Monkees - Meet The Monkees
- Label: RCA Victor COS-101
- Country: Canada
- Released: 1966
- Grade LP: (G+) Sleeve: (G)
The Monkees is the first album by the band the Monkees. It was released in October 1966 by Colgems Records in the United States and RCA Victor in the rest of the world. It was the first of four consecutive U.S. number one albums for the group, taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks, after which it was displaced by the band's second album. It also topped the UK charts in 1967. The Monkees has been certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA, with sales of over five million copies.
The song "Last Train to Clarksville" was released as a single shortly before the release of the album and went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the only hit single from the album. "I'll Be True to You" was previously released as a single by The Hollies in January 1965 under the title "Yes I Will".
The photos in the "film strip" on the left side of the back cover are from two episodes of the Monkees' TV show. The first three photos are from "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers", the other two are from the episode "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool". Also included are brief stats of the Monkees.
Early pressings of the LP cover as well as side 1 of the label featured the misspelled song "Papa Jean's Blues" (Catalog number COM/COS 101). This was soon corrected as "Papa Gene's Blues" (Catalog number COM/COS 101 RE). It was standard practice for RCA to add an "RE" when any one side of a record sleeve had a revision.