp3

(Disc 2)


  1. Yorp a lot. & thanx, too

  2. Billy Lewis (AKA Willie) was my best friend from 1975 to his untimely death in 2005. I served at times as a roadie to the various bands he was in during the 70's and 80's. He was a great drummer, a fabulous fisherman, and a wonderful friend. I remember going with him to the Malibu Beach memorial for Tommy Boyce, soon after his suicide. Bobby Hart was there as well. A tape recorder played music while we all joined hands on the sand. It was a sad day to be sure. I was the caterer, and co-host (with his wife Annie) to Bill's own wake in 2005. Bobby Hart, and Larry Taylor were there as were most members of Bill's later bands. It was a glorious celebration. I miss my buddie still to this day !!

  3. I love these guys!!!

    Any chance of a re-up?