Colgems Cassettes

RCA first released pre-recorded cassettes for sale in July 1969
and these first three were from that initial batch.

They went on to issue each new release but never
went back to MOTM through Head; a real shame because
that was their best work. I suspect these didn't sell very well.

The numbering system jumps from 1001 to 1009,
so originally all their LPs must have been designated for release
(along with other Colgems titles), but it never happened.

The back of the J-card was blank except for the RCA Warranty.

The original cases had a sticker on the top edge so they could be
displayed that way, as seen on the photo below.

Many thanks to Ed Reilly for sharing his photos!


June 1970 RCA Tape Catalog


The Monkees

Released in July 1969
(Billboard & Cash Box 7-26-69)




Released in July 1969
(Billboard & Cash Box 7-26-69)



Instant Replay

Released in July 1969
(Billboard & Cash Box 7-26-69)


They used the alternate cover for this cassette, compared to the USA LP.
This version was also used as the jacket in Puerto Rico,
and later when Rhino reissued this on CD in 1995.


1969 RCA Catalog


The Monkees Greatest Hits

Released in December 1969
(Billboard 12-6-69)



The Monkees Present

Released in December 1969
(Billboard 12-6-69)



Billboard Ad


Getting Straight

Released in August 1970
(Billboard 8-1-1970)


(no pictures)



Released in 1970
(Cash Box 12-5-1970
but it may have been released earlier)